Baking is not my gig. I do, but only under protest. Baking soda disappears in my house at an astonishing rate.
Why? Let me give you
a couple of (Is that really a post?) a few (Seriously? How about…) our top 20 uses for baking soda and how to save money over other products.
Top 20 Uses for Baking Soda (Which Do Not Involve Baking)
2. Slow drains? Mix a cup of baking soda and a cup salt in the sink drain. Slowly pour in a cup of white vinegar. The foam will cleanse the grease from the drain and contain any odor. (Cheaper than foaming drain cleaners.)
3. Take off those shoes! Baking soda and water in a paste will take scuff marks off of linoleum floors without scratching. (Cheaper than chemicals which can damage your floor. Whispers “replacement costs”.)
4. Smelly laundry? An half cup of baking soda in after-game clothes wash will kill all the left-over sport. (Less expensive than laundry booster.)
5. Stung? Make a thick paste of baking soda and water to put on mosquito or ant bites and stings from caterpillars, wasps or bees to soothe away the sting. (Natural solution to expensive topical medicines)
6. Who cooks here? Baking soda absorbs grease. Sprinkle it on the greasy stove for the most effective cleaner. Use it to clean the grill! (Extends life of stove and grill. Whispers “replacement costs”…again.)
7. Pyromaniac in your family? Baking soda will smother a grease fire. (SCREAMS “Replacement Costs!”)
8. Hate that hard water stains? Baking soda will take care of the stains around the sink drain with very little scrubbing. Works in the toilet bowl and shower as well. (Far cheaper than chemical alternatives.)
9. Why is the carpet red? Mixing an half cup of baking soda into an half gallon of water makes the perfect solution for Kool-Aid or wine stains on your carpet. (Have you priced carpet shampoo?)
10. Packing away the sweaters? Fill a zipper bag with a cup of baking soda and zip it almost closed. Place it in your box of winter clothes to combat the musty smell when you take them out again. (Less expensive than dryer sheets or cedar balls.)
11. Need to tame the frizz? Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in your (homemade) shampoo once per week to soften hair, making it more manageable. (How much are you washing down the drain?)
12. Thespian make up? Three tablespoons of baking soda mixed into one tablespoon of water makes the perfect facial exfoliating scrub. Works well on adult cystic acne as well. (Facial cleansers are expensive. Almost as expensive as acne cleansers.)
13. Stressing the big meeting or regretting Uncle Bob’s Five Alarm Chili? Half a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in four ounces of water will soothe heartburn and acid indigestion. (Less than 1/20 the price of a tablet.)
14. Did you clean the hairbrush? Soak combs and brushes in a teaspoon of baking soda and very warm water to kill odors and remove oils. Let them air dry afterward. (Cheaper than cleaning solution.)
15. Where’s Picasso? Sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge to remove crayon and scuff marks from furniture and painted walls. Just rub gently! (Chemicals are as much as 400 times more expensive.)
16. Smell like a bear? Kill odors on stuffed animals with a baking soda shower. Sprinkle all over and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Shake off the powder or pop into an air cycle in the dryer (no heat).
17. Car won’t start? Clean battery posts and cables with three tablespoons baking soda and one tablespoon water. Scrub the corrosion off with a damp cloth and the paste. When clean, coat in petroleum jelly (prevent more corrosion) and reattach cables. (More effective and cheaper than pouring carbonated soda.)
18. Dirty duffer? Use baking soda paste to clean irons and shoes without scratching. (Have you priced club cleaner?!)
19. Coffee or tea? Clean unsightly stains from coffee urns, mugs, cups and tea pitchers with a tablespoon of baking soda, tablespoon of salt, a wedge of lemon and three ice cubes. Put ingredients inside and swirl the stains away.
Not sour? This works with just soda and ice. (Urn cleaners cost more than 700 times the price and are not always as effective.)
20. After dinner cigar? Give your ashtrays a mint. Fill the tray with two tablespoons baking soda and hot water. After soaking off the nicotine, drain off water and gently scrub the soda and ashes with paper towels. (Glass cleaners do not take away smell and are more expensive.)
What do you use baking soda for and how much cheaper is it?
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2011
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