Video: 20 Extraordinary Household Uses for Baking Soda
Baking soda can help tackle a number of household issues, inside and out. It is a natural deodorizer and amphoteric in nature, which means it can act as both an acid and a base to dissolve and neutralize compounds.
It’s non-toxic to use as a green cleaning agent and has a number of outdoor applications.
Health and Beauty Uses of Baking soda
- Freshen your mouth.Put one teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water then swish, spit and rinse.
- Facial scrub.Make a paste of 3 parts b. soda to 1 part water. Rub on skin in a circular motion. Rinse clean.
- Soothe your feet.Dissolve 3 tablespoons of b. soda in a warm bath. Let feet soak and gently scrub.
- Relieve body odor.Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.
- Heartburn.Take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water.
- Clean the oven.Spray baking soda with water and let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub and wipe away residue.
- Clean sponges.Soak smelly sponges in 4 tablespoons of b. soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water.
- Polish silverware.Make a baking soda paste with 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Rub onto silverware with a clean cloth or sponge and rinse thoroughly.
- Longer lasting flowers.Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.
- Freshen your fridge. Put an open container of b. soda in the fridge to absorb the odors.
- Clean shoes.Make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to shoes, scrub with a sponge or rag and wipe off.
Garden and Garage
- Rejuvenate the greenery.Mix together one teaspoon b. soda, 1/2 teaspoon clear ammonia and one teaspoon Epsom salt in a gallon of water. Use about a quart of the solution on each rosebush-size shrub that’s lost its luster.
- Remove oil stains from garage floors.Wet the area and scour with b. soda and a scrub brush.
- Deodorize cars.Eliminate odors settled into car upholstery and carpet by sprinkling baking soda onto fabric seats and carpets. Wait at least 15 minutes, and vacuum up.
- Sweeten tomatoes.Sprinkle b. soda in the soil surrounding your tomato plants to give them a sweeter flavor.
- Repel bugs.Sprinkle baking soda along basement windows and under sinks to repel cockroaches and ants.
- Deodorize the cutting boards.Sprinkle cutting boards with b. soda, scrub and rinse.
- Remove insecticides.Fill your sink with water and mix in 1/4 cup of baking soda. Wash fruits and vegetables in the water to safely remove insecticides.
- Make fluffier omelets.Make fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of b. soda for every three eggs used.
- When boiling a chicken, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Feathers will come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white.