Friday, November 9, 2012

Baking Soda: Miracle in a Box!

 I am not kidding when I say I could not live my daily life without baking soda! Seriously, this is one of the most amazing substances on Earth. Not only is it used as a leavening in nearly all cake and cookie recipes, but you can also use it for a variety of other health, beauty and household purposes. Here are 25 things that you can do with this miraculous substance!
  1. Brush your teeth… a paste of baking soda and water will clean your teeth, remove coffee and tea stains and freshen breath.
  2. Wash your hair.
  3. Make your own homemade deodorant
  4. Use as a gentle but effective scouring powder for sinks, tubs, stove tops… anywhere!
  5. Bake some soda bread.
  6. Make a cool erupting volcano.
  7. Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to bee stings and insect bites.
  8. Put some in a bath to relieve the itch of poison ivy and other skin irritations.
  9. Use to scrub away stuck on food from pots and pans.
  10. Add a teaspoon to a glass of water to make a mouthwash/gargle to freshen your breath
  11. The above mouthwash is also good for relieving canker sores.
  12. Sprinkle in your sneakers to eliminate odors.
  13. Keep an open container in the back of the fridge and freezer to minimize food odors.
  14. Use it to clean your toilets… sprinkle some in, scrub and flush.
  15. Clear a slow drain by putting in a half-cup of baking soda, then pour in some vinegar. Follow by flushing  with hot water.
  16.  Make Laundry Soap.
  17. Cure heartburn by drinking a glass of water mixed with ½ teaspoon of baking soda.
  18. Use as a fruit and veggie wash.
  19. Freshen rugs and carpets by sprinkling them with baking soda, let sit for an hour or so, then vacuum.
  20. A paste of baking soda and water can be used to remove water rings from wood furniture.
  21. Sprinkle in the litter box, to keep it smelling fresher.
  22. Use as a hand scrub to remove garlic and onion odors.
  23. Remove coffee stains from cups and coffee makers.
  24. Freshen up your garbage disposal with baking soda… pour some in, and flush with warm water.
  25. Remove food odors from plastic containers by soaking in a baking soda solution.
  Do you have any favorite uses for baking soda not mentioned here? 

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