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Uses for Baking Soda

Updated on February 20, 2007

Baking soda is one of my favorite products because it is so versatile. I use it all over my house. In the kitchen I have used it to clean my sink, my glass stove top, my refridgerator and even pots and pans. If you have something burned on a pot or pan, sprinkle baking soda over it, add a little water to cover and boil for a couple of minutes. The burned stuff will come right off. You can also put an open box in the fridge to absorb odors.

In the bathroom I use it to clean everything. Just sprinkle around the tub or inside of toilet, wait a minute and then clean with a stiff brush. For the counter top I sprinkle it on and then wipe down with a sponge. I have never had trouble getting anything clean with baking soda and I don't have to breathe in all the harmful chemicals that are found in many commercial cleaners. You can also sprinkle it into trashcans to absorb odors here, as well.

In the laundry room I use it to boost my detergent's cleaning powers. I also use it help get the odor out of cloth diapers. Do you have stains on the collars or armpits of shirts? Just make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub the area with an old toothbrush. You can also add it to a load with bleach and it will get your whites whiter.

I have even used baking soda to brush my teeth. Baking soda has a whitening effect and works great on teeth that are stained from coffee or tea drinking. Just put a pinch in your hand, dab with a wet toothbrush and then brush as usual. Have you noticed all the toothpastes out there that advertise that they now have baking soda added to help whiten teeth? Just use straight baking soda and it works even better.

Do you have a clogged drain? Put a cup of baking soda in the drain and then pour a cup of vinegar down it. Wait about 30 minutes and it will have eaten away at the clog. This works really well for slow drains. Do you have cats? Sprinkle it in your litter box to help absorb odors. To leave your house smelling clean and fresh, sprinkle on your carpet, wait 5 minutes and then vacuum.

I buy baking soda in bulk from Sams Club for around $5 for a 10 pound box. That is a lot of baking soda for not a lot of money. This is a natural product that is a great cleaner and deoderizer. Check out the Arm and Hammer sight for more ideas for this wonderful product.

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      betherickson 9 years ago from Minnesota

      This really is a safe way for cleaning instead of using chemicals. Also, it's earth friendly. Excellent job.

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      Amber 9 years ago

      Thank you so much for this article. I am a new Mom and I would like to no longer have chemicals in my house. This well make it so much safer. Thanks Again.

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      Joe 10 years ago

      thank u for the great idea!

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      Jennifer 10 years ago

      Great idea, thanks!

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      suzette 10 years ago

      The best way I've found to dispense that baking soda is not from the enormous box... reuse a parmesan cheese container (the clear plastic kind with a flip-top lid and holes.)