Brilliant Baking Soda
Remember the last time you opened the refrigerator door and you had the sudden urge to grab your nose because a foul odor attacked your olfactory nerves?
You immediately knew two things!
- It’s WAY past time to clean your refrigerator and
- It’s time for a new box of baking soda!
I’m sure many of you have used that faithful box of baking soda to keep those foul odors in your refrigerator at bay. Most of the time the box helps to keep things just a little bit fresher.
Baking Soda has Been Around for a Long Time.
Using baking soda is probably one of the most common uses of baking soda. Be sure to keep a box in the fridge. After about a month you can pour it down the sink. This will help keep the drains fresh as well.
I remember my mom used it to take the pain out of bee stings. Oh, the wonders of baking soda.
In the mid 19th century two bakers opened up the first U. S. factory designed to produce baking soda for use in baked goods. In fact, this is where Arm and Hammer got their beginnings.
Arm and Hammer Baking Soda uses
1.Refresh your refrigerator with Baking Soda
Be sure to keep an opened box of baking soda in the fridge. After about a month, you can pour it down the sink and freshen your drains.
Baking is great for so many more things than just keeping your refrigerator fresh. Baking soda is a simple common substance that has been around for years. You may have used it in your refrigerator to tame those nasty odors.
There is probably a box in your fridge right now.
2. Use Baking Soda Instead of Toothpaste.
I mentioned using baking soda in the refrigerator but I bet there are many of you that have used baking soda as an alternative to toothpaste. There will be those times when we just run out of things and this is true for toothpaste as well. When you find yourself fresh out of toothpaste just make a paste of baking soda and brush away.
Combine three parts baking soda to one part water and brush and swish. This will not only clean your teeth it will freshen your breath. Baking soda acts as an antiseptic to neutralize the production of acids which helps eliminate bad breath. If you add a little coconut oil to the baking soda you will keep those teeth bright and shiny.
3.Make a Paste of Baking Soda Instead of Deodorant.
Baking soda will not only fight odors in your mouth, you can use it to fight odors under your arms. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with five to ten drops of your favorite essential old and apply to your underarms. Here is another recipe you might like to try:
¼ cup baking soda
¼ cup cornstarch
6 tbsp coconut oil, melted
10 drops essential oil as desired
Mix all ingredients well. Use a cotton pad or tissue to apply to your underarms. Be sure to test this mixture on a small area. You may be sensitive to the oils or other items in this mixture. You can always leave the essential oils out of the recipe.
4. Swish some Baking Soda as Mouthwash.
Yep, you can use baking soda as a mouthwash as well. Simply add about a half-teaspoon of baking soda to about four ounces of warm water and use it to gargle. Once again the sodium bicarbonate in the baking soda neutralizes odors instead of just covering them up.
5. Use Baking Soda as a Laundry Stain Remover.
Baking soda is great in the laundry room as well. Mix up a batch for those tough stains. Here is a great recipe for stain removal:
⅓ cup Dawn dish soap
⅓ cup ammonia
3Tbsp. Baking Soda
1 cup water
Mix together and in an empty spray bottle. Make sure you give it a test on an inconspicuous area just to make sure it works well for you.
Use Baking Soda to Kill Pests.
Chemicals are used in just about everything. If you want to give your environment a chemical rest try these pest killing ideas.
6. Baking Soda Kills Roaches!
Ok, This might not be the most pleasant subject to talk about but if you have pesky roaches ruining your day, try this mixture. Mix sugar and baking soda together and place the mixture in a small gallon jar lid. Place some water next to the baking soda mixture.
The roaches will eat the baking soda and then when they drink the water they will die. Gross! I know. Give it a try and let me know what you think. This is one of those remedies where you really appreciate not using chemicals in your house.
7. Baking Soda Kills Ants and Fleas Too!
As you are aware, there are many chemicals used in pet shampoos and flea treatments. Some of the chemicals can even cause organ damage.
You can use a mixture of baking soda and salt to get rid of the larvae and eggs of fleas. Be sure you treat bedding, carpet, and furniture in order to get rid of the flees.
Keep your pet away from the area while you are treating it since it may irritate their skin. Combine the baking soda and salt and then put it into a shaker bottle. Sprinkle a liberal amount on all areas of the home.
Use a brush or broom to spread the mixture evenly. Let the mixture stay over-night. It will dehydrate the flees. Vacuum the mixture and the dying fleas. Be sure to seal the bag and dispose of the bag outside.
Repeat this process every three to four days to completely get rid of the fleas. This should be a treatment applied every three months.
Baking Soda Uses with Food
Rub the skin of the chicken with baking soda before you cook it. This keeps the chicken crispy while the rest of the chicken remains moist. Place the chicken in the oven and bake as usual.
10.Fluffy Omelets and Waffles
Add a half-teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs. Try a little in your waffles as well Add a pinch of baking soda to any buttermilk waffle recipe.
11.Baking Soda on Veggies
Use baking soda on your plants and use them on your fruits and veggies as well. If you have some fruits and veggies that have been treated with pesticides or you just want to make sure they are good and clean baking soda is your friend.
Mix two to three tablespoons of baking soda and cold water. You can give your produce a gentle scrubbing and enjoy pesticide-free fruits and veggies. Be sure to rinse thoroughly before enjoying it.
How do you use Baking Soda? Do you have any storage tips for bulk buyers?
These are several ways Baking Soda can be used to lessen the use of chemicals in and around your home and pets. What have you used baking soda for? Share your baking soda finds in the comment.
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