Looking for an inexpensive miracle that solves the messy problems of the household? Ah, look no further than sodium bicarbonate, more widely known as baking soda. A miracle, indeed, to eliminate odors while acting as a gentle cleaning agent. With a 13-pound bag priced at six dollars, this wonder should become an ideal means for you to save money and cupboard space!
- Clogged Sink and Tub: Pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain while running water; then, pour vinegar. Allow the bubbles to form. After a few minutes, turn on the water to experience a clear drain.
- Stop a Grease Fire: Baking soda poured over a grease fire will stop the flames immediately!
- Grimy Pans: Eliminate food adhered to pans by sprinkling baking soda into the pan and scrub using a wet sponge. For cooked-on foods, allow the baking soda and detergent to soak, first. Then, use dry baking soda and a damp sponge for easy removal.
- Rubber Glove Solution: Change the frustration of taking off sticky rubber gloves by merely sprinkling baking soda into the glove after every use. Not only will it absorb the dampness within, but also will keep the pair fresh and easy to slip on and remove.
- Freshen a Water Bottle:Sprinkle baking soda inside the bottle, and clean using a brush.
- Cleaning Agent and Deodorizer: The refrigerator is not the only place to keep a box of baking soda; add one to each closet and bathroom.
- Freshens Litter Boxes and Trash Cans: Need a solution to altering the odor of smelly areas? Try sprinkling baking soda.
- Clean Brushes and Combs: Strip natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking brushes and combs in a solution of baking soda and water. Rinse and allow to dry.
- Eliminates Crayons from the Walls: Marks from the walls can be removed with the mixture of baking soda and warm water. For challenging marks, sprinkle baking soda directly onto the sponge and scrub gently!
- Neutralizes Carpets and Cleans Vomit:After the mess is removed, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the stained area and allow it to saturate into the carpet. Use a wet brush or sponge to scrub the area. With the second application, sprinkle and allow to dry. Afterward, vacuum.
- Shower Curtains: Clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda directly on a clean damp sponge or brush, and scrub. After rinsing, hang to dry.
- Sticky or Dirty Hands: Add a generous dollop of baking soda to your hand soap. After rubbing hands thoroughly, this hack will leave hands clean and fresh.
- Tile and Grout: Combine baking soda and hydrogen peroxide into a paste, and scrub into the tiles using a toothbrush.
- Save on Detergents: As an alternative, try Charlie’s Soap, a hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly brand made in Madison, North Carolina. With one scoop of soap, add two tablespoons of baking soda, and a third cup of vinegar to every load. For a fraction of the price, every load of laundry will be clean and smell wonderful!
Health and Beauty
- Ease Razor Burn: If you have an uncomfortable burning sensation from shaving, make a paste of baking soda and water, and dab onto the skin. Relief will occur almost immediately!
- Freshens Breath: Add a teaspoon to a half glass of water and swish, spit, and rinse.
- Soak Dentures: With two teaspoons of baking soda in a small bowl of warm water, allow retainers and dentures to soak. Odors will be neutralized, and food particles will be easier to remove.
- Soothes Your Feet: Add a few tablespoons to warm water and soak. A great solution for aching feet.
- Reduces Shampoo Buildup:Add a small dollop to your shampoo, scrub, and rinse. Users will notice a considerable amount of foam. Hair will appear shiny and softer.
Oh, the list has just touched upon a small portion of the benefits. We have yet to mention how it cleans flatware, teapots, removes oil and grease stains, and serves as a fruit and vegetable scrub! Ah, the lasting impression is that baking soda is a money saving hack!