You might think that baking soda is only used for cooking, or maybe even for reducing odors in your refrigerator. However, baking soda has many more uses, even outside of the kitchen. And being as cheap as it is, it just might be the new must-have for every house.
Read on to learn of some of the many benefits of baking soda.
Baking soda is an effective and safe alternative for conventional antacids. It relieves sour stomach, heartburn, and or acid indigestion. Follow the instructions on the package.
2. Clean Your Toothbrush
Clean your toothbrush, retainer, dentures, or mouthpieces, by soaking them in a glass of warm water mixed with 2 teaspoons baking soda. The baking soda helps loosen food particles and deodorize the item in question. Since baking soda is safe to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with, this is also a non-toxic way to clean these items. You can clean your hairbrushes this way, too.
3. Natural Deodorant
Pat half tsp. of baking soda under each arm to neutralize odor.
4. Facial Scrub and Exfoliant
You can easily make a paste by combining 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water; rub in a circular motion to exfoliate the skin; rinse. Use the same mixture, or combine 3 parts baking soda to 1 part soap, for a good hand cleanser and softener.
5. Fruit and Vegetable Soak
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer which can be used to clean fruits and vegetable by removing dirt residues. Just sprinkle a little on a damp cloth, scrub and rinse.
6. Freshen Sponges
If it’s been awhile since you’ve bought a new sponge, you definitely need to do this; sponges are guilty of trapping bacteria and spreading it around. Soak your sponge in a mixture of 4 parts baking soda to 1 part hot water to help break loosen up any food particles and disinfect the sponge.
7. Kitchen Scrub
Simply add baking soda to your wet sponge when cleaning tiles, sinks, bathtubs, and even pots and pans. The baking soda helps cut through grease and grime, not to mention it eliminates nasty odors on these surfaces. For an extra strong scrub, combine baking soda with coarse salt and liquid dish soap.
8. Boost Your Laundry Detergent
Add ½ cup baking soda to your laundry to really get those clothes clean. In addition, the baking soda will make your clothes smell really fresh, no matter what was on them.
9. Clean the Car
Baking soda can also be used as a “scrub” for your car, just like it is used for your face and kitchen appliances. Add only ¼ cup to about 1 quart of warm water and apply with a soft, damp cloth. This mixture can help buff out scratches and get rid of bugs, grime, sap, and more.
Not only can baking soda be used to deodorize your refrigerator, it can also deodorize carpets, sweaty sports gear, your shoes, your cat’s litter box, the garbage can, and more. Simply sprinkle a small amount onto the area or scrub the surface with water and baking soda to remove unwanted odors.
11. Clean Batteries
Because it is a mild alkali, baking soda can help get rid of battery acid corrosion on cars, lawn mowers, and other machinery. Combine 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and simply apply to the area.
12. Remove Marks
Use baking soda to remove marks such as those from crayons, painted furniture or walls, by applying a paste to a damp cloth and rubbing gently. Use a clean cloth to wipe it off, and dry the surface clean.
13. Oven Cleaner
Use baking soda to clean the oven by sprinkling some at the base of the oven. Dampen with water and let it stay overnight. In the morning, rub gently, then scoop the grime and baking soda with a vacuum or sponge, and rinse.
14. Fire Extinguisher
Baking soda is effective in handling minor electrical or grease kitchen fires. When heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which smothers the flames. For small fires, stand back and throw a couple handful of baking soda at the base of the fire.
And the list goes on and on! Baking soda can also be used to deodorize carpets, clean your septic system, and scrub your fruits and vegetables. So next time you’re at the store, make sure you pick up a box or two of baking soda to have on hand.
Just keep in mind that you should not eat or cook with any baking soda that is more than 30 days old. Make sure you put that “old” baking soda to good use and keep it around for one of the many purposes mentioned above.