20 Amazing Uses for Baking Soda

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While most people realize baking soda is used in cooking consider these 20 surprising ways you can use it all around the house.

Baking soda is one of the cheapest and most versatile substances you can buy at the grocery store. Most people use it to bake cakes, cookies and other goodies but it has many other uses. Consider these 20 amazing ways you can use baking soda for everything from bug bites to oven cleaning. Spring cleaning is a breeze with baking soda!

Baking Soda for Beauty

1. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with warm water to turn it into a thick paste. Rub it on insect bites to reduce the swelling and eliminate itching.

2. Put a dash of baking soda and water on your toothbrush to whiten your teeth. This can scratch the enamel so make this an occasional treatment for times when you want your smile to sparkle.

3. Add a cup of baking soda to your warm bath. It helps to soften and exfoliate your skin.

4. Sprinkle baking soda onto a powder puff and apply it to your underarms as a natural deodorant. It contains no chemical, which is particularly important for people who are susceptible to cancer.

5. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water to get rid of stomach upset and heartburn. Who knew you have an antacid lurking in your pantry?

Baking Soda to Clean up Your Environment

6. Pour a cup of baking soda into your toilet water. Let it sit for an hour to soak up odors. Clean the toilet with a brush to get rid of stains.

7. Place an open container of baking soda in your refrigerator to eliminate odors from those smelly leftovers.

8. Mix a paste of baking soda and water to scrub everything from your stubborn pots to the inside of your oven. You can also use this paste to clean your bathroom tub and sink.

9. If you don't have any Carpet Fresh around, sprinkle baking soda on your carpets then vacuum it up in a few minutes to absorb odors.

10. Combat dirty, smelly laundry by sprinkling it with baking soda before you toss it in the washing machine with regular detergent.

11. Put a tablespoon of baking soda down your drains every week then flush it down with hot water. This helps prevent clogging.

12. Did your kid leave a Thermos in their locker for an entire semester? Get rid of that funky odor by rinsing it out with warm water and baking soda.

Baking Soda Goes Beyond Baking Recipes

13. Is your tomato sauce rather acidic? Instead of using baking soda as an antacid after eating, sprinkle a dash in your tomato recipes to reduce the acid taste.

14. Always wash your fruits and vegetables before eating them. Mix cool water with baking soda to get them clean.

15. Did you run out of baking powder for one of your favorite recipes? Mix baking soda with cornstarch and cream of tartar in a pinch. See the video below for instructions.

Baking Soda All Around the House and Yard

16. Does the smell of cigarette smoke make you feel nauseous but guests insist on smoking? Sprinkle baking soda in your ashtrays to get rid of the odor and put out potential fires.

17. Are the kids bored on a Saturday afternoon and looking for something to do? Make clay at home using one cup of baking soda, one cup of cornstarch and ¼ cup of water. Add a dash of food coloring to make it look like Play-dough.

18. Did your winter boots get stinky from wearing them all season? Sprinkle baking soda in your boots, sneakers and shoes to eliminate that yucky smell.

19. Is the pungent odor coming from your cat's litter box overwhelming? Tone it down by sprinkling baking soda on the kitty litter.

20. Keep your pet smelling fresh by putting a dash of baking soda on their comb or brush to deodorize them.

For just pennies, baking soda, a/k/a sodium bicarbonate, can tackle all kinds of tasks. Can you think of other ways to use baking soda? Share them with us!

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