Top Ten List: Baking Soda

Now, this isn’t a Creative Reuse List, but I have to make a list about Baking Soda because it can replace so many things that you might purchase separately.

Here are my favorite 10 things to do with Baking Soda (there are about a million and one, by the way)

Most of my favorites are found in Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things, by Reader’s Digest.

1.  Produce soap. Even if you buy organic, the tap water you use to wash off the dirt can contain harmful chemicals.  To reduce the effects your tap water can have on your fruits and veggies, either wash them in a cold bowl of water that has 3 tablespoons of baking soda mixed in or wipe down with a sponge that has a small amount of baking soda on it.  Delicious!

2.  Clean your cutting board. I make a promise to myself to scrub the island in the kitchen along with the cutting boards with a sponge of baking soda each week.  Although this doesn’t really happen weekly, when it does they all look new again.  And, they feel and smell much better too.  A lot safer than store bought chemical sprays too!  Please note, that I also scrub them down with a bit of bleach every once in a while to in order to sanitize them.

3.  Make your garbage smell good. Yes, I know we all are trying to reduce how much we are throwing away, but garbage cans still get full.  And, sometimes they still stink.  To avoid this, sprinkle a bit of baking soda in the bottom of your trash can before you put the garbage bag in.  I have been doing this for a few months now and it works miracles.  No more stinky trash can!

4.  Clean rugs and carpets. I have a dog and, although we bathe her once a week, she never seems to smell fresh more than a day.  We are lucky to have a non-carpeted house which helps keep it from smelling like a dog too much.  But, we do have a few rugs that need a good vacuuming once in a while.  To rid the rugs of the Nekoness (my dog) smell I sprinkle a bit of baking soda on it and let it sit for a few minutes before I vacuum.

5.  Ease the pain of sun scorched skin. I am a redhead.  As much as I may try to stay a nice pale freckled skin tone, there are occasions when I turn myself into a lobster.  When that happens, I turn to my trusted bag of baking soda.  Just soak a gauze pad in 1 cup of water with 4 tablespoons of baking soda mixed in.  Carefully apply to sunburned areas and feel the relief.  If your entire body is covered in red, then take a warm bath with 1/2 cup of baking soda.

6.  Freshen up your do. Baking soda can be used as an alternative to shampoo.  It is especially helpful to those suffering from any type of dandruff.  Use about a handful of baking soda when you wash your hair.  You only need to use it about once a week!

7.  Protect your sidewalk from weeds. Sprinkle the cracks in your sidewalk with baking soda and use a broom to sweep the soda into the cracks.  Weeds are less likely to grown due to the excess sodium baking soda has.  Yay for a safe weed eater!

8.  Dinner not sitting well? Baking soda can relieve Heartburn!  Thanks to Life Hackery for this tip! Heartburn?  Take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water.

9. Paintbrushes seen better days? Here’s another great tip from Life HackeryRestore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a cup of baking soda.

10.  Pet Toy Cleaner. From Arm & Hammer themselves:  Don’t play catch with chemicals. Clean plastic and rubber toys by washing in a solution of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda (4 tablespoons dissolved in 1 quart of warm water). Give furry toys a dry shower by sprinkling ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda on, and brushing off after 15 minutes.

What are your favorite ways to use Baking Soda?



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