My 10 Favorite Uses For Baking Soda
Baking soda is a very useful product to keep on hand in your household. There are literally hundreds of ways to use baking soda. I love to use baking soda in my household because it is safe, versatile, and effective. It's also super cheap as well. I always make sure I have a box on hand. You can use baking soda for cleaning purposes and in your personal care routine as well. Since this little box of magic can do so much for you, I thought I would share with you my 10 favorite uses for baking soda.
1. Deodorize Your Cat's Litter Box
Baking soda works wonderfully at getting rid of odors. If you have a cat I'm sure you experience litter box odor from time to time. I know from personal experience how stinky a cat's litter box can get. I love my cat but I HATE that litter box smell. To deodorize you cat's litter box is really simple. Each time you change the litter, cover the entire bottom of the litter box with baking soda. Then add your desired amount of litter, and the sprinkle some more baking soda on top of the litter. To keep things smelling fresh in between litter changes, I also sprinkle some baking soda on top of the litter after scooping it to keep odors at bay. Adding baking soda to your cat's litter box will keep away any stinky odors and keep your home smelling fresh.
2. Boost Your Laundry
The minerals in baking soda soften the water in your washer to brighten your brights, whiten your whites, and deodorize. It also helps keep your clothing in better shape for longer. To do this, simply place your laundry in the washing machine as usual. Add 1 cup of baking soda into the washer. Then add your desired amount of detergent, and run the washer as you normally would. The baking soda boosts the power of your laundry detergent making the detergent work harder for you, leaving you with super clean clothes. This will work in any kind of washer as well.
3. Clean Your Hairbrushes And Combs
Baking soda works great at removing oil and hair product build-up from your hairbrushes and combs. Simply fill a medium sized bowl with a tablespoon of baking soda and fill the rest of the bowl with warm water. Remove all of the hair from your brushes and combs, and then let them soak in this solution for about 20 minutes. Then rinse off your brushes and combs, and dry them well. Don't use this method to clean your wood brushes and combs because you don't want to get them wet.
4. All Natural Underarm Deodorant
If you want to try a natural product for underarm deodorant, try baking soda! All you need to do is pat or brush a small amount of baking soda onto your dry underarms. This is a all natural, safe, and effective deodorant. I have used this as my deodorant several times, and it always keeps me smelling fresh, even after intense workouts. The baking soda naturally absorbs body odors instead of just covering them up leaving you smelling fresh and clean.
5. Facial Exfoliator
Baking soda can do wonders for your skin. By using it as a scrub it will leave you with smooth, soft, glowing skin. It also costs way less than those expensive brands that do the same thing. To make your skin glow, make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water in a small bowl. Rub onto your skin in a gentle circular motion, making sure you avoid the eye area. Rinse thoroughly. This is gentle enough to use daily. I like to use this about once or twice a week, but I use I more often if I am dealing with a breakout. I have found this works really good at getting rid of pimples, and it leaves your skin feeling baby soft. You can also add a sprinkle of baking soda to your regular facial cleanser and it will work just as well.
6. Natural Toothpaste And Breath Freshener
Baking soda is great for keeping your teeth clean, and your smile bright. Sprinkle some baking soda into a small bowl, and dip your wet toothbrush into the baking soda. Brush as you normally would and then rinse your mouth with water. You can also dip your toothbrush with toothpaste on it into some baking soda for a boosted teeth cleaning. Since baking soda is abrasive, brush your teeth gently, especially around your gum line. I have brushed my teeth both these ways, and I notice that afterwards my teeth are whiter, and my mouth feels extra clean. This is a great alternative to regular toothpaste, however, baking soda does not contain the anti-cavity ingredient fluoride, so I recommend only doing this about twice a week.
Baking soda is also great at getting rid of bad breath. To make your own natural mouthwash, mix one teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water. Swish, spit, and rinse as your would with regular mouthwash. The baking soda neutralizes the odors rather than just covering them up, so bye-bye bad breath!
7. Soothe Your Feet
After being on your feet all day, there's nothing better than a relaxing foot soak. To soothe your tired feet, dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a basin of warm water. Soak your feet in the water for about 30 minutes. Once you are finished soaking your feet, pat them dry, and moisturize with your favorite lotion. This soak will leave your feet feeling relaxed, and super soft.
8. Surface Cleaner
You can clean anything from refrigerator doors, stovetops, kitchen/bathroom countertops, showers, tubs, and sinks with baking soda. Baking soda is a natural and effective way to clean your home. The abrasive power in baking soda cuts on dirt, grease, and grime. It also works great at removing soap scum and dirt from your shower and bathtub. To clean your surfaces with baking soda, sprinkle baking soda onto a damp cloth or sponge. Scrub the surface clean, then rinse off your cloth or sponge, wipe the surface clean, and dry. This wonderful surface cleaner can be used on any surface in your home.
9. Drain Deodorizer
Sometimes the drains in your home can start to smell a little funky. To deodorize your sink, shower/tub drains, and garbage disposals, simply run warm water into the drain. With the water still running, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain. This will keep any odors at bay, and leave your drains smelling fresh.
10. No More Stinky Shoes
To freshen up your stinky shoes, sprinkle a little bit of baking soda into your shoes between wearings. Shake out excess baking soda before wearing your shoes again. The baking soda works by absorbing odor causing moisture while neutralizing existing odors. You can do this once a week or more often if your wear your shoes frequently. I use this regularly with my boyfriends smelly work boots, and it gets rid of the odors every time!
In my opinion, baking soda is awesomeness in a box. It can do so much for you, and your household for less than a dollar. How awesome is that?
I hope you enjoyed reading about my 10 favorite ways to use baking soda. Hopefully you learned something new and are inspired to try some of these tips.
© 2014 Danielle