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Baking Soda Exposed

Updated on September 1, 2012

From The Kitchen Counter & Beyond

Baking Soda, or as chemist would call it Sodium Bicarbonate, is more than a component for an experiment. It holds a greater value than just being the box in the back of the fridge. Baking Soda, not to be confused with baking powder is efficient in more than teeth brushing; masking orders, freshening litter boxes, and sprucing up your latest pot of spaghetti.

The beauty in baking soda lies in so much more; some of these remedies have been around since the beginning of time, others are new to the list; either way...indulge!

In The Kitchen...

1. Cleaning Greens:

All leafy vegetables become clean; take a large bowl, fill it with cold water and a teaspoon of baking soda.

Swish vegetables around. Let sit for three minutes then rinse thoroughly.

2. Cleaning Blenders/ Food Processors

Sometimes our favorite appliances get stuck with stubborn food particles, baking soda can help.

1 tablespoon of baking soda and one cup of warm water to the appliance, put the lid on, blend for 10-15 seconds.

Then wash as usual.

3. Reducing Gas

Foods such as baked beans produces a flatulence that is sometimes hard to ignore, to reduce these smelly situations;

add a dash or two of baking soda to the beans when they're cooking; the gas-producing properties will reduce dramatically.

4. Tenderizing Meat

If you are out of meat tenderizer, a great trick is to rub baking soda all over the meat, refrigerate for a few hours,

and then rinse WELL before cooking.

Around The House...

A. Floors

Scuff marks can be quite annoying, a solution to such a stubborn problem is sprinkle the floor with baking soda and wipe wet rag. Viola!

B. Plants

Houseplants need love too, why not give them a shine with a mix of 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1/2 gallon of cold water; use to clean each leaf with a soft rag. Your leaves will love it. (Note: fuzzy leaves are at their best when they are au natural)

C. Drains

Having a clogged drain is more of a headache than any thing else; the prescription lies in 1 cup vinegar, water, and baking soda,

pour down the drain and say bye -bye to the headache.

D. Carpets

Sick of that odor plaguing the carpet?

Try sprinkling the carpet with baking soda overnight, in the morning vacuum as usual.


1> Crayons, Paints, Inks

We love our children, but the mess they make can be downright annoying. To help calm your nerves the next time your furniture becomes a canvas by accident, try a baking soda with a damp sponge and rub lightly. Wipe off with a clean dry sponge.

2> Hair Accessories

For little girls plastic barrettes and washable headbands can be washed in a tablespoon of baking soda and cool water. Squish around and then rinse thorough. Fresh, clean, and safe for sensitive skin.


These cuddly wonders can put their holders in messy situations. Keeping a container of baking soda makes clean up of spit up a lot easier. Just sprinkle on affected area, this will neutralize the area and absorb the spill before it sets.

4>Greasy Stains

Kids get stains on their clothing all the time. A perfect way to catch a stain before it ruins the clothes is with a rub of baking soda into the spot. Anything greasy will be absorbed as quick as possible, making the stain less likely to work into the fibers.


a- Newspaper

Have you ever left a newspaper on a damp surface, only to see print stains when you remove it?

Don't fret the small stuff; make a paste of 1 cup of warm water with 1 table spoon of baking soda, rub on gently with a cloth to stains disappear.

b- Gloves

Putting on latex gloves can often be a task, especially with sweaty hands.

Instead of battling with the glove, try sprinkling a little baking soda into each glove; putting them on and taking them off becomes a lot easier.

c- Funky Sponge/Dishrags

Nothing is more dissatisfying to the nose than a smelly sponge or dishrag.

Wash the items in 4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water.

d- Mice.

We don't like mice and mice do not like baking soda.

Shake baking soda around their hiding spots, they will stay away and it is kid/pet safe.

The joys of baking soda and what it can do are endless. This multipurpose chemical is a frugal way to stay clean, healthy and left with a few extra bucks.

How do you use baking soda in your house? Is it sure thing on your cleaning supply list? Why or Why not?

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      LadiiWallk 5 years ago

      @Linda BookLady: Thanks for stopping by...and please do...just make sure you rinse well!!...I find it way more effective than just water!

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      What a lot of good ideas! Thanks... I will definitely try cleaning my veggies with baking soda, starting today!

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      LadiiWallk 5 years ago

      @ideadesigns: Thank You! I never heard of that one, but it makes sense considering it works well for flatulence for beans.

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      Really cool tips! I read that you can drink some in water for relief of gas pains. :)