Sodium bicarbonate

Bicarbonate of soda—commonly known as “baking soda”—is a wonderful household sản phẩm for much more than baking! From removing stains lớn cleaning teeth lớn even getting rid of your sweet tooth, see some of the best uses for baking sodomain authority.

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Growing up, I rethành viên we always had baking soda on hvà for leavening biscuits, dumplings, và various quichồng breads. Mom set an open box of it into lớn the fridge khổng lồ absorb odors, and had us drink a bit of it in water to lớn ease upset stomachs.

During the past year, I’ve sầu found more uses for it. Like many of you, during quarantine, I learned khổng lồ get by with fewer household items in general, discovering new uses for ordinary things that were readily available và never in short supply.

Keep an open box of baking sodomain authority in the refrigerator khổng lồ absorb any escaping smells so other foods won’t. Exchange for a new box whenever you clean the fridge. Use the contents of the old box for scrubbing jobs.

Best Uses for Baking Soda

In the Bathroom

One rule of thumb: Baking sodomain authority is great at removing grease, grime, scum, và stinky smells just about everywhere.

Clean nhà vệ sinh bowls Add a quarter cup of baking soda and half a cup of Trắng vinegar lớn an empty bowl. Bubbles will form! Scrub with a stiff brush and flush. Repeat if necessary. A damp cloth sprinkled with baking soda will also clean the outside surfaces of the toilet, tank and cover.Clean faucets and door handles Make a thick paste of baking soda & a bit of water, apply khổng lồ grimy areas, & scrub with a stiff brush (For the tighdemo spots, I use an old toothbrush. I save all my toothbrushes for tasks lượt thích this). Rinse off immediately, or let it dry và rinse later.Soak toothbrushes in baking soda và warm water overnight to clean bristles.Keep your rubber gloves dry và smelling good by sprinkling baking soda inside them. They’ll slip on more easily too!

In the Kitchen

Scrub coffee mugs, tea cups, và carafes: Sprinkle the inside of the mug or container with baking sodomain authority and gently scrub with a moist cloth to lớn remove sầu the stains. Then give sầu the mug or container a thorough rinse.Remove burned-on foods from stainless steel cookware Add plenty of baking sodomain authority to the pot/pan with enough water khổng lồ form a thick slurry, let sit (minutes, hours, or overnight), and go to it with a fresh scrubbing pad. Repeat as necessary.Clean your refrigerator with a solution of one-teaspoon baking sodomain authority khổng lồ one quart of warm water.Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda on the bottom of your toaster oven khổng lồ eliminate the burned smell from drippings and crumbs.To remove pesticides, dirt, and wax from fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them in a large bowl of cool water lớn which you’ve sầu added two to three tablespoons of baking soda.A paste of baking sodomain authority removes red sauce stains from plastic.

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Cooking and Baking

Make fluffier omelets. A pinch (¼ teaspoon or less) in your morning eggs as you whip them up will make your omelettes or scrambled eggs fluffier.Make the best cookies! In a project intended lớn find the best leavening agent for chocolate-chip cookies, the folks at BuzzFeed baked 400 cookies comparing various agents & discovered that baking-soda-only cookies won hands down. Prove sầu them wrong!Add a pinch of baking soda to lớn boiled syrup to lớn prsự kiện it from crystallizing.

For Health

Clean teeth The antibacterial properties of baking powder help reduce bacterial plaques that cause tooth decay & gum disease, while its mild abrasive quality helps remove light staining. Mix a little baking sodomain authority with a few drops of water lớn make a thick paste, wet brush, coat teeth with paste, cover with paste, brush gently, và rinse well.If you crave sầu sweets, rinse your mouth with one-teaspoon baking soda dissolved in a glass of warm water. Don’t swallow the mixture; spit it out. Your craving should disappear instantly.For freshening breath, add a spoonful of baking soda khổng lồ a glass of warm water (or peppermint tea), and swoosh the mixture around in your mouth for 30 seconds or more before spitting it out. Ease occasional heartburn/indigestion: The standard dose for this old-fashioned remedy is half a teaspoon of baking soda in half a cup of water. If you have sầu frequent heartburn or other digestive problems, see a doctor.

On Clothing

Gasoline & oil odors can be removed by putting clothes in a trash bag with baking soda for a few days before washing them.Remove odors from smelly shoes. Liberally sprinkle baking soda inside shoes (và under the inserts, too). Place shoes in a large paper bag và leave overnight. When you’re ready lớn go again, shake out the sodomain authority. Remove sầu stains on hat bands. Mix up a few tablespoons of trắng vinegar with a squirt of spray around the inside of a baseball or athletic cap a mixture of a quarter cup of white vinegar mixed with a tablespoon of liquid detergent. Then sprinkle baking sodomain authority liberally around the brlặng and Apply khổng lồ the bryên ổn & let the hat sit for up to an hour. Spray with distilled white vinegar and give sầu the stain another short scrub. Rinse clean in cold water. Pat dry with a towel và allow the hat to lớn air dry completely.Clean a steam iron When the ironing surface (soleplate) gets grubby, scrub it gently with a paste of baking soda & water. Let it dry before brushing off with a soft brush. If that doesn’t quite vì chưng the triông xã, soak a small towel or washcloth in Trắng vinegar, lay it on newspapers on the ironing board, & sprinkle baking sodomain authority. Then “iron” the towel baông xã và forth without plugging the iron in. 

For Your Dog

Freshen up your smelly dog! Liberally sprinkle your smelly dog (outdoors if possible) all over, avoiding the face, with baking soda, mát xa it in well so it coats the skin, và leave sầu it for a few minutes to lớn absorb the offending odors. Then give sầu your dog a good brushing. Additional advantages of a baking sodomain authority bath: It imparts luster lớn the coat, soothes doggie’s skin, & kills fleas và other parasites.

In the Car

Deodorize your oto (or trunk) by sprinkling baking sodomain authority on the upholstery và floor mats. Let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming it up, removing any extra baking soda with a damp cloth. Some people keep their ashtray filled with baking sodomain authority. A light baking sodomain authority paste on a damp cloth will remove bugs và tar from cars without damaging the paint. Let paste sit for a few minutes before wiping and rinsing clean.

Miscellaneous Uses

Deodorize stinky hands. After cutting fish or handling other smelly items, dust your hands well with baking sodomain authority và scrub them under running warm water for a few seconds.Freshen trash bins. Just sprinkle the inside of your kitchen và bathroom trash cans, or inside the trash bags themselves. Once a year, I take mine outside & scrub with a little liquid detergent and a svào spray of the garden hose.Lay down a barrier of baking sodomain authority under sink-pipe openings & along basement windows to keep carpenter ants, silverfish, và roaches from invading. Roaches eat the baking sodomain authority, dehydrate, and die.Sprinkling baking sodomain authority on your front steps will provide traction và melt the ice. Unlike roông xã salt, kitty litter, or s&, it won’t damage outdoor or indoor surfaces or shoes.

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*Don’t use baking soda for cleaning glass surfaces, silverware, stone countertops, and wooden floors or furniture. Also, dermatologists warn against using baking soda routinely as a dry shampoo or underarm deodorant, because its alkalinity will disrupt the natural acidity of skin and scalp.

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