10 Things to Do with Baking Sodaby Vicki Karigiannis
published July 19, 2012
In the kitchen + beyond
Recently, we were in Toronto, listening to TV personality and finance guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade talk about value. Value, she explained, was more than just saving a few dollars, but, rather, investing in a brand you trust and getting the most out of the products you buy. And since we were in town to check out what was new at Church & Dwight, parent company of Arm & Hammer baking soda, we were inspired by the latter product. We’ve deodorized our fridges and cooked with it, sure, but were amazed to discover its many other uses. Just what can baking soda do? Read on for a few ideas.
1. Unclog the drain. Instead of enlisting the help of a plumber or high-priced drain solution, some baking soda can do the trick. Simply mix 1/3 c. of baking soda with 1/3 c. of vinegar, and pour down a clogged drain immediately. Flush it out with hot water, ridding your drain of gunk and grime.
2. Treat insect bites. With mosquito season in full swing, we all want quick and effective relief. One homemade treatment includes mixing three tbsp. of baking soda with one tbsp. of water. Mix the two into a paste, and apply onto your mosquito—or any other type of insect—bite.
3. Extinguish fires. While we would hope that you’d never need to, baking soda is great at putting out fires in the home. How? Known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda produces carbon dioxide in high temperatures. The carbon dioxide replaces the surrounding oxygen, thus smothering the fire.
4. Keep flowers fresh. To preserve the life of your fresh-cut flowers, a sprinkle of baking soda will do! Just add some into a vase full of water before adding in the flowers.
5. Cut tough grease from pots. When doing the dishes, there are some tasks that regular dishwashing liquid just isn’t cut out for. To get rid of tough stains, simply sprinkle the dirty surface with baking soda. Pour one c. hot water and 1/3 c. vinegar onto the baking soda, watch it fizz, and then simply start scrubbing!
6. Wash your veggies. Many of you are likely growing fresh vegetables out in your garden, and once ready to be picked, they will make their way onto the kitchen table. But not before a proper scrub, of course! Place your veggies in a plastic bowl, and cover them with cool water. Add three tbsp. of baking soda to the water, and let the vegetables soak for 10 minutes. Use a vegetable brush to scrub away the dirt, rinse, and you’re done.
7. Deodorize your underarms. Your deodorant stick is sitting in front of you, empty, and you have somewhere to be ASAP. You don’t want to head out without underarm protection, so simply head over to the kitchen for a quick fix. Make sure your underarms have been thoroughly washed beforehand, and dried properly. Pat on as much baking soda as you’d like, and you’re ready to go about your day.
8. Freshen your mouth. No mouthwash in sight? After brushing your teeth at night, simply swish a mix of water and baking soda in your mouth. This will make it harder for bacteria to form. Be warned: this shouldn’t be a permanent solution, but a temporary one, as too much baking soda can corrode your teeth.
9. Rid your home of ants. Ant infestations: they’re pretty common during the summer months. To rid these pesky insects from your home, simply sprinkle some along any ant trail you’ve spotted in your home, or along any cracks and crevices from which ants enter. This won’t kill the ants, but remove the scent trail, keeping the ants at bay.
10. Manage your mane. Never thought to incorporate baking soda into your beauty routine? Simply add a tsp. of it to your shampoo, lather it into your hair, and rinse. This process will rid your hair of any build-up, so it’s worth doing every few weeks.
How do you use baking soda around the house? Share with us in the Comments section below!
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