It’s time to discover the wonders of baking soda beyond de-smelling your refrigerator! Baking Soda wins the award for the most useful product ever. As a general rule, anything that smells can be made to stop smelling with the proper application of baking soda. Read through Baking Soda Babe Arianne Cohen‘s list of her favorite uses and tell us about your own!
AROUND THE HOUSE
Smelly Fabrics: That cute shirt that you think you’ve finally smelled out the pits of is not necessarily DOA. Soak those smelly sponges, clothes or cloth diapers in a mix of water and baking soda overnight.
Smelly Fabrics still in laundry bin: Not planning to tackle that overflowing hamper this week? Sprinkle some baking soda to get you through the week.
Shoe Desmelling: Sprinkle some in those sneakers regularly to keep smelly foot bacteria at bay.
Carpet Cleaning: Sprinkle over your rug, and let it sit for an hour. Then vacuum.
Fruit Washing: A bit of baking soda and a sponge helps really clean those fruits and vegetables which have touched lord-knows-what on their route from field to truck to supermarket to you.
Microwave Cleaning: This is my favorite. Put water, lemon juice and baking soda in a microwave safe bowl and turn on high for 90 seconds. Smells disappear.
Photo by Chad Hunt
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Dish cleaning: Water, baking soda and a scouring pad remove the toughest stains. (Liquid dish soap works by greasing up stain molecules until they slide off, but sometimes some good scouring is in order.)
Refrigerator freshening: An open box in the back of the fridge absorbs all sorts of noxious food odors. Baking soda companies suggest changing the box every three months; we say do it annually.
Drain Freshening: Every once in a while, something gets caught in the drain, and it reeks! Run warm water and sprinkle baking soda over the drain.
Fire Fighting: Baking Soda puts out grease and electrical fires. Keep a box within easy reach of your stove, and if necessary, dump it on the flames.
Coffee Maker Cleaning: Make “coffee” by pouring baking soda and water into the water reservoir, and turning on the pot.
Emergency Toothpaste, Mouthwash and Deodorant: The morning you wake up and realize that your honey took the only toiletries on that business trip, water and baking soda will get you by for all three.
Hair Degreaser: Not in the mood for a shower? Sprinkling a bit on your part line will soak up grease, giving you an extra 10 hours or so before your hair starts to gel together.
Antacid: Out of Tums? Their prime ingredient is sodium bicarbonate–which is baking soda. A half teaspoon in 4 ounces isn’t as yummy as those orange-flavored Tums, but they’ll get the job done.
Deitching: A pastey mix of baking soda and water calms itchy skin, rashes and insect bites. This is great for pooches, who may lick toxic ointments.
Shower curtain cleaning: A wet sponge covered in baking soda effectively scrubs off that nasty mildew we referred to last week LINK. Dumping the curtain and baking soda in your washing machine also works.
Scuff Mark remover: Sneaker or crayon stains on tile or linoleum easily disappear with a sponge and baking soda.
Phew! That’s a long list, but we’re sure you’ll have more to add. Tell us if you have any genius uses for baking soda not included here.