Baking soda can help tackle a number of household issues, inside and out. It is a natural deodorizer and amphoteric in nature, which means it can act as both an acid and a base to dissolve and neutralize compounds.
It’s non-toxic to use as a green cleaning agent and has a number of outdoor applications.
Health and Beauty Uses of Baking soda
1. Freshen your mouth. Put one teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water then swish, spit and rinse.
2. Facial scrub. Make a paste of 3 parts b. soda to 1 part water. Rub on skin in a circular motion. Rinse clean.
3. Soothe your feet. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of b. soda in a warm bath. Let feet soak and gently scrub.
4. Relieve body odor. Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.
5. Heartburn. Take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water.
6. Clean the oven. Spray baking soda with water and let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub and wipe away residue.
7. Clean sponges. Soak smelly sponges in 4 tablespoons of b. soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water.
8. Polish silverware. Make a baking soda paste with 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Rub onto silverware with a clean cloth or sponge and rinse thoroughly.
9. Longer lasting flowers. Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.
10. Freshen your fridge. Put an open container of b. soda in the fridge to absorb the odors.
11. Clean shoes. Make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to shoes, scrub with a sponge or rag and wipe off.
Garden and Garage
12. Rejuvenate the greenery. Mix together one teaspoon b. soda, 1/2 teaspoon clear ammonia and one teaspoon Epsom salt in a gallon of water. Use about a quart of the solution on each rosebush-size shrub that’s lost its luster.
13. Remove oil stains from garage floors. Wet the area and scour with b. soda and a scrub brush.
14. Deodorize cars. Eliminate odors settled into car upholstery and carpet by sprinkling baking soda onto fabric seats and carpets. Wait at least 15 minutes, and vacuum up.
15. Sweeten tomatoes. Sprinkle b. soda in the soil surrounding your tomato plants to give them a sweeter flavor.
16. Repel bugs. Sprinkle baking soda along basement windows and under sinks to repel cockroaches and ants.
17. Deodorize the cutting boards. Sprinkle cutting boards with b. soda, scrub and rinse.
18. Remove insecticides. Fill your sink with water and mix in 1/4 cup of baking soda. Wash fruits and vegetables in the water to safely remove insecticides.
19. Make fluffier omelets. Make fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of b. soda for every three eggs used.
20. When boiling a chicken, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Feathers will come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white.