Household Remedies: Many Uses For Baking Soda

There's more to baking soda than the orange box hidden in the back of our refrigerators to absorb smells, and it's definitely more than a leavening agent. Here are some other uses.

There's more to baking soda than the orange box hidden in the back of our refrigerators to absorb smells, and it's definitely more than a leavening agent. Frugal homeowners have been extolling the virtues of baking soda for years, but you don't have to be counting your pennies to know how to utilize this handy powder. If you're unfamiliar with its many uses, you're in for a surprise. Read on to learn about the joys of baking soda.

Refresh your carpet - Why purchase expensive carpet freshening products? Baking soda removes odors from carpets, such as those left behind by pets, cigarette smoke and cooking and leaves the area smelling fresh and clean. Just open a box and sprinkle on your floor in much the same manner you do with the boxed carpet powders. Let sit for a while and vacuum.

Refresh your furniture - Freshen your furniture the same way you freshen your carpet. Sprinkle on some baking soda and let sit for a while. Vacuum up the powder and you're left with a clean-smelling sofa.

Soothe insect bites - Take out the sting or itch of bug bites. Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the bite. Not only will it ease uncomfortable symptoms, but it will make the swelling go down as well.

Cool off after a day in the sun - If you spent a little too much time in the hot sun, take a cool bath with baking soda and water. The baking soda will make you feel cooler and counter the effects of sun stroke.

Relieve Hives - Pour some baking soda in your bath water and soon the itch and spots will be gone.

Remove shampoo buildup - If you mix a couple of tablespoons of baking soda into a tablespoon of shampoo, it will strip your hair of dull buildup and add shine and softness.

Soften hands - Pour a couple of teaspoons of baking soda into your dishwater. Not only will it help to clean your dishes, but it will also soften your hands.

Neutralize trash can odors - Pour a layer of baking soda into the bottom of your trash can before replacing the liner. Your trashcan will smell clean and fresh.

Freshen the cat litter box - Pour a layer of baking soda on the bottom of your cat's litter pan before filling with kitty litter. Sprinkle a little on top of the litter pan every time you clean out solid matter. The baking soda will neutralize the odors and no one will ever know you have a cat.

Clean your microwave - Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl of water and place in the microwave. Microwave on high for two minutes and remove the bowl. You should be able to just wipe the stains clean. If there's a more stubborn stain left behind, use the warm baking soda mixture and a sponge. Your microwave will sparkle!

Keep a box next to the stove - Stove fires can be dangerous. Don't be caught off guard by burning grease or food. Keep a box of baking soda close by to pour on top of a stove fire. It may save your life.

Remove the smell of skunk from clothes - Mix one part grease-cutting dish detergent, one part vinegar, plus two parts baking soda and let soak.

Clean out your coffee maker - Pour a half a cup of water into a full pot of water and run through your coffee maker. It will clean and freshen, and you'll have great tasting coffee.

Clean your barbecue grill - Make a paste out of vinegar and baking soda and use with a scrub brush or scouring pad to clean your grill of soot, grease and old food bits. Soon it will be looking like new.

Remove soap scum - Apply a paste of baking soda and vinegar to remove soap scum from tub and walls.

Clean and deodorize your cutting board - Make a paste of baking soda and water and rub into your wooden cutting board. Leave on for a few minutes and clean off. The smell of onion, garlic and just about anything else you've been chopping will be neutralized.

Clean your garbage disposal - Make a solution of one part baking soda and two parts vinegar. Pout down your garbage disposal and let sit for a while.

Brighten your laundry - Half a cup of baking soda added to your wash water will leave your clothes cleaner, brighter and fresher smelling.

Remove cigarette odor - If your clothes smell like smoke, soak them in two gallons of water plus one half cup of baking soda. In addition, a layer of baking soda on the bottom of an ashtray will absorb the smell of cigarette smoke before it permeates the air in your home, and a dusting of baking soda on the carpet before vacuuming will neutralize the smoky odor in your carpet.

Freshen your mattress - Sprinkle baking soda on your mattress before making your bed.

Polish leather - To remove scuff marks from shoes and soften leather jackets, make a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Your leather purses, shoes, jackets and belts will be clean and soft.

Freshen Suede - Just sprinkle on some baking soda and brush off with a clothing brush or rag.

Remove crayon from walls - Make a paste of baking soda and water and rub into the crayon mark using a cloth or toothbrush.

Clean jewelry - a paste of baking soda and jewelry will make your jewelry sparkle and shine.

Baking soda will clean and shine. Added to your cooking, it will neutralize acids and cut down on gas. It will neutralized odors when sprinkled in the trash can, laundry hamper or diaper pail and the list goes on and on. Think of how much money you can save by purchasing a large box of baking soda. Once you start using it, you'll not only wonder how you lived without it, but you'll probably find many more uses for baking soda in your home.

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