When it comes to baking soda, there’s a good chance that at least one person in the neighborhood has some at home. It’s such a useful thing to have. Naturally, anyone who loves to cook would be lost without it because most bread recipes and some desserts require it. Without baking soda, many of you would feel incomplete, even if you don’t realize how much of a role it plays in your life. But it turns out that baking soda can be used for a number of things that don’t necessarily involve cooking. In fact, it can actually be used in these life-changing ways.Start by lining your sink or dish tub with aluminum foil. Then place your tarnished and gritty silverware on it. Now sprinkle baking soda and then pour hot water on top of it. Then, all you have to do is drop your spoons, forks, and knives, and the baking soda will get rid of the tarnish in seconds.
If you live in a home that has a septic tank, then following this step every two weeks and it will help you balance the pH in your tank. Just think of all the money you’ll save by avoiding unnecessary maintenance costs.
Mix one-part of water with three-parts of baking soda and you’ll have a facial scrub that works wonders. The exfoliating power of this mixture is so powerful that it will make your face look smooth and unclog your pores.
Although you can buy toothpaste that contains baking soda, you can also DIY and save some cash. Just sprinkle some baking soda over your toothpaste and start brushing.
Most people don’t like the sticky residue that those store-bought deodorant sticks leave behind because it makes them feel like they’re using a butter stick on their pits. So, if you feel the same way, try this DIY recipe for natural deodorant.
When your cat’s litter box starts to stink, you only have two options. You can either clean it, which wouldn’t be such a bad idea, or you can sprinkle some baking soda on it. When your cat scratches its paws on the kitty litter to cover its poop up, it will activate the baking soda’s deodorizing power.
The baking soda is able to counter the natural bitterness found in teas, which will provide you with a smoother taste. You’ll find that this also works if you add a pinch of baking soda to a pitcher of ice tea.
Now, the bottom of your pan has a tough, burnt crust that you simply can’t take off, so here’s what you do. Coat the bottom of the pan with baking soda and vinegar and then let it sit for a few hours. After some scrubbing, it will come out clean
The next time you decide to change your sheets, throw some baking soda over the mattress and let it sit there for half an hour. Then use the vacuum to get rid of the powder. In the process, it will take the dust mites with it and prevent them from becoming permanent bed fellows.
Baking soda is the ultimate clarifying hair cleanser. Simply mix baking soda with water and apply it to your hair. Then let it sit there for 15 minutes before you rinse it off, and when you do, your hair will be free of product build-up like hairspray or hair gel.
Pour a mixture of baking soda and warm water inside your coffee pot or mugs. This will get rid of the natural oily build-up caused by coffee in less than no time. Just let the solution sit there for an hour if you’d like. Then wash and you’ll notice the difference.
Sprinkle some baking soda on a sponge and scrub your veggies and fruits. Then rinse them well. This will get rid of wax and pesticides that might have been left behind. Now, when you take a bite, you’ll know you’re eating healthy for real.
Next time you start making a salad or you need to make a dish with vegetables, add a pinch of baking soda to a pot of boiling water. This will prevent your vegetables from oxidizing and turning brown.
Just mix one-part hydrogen peroxide and three parts baking soda and apply it to the grout in your kitchen or bathroom tiles. Then use an old toothbrush to get rid of mildew stains and restore the grouts’ original color.
White clothes are going to get stained no matter how careful you are. But you don’t have to use harsh chemicals like bleach or spend money on special detergents to get rid of stains. Simply add a cup of baking soda into your washing machine and your white clothes will look good as new.
It’s easy to get rid of the weeds that are ripping through the pavement of your driveway or growing in your garden. All you have to do is pour some baking soda over them and they’ll quickly start to go away.
Next time you’re eating an oily pizza and the grease spills on your shirt, sprinkle some baking soda over the stain. It will instantly absorb the oil. Then all you have to do is wash it in the washing machine, and your shirt will come out stain-free.
Mix some baking soda and water and apply some to your yellow or dull nails and leave it on for about five minutes. After you rinse it off you’ll notice that your nails will look cleaner, clearer, and smoother.
Leftovers tend to leave residue on plastic containers that you simply can’t scrub out with a sponge and hot water. But if you rinse them using baking soda, you not only get rid of the residue, but also the smell.
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting bit by a bunch of bugs, or you ate something and your skin has broken out in hives, you can sooth the itchiness by mixing water and baking soda and applying it to your skin.
Freshen your fridge up by opening a box of baking soda and stashing it in your fridge. That’s all you have to really do. It will eventually get rid of that funky odor altogether.
Canker sores can be so annoying, but you can ease some of the discomfort and help the sores heal a lot faster if you pour a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water. Then use the mix to gargle with every night until your problem is gone for good.
You often put your dirty gym clothes and your wet towels in your gym bag, which can make it stinky as heck. What do you expect? It’s a gym bag! But if you want to deodorize your bag, make a sachet and add some baking soda to it. Then place it in your gym bag so it can absorb the smells.
As long as you’re busy deodorizing every aspect of your home with baking soda, you might as well sprinkle some of it on the bottom of your trash can. You can also add some inside your trash bag. This will keep your trash from stinking up your house until it’s time to take out the garbage.
Carpets might absorb smells, but baking soda can get rid of any bad odors that your carpets might have. Simply pour baking soda over your carpet and leave it there for five minutes. Then, use your vacuum to clean it up, and your carpets will smell fresh.