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Baking Soda and Its Wonderful Uses

Updated on October 30, 2012
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Baking soda as we all know is something that you can find in everyone's kitchen. Though not all of us use this regularly, we sometimes find ourselves having it on our grocery list. This is because we knew that somehow we will be needing it at one point or another.

It is indeed that baking soda has so many wonderful uses at home. This product is a chemical compound that is very friendly, safe to the environment, economical and best of all it works great wonders to households..


Baking Soda

Baking soda is a pure sodium bicarbonate, a chemical compound likely in the form of a powder. It creates bubbles of carbon dioxide when mixed with an acid and or a liquid.


Deodorizes Refrigerator

One of the most common uses for baking soda is to deodorize your fridge. After you clean the refrigerator, baking soda will keep it smelling fresh and helps unpleasant odor like fishes or meat to spread all over with an open container or open box of baking soda inside. Stir it every week, and replace every couple of months.


Use as Homemade Air Freshener

Baking soda can also be a natural air freshener and deodorizer. It absorbs and prevent bad odors, rather than just covering them up like many commercial air fresheners and deodorizers. You can also make a homemade freshener using baking soda and lemon juice.

How : Mix 2 cups of warm water with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of lemon juice in a spray bottle, shake to mix and dissolve and you can enjoy spraying it in the air when needed.


Deodorizes drains and garbage disposals

Using baking Soda to clean and deodorize your drains and garbage disposal eliminates powerful chemicals that leave unpleasant odors and residue in your sinks.

You can try putting average amount of baking soda into the hole of your drain without rinsing when you are going out for awhile or even a weekend trip. It will help reduce stinky odors that may develop while you're away. Flush out of the drain with hot water or vinegar followed by hot water as soon as you return.


Unclogged Drains

Pour down about one half cup of baking soda on your clogged drain followed by vinegar about 3/4 cup. Cover the drain after. Wait until 30 minutes then slowly pour about a 1/2 kettle of boiling water on your drain. Make sure your kids are not around or at a few distance away while pouring hot water when you unclog the drain. Use this method once a week to keep them clear.


Deodorizes sneakers

Sneakers with foul smell is a common problem for most people in all generations. To prevent people around you from getting offended, you need to learn how to clean and deodorize shoes. Baking soda is widely known as a multi purpose odor absorbent. It's very easy to absorb those stinky odors on your shoes without making a mess.

How: When not in use just put a small pack of baking soda inside your shoes to help absorb bad odors until you're ready to wear them again. Using baking soda to remove stinky shoe odors can actually help reduce sensitive skin reactions with other deodorizing products.


Used As a Teeth whitener

Baking soda also works as an alternative teeth whitener. It cleans and whitens teeth by effectively removing off the yellow stains that form when dissolved in water . It penetrates the enamel and slowly lighten the stains of your teeth from a yellow or brown to give a much whiter and cleaner appearance.

How:

When you brush your teeth, put 1 tsp. of baking soda and add water enough to make a paste. You can use it as your toothpaste or you can mix it with your toothpaste while brushing your teeth.

Caution:

You should only use this method once every two weeks as baking soda has quite strong chemical compound that can damage your tooth enamel when used too often


Used as Anti Dandruff Shampoo


This may be quite surprising, but yes, baking soda actually clears and clarifies your scalp from flakes. So to keep dandruff away, wet your hair then rub a generous amount of baking soda into your scalp. Rinse with water thoroughly and dry. Expect your hair to get dried out at first. But after a few days your hair will begin producing its natural oils, leaving your hair softer and dandruff free.

Use to Freshen your mouth

Instead of using strong and expensive commercial mouthwash, or when you ran out of it, baking soda is one good alternative. Just put one and a half teaspoon in a glass of warm water, gargle, then rinse. Use this for longer and fresher breath!


Treat insect bites and skin irritations

If you have rashes or insect bites and you can't stop from scratching, baking soda will help relieve them. Just mix it with water and make a paste out of it. You can then apply it to the affected areas.


Use to clean silver

All you need to do is to make a paste out of water and baking soda. Rub it on the silver and let it stay for about 5 minutes, rinse, and let it dry or polish with a soft cloth.

Use as an exfoliant and facial scrub

Exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells from the skin using baking soda in the comfort of your home. Its texture makes it ideal for facial and body exfoliation, yet it is extremely gentle on your skin. . If you'd rather choose to cleanse your face first before exfoliating, just simply mix the baking soda with small amount of water to form a soft paste

How: Mix 1 tsp. of baking soda with a small amount of your facial cleanser.

Use to Extinguish fires

If you don't have any fire extinguisher at home, just go to your kitchen and look for baking soda. It can help put out any minor electrical fires, this is because when baking soda is heated, it emits carbon dioxide, which helps kill the flames. Using baking soda to put out small fires is a big help to prevent spreading your house. When these instances happens, call the fire department after just to be safe.

Use to clean fruits and vegetables

Using baking soda is a safe way to wash away dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. So why spend extra money when you can use it as an alternative? Just sprinkle a little or fill a pot with water on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.

Use to Eliminate Unpleasant Odor in the Trash Bin

Trash bins are one of the most useful things you have at home, but they can also bring unpleasant odor and it's disgusting. If you don't dispose them properly, your trash bins will smell like decaying materials and the odor will spread to your home or anywhere. When it's time to change your trash bags, simply sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda. This will help reduce stinky odor on your trash .








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      mactavers 5 years ago

      Great information about a product that is inexpensive and one that most people already have in their cupboard.