20 Special Uses For Baking Soda You Still Don't Know
Baking soda is an everyday household product that you surely have at home. This versatile, magical powder is not just used for baking. There are many other things baking soda can do. Now let's get straight to it.
1. Polishing Silverware
We use silverware every day, but over time, they lose their shine. Thankfully, here is a simple way to polish your silverware. Baking soda initiates a chemical reaction that targets marks, so just add some baking soda in a small basin of hot water. Then soak your silverware in the solution and see the amazing results.
2. Carpet Cleaner
Want to clean your carpet chemical-free? After all, nothing beats the tried-and-true natural cleaning product. Here we have one that's worth trying at home. All you need is baking soda and white vinegar. Spray the vinegar first, and then apply the soda. Leave the mixture to sit for a while and then vacuum it up. Done!
3. Hair Brush Cleaner
Build-ups accumulate in our hairbrushes over time and make them look like they have been used for decades. No one likes it, but do you know baking soda can help make your hairbrushes sparkling new easily? Simply add 3 tablespoons of baking soda into 4 cups of warm water, and then put your hairbrush in the mixture and scrub gently.
4. Jewelry Cleaner
Jewelry gets tarnished and discolored, but you can make it shine again easily. All you need is a bowl covered in foil (shiny side up), one cup boiling water, one tablespoon baking soda, half cup vinegar, and one teaspoon salt. Boil the water in the bowl and add the other items to it. Soak your jewelry in the mixture for 10 minutes. Rinse, and your jewelry is brand new.
To easily remove odors from under your arms, baking soda is a great tool. The best part is that you aren't exposing your body to any chemicals existing in traditional deodorants. Simply rub some baking soda and water under your arms, just like a normal deodorant, and you're good to go.
Heartburn or acid reflux is an annoying burning feeling from your throat to your stomach that can be caused by overeating, certain fruits, stress, and spicy foods. It can be very painful, and we hope you're not familiar with that feeling. If not, baking soda helps combat this issue. Just add one teaspoon of baking soda to your water and drink it. You'll feel better in no time!
7. Air Freshener
Lots of air fresheners you find on the market today do not get rid of bad smells but rather mask them. Besides, you don't really know what sort of chemicals are in those bottles. For a safer alternative, try to use baking soda, as this powder will interact with the odors rather than just cover them up.
8. Preventing Kidney Problems
According to the UK's NHS, baking soda can be helpful in battling chronic kidney issues. It helps prevent kidney stones, and even keep them cleared up. Soda can also help keep patients off dialysis longer if they already have a kidney issue. This sounds surprising, but it makes sense that baking soda is considered to have an acid-blocking power.
9. The Trash Cans Need To Be Cleaned Too
It's difficult to clean the inside of trash cans, and they get really smelly. Here's a good hack that works on both the outside and the inside. Make a paste from baking soda, lavender oil, and water. Scrub the inside of the trashcan and then leave it there overnight. The next morning, vacuum the mess up. The nastier smell disappears.
10. No More Sore Throat
Do you often suffer from sore throats, or even worse, strep throat? This disease can be pretty dreadful, and taking a bunch of antibiotics is not always the solution. In addition, this can be harmful to your body. For fast and healthy relief, gargle with baking soda 3 times a day.
11. Get Rid of Pesky Weeds
Are you tired of those wild weeds that make your garden look unappealing and disgusting? Well, here is the perfect solution. Just sprinkle some baking soda in the cracks of your driveway and sidewalk, and repeat whenever you need. Soon, those weeds will be wither.
12. The Best Breath Ever
As we've mentioned above, baking soda is very effective at getting rid of odors. Your bad breath is no exception. Add a half teaspoon of baking soda to a cup of warm water. Swish it around in your mouth just like you do with any mouthwash. It helps sanitize a nasty smelling mouth!
13. Removing Dangerous Ice From the Driveway
If you live in a very cold place, we bet you are familiar with the pain of having a sheet of ice covering your driveway. If you are stuck and have no road salt at home, sprinkle some baking soda instead. Admittedly, the soda is not as strong as the salt, but it still works rather well.
14. No More Grime On Your Shoes
Baking soda is a perfect solution to eliminate the sticky feeling that some shoes may have from daily wear. Just apply 2 teaspoons of baking soda on several pieces of cloth. Then tie them up and leave them in your shoes for a while to get the best results.
15. The Cleanest Armpits
For some people, discolored underarms can be an annoying problem in the summer. If you want to lighten them up a bit, massage a baking soda paste onto your armpits for one minute. Leave it there for about 30 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Do this 2 or 3 times a week, and you'll be looking good in that new bikini or tank top.
16. Cleaner Veggies and Fruits
Vegetables bought in the shops can have pesticides remain on the outside. No one wants to eat those! Simply washing them with water isn't enough. After all, if the pesticide came off when it rained, this would be pretty useless. Instead, make a solution of water, baking soda, and white vinegar to get rid of those nasty chemicals.
17. Kitchen Grease Will Be Gone Forever
If you fry food in the kitchen, grease will likely come off onto the counter. It can be tough to clean, but it could be much easier if you sprinkle some baking soda on a sponge with some water. This powder is very absorbent, and it's a mild abrasive. Therefore, it's a double whammy of cleaning for grease.
18. Removing All The Hard Remains After Baking
You can make a baking soda scrub to get rid of baked-on food from just about any dish or pan. Fill up the pan with hot water, add vinegar and a bit of baking soda to the mix. Let it soak for about 10 minutes. Then scrub it down using a mild scouring pad, and the dish or pan should be clean as new.
19. Cleaning Your Drain Easily
When your drain is clogged, your first idea might be to use a poisonous drain cleaner. Instead, you might try a mixture of white vinegar, boiling water, and baking soda. Break up the big clog first, then pour the boiling water down the sink. Next, pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain, and wait for around 5 minutes. Then pour one cup of vinegar down the drain and one cup of boiling water. 5 minutes later, pour a whole pot of boiling water down the sink. This can clean the drain without poisonous chemicals.
20. Remove Bad Scents From Your Sponge
Although sponges are usually pretty cheap, if you don't want to make extra waste by just throwing them away, try this hack. Soak the sponges in a mixture of 4 tablespoons of baking soda and one quart of water. A few minutes later, rinse them out and let them sit and dry. This will help filter out bad smells and make them usable again.
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