Baking soda 10+ effective uses
Baking soda is a safe nonabrasive scouring powder that is very versatile. It is nontoxic, cost little to use and can be used alone or mixed with other ingredients to clean and deodorize. Baking soda was patented in the Untied States in 1878 but was used by ancient Egyptians as a cleansing agent like soap.
1 The most widely known use for baking soda is as a deodorizer. It is common to add one-fourth cup when doing the laundry to remove odors, soften and sanitize as clothes wash.
2 Another popular use for baking soda is to place a opened box in the refrigerator to absorb the unwanted odors. Washing the refrigerator with a baking soda water solution can also help with odors, especially in the ice cube dispenser, it will eliminate the bad taste on ice cubes and sanitize the dispenser.
3 The third popular effective use of baking soda is to dispense half a cup down a clogged drain followed by a cup of vinegar. Let sit till it stops fizzing at which point you pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. This will not only unclog the drain but will sanitize it as well. For heavy clogged drain you might have to repeat the process a few times.
4 Baking soda paste can be very effective when used in cleaning and scrubbing. To safely take tea and coffee stains out of your special Chinaware, rub a paste of baking soda and water into the stain and let sit to soak for about a hour, rinse thoroughly and dry. This also works good on the decorative details on silver platters, bowls and silverware. Tarnish on silver can be removed with the paste when the silver item are placed on a piece of aluminium foil.
5 For tougher jobs like removing grease from painted cabinets and sanitize, mix one cup ammonia, one half cup vinegar and one fourth cup baking soda to one gallon of water.
6 Baking soda is an effective way of controlling fungus growth. To take mildew off shower curtain dip a damp sponge or small brush in baking soda, briskly rub and rinse, repeat till mildew is gone. A baking soda paste also makes a good grout cleaner.
6 For tougher jobs like removing grease from painted cabinets, mix one cup ammonia, one half cup vinegar and one fourth cup baking soda to one gallon of water.
7 Baking soda can be used to extinguish small grease or electrical fires by being thrown over the fire. To make your own dry fire extinguisher mix two pounds of baking soda with six pounds of play sand, store in easy to handle one pound glass, metal or a tough plastic container.
8 In the beauty and health box, baking soda can be a cleanser on the teeth and gums, it can neutralizes the production of acid in the mouth and acts as an antiseptic to help prevent infections. It can also be used to dry wash your hair.
9 Baking soda can be used in first aid, in treating scalding, to prevent blistering and scarring.
10 Using a paste of baking soda and water on a insect bite can take away the itching.
Some other uses include: add to the litter box to keep down odors and sanitize, sprinkle in shoes to keep odors down or clean vinyl by mixing 3 cups of baking soda with one cup of chalk, rub on with a rough cloth, rinse with water and dry. To refresh your rugs, sprinkle them with baking soda, let sit for about fifteen minutes before vacuuming, this not only picks up odors from rugs but from the air. It also is effective in picking up spilled grease or gravy on a rug, just brush in the baking soda and let sit overnight, vacuuming in the morning.
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