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My life changed when I learned about these 25 life-changing baking soda uses.
Prepare to be amazed:
1. Make your own chalk paint.
Mix one cup latex paint, 3 tablespoons of cool water and ½ cup of baking soda.
2. Mix baking soda, distilled water and essential oil for a bathroom air freshener.
Mix one tablespoon of baking soda in distilled water and a few drops of essential oil for a bathroom air freshener that everyone will appreciate.
3. Keep flowers alive longer by adding one teaspoon of baking soda to the vase.
4. Use baking soda as a carpet and vacuum cleaner.
Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet and let sit for about 15 minutes.
By vacuuming up the baking soda, you’ll not only deodorize your vacuum but also your carpet! Win-win.
5. Sprinkle baking soda on wood cutting boards to deep clean.
Scrub, rinse and you’re good to go!
6. Drink half a teaspoon of baking soda with half a cup of water to replace antacids.
7. Clean cloth diapers by dissolving half a cup of baking soda in 8 cups of water.
8. Clean silver jewelry with a baking soda and water paste.
Rub onto silver with a clean cloth, rinse and dry.
9. Remove oil and grease stains from clothes.
Sprinkle baking soda on the oil or grease stain, scrub, let sit and then wash.
10. Make your own teeth whitening toothpaste.
Mix together 2/3 cup baking soda, one teaspoon salt (optional), one to two teaspoon peppermint extract or essential oil and a little splash of water.
Gradually add more water, stirring at the same time, until the paste has reached your desired consistency. Store the paste in a glass container.
11. Replace your dry shampoo with baking soda when you’re in a pinch.
12. Freshen stuffed animals by sprinkling baking soda and waiting 15 minutes.
13. Add a few drops of essential oils to a box of baking soda to freshen your closet.
14. Remove grout stains with bleach and baking soda.
Combine bleach and baking soda to form a paste, then use an old toothbrush to apply the paste to dirty grout.
Let the bleach and baking soda mixture work its magic for 5-10 minutes. Scrub a bit more with the toothbrush, wait five more minutes, then rinse!
15. Sprinkle baking soda in shoes to absorb odors.
Let sit overnight and dump any excess powder out in the morning.
16. Use lemon juice and baking soda to get rid of armpit stains.
Create a paste of baking soda, lemon and water, and apply to the stain. Let it sit for about an hour before throwing it into the washer.
17. Clean off stains from baking sheets with a baking soda and peroxide paste.
Put about 1/4 cup of baking soda in a small glass bowl, and add just enough hydrogen peroxide to form a paste.
Using steel wool or a sponge, rub the paste into your baking pan’s stains.
Allow the paste to sit for about 45 minutes before wiping and rinsing clean.
18. Clean the inside of your refrigerator with baking soda and hot water.
The fragrance in dish soap and other cleaners can affect the way food stored in your fridge tastes. Instead, use a solution of 2 tablespoons of baking soda and one quart of hot water to wipe down your fridge.
19. Get rid of lingering smells inside your purse with baking soda.
Carefully place an open box of baking soda inside your purse, then pull your purse’s dustcover (or use a pillowcase) over your bag. The baking soda should remove any odors.
20. Unclog drains with one cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar.
Pour one cup of baking soda into the drain, quickly followed by one cup of vinegar. Wait until the soda and vinegar produce bubbles and foam, then flush the drain with a quart of boiling water.
21. Remove a splinter with baking soda.
Applying baking soda helps the skin to swell, which draws the splinter up closer to the surface. Combine baking soda and water to make a paste.
Apply to the area, cover with a bandage for 24 hours, then uncover and the splinter should be sticking out enough to pull it out with tweezers.
22. Make dry dog shampoo with baking soda, cornstarch, and lavender essential oil.
23. Clean and deodorize baby toys with baking soda.
Dissolve four tablespoons of baking soda in one quart of warm water.
Wash toys with a clean, damp sponge or cloth. Then, just rinse and dry.
24. Use baking soda on a sponge to absorb smells in your fridge.
Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on a sponge, and place in your vegetable drawer or on a shelf.
25. Conduct a science experiment with kids by filling balloons with baking soda and vinegar, then watching them inflate.
Using a funnel, pour vinegar about 1/3 of the way full into an old water bottle. Dry the funnel, and use it to pour baking soda into a balloon. Fill the balloon up halfway with baking soda.
Cover the top of the bottle with your baking-soda balloon, but make sure you don’t let the baking soda spill into the bottle prematurely.
When you and your child are ready, lift the balloon and let the baking soda fall into the vinegar. Since baking soda and vinegar create an acid-base chemical reaction as soon as they’re combined, the balloon will start to inflate, filling up with the carbon dioxide gas created by the reaction in the bottle.