Discover the Magic of Baking Soda

I love baking soda. I cook with it, clean with it and use it in my bath. Baking soda, a.k.a. sodium bicarbonate balances PH, therefore keeping a substance neither too acidic, or too alkaline. It is the perfect cleaning solution, air deodorizer and personal care product. It also allows me to use fewer chemicals in my home and on my body, and due to its multi- purposes it saves me from spending money on cleaners, whiteners and other health care products.

I no longer need to buy harsh chemicals to clean my home; I simply use baking soda and vinegar.

Why not buy a box or 10 for your home and get on the healthy, baking soda band wagon. Here are 15 ways to use baking soda in your home.

  1. Use as an antacid- A great way to relieve heartburn and indigestion.
  2. Treat insect bites- Make a paste with a little water and place on bite.
  3. Bath Soak- Put 1 cup of baking soda in your bath. It is a great detoxifier and makes your skin soft.
  4. Disinfect cloths and sponges- Boil dish rags in boiling water and baking soda and sprinkle sponges with baking soda.
  5. Clean coffee pot and tea pot stains- Add ¼ cup of baking soda with hot water to get rid of unwanted stains.
  6. Clean Floor- To remove dirt and grime from tile and unwaxed floors, use ½ cup baking soda and warm water.
  7. Boost your laundry- Put ½ cup of baking soda in with your wash to get clothes cleaner.
  8. Clean your shower curtain- I use baking soda to get rid of the soap and mould sum that accumulates on the bottom of my shower curtain. Or simply put your shower curtain in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with ½ cup baking soda and your regular detergent.
  9. Deodorize your refrigerator- Leave an open box of baking soda in your fresh to freshen and deodorize the air.
  10. Deodorize sink drains- ¼ cup of baking soda with ½ cup of vinegar down your drains to clean and unblock drains. I use the old stale baking soda from my fridge when I am ready to change boxes and clean all my drains in my house.
  11. Freshen carpets- Sprinkle baking soda over your carpets and leave overnight and vacuum in the morning to deodorize.
  12. Deodorize sneakers- Sprinkle baking soda in smelly sneakers when they are not being worn. Shake out excess before wearing them.
  13. Freshen stuffed animals- Sprinkle baking soda on children’s stuffed animals to freshen.
  14. Fruit and Vegetable Scrub- Baking soda is a safe way to clean vegetables.
  15. Extinguish Stove Grease Fires- For small cooking fires, turn off gas or heat and stand back while throwing handfuls of baking soda on flames. Always have a fire extinguisher handy.
 

About the Author

Written by: Shirley Plant
Shirley Plant is a nutritionist and the author of Finally… Food I Can Eat, a dietary guide and cookbook for people with food allergies, and those looking for healthy, tasty recipes. Shirley offers dietary counselling and menu planning through Delicious Alternatives.

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