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13 Ways to Use Baking Soda Around the House

Use baking soda around the house to clean, deodorize, soothe and more.

| May/June 2013

  • Use baking soda to absorb odors, soothe sunburns, clean hair, put out grease fires and more.
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Commonly kept in the refrigerator to absorb unpleasant odors, baking soda is a staple in almost every home—and one with a bevy of uses. A weak alkaline, baking soda can neutralize acids, break down proteins and restore pH balance, which can be useful in everything from cleaning and deodorizing to soothing skin ailments. Put baking soda to good use with these practical ideas.

1. Odor Absorber: One of baking soda’s best-known properties is its ability to neutralize odors. Sprinkle some at the bottom of trashcan liners. For carpet odors, sprinkle baking soda over carpet and let sit for 30 minutes to overnight, then vacuum.

2. Food De-Gunker: Easily remove caked-on food from pots and pans by soaking them in baking soda. Just sprinkle a liberal amount on tough spots, add water, let soak for 30 minutes to an hour, then scrub off. For extra power, add a few drops of white vinegar to the mix.

3. Laundry Booster: Add ½ cup baking soda to the wash cycle to enhance the effectiveness of detergent, absorb odors and help remove stains from clothing.

4. Silverware Sparkler: To clean silverware en masse, line a large glass baking pan with foil, then add silverware, making sure each piece touches foil. (Combined, heat, baking soda and aluminum create a chemical reaction that reverses the process that leads to silver tarnish.) Evenly distribute ½ cup baking soda over silverware, then completely immerse in boiling water. Let soak for five minutes, rinse (carefully—the water may still be hot!) and dry. You can also create a polishing paste by combining 1 cup baking soda with ¼ cup water; rub the paste over silverware using a damp cloth, then dry.

5. Natural Dentifrice: Make a tooth-cleaning powder by mixing three parts baking soda with one part salt. For flavor, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, citrus peels, a vanilla bean or dried mint leaves. Store in a lidded glass jar for a day or two to allow the aroma to permeate the mix, then transfer to a shaker for sprinkling on your toothbrush.

8/2/2015 9:33:45 PM

This is totally amazing! We all know that Baking Soda is very useful in absorbing odors in our place. This article gives lots of people an idea and knowledge about the different use of baking soda. Two Thumbs Up for this post! Thank You!

6/21/2014 6:02:44 AM

I really agree that baking soda is a big help when it comes to cleaning. Also other environmental friendly ingredients that you can find in your kitchen which is used also for cleaning are lemon and vinegar. Mini Clean

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