When it comes to kitchen and home cleaning products, none does it better than your friend Baking Soda. There are so many fun and interesting uses of this trusted favorite.
You probably have a box of baking soda in the back of your refrigerator right now, and for good reason as it absorbs the nasty odors that lurk in there. In fact, it is a wonderful non-toxic, pH balanced one that works on many household issues such as garbage cans, clothes hampers, fabric covers, rugs, toilets, and a personal favorite, the kitty litter box. Just sprinkle the powder to any of these areas and it pulls out the bad odors without the strong scents that are on the market, which often cause allergic reactions to those sensitive to them.
As a cleanser, baking soda works in a paste form by mixing it with water until it turns into the right consistency for your project. Some examples are grease stains, crayons on your wall, microwave messes, grills, and ovens. Just scrub with the paste and voila–the stains and left over food are gone. Adding it to soaking diapers or to the wash can help boost the cleansing properties of your detergents. It can also be used with water to run through coffee makers, drains and dishwashers to freshen, clean and deodorize.
As a Soak
It cleanses and deodorizes many personal products such as hair brushes, combs and tooth brushes. It can also be used to take the odor out of a boiling pot of beans, which brings us to the kitchen. You can use it to wash off your produce, cutting boards, pans and cutting through other greasy surfaces.
What a great product so far, and still there are more uses! Use it as a toothpaste and a breath freshener or add some to your shampoo to increase the life of it and to gently cleanse your hair. It will help your infant’s diaper rash with a little in the bath water as well as acting as a natural way to exfoliate the skin from your face and feet.
When using it as a shampoo it also reduces the effects that regular toxins have on the scalp and hair. Add one part baking soda to three parts water and apply to wet hair with a cloth from root to tip. Rinse it thoroughly and follow it up with a vinegar rinse of four parts water to one part vinegar. This is a great combination for an at home spa treatment!
You can use baking soda as a silver polisher and to bring white leather back to life. The abrasion properties do a fantastic job of scrubbing off the dirt and other materials to refresh these products. As a antacid it is a fast acting product when mixed with a small amount of water. It can soothe insect bites as a paste as well as many skin irritants when added to the bath.
As a natural insect repellent it can be sprinkled around your pet’s bowl or dish to assure the health and freshness of their food. It can be used as a great weed killer and as a melt for snow and ice as it is less destructive that salt.
As you can see, there are quite a few uses for this household product and is a great money saver. The safety of this versatile powder is second to none and is a great alternative to the scented and unhealthy options. Including this product to your grocery list will prove invaluable.
Want to know more great uses of baking soda? Care2.com provides these 51 fantastic uses for baking soda:
1. Make Toothpaste
2. Freshen Your Mouth
3. Soak Oral Appliance
4. Use as a Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant
5. Skip Harsh Deodorant
6. Use as an Antacid
7. Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin
8. Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener
9. Help Your Hair
10. Clean Brushes and Combs
11. Make a Bath Soak
12. Soothe Your Feet
13. Make a Surface Soft Scrub
14. Handwash Dishes and Pots & Pans
15. Freshen Sponges
16. Clean the Microwave
17. Polish Silver Flatware
18. Clean Coffee and Tea Pots
19. Clean the Oven
20. Clean Floors
21. Clean Furniture
22. Clean Shower Curtains
23. Boost Your Liquid Laundry Detergent
24. Gently Clean Baby Clothes
25. Clean Cloth Diapers
26. Clean and Freshen Sports Gear
27. Remove Oil and Grease Stains
28. Clean Batteries
29. Clean Cars
30. Deodorize Your Refrigerator
31. Deodorize the Cutting Board
32. Deodorize Trashcans
33. Deodorize Recyclables
34. Deodorize Drains
35. Deodorize and Clean Dishwashers
36. Deodorize Garbage Disposals
37. Deodorize Lunch Boxes
38. Remove Odor From Carpets
39. Remove Odor From Vacuum Cleaners
40. Freshen Closets
41. Deodorizing Cars
42. Deodorize the Cat Box
43. Deodorize Pet Bedding
44. Deodorize Sneakers
45. Freshen Linens
46. Deodorize Your Wash
47. Freshen Stuffed Animals
48. Camping Cure-all
49. Extinguish Fires
50. Septic Care
51. Fruit and Vegetable Scrub
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