Creative Uses Of Baking Soda You Never Knew
Baking soda, aka sodium bicarbonate, is a key ingredient used in baking fluffy and delicious cakes. This baking staple helps to neutralize and regulate the pH level of a substance and ensures that it is neither too alkaline nor too acidic.
So the basic strategy is to encourage everyone to use baking soda for the applications mentioned below in order to protect ourselves from the array of toxins present in the household cleaning products.
Here are some ways to use baking soda:
1. Use It As A Toothpaste:
Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with ¼th teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and then brush your teeth. It can be used as an alternative to commercial toothpastes.
For an extra boost, you can dip your toothbrush along with paste in baking soda and get sparkling teeth.
2. Deodorize Your Lunch Box:
Freshen up the sour smelling lunch box and bags using baking soda. Open the lunch box and sprinkle a heavy layer of soda in it. Keep the lid open overnight. Wash it with hot water and dish soap the next day.
3. Use It As A Carpet Freshener:
Baking soda is one of the cheapest natural carpet freshener. Sprinkle this baking staple on the carpet, leave it for a few hours and vacuum up. Your carpets will now smell awesome.
4. Use It To Wash Your Car:
Now clean the lights of your car, windows, tyres, seats and floor mats using baking soda. Mix half cup of baking soda in half bucket of warm water and use this solution with a sponge or a soft cloth to clean your car.
5. As A Fire Extinguisher:
Baking soda can help in handling minor kitchen fires (electrical) or grease. Just throw a handful of baking soda at the base of the flame. Baking soda, when heated, produces carbon dioxide that helps to put out the fire.
Don’t forget to call the Fire Department – just to be on the safer side!
6. To Deodorize The Fridge:
Keep the refrigerator smelling fresh by placing an open box filled with baking soda inside it. It will neutralize the odor!
You can also use it to clean your freezer tip. After washing the freezer thoroughly with soapy water, give a quick rinse wipe of baking soda and warm water. It will help to remove the soap residue and freshen up the freezer.
7. Use It To Heal Insect Bites:
Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it as a salve on insect bites.
If it’s itching a lot, ease it by rubbing some baking soda on the affected skin after taking a bath.
8. Pet Deodorizer:
Give your favorite cuddly pets a dry shower of baking soda by sprinkling it on them and brushing it off after 15 minutes.
You can also make a pet deodorizer by mixing 3 tablespoons of baking soda in 2 cups of water. Soak a bandana in it, dry it in the sun, and then tie it around the neck of your pet and keep the odors at bay!