Baking soda, also called sodium bicarbonate, is a very fine white powder that has a wide variety of uses including cooking, cleaning, and personal care. The powder is a very useful addition to your cupboard, especially for cleaning purposes as it is both non-toxic and highly effective. The best part is, baking soda is incredibly cheap when compared to commercial cleaners. A 5-lb bag on Amazon (Arm & Hammer) costs only $3.70.
Here are 16 ways you can use this super powder around your home.
1. Oven cleaner
Clean your oven without the toxicity of commercial cleaners. Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the oven then use a spray bottle to dampen with water. Let the mixture sit overnight then wipe away the grime in the morning.
Use baking soda to neutralize those pesky food odors in your refrigerator. Simply open a box of the goods or fill a cup and leave it in the back of the refrigerator.
Bathroom tiles, toilet bowls, bathtubs, and showers are no match for the cleaning power of baking soda. Make a paste with baking soda and water, apply to the affected surface. Leave for 20 minutes then wipe with a damp cloth. To boost the cleaning power of the baking soda you can add vinegar to the paste.
4. Fruit and vegetable scrub
Soaking your fruits and vegetables in a mixture of water and baking soda ensures you removed unwanted germs and any pesticides or toxins that may make their way onto them. Leave fruits and veggies in the baking soda wash for about 15 minutes for best results.
5. Pots and Pans
Bring a mixture of baking soda and water to boil in affected pans with stubborn baked-on grease and stains then wash as normal. For very stubborn stains you may need to do a bit of scrubbing.
6. Clean floors
Add half a cup of baking soda to a bucket of warm water and use the mixture to clean your floors.
7. Laundry – add to detergent
Take advantage of the cleaning power of baking soda by adding half a cup to your laundry detergent for an extra dose of whitening power without the harmful chemicals.
8. Air freshener
Make a toxin-free air freshener by adding a few drops of your favorite scented oil to some baking soda in a glass jar. Cover with a porous cloth, decorate and place the jar wherever you need a fragrance boost.
9. Garbage bin
Baking soda also works well to eliminate odors in your garbage bin. Pouring the powder at the bottom of your garbage bin can eliminate up to 70% of garbage odor.
10. Smelly shoes
Eliminate the odor from smelly shoes with baking soda. Put two tablespoons of baking soda in a thin piece of fabric, secure with an elastic band and place one in each smelly shoe.
Beauty & Personal Care
11. Use as a mouthwash
A mixture of baking soda (1 teaspoon) and a glass of warm water can be used as an effective mouthwash. Simply gargle the mixture and swish it around in your mouth, spit, then rinse afterward with plain water.
12. Exfoliate skin
A paste made from 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water works well to exfoliate the skin. Simply mix and apply the paste to the skin in a circular motion then rinse and pat dry.
13. Foot Soak
A few tablespoons of baking soda added to warm water makes a great foot soak. The soak functions as an antibacterial as well as helps with foot odors.
14. Use as an antacid
Drinking a mix of baking soda and water – about 2 teaspoons to a cup of water – helps to soothe acid reflux and help with heartburn.
15. Natural insecticide – roaches and ants
Baking soda is a powerful natural insecticide. When the powder is ingested by roaches and ants it kills them by releasing carb dioxide into their system. Simply pour the powder on affected surfaces.
16. Fire extinguisher
Keep baking soda handy to extinguish small grease or oil fires. When the powder is poured on the fire it reacts with the heat to produce carbon dioxide which extinguishes it.