You may agree, we all have a box of baking soda, which is barely used and is tucked in a corner of the kitchen shelf. This highly neglected humble kitchen ingredient is more than just adding fluff to your cakes and muffins.
Its numerous properties have been used for millennia. In the ancient Egypt, people used the natural deposits of sodium bicarbonate to create paint for their hieroglyphics.
Here is how to use it in various ways you probably haven’t heard of:
Add some baking soda in half a glass of water and relieve heartburn.
2. Facial scrub
Mix 3 parts of baking soda and 1 part of water to create a paste which will work as a great facial scrub.
3. Remove body odor
You can use baking soda as an underarm deodorant to eliminate body odor.
4. Freshen your mouth
Add a teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water, and swish this solution to freshen the mouth, spit it out, and rinse once more with water.
5. Soothe your feet
Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a warm bath and soak the feet in it for 20 minutes, and then scrub them gently.
6. Longer lasting flowers
Add a teaspoon of baking soda in the vase of your flowers to keep them longer.
7. Sweeten tomatoes
Just sprinkle some baking soda in the soil around the tomatoes and that will sweeten their taste.
8. Remove insecticides
You should add a quarter cup of baking soda in the sink and wash the fresh vegetables or fruits in it to eliminate insecticides.
9. Make a fluffy omelet
To make the omelet fluffier, you should add half a teaspoon of baking soda to each 3 eggs.
10. Take the chicken’s feathers off easily
To make the feathers come off easily from the chicken and make the meat white and clean, you should add a teaspoon of baking soda in the water while boiling.
11. Clean your shoes
Mix some water and baking soda to prepare a paste and use it to scrub the shoes and leave them clean and spotless.
12. Rejuvenate the greenery
You should mix half a teaspoon of clear ammonia, a teaspoon of baking soda, and a teaspoon of Epsom salts in a gallon of water. Then, spray this on each rosebush-size scrub that has withered.
13. Deodorize the car
To remove bad odors, you should sprinkle it on the fabric of the car seats.
14. Clean the oil stains from garage floors
You should wet the garage floor and pour some baking soda. Scrub with a brush to clean the stains.
15. Clean the oven
To clean the oven from stains and grease, spray it with some baking soda and leave it during the night. Then, scrub and wipe in tin the morning.
16. Freshen the fridge
It is an excellent odor absorber, so if you put an open container of baking soda inside, it will effectively absorb the smell.
17. Bug repellent
To repel and keep insects at bay, like ants and cockroaches, you should sprinkle some baking soda around the windows and under the sinks in the house.
18. Polish the silverware
Mix water and baking soda in 1:3 ratio and use this paste to polish the silverware.
19. Deodorize the cutting boards
Cutting boards are often a place where dangerous bacteria develop and cause bad odor, so to disinfect and deodorize them, you should sprinkle some baking soda on them, rub well, and rinse with water.
20. Clean the sponges
Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water and soak the smelly sponges in it to disinfect them and neutralize the smell.