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May 12, 2008

18 Amazing Uses For Baking Soda

Posted in: Living Simply,Repurposed Products

baking-sodaWe all know that Baking soda is safe for the environment. But did you know it is also the basis for some of our top leading cleaners? So what makes us spend money on new items that are on the market today? Is it the advertising gimmicks, the idea that something might prove to be better? It is still known and proved that baking soda does everything that needs to be done as far as cleaning, freeing our clothes from odors and keeping our homes smelling fresh and clean.

Try some of these tips and see how great baking soda does the job:

Do you use rubber gloves when you are out in the yard or in the workshop? Pour a little baking soda inside the glove and they will slide on easier, keep your hands soft and dry.

Have a clogged drain? Pour cup of baking soda down the drain and follow with a cup of vinegar. Let sit for a few minutes, the chemical reaction will cause bubbles and foaming inside your drains, loosening all the contaminates and then flush with hot water to let it clean the rest of the drain. (This is a great way to use up the leftover baking soda that is from in your refrigerator. It has absorbed all of the odors and has lost a small amount of action, but it still has enough left to be able to clean your drains.)

Use as a glass cleaner for vases, crystal, knick knacks and more. Fill the sink with hot water, add a cup of baking soda and mix. Place all of your glassware and crystal in the sink and let it soak. This removes buildup and leaves it sparkling clean.

Are you tired of rusty scouring pads? Mix a ¼ cup of baking soda to 16 oz. of water and keep it under the sink. When you are through with your scouring pad, place it in the jar and recap until the next time that you need it.

Do you have Rubbermaid and Tupperware that still smells like onions or garlic? Place a teaspoon of baking soda in, then add a squirt of dish soap, HOT water and a Tablespoon of vinegar. Do this in the sink because it will bubble and may flow over the top of the container. Let sit for 10 minutes and the odors will be gone for good.

For a Great Scouring Powder: Mix 1 cup of baking soda, a cup of borax and a cup of salt. Keep your scouring powder mixture in a fancy container or shaker right at your kitchen sink. It will be handy when you need it and you will have a fast and easy clean up after you do the dishes.

Sanitizer and deodorizer: Pour a ¼ cup of baking soda in a gallon of hot water and wipe down your kitchen and bathrooms for a great anti-bacterial deodorizing treatment.

Want an easy way to keep your coffee maker clean? Fill the pot with HOT water, add a ¼ cup of baking soda and mix till dissolved. Pour into your coffee maker as usual and put thru the brewing cycle. When the cycle is done, run a pot of clear hot water through the coffee brewing cycle. This eliminates all of the mineral build up in your machine.

Microwave cleaner: Fill a bowl with HOT water and mix in a ¼ cup of baking soda. Place the bowl in your microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes. Let the bowl and water cool. Dump out the water and wipe the microwave with a paper towel and it will be clean, fresh and bacteria free.

Do you have an oil stain that won't come off? Sprinkle baking soda on it and let it sit for about 30 minutes, the baking soda will absorb the oil.

Ring around the collar: Try mixing a little baking soda and water (enough to form a paste) and rub it on the stained area. Then, right before throwing in the washer, pour a little vinegar on top to make it bubble and foam. It will eat into the stain (releasing it) but won't harm the material. This is great for colored clothes, too!

Smelly hunting clothes: Everyone knows that animals can smell a human being no matter how the wind blows. So, in order to get those body smells out of your hunting clothes, just throw about a 1 cup of baking soda into the washer. Then hang to dry outside for that fresh outdoor smell – the deer will never know you’re coming!

Bleach alternative: We all know that using bleach time after time will weaken the fibers in your delicates, so what do you do? You mix a little baking soda with lemon juice and add to the wash load.

Fabric softener: Add baking soda to the rinse cycle for great fabric softener. I use my fabric softener ball and mix ¼ cup of baking soda and water (to the line), shake well and throw in the washer. Easy to use, environment friendly and inexpensive too!

Use a box of baking soda in your gym locker to absorb odors!

Waterless bath: Sprinkle baking soda, right from the box, on your pet and rub in. Then take a brush or comb and groom your pet. The dirt will come right out and the hair will get soft and manageable.

Use baking soda as a deodorizer in the liter box. It is cheaper than deodorizers on the market and will clump up in the box for easy disposal.

Baking soda isn't only good to brush our teeth, it is great for your pets too. They like the flavor, and it also helps with digestion.

I hope that you enjoyed these tips and that you found a few that you haven't heard of before. If you have one that I haven’t mentioned here, leave it in a comment!

Happy Organizing (and cleaning too)!

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