10 ways to use baking soda – besides baking

We all use baking soda for baking with, but did you know there are many other ways to use it? Baking soda can be used to clean and deodorize lots of areas of your home. Working alone or combined with other ingredients, baking soda is a useful product to keep on hand. A box of baking soda is very cheap to buy so why not use it instead of other expensive products.

A nifty tip to store and sprinkle the baking soda – use any size mason jar with a metal lid. Poke holes in the lid. The baking soda will be easier to sprinkle out.

10 uses for baking soda:

1. Clean kitchen and bathroom sinks, tub and remove food & grease build-up:

Sprinkle baking soda over the surface of the tub or sink. Use a scrub brush or sponge to gently scrub the surface with the baking soda. Rinse the surface with clean water.

Adding a few drops of lemon essential oil to the baking soda helps fight the grease and give a fresh scent to the room.

A few sprinkles of baking soda on a damp cloth and use to clean the microwave. This cleans and deodorizers the microwave.

Baking soda also removes oil and grease in the garage. Sprinkle baking soda on top of the stain. Scrub with a wet brush.

2. Deodorize and freshen carpets, rugs and mattresses:

Sprinkle carpets, rugs and mattresses (take bed sheet off mattresses) with baking soda. Wait 30 minutes then vacuum.

3. Deodorize the fridge and freezer:

Putting some baking soda in a jar and leaving it uncovered in the fridge neutralizes the odors. I like to combine 1 cup baking soda and a few drops of lemon essential oil, put in a plastic container and store in the freezer. Change after one month.

4. Deodorize and freshen garbage cans:

Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of a garbage can to neutralize odors. Wash garbage cans and replace baking soda every few weeks.

To eliminate odors in the garbage disposal – pour baking soda down the drain while running warm water.

5. Deodorize and freshen sneakers/shoes:

Sprinkle baking soda in the sneakers/shoes and let them sit overnight. In the morning shake the baking soda out.

6. Deodorize Wooden Cutting Boards:

Sprinkle baking soda on a wooden cutting board, scrub the baking soda over the surface and rinse with water. Using salt and half a lemon deodorizes wooden cutting boards also.

7. Freshen your breath:

Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small glass of water. Swish around your mouth & spit out. The baking soda wash neutralizes odors.

8. Gently exfoliate your face:

Mix 3 parts of baking soda to 1 part water. Rub gently in a circular motion and then rinse off your face.

9. Relieve skin irritation:

Adding a cup of baking soda to bath water helps to soften your skin and relieve skin irritations.
Relieve the sting from insect bites – Make a paste of water and baking soda and apply onto affected area.

10. Clean combs and brushes:

Baking soda helps to naturally remove oil, build up, and residue on combs and brushes. Soak in a solution of water and baking soda (1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of water). Rinse and dry thoroughly.

Bonus #1 – caramelize onions in less time by adding a pinch of baking soda while frying.

Bonus #2 – keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in the vase.

Bonus #3 – remove crayon marks from walls by sprinkling baking soda on a wet cloth and gently wiping the marked area on the wall.

The list of many uses for baking soda goes on and on. These are a few ways I use it daily but my favorite is using it in yummy baked goods!

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