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Even More Ways to Use Baking Soda

Baking soda is very effective against pests and diseases, so you can use it effectively in your garden and home. It is also very versatile so there are many other uses you can find for baking soda in your home, garden and elsewhere.

Baking soda is typically made in a fine powder. It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when exposed to acid and liquid. Baking soda is typically used in baking, where it serves as a leavening agent. However, this isn’t the only way you can use baking soda. The best thing about baking soda is that it’s very cheap. It makes a great alternative to expensive commercial products. It can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Here’s a list of some neat idea on how to use baking soda in your home and garden:

Garden Use

  • You can scatter baking soda around flowerbeads to prevent rabbits from eating your vegetables.
  • Sprinkling baking soda on the soil around tomato plants will sweeten the taste of tomatoes.
  • Baking soda can be used to wash fruits and vegetables.
  • Put baking soda under sinks and basement windows to repel ants and cockroaches and prevent them from entering the house.

Home Use

  • You can keep flowers fresh for longer by adding one teaspoon of baking soda into the vase water.
  • Putting an open container of baking soda in the fridge will absorb the odors.
  • Baking soda will also reduce bad odor and prevent smoldering if you sprinkle it on your ashtrays.
  • It can be used to eliminate foul odor on your shoes, slippers, boots and socks.
  • You can put out small fires on wood, rugs, upholstery and clothing using baking soda.
  • Use baking soda as modeling clay by mixing it with 1 1/4 cups of water and one cup of cornstarch.
  • You can restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of a cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/2 gallon of water.
  • After feeding, wipe your baby’s shirt with a moist cloth sprinkled with baking soda to remove the odor.
  • Wiping your windshield with baking soda will help repelling rain.
  • Soak your dishrags in baking soda and water to improve the smell.
  • You can sprinkle baking soda on your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.
  • Sprinkle some baking soda on your pet’s brush or comb to deodorize their skin and fur.
  • Suck baking soda in with vacuum cleaner to remove the odor.
  • You can freshen the air by simply mixing baking soda with perfumed bath salts. Put the mixture in small sachet bags.

Personal/Health Use:

  • Baking soda can be used as a basic underarm deodorant. Simply apply it with a powder puff.
  • Make a basic toothpaste by mixing half a teaspoon of baking soda with peroxide paste.
  • Gargle half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water can be used to freshen your mouth.
  • You may use baking soda as an antacid.
  • Baking soda makes a good face and body scrub.
  • It can be used to relieve skin itch from sunburn and insect bites.
  • It can also be applied on poison ivy irritations and other rashes.
  • It can also be used to relieve bee stings.
  • It’s also great for applying it on jellyfish sting – it will draw out the venom.
  • Add a cup of baking soda to bathwater. It will help you soften your skin.
  • Baking soda baths are great for relieving skin irritations.
  • Relieve your baby’s diaper rash by putting two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater.
  • Use a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water to relieve heartburn.
  • You may use baking soda to relieve windburns.
  • Using baking soda as a mouthwash can relieve canker sore pain.
  • Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer to unblock a stuffy nose.
  • Rubbing your hands with baking soda and water will remove strong odors from your hands.

Cooking

  • You can reduce the acid content of any tomato-based recipe by simply sprinkling the meal with a bit of baking soda.
  • Soak the raw fish in a baking soda solution for about an hour inside the fridge to remove the fishy smell from your fillets.
  • Your omelets will be fluffier if you add half a teaspoon of baking soda per every three eggs.
  • Dried beans soaked in a baking soda solution make them more digestible.
  • Mixing baking soda with boiled water, salt and Kool-Aid makes a great sports drink.
  • You can use baking soda as a substitute for baking powder by simply mixing it with cream of tartar or vinegar.

Cleaning

  • You can use baking soda to scrub sinks, showers, as well as plastic and porcelain tubs.
  • Spray baking soda on walls, mirrors and countertops to clean them.
  • Baking soda can be used to remove grease form pots and pans.
  • To make scrubbing dishes easier, add a spoonful of baking soda to your dishwasher.
  • Your laundry detergent will be more efficient if you add a bit of baking soda on dirty clothes.
  • Combine some baking soda with water to make a great paste for polishing chrome and stainless steel.
  • You can use a mixture of 3 tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of warm water to clean marble-topped furniture.
  • If you add a cup of baking soda to the toilet and leave it for an hour, it will clean your toilet and absorb the odor.
  • Baking soda is great for dry cleaning carpets and upholstered furniture. Simply sprinkle it over the fabric and gently brush it. Leave it overnight and then vacuum.
  • You can use baking soda to remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl walls and floors.
  • Baking soda can be used to clean shoes.
  • It can also be used to clean garbage cans.
  • You may use it to clean your fridge.
  • Mix baking soda with water to wash food and drink containers.
  • To clean your brushed and combs, soak them in a baking soda solution.
  • Use baking soda absorbed with a damp sponge to clean Formica countertops.
  • Remove stale odors from cooling containers and thermos bottles with baking soda.
  • Clean your coffee maker with a baking soda solution by simply running the solution inside of the coffee maker. Make sure to rinse.
  • Clean barbecue grills by sprinkling them with baking soda.
  • Baking soda can be used to clean your greasy garage floor.
  • Baking soda is great for cleaning drains. Use 4 tablespoons of baking soda in them each week. Make sure to flush down with hot water.
  • A mixture of baking soda and water is great for cleaning shower curtains.
  • Rub canvas handbags clean with a small brush sprinkled with baking soda.
  • Baking soda is great for cleaning dentures and retainers.
  • It is great for cleaning the inside part of the oven. Use 4 tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water.

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