9 Ways to Use Baking Soda Around the House

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Many people know that baking soda can be useful around the home, but few realize just how many different uses the acid neutralizing chemical truly has. Baking soda is an item that can be used for everything from odor neutralization to teeth cleaning.

1. Odors

Baking soda helps to neutralize acidity, thus it can help decrease and eliminate odors. Place an open box of baking soda in the freezer to keep away odors. Sprinkle some on the bottom of trashcans and in trash bags to keep them smelling fresh and clean. This also works for odors on carpets and furniture. The baking soda should be vacuumed off the carpet after allowing several minutes for it to take effect. If the chemicals in store bought deodorant are too harsh on a person's skin, they can rub some baking soda under the armpits to eliminate body odor.

2. Cooking

Baking soda is often used in cooking as a leavening agent for breads and other dough. It releases carbon dioxide bubbles that allow the dough to rise. Many items leavened with baking soda have an aerated look from the escape of the carbon dioxide, along with a crumbly texture.

3. Household Cleaning

When baking soda is mixed with water, it can be a powerful cleaning agent, especially for hard to reach crevices and tile cracks. Baking soda can be used on a variety of surfaces, from metallic to Formica, and will create a shine as well as neutralize any odors. Baking soda will remove dirt as well as crayon marks from walls. It can also be used on cars to clean upholstery and tire rims.

4. Fire Prevention

Keep a box or two of baking soda around the stove in case of a small grease fire. Sprinkle the baking soda on the flame to extinguish it. It is a great alternative if a fire extinguisher isn't available. As with all grease fires, never pour water in an attempt to extinguish or mix the baking soda with water before attempting to put out the fire.

5. Teeth Cleaning

Baking powder mixed with a little hydrogen peroxide makes a toothpaste that will keep teeth white and bacteria fee. Gargle with a mix of baking soda and water to eliminate bad breath and other odors in the mouth.

6. Detergent Add-on

If the water in a home is a little on the acidic side, then add some baking soda along with laundry detergent. The baking soda will help equalize the acidity in the water and make the laundry detergent more effective. It is also great for removing grease and other stains in clothing by rubbing a little baking soda paste on the affected area.

7. Medical

Baking soda has a myriad of medical uses in the home. A baking soda and water paste can help relieve the itchiness of bug bites and the pain from sunburn. Gargle with baking soda and water to help alleviate the pain of a canker sore. Mix some baking soda in a baby's water during a bath to help take the sting away from a diaper rash.

8. Flower Preserver

Place baking soda in the water of cut flowers to keep them alive longer. The baking soda not only helps equalize the acidity in the water, but will also absorb any odors caused from decay.

9. Children's Clay

Mix baking soda with 1/4 cup of water and a cup of cornstarch to create safe, non-toxic clay. Children can create sculptures using the clay, and then have mementos when they dry. Adjust the amount of baking soda and corn starch to create thicker clay.

Baking soda is a wonder product in the kitchen and almost every other room in the home. It's always a good idea to have several boxes around the house to help with everything from cleaning to cooking.

Last Updated: July 22, 2011
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About Brock Cooper Brock Cooper is a freelance writer for IdealHomeGarden.com. 

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