Wednesday, September 22, 2010

62 Amazing Uses of Baking Soda

Baking Soda has over 60 incredible uses in the home, for beauty, health and food. Cans of baking soda are the best deal in town: You can find them in most stores for less than $3 and it is all natural!

HEALTH

1. Antacid - Use it as an antacid to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, or sour stomach.

2. Deodorant -  Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.

3. Toothpaste - Mix half a teaspoon with peroxide paste and mix.

4. Body Scrub - Dilute one part baking soda with water and use as a face and body scrub.

5. Skin Softener - Add a cup to bathwater to soften your skin.

6. Anti-itch - Relieve skin itch from insect bites and pain from sunburn.

7. Odor eliminator -  Remove strong odors from your hands by rubbing them with baking soda and water.

8. Diaper rash -  Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.

9. Anti-irritant - Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritations. Or  take a baking soda bath to relieve skin irritations.

10. Congestion - Unblock stuffy nose by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.

11. Heartburn - Take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water.

12.  Breath freshener - Freshen your mouth by gargling half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed water.

13. Bee stings -  Use it to relieve bee stings.


COOKING

14. Baking - Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.

15. Vegetable washer - Wash fruits and vegetables with it.

16. Bean soak  - Soak dried beans to a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.

17. Neutralizer - Reduce the acid content of your tomato-based recipes by sprinkling them with a pinch of baking soda.


HOME AND GARDEN

18. Flower-freshener -  Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.

19. Fires - Put out small fires on rugs, upholstery, clothing, and wood.

20. Odor absorber - Put an open container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb the odors.

21. Pet deodorant - Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to deodorize their fur and skin.

22. Shoe-freshener - Sprinkle it on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foul odor.

23. Pottery clay - Turn baking soda into modeling clay by combining it with one and 1/4 cups of water and one cup of cornstarch.

24. Mouth wipe - After feeding your baby, wipe his shirt with a moist cloth sprinkled with baking soda to remove the odor.

25. Windshield cleaner - Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.

26. Dishrag washer - Improve the smell of dishrags by soaking them in baking soda and water.

27. Vacuum freshener - Suck it in with your vacuum cleaner to remove the odor.

28. Air freshener - Freshen the air by mixing baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts. Put the mixture in small sachet bags.

29. Brush restorer - Restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a cup of baking soda.

30. Insect repellent -  Put it under sinks and along basement windows to repel cockroaches and ants.

31. Flowerbed protector -  Scatter baking soda around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from eating your veggies.

32. Plant sweetener - Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants.

33. Litter box - Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.


CLEANING

34. Garage - Scatter it on your greasy garage floor, scrub the floor, and rinse.

35. Stove - Use it to unclog gas stoves.

36. Pan cleaner -  Remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a baking soda solution for 10 minutes before washing.

37. Baby-bottle cleaner - Combine with hot water to clean baby bottles.

38. Kitchen drain - Keep your drains clean by putting four tablespoons of baking soda in them each week. Flush it down with hot water.

39. Curtain cleaner - Clean your shower curtains by soaking them in baking soda and water.

40. Bag cleaner - Put it on a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.

41. Toaster - Use it to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from a toaster. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp rug, then use the rug to clean the toaster.

42. Steel cleaner - Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, and used it to scrub enameled cast iron and stainless steel.

43. Oven cleaner - Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water, and use it to clean the inside part of an oven.

44. Toilet cleaner -  Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.

45. Scrubber - Use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs

46. Wall cleaner - Spray it on walls, mirrors, and countertops.

47. Dishwasher - Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.

48. Grease remover - Remove grease from pots and pans.

49. Carpet cleaner - Dry clean carpets and upholstered furniture by sprinkling baking soda over the fabric and gently brushing it. Leave it for an hour or overnight, then vacuum.

50. Laundry - Boost your laundry detergent’s cleaning power by sprinkling a handful on dirty clothes.

51. Polish -  Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.

52. Crayon - Remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls.

53. Shoe cleaner - Clean your shoes with it.

54. Garbage cleaner - Clean garbage cans with it.

55. Diapers - Use it to wash diapers.

56. Fridge cleaner - Clean the fridge with it.

57. Brush cleaner - Soak brushes and combs in a baking soda solution.

58. Container cleaner - Mix it with water to wash food and drink containers.

59. Furniture-cleaner - Put three tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water, then use the mixture to wash marble-topped furniture.

60. Formica-cleaner -  Absorb it with a damp sponge, then clean Formica countertops with the sponge.

61. Oder remover - Use it to get rid of stale odors from cooling containers and thermos bottles.

62. Coffee-stain remover - Run your coffee maker with a baking soda solution, then rinse.

2 comments:

  1. It seems there's pretty much nothing baking soda can't do! I guess my grandmother was right all along...

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  2. wow.. I'm amazed.. I thought baking soda are just only for baking but it has a lots of benefits to us.. wew~! Thank you for sharing this post.. I learned a lot reading this post..

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