What comes to mind when you think of baking soda? Something you use when you bake. A while back I saw a commercial that suggested putting an opened box in the fridge to eliminate odors, and I did. It seemed to do the job pretty well.
However, there are much more uses that maybe you hadn’t thought about. Some uses have amazed even the experts. It can be used for all types of cleaning, deodorizing, and other miscellaneous needs. Here are some top benefits of baking soda.
- Clean fruits and vegetables. Sprinkle some on a sponge, wipe fruits and vegetables clean, and rinse them off.
- Wash dishes, pots, and pans. Adding a couple of tablespoons to your dishwater can help remove grease and food from your dishes. If the food is cooked on, let it soak first then use some dry baking soda on a cloth to scrub it away.
- Clean your oven. Sprinkle it in your oven and spray with water, then let it sit overnight. The next day, scrub the oven and scoop out the baking soda.
- Clean tubs, tiles, and sinks. Pour some on a damp cloth or sponge and scrub away. Rinse and dry. You’ll be surprised how well this works.
- Mop floors. Just add a half cup to a bucket of warm water and mop away. You might still need a cloth or sponge to get up scuff marks.
- Clean grease and oil stains. Pour some on the spot and scrub it with a wet brush.
- Clean walls and furniture. Any painted surface can be cleaned with some baking soda on a damp cloth or sponge. Rub lightly and dry with a clean cloth.
- Clean your car. A half cup mixed with a half gallon of warm water is the perfect solution for cleaning tires, windows, floor mats and vinyl seats.
- Keep your refrigerator smelling good. This is the most common usage. Just place an open box in the door. Bad smells are neutralized.
- Deodorize sinks and trash cans. For the sink, pour half a cup down the drain while running warm water. For the trash, sprinkle some on the bottom of your trash can and in your trash occasionally.
- Deodorize carpet. Most of those powder carpet deodorizers you see in the store are a rip-off. Just sprinkle some baking soda and let it sit overnight before sweeping/vacuuming it up.
- Deodorize the litter box. If you have a cat, you understand what a nuisance the smell of the litter box is. Sprinkle baking soda in the box before and after you add the litter.
- Keep clothes and shoes smelling fresh. Keep an open box with your clothes and sprinkle some into your shoes when you’re not wearing them.
- Deodorize yourself. A little bit patted onto your underarms can go a long way toward cutting down on body odor.
- Brush your teeth, freshen your breath. Toothpaste can be made with baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution. For fresh breath, put a teaspoon in some water, swish it in your mouth and spit it out.
- Remove urine smell. Sprinkle some baking soda over a mattress, let it sit for half an hour. It is a great way if you don’t know how to get rid of urine smell. Inexpensive too.
- Make soap. The formula is three parts baking soda to one part water. Rub it on your face and body, then rinse off.
- Use it as an antacid. It’s great for indigestion, heartburn and sour stomach. Add half a teaspoon to half a glass of water and drink it. Make sure it is completely dissolved before swallowing.
- Rinse your hair. Add a little bit of baking soda to your shampoo then wash and rinse as usual. This helps remove residue from shampoo and styling products, so your hair is cleaner.
- Relieve itchy skin and insect bites. Mix water and baking soda into a paste and apply to the affected area.
- Put out fires. If you don’t already have a fire extinguisher, then you should keep an open box of baking soda in every room. It works for normal fires, electrical fires and grease fires. Smother the base of the flame.
Article by: Matthew Zornes