The Many Uses of Baking Soda

Baking soda has so many uses…and it is so cheap!

-I am sure you have already heard this one, but it does absorb odors, in the refrigerator or rooms.

-Kills fleas! It gets under their exoskeleton plates and they dessicate! (It’s basically what happens when you use boric acid for roaches…) Probably works on other bugs too…

-Soap scum cutter! Just make a paste of baking soda and water, and rub on natural stone, glass or other finish shower walls, tubs, etc. It is barely abrasive. I use it on my marble and granite shower tiles with no damage.

-Kills itchies! Make a thick paste and apply to bug bites as soon as possible after the bite happens. Leave on until dry, then it just falls off and you can wipe with a wet cloth to get the residue off your skin. It helps draw out the itch causing chemicals…might help with poison ivy and its relatives also..and sunburn too.

-Laundry! It helps freshen and soften the clothes, add 1/4 cup to final rinse.

-Antacid! Mix a spoonful in a cup of water and drink, it will neutralize the acid in your stomach fast!

-Toothpaste substitute! Make a paste with water or hydrogen peroxide and use a pea-sized ball to clean teeth and freshen breath.

-Deodorize shoes! Sprinkle a little into your footwear. A little goes a long way!

-Carpet freshener! Mix a few drops of your favorite fragrance or essential oil with a cup of baking soda, and sprinkle all over the carpet. Wait a while, then vacuum it up. It turns your vacuum into an “air freshener” too!

-Grill cleaner! Sprinkle on hot grill, wait a while, then wipe off.

-Oil stain remover! Sprinkle in the washer with oil stained laundry, it helps a lot!

-Kitty litter deodorizer!  Put a layer under the kitty litter in the litter pan.

-Silver polish! Rub silver with a paste of baking soda and water.

-Bean-o substitute! Add to water when soaking dry beans. Drain and rinse well before cooking beans.

-Save the life of a stiff paintbrush! Mix 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar and 2 quarts of water, and soak or boil the brushes in it for a while.

-Go no ‘poo! Use a small amount to rub into hair instead of using oil stripping, drying detergent-filled shampoos!

-Burnt pot cleaner! Put an inch of water in the pot, add a little baking soda, mix and boil for a few minutes, and voila! No scrubbing!

-Drain cleaner! Pour some baking soda into the drain, add equal amount of vinegar, and rinse when the “volcano” action stops. Freshens the drain too!

-Hair conditioner! Mix a spoonful or more with water and rinse your hair with it after using natural handmade soap! You’ll be surprised at how soft and untangled your hair is!