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Friday, September 21, 2012

10 Great Uses for Baking Soda

So you’re tired of washing your money down the drain with all those expensive cleaning supplies.

And maybe you have become more environmentally conscious along the way and you want to incorporate a better way to clean into your daily or weekly cleaning.

I don’t blame you; I encourage you to make the change. Among other things, we use baking soda. It's a natural deodorizer, slightly abrasive and can be used for cleaning many surfaces – including your skin, and can be added to the laundry to kick your detergent up a notch.

Here are 10 great uses for baking soda. I know you’re going to like them as much as we do. And for those of you that already use baking soda, maybe there is something here you haven’t tried.

1. Laundry

We do a couple of loads of laundry each day. I add 1/ 2 cup baking soda to each load of laundry to help clean and whiten clothes. At least once every two months, I also add a couple of cups to a hot water wash cycle (no cloths) for deodorizing.

2. Quartz Countertops

I really like quartz and its natural beauty, durability, and how easy it is to clean. Most often all you need is a little soap and water and you’re good-to-go.

But, if you have a stubborn stain try a little baking soda and water, make a thin paste, apply it to the stain. Scrub with a soft scrubby. I use the little green plastic scrubbers.

3. Clean Pots and Pans

For extra cleaning power, sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons baking soda into the bottom of the pan. Add just enough water to make a slightly thick paste. Scrub the bottom and sides of the pan for a sparkling clean pan.

4. Brushing Your Teeth

Baking soda is a great thing to have around the house, it can clean clothes, stains, and it can be used for personal hygiene as well.

Wet your toothbrush and dip the bristles in baking soda. You may not care for the way it tastes but it isn’t bad, its bearable! And when you’ve finished brushing, you’ll have a clean smile and fresh breath.

If you really can’t stand the taste, you can also add the baking soda to your regular toothpaste then brush.

5. Exfoliant

This works for face and body. Make just what you think you will need. Mix a 3:1 ratio baking soda and water. Use circular motions to gently exfoliate the skin.

6. Upset Stomach

If in a pinch, you need to soothe your stomach (after eating a wonderful dinner your husband cooked), add 1 /2 teaspoon baking soda to 4 ounces of warm water.

Stir and mix completely and drink. If you keep a box of Arm and Hammer baking soda in the house, this recipe is on the back. Read the back of the box for safety instructions.

7. Cleaning Toys

To clean the kids toys, mix a quart of warm water with 1/ 4 cup baking soda. Wipe down and rinse with clean water.

8. Hand Cleaner

This is a great scrub for removing dirt and grime and a gentle exfoliator for hands. Mix a 3:1 solution of baking soda to water. Clean and rinse.

9. Clean Your Sponge

I use my kitchen sponge a lot throughout the day and over just a short amount of time, it smells, but the sponge is still good. I don’t want to throw it out because it I can still get a lot of use out of it. So instead of throwing it out, soak it and freshen it up.

Mix 4 to 5 tablespoons in a quart of water, stir to dissolve and let your sponges soak. I let them soak overnight and rinse in the morning.

10. Remove Grease Stains

If you have a little spilled grease on the driveway, sprinkle baking soda on the spot. Let it sit a while then scrub with a wet brush.

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