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Over Sixty Uses for Baking Soda


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Baking Soda or bicarbonate of soda has a myriad of uses around the house. Even though more expensive commercial products have come to market over the years, baking soda can do the same jobs just as well, if not better. Here is a list of uses:


CLEANING & WASHING:
  1. Wash garbage cans with baking soda.
  2. Clean your fridge and freezer with dry soda sprinkled on a damp cloth. rinse with clear water.
  3. Wash food and drink containers with soda and water.
  4. Wash marble-topped furniture with a solution of 3 tablespoons of soda in 1 quart of warm water. Let stand awhile, then rinse.
  5. Clean formica counter tops with baking soda on a damp sponge.
  6. Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not aluminum) in a soda solution (3 tbsp soda to 1 quart water).
  7. Run your coffee maker through its cycle with a soda solution. Rinse.
  8. Clean plastic, porcelain and glass with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rinse and dry.
  9. Clean your bathroom with dry soda on a moist sponge - sink, tub, tiles, shower stall, etc.
  10. Keep your drains clean and free-flowing by putting 4 tablespoons of soda in them each week. Flush the soda down with hot water.
  11. Soak your shower curtains in water and soda to clean them.
  12. Use dry with a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.

ODORS:

  1. To remove strong odors from your hands, wet your hands and rub them hard with soda, then rinse.
  2. Always add 1/2 cup soda to your washing machine load.
  3. Deodorize your fridge and freezer by putting in an open container of baking soda to absorb odors. Stir and turn over the soda from time to time. Replace every 2 months.
  4. Wash out thermos bottles and cooling containers with soda and water to get rid of stale smells.
  5. Sprinkle soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots and slippers to eliminate odor.
  6. Kitty litter odors: cover the bottom of the litter box with 1 part soda; then add a layer of 3 parts kitty litter on top.
  7. Use to sweeten sour dishcloths.
  8. Remove that bad smell from ashtrays with soda and water.
  9. Sprinkle a bit of dry soda in your ashtrays to prevent smoldering and reduce odor.

STAINS & GREASE:

  1. Oil and grease-stained clothing will wash out better with soda added to the washing water.
  2. To remove stubborn stains from formica, marble, or plastic surfaces, scour with a paste of soda and water.
  3. Greasy garage floor: sprinkle soda on stained areas. Let stand, scrub and rinse.
  4. Sprinkle soda on barbecue grills, let soak, then rinse off.
  5. For grease stains on suede, sprinkle on the stains, let sit. Brush off.

POLISH:

  1. Polish silverware with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rub, rinse and dry.
  2. For silver pieces without raised patterns or cemented-on handles: place the silver on aluminum foil in an enamel pot. Add boiling water and 4 tbsp. baking soda. Let stand, rinse and dry.
  3. Rub stainless steel and chrome with a moist cloth and dry baking soda to shine it up. Rinse and dry. Note: On stainless steel, be sure to scrub in the direction of the grain.
BABY:
  1. Soak and wash diapers with baking soda.
  2. Give baby bottles a good cleaning with soda and hot water.
  3. If your baby spits up on his shirt after feeding, moisten a cloth, dip it in baking soda and dab at the dribbled shirt. The odor will go away.
  4. Putting 2 tbsp. of baking soda in your baby's bath water will help relieve diaper rash irritations.

IN THE KITCHEN:

  1. Add to water to soak dried beans to make them more digestible.
  2. Clean vegetables and fruit with baking soda. Sprinkle in water, soak and rise the produce.
  3. When scalding a chicken, add 1 tsp of soda to the boiling water. The feathers will come off easier and flesh will be clean and white.
  4. Add to water to remove the "gamey" taste from wild game.
  5. Use to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from toaster. Dampen cloth and make a mild abrasive with baking soda.
  6. For a badly-burned pan with a thick layer of burned-on food: pour a thick layer of soda directly onto the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle on just enough water so as to moisten the soda. Leave the pot overnight, then scrub it clean next day.
  7. To make your own baking POWDER, stir and sift together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part cornstarch.

FIRES:

  1. Be sure to keep an extra box of baking soda by your stove in case of grease or electrical fire. Scatter the powder by the handful to safely put it out.
  2. Keep a container of baking soda in your garage as well as in your car to put out a fire. It won't damage anything it touches.
  3. Baking soda will also put out fires in clothing, fuel, wood, upholstery and rugs.

PERSONAL CARE & REMEDIES:

  1. Use soda as an underarm deodorant. Especially good to use if you have razor burn from shaving too close.
  2. Clean combs and brushes in a soda solution.
  3. To remove buildup from hair products: add a teaspoon of baking soda to your bottle of shampoo.
  4. Quick fix for oily hair: To sse baking soda as a dry shampoo, sprinkle on your hair and comb it through, then fluff with a blow dryer.
  5. To remove chlorine from hair: Rinse with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to 1 pint water.
  6. Sprinkle baking soda on your wet toothbrush and brush your teeth and dentures with it.
  7. Mix a little baking soda with peroxide in the palm of your hand to make a toothpaste for gum disease.
  8. Add 1/2 cups or more of baking soda to your bath water to soften your skin.
  9. Apply soda directly to insect bites, rashes and poison ivy to relieve discomfort. Make a paste with water.
  10. Take a soda bath to relieve general skin irritations as well as measles and chicken pox.
  11. Take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn.
  12. Gargle with 1/2 tsp. baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. Freshens and cleans your mouth.
  13. Used as a mouthwash, baking soda will also relieve canker sore pain.
  14. To relieve sunburn: use a paste of baking soda and water.
  15. Bug bites: use a poultice of baking soda and vinegar.
  16. Bee sting: use a poultice of baking soda and water.
  17. Windburns: moisten some baking soda and apply directly.

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • Make Play Clay with baking soda: combine 1 1/4 cups water, 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup cornstarch. Add a few drops of food coloring if desired.
  • Repel rain from windshield. Put gobs of baking soda on a dampened cloth and wipe windows inside and out.

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