Household Uses For Baking Soda (It’s Not Just For Baking!)
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, helps regulate pH—keeping a substance neither too acidic nor too alkaline. It acts as a “buffer” helping to prevent changes in PH. This dual action of neutralizing and buffering allows baking soda to “neutralize” odors in your fridge as well as boosting the cleaning power of your laundry detergent by maintaining the water’s PH levels. Why use harsh chemicals for cleaning or deodorizing when you have a safe, natural, inexpensive cleaner and freshener right in your pantry already?
There are so many household uses for baking soda. Below are just a few:
Use baking soda as a deodorizer
Odors in everything from your shoes to your refrigerator can be deodorized with baking soda.
- place an open box of baking soda in the back of your refrigerator to absorb and neutralize odors
- sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your trashcan to neutralize odors there
- sprinkle on carpeting, let stay (if possible overnight) and vacuum away odor
- add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to your garbage disposal and rinse with warm water to deodorize
- sprinkle in bathroom shower and sink drains and rinse with warm water to clean and deodorize
- to deodorize your sink and tub drains, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water–it will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain
- add baking soda to your dishwasher and run a rinse cycle through empty to clean and deodorize
- sprinkle on pet bedding, allow to sit for a while to absorb odor, then vacuum away
- use on car fabric or mats to eliminate odors, sprinkle on, leave 15 minutes and vacuum out
- apply baking soda to a damp sponge, scrub fruits and vegetables and rinse, to clean
- deodorize your cutting board by scrubbing with a mix of baking soda dampened with water and rinse
Brush your teeth with baking soda? Why?
First, brushing with baking soda polishes teeth and gives them a whiter appearance. Second, baking soda fights bad breath. Finally, baking soda is reasonably priced and it can be used for multiple chores around the home, making it great to have around at all times. In fact, compared to other teeth whiteners, baking soda is the cheapest on the market – one regular sized box can be used for well over 100 brushings. Soak toothbrushes in a glass of Baking Soda water to cleanse and whiten.
Indigestion? Baking soda! (Please note warnings included)
Turns out, relief from heartburn can be found where you may have gotten it in the first place: your kitchen. ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda makes a great antacid when mixed with water. Here’s what you need to do:
Add ½ teaspoon to ½ glass (4 fl. oz.) of water and drink every 2 hours, or as directed by a physician. Dissolve completely in water. Accurately measure ½ teaspoon.
- Ask a doctor before use if you have a sodium-restricted diet.
- Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking a prescription drug. Antacids may interact with certain prescription drugs.
- Do not administer to children under the age of 5.
- STOMACH WARNING: TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY, DO NOT TAKE UNTIL POWDER IS COMPLETELY DISSOLVED. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT NOT TO TAKE THIS PRODUCT WHEN OVERLY FULL FROM FOOD OR DRINK. Consult a doctor if severe stomach pain occurs after taking this product.
- Stop use and ask a doctor if symptoms last more than 2 weeks.
- *Do not take more than the following amounts in 24 hours:
- Seven ½ teaspoons
- Three ½ teaspoons if you are over 60 years of age.
- Do not use the maximum dosage for more than 2 weeks.
- Each ½ teaspoon contains 616 mg sodium.
Bug bite? Sunburn? Baking Soda!
Make a paste of equal parts baking soda/water and apply to bug bites for cooling relief. Add baking soda to bath water to relieve sunburn itch.
Combine equal parts baking soda and cornstarch. Add tea tree oil. Mix well and keep in airtight container.
Clean car exterior
A light baking soda paste on a damp cloth will remove bugs and tar from cars without damaging the paint. Let paste sit for a few minutes before wiping and rinsing clean.
These are just a few of the many household uses for baking soda. Remember to pick up a few boxes on your next shopping trip. I’m sure you will find many more uses for it. Happy baking, cleaning, and discovering!