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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.

Kids...

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.

3>Babies

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.

Random...

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. :)