Have you ever seen those commercials where there is someone looking in the refrigerator but quickly close it because the smell is so overwhelming bad? As the commercial goes, it’ll say just throw a partially opened box of baking soda in the fridge and change it every couple of months. The saying is the baking soda will absorb any unsavory odors, thus preserving your fruits and vegetables tasting like some tuna fish that hadn’t been closed all the way, or egg salad that’s passed it’s prime.
Well, what if we told you that baking had so many other uses than just a deodorizer? Keep reading to find out some other great ways baking soda can be used in your home. Check them out and think about how many you can use in your own life!
1. Deodorize the refrigerator and/or freezer
We had to put the most obvious of uses on this list (we already mentioned it in the introduction of course!). It’s the simplest tip on this list. Just take a small box of baking soda, open it and forget about it for a month… Maybe two if you don’t normally eat stinky food.
2. Deodorizing the cat litter
Instead of using a scented kitty litter, which you cat may or may not appreciate, simply sprinkle the litter with a little bit of baking soda. The baking soda will absorb any odors without turning your kitty off from the litter and make an accident.
3. Brightening and whitening your teeth
Combine a three teaspoons of baking soda with some fresh lemon juice, so it turns into a paste. Wipe off any saliva from your teeth and smear some of the baking soda paste onto your teeth. Leave it on for about a 60 seconds and then rinse them clean.
4. Home remedy to remove grime and nail fungus
When you have athletes feet, and they are itchy, or if you’ve got an access of nail fungus and grim, make a paste of baking soda and warm water. Apply the paste to your nail beds and let it sit for a minute or two. Rinse it away and dry your feet. Do this every day for seven days, and you’ll see your feet improve. You can even do this to damaged toenails to help the nail falls off.
5. Remove urine stains from a mattress
Blot as much urine as you can from the mattress and then sprinkle the area with baking soda. It’ll absorb the moisture, and it will also eliminate the odor, too. Soak
6. Cleaning pans with burnt on food
Sometimes we get so caught up in with stuff and whatever we cook becomes a thick layer of burnt slop, ruining our favorite pans. You can make the pan like new again by using baking soda. Create a thick paste of baking soda and water, then smear it on the burnt areas. Let it soak in the pot for a little bit and then wipe it out with a damp sponge. If it doesn’t remove the grime the first time, repeat this a few times over a double broiler to help loosen the crud.
7. Relieves blotchiness and bumps due to rosacea
Create a paste out of the water and baking soda. Apply it to those patchy spots on your skin. Gently scrub the paste into your skin for a few minutes and then rinse away with warm water. Do this everyday or every other day up until the blotchy skin has vanished.
8. Help reduce acid reflux
Should you eat something that doesn’t agree with you, put a teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of organic honey in a cup of warm water. Stir the mixture until everything has been dissolved and drink it all. Do this every time you have acid reflux. The honey relieves the burning feeling.
9. Removing a splinter
If you’ve got a splinter, don’t poke yourself with tweezers and messing with medical tape which may or may not work. Create a thick paste with a little bit of baking soda and apply it to the splinter. Then spread the baking soda on the band aid. Leave it there for 24 hours and then remove the bandage. The splinter should come out too.
10. Laundry booster
It is common knowledge that adding some baking soda to your laundry to give your clothes a revitalizing booth. All it takes is just a half cup of baking soda to your wash, and that’s it. Run the normal cycle and your whites will be whiter and your colors a little brighter.
11. Soothing itchy bug bites
If you’ve ever spent some time outside during bug season, you’re going to get eaten by those bloodsuckers. You can ease that itchiness by dissolving a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of warm water. Then dip a clean cloth in the mix and place it over the bug bites for up to 20 minutes.
12. Absorbing grease stains
If the stain is fresh, use a clean cloth to blot the stain to remove the excess grease. Then mix dish-washing liquid with some baking soda to make a paste. Then spread the paste on the stain and gently scrub both sides of the stained garment with a toothbrush. Let it sit for ten minutes and then rinse the stain with warm water. Repeat the process after adding spot remover to the area. Wash in the washing machine.
13. Keeping flowers fresh
You know that bouquet you may have received from someone who loves you? You can extend the life of your flowers with a little bit of baking soda. Simply cut the tips of the stem on a bias and add some baking soda to the water. The baking soda will alter the acidity in the water, thus making them last longer.
14. Reducing garbage pail odor
Much like with the kitty litter, sprinkle some baking soda in your garbage can reduce or even eliminate stinky odors. You can also sprinkle some of the baking soda in your shoes and even create a sachet of the stuff and stick it in your gym bag.
15. Clean children’s toys safely
Mix four tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water. Use a clean cloth or a sponge to clean your baby’s toys. Then rinse the toys with warm water and let air dry. You can sprinkle some baking soda on a stuffed animal to help remove any odors. Just vacuum or shake the stuffed animal after 15 minutes to get rid of the baking soda.
16. Cleaning brushes and combs
First, you should remove any hair that’s been built up in the brush. Then submerge the brush in a mixture of baking soda and water until the bristles are completely covered. Let the brush soak in the mix for an hour or so and then rinse away the mixture with hot water.
17. De-Ice Walk Ways
If you run out of salt in the winter to de-ice your walkways, grab some baking soda. Sprinkle some baking soda on the ice, give it a few minutes, and the ice will be a little slushier and safer to walk on.
18. Make fluffier omelets
Since the baking soda is alkaline and the eggs are acidic, you aren’t going to need much baking soda at all to create the air bubbles that are necessary for lightening your eggs. Just use a pinch and it should be all that you need to have airy eggs.
19. Cleaning your glass stovetop
Create a past out of four tablespoons of baking soda and water. Then you’ll want to smear the paste onto the stain. Put a warm rag on top of the stain for thirty minutes. Wipe the stain and if it doesn’t come clean, create a new mixture of four tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of distilled vinegar. Repeat the steps until the stain is gone.
20. Deodorizing and Unclogging a Drain
If you have a clogged drain, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. Then dump about a half cup of baking soda down it and then pour a cup of vinegar and a cup of boiling water on top of it. Cover the drain and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then flush the drain with more boiling water. Voila, the drain should be cleared!
21. Putting out a grease fire
First turn off the heat source and do NOT pour water on the fire. If you cannot cover the blaze with a lid or a sheet pan, pour lots of baking soda on top. It will smother the fire by cutting off the oxygen source.
22. Erase crayon and marking from a painted wall
If your little Picasso wanted to create his own mural on that newly painted wall, fear not! You can remove them by sprinkling some baking soda on a rag that’s been dipped in warm soapy water. Scrub the rag onto the crayon or marker. With very elbow grease, the marks will vanish.
23. Repel ants and cockroaches
Mix equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar, then place the mixture in the areas where you think the ants or cockroaches come from. The bugs will be drawn to the sugar and the baking soda will kill the bugs.