I have to issue a disclaimer—this is not a sponsored post for Arm & Hammer about baking soda! I have simply become a huge fan after realizing how useful baking soda is in beauty and household areas.

In the past, I would buy a box once a year (if that often!) and shove it to the back of the fridge. There are so many other great uses for it that it deserves a more prominent place in my home and probably yours. Aside from being versatile, it’s also environmentally friendly and cheap! Here are 10 additional ways to use baking soda:

Personal care uses

1. Soak for the body

To help your skin feel softer, add ½ cup of baking soda to your bathwater.

2. Brighten Skin

This tip was on the Dr. Oz website. It comes from the Beauty Director of Women's Health magazine, Molly Nover-Baker:

Make a paste with baking soda (about 3 tablespoons), 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and a few drops of olive oil. Apply to clean skin. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse.  (Note: Baking soda is abrasive. This may not be suitable for sensitive skin.)

3. Relieve itchy bug bites

Make a paste for bug bites by combining 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Put the paste on the itchy areas for relief.

4. Soak and scrub feet

To create a relaxing foot bath, add 3 or 4 tablespoons of baking soda to a basin of warm water. You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil for a soothing scent.  After soaking for 10 – 15 minutes, make a paste with water and baking soda and exfoliate your feet. Rinse and pat dry.

Household uses

5. Wash produce

Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge or cloth. Wipe the produce and rinse.

6. Boost laundry detergent

Add ½ cup of baking soda to your detergent. Baking soda helps to get clothes cleaner by improving the effectiveness of laundry detergent.

7. Neutralize odors from trash cans

Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of trash bags and/or trash cans.

8. Remove stubborn food from stainless steel cookware

This tip is one of my favorites! If there’s still some stubborn residue after washing a pot, add a little dishwashing detergent, a splash of water, and a layer of baking soda.  Let it sit for a few minutes and scrub with a sponge or dish towel.

9. Neutralize odors from sink drains

Pour ½ cup of baking soda while running warm tap water down the sink.

10. Remove tomato sauce stains from plastic

Finally a way to salvage those red-stained plastic bowls! Combine baking soda and water to make a paste. Scrub the plastic bowls with the paste.

The next time you visit the grocery store, be sure to pick up two boxes of baking soda—and stock up even more if the price is right! Use one to replace the box in the back of your fridge (you know it's time!) and keep the other(s) in easy reach for some of your beauty and household needs.

 

This is a guest post by Dawn from Addison, TX.