Baking Soda – Where and how to use !

Baking Soda – Where and how to use !

Baking soda can be practically used for multiple purposes but the most important thing that you need to know is the fact that you can actually use it when you perform your basic household and cleaning activities. Together with vinegar, baking soda can be used for almost every cleaning process. There are three main great benefits of baking soda that you must know: first, it is not toxic, secondly, it can be used for a wide variety of purposes (not only for cleaning) and finally, it is very cheap and is available in every market. From cooking and cleaning to medical use, baking soda appears everywhere. You can use it to clean your kitchen, your bathroom, in the laundry and even in your garden! Become familiar with the cleaning activities in which you are encouraged to involve baking soda:

  • Clean batteries: Baking soda can neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers, etc.  because it is a mild alkali. To clean, disconnect the battery terminals.
  • Acne clearing mask: Make a paste of baking soda and water, spread on face, let sit for 5-7 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
  • Boost liquid laundry detergent: Add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to laundry to help clothes get cleaner, fresher and brighter.
  • Brighten dull floors: Dissolve 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of hot water. Mop and rinse for shiny floors.
  • Brush pet teeth: Sprinkle baking soda on a toothbrush and use to safely brush your pet’s teeth.
  • Check soil acidity: Soil needs to be acidic for plants and vegetation to grow properly. To check if your soil is acidic enough, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with 2 cups of water then stir in 1 cup of soil. If the mixture bubbles, then your soil is acidic enough.
  • Chlorine remover: Rinse hair with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 pint of water to remove dullness or discoloration in hair caused by chlorine.
  • Clean and deodorize toilets: Add a cup of baking soda to a toilet, let sit for and hour and flush to clean and freshen.
  • Clean baby toys: Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water. Soak toys and rinse well.
  • Clean brushes and combs: Remove oil build-up and hair products by soaking combs and brushes in a small basin of warm water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda in it. Rinse and allow to dry.
  • Clean burned on food off pots and pans: Fill pots and pans with hot water, sprinkle in a few teaspoons of baking soda, and let sit for 10 minutes before washing.
  • Clean cloth diapers: Dissolve 1/2 cup of baking soda in 2 quarts of water and soak diapers thoroughly.
  • Clean counters: Sprinkle baking soda on your counter and scrub with a damp sponge. Wipe clean with a damp rag.
  • Clean finger and toe nails: Dip a nail brush in baking soda and scrub to clean nails and soften cuticles.
  • Clean floors: Add 1/2 cup baking soda to a bucket of warm water. Mopfloor and rinse clean.
  • Clean furniture: Apply baking soda to a damp sponge and rub lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Clean marble: Add 3 teaspoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water. Dip a clean cloth in the water and wipe down marble.
  • Clean retainers or dentures: Sprinkle baking soda on a toothbrush and brush retainers or dentures then rinse under water.
  • Clean shoes: Make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to shoes, scrub with a sponge or rag and wipe off.
  • Clean shower curtains: Sprinkle baking soda directly on a damp sponge. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse clean.
  • Clean sponges: Soak smelly sponges in 4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water.
  • Clean stinky pets: Sprinkle baking soda on your pets fur and brush through to help deodorize fur and hair.
  • Clean the microwave: Apply baking soda to a clean, damp sponge and scrub out the microwave. Rinse well with water.
  • Clean the oven: Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the oven. Spray baking soda with water and let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub and wipe away residue.
  • Clean toothbrushes: Soak bristle end of toothbrushes in a mixture of 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup baking soda. Let sit overnight and rinse.
  • Deodorize and clean dishwashers: Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your dishwasher and run as usual.
  • Deodorize cars: Eliminate odors settled into car upholstery and carpet by sprinkling baking soda onto fabric seats and carpets. Wait at least 15 minutes, and vacuum up.
  • Deodorize drains: To deodorize sink and tub drains, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water.
    Deodorize garbage disposals: Pour baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water.
  • Deodorize kitty litter: Cover the bottom of the kitty litter pan with baking soda and fill as usual. You can also sprinkle baking soda on top of litter.
  • Deodorize lunch boxes    :     Between uses, place a spill-proof box of baking soda in lunch boxes to absorb odors.
  • Deodorize pet bedding: Sprinkle bedding liberally with baking soda, wait at least 15 minutes then vacuum up.
  • Deodorize recyclables: Sprinkle baking soda on top as you add to the container. You can also sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge, wipe clean and rinse.
  • Deodorize smelly dish rags: Soak dish rags in a warm container of water and baking soda.
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