Katherine - posted on 05/18/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )
1. Odor Remover
Baking soda boasts incredible odor-eliminating powers. Sprinkle it in shoes, cat boxes, ashtrays and cloth diaper pails to neutralize stinky scents, or leave an open box in the fridge. Sharon G. also advises: “Baking soda in your laundry will help get rid of smells.”
2. Stain Remover
Combined with vinegar (See 8 Household Uses for Vinegar), baking soda is an excellent stain remover for everything from carpets to cloth diapers. Mother-of-one Toni L. explains: “Put a good amount of baking soda on the stain, then spray/sprinkle some white vinegar over the baking soda. It will go really bubbly and smell very strongly of vinegar. Put in the wash and ta-da! Stain gone.”
3. Scouring Powder
“Use baking soda to scrub like any scouring powder,” advises Katherine C. “Unlike traditional scouring powders, baking soda doesn't scratch surfaces and is non-toxic. So scrub surfaces like kitchen counters with a sponge sprinkled with baking soda, then rinse the surface with either water or vinegar."
4. Stainless Steel Cleaner
Why spend 20 minutes scouring off burnt food when baking soda can do the work for you? As mother-of-three Sharon G. suggests: “Use vinegar & baking soda for stainless steel pots…Sprinkle the bottoms (inside bottoms) of the pans with baking soda, put on over the heat (stove) pour on vinegar after a minute. This will lift any baked-on crud."
5. Drain Cleaner
Moms like Jodi L. swear by baking soda and vinegar for freshening up kitchen drains: “To keep sink drains clean and odor free I periodically pour baking soda into the drain, then white distilled vinegar. The foaming action cleans the pipes.”
6. Coffee Pot Cleaner
“Baking soda is great for coffee pots,” advises Tabitha N. Clean the residue from your coffee maker by running it with a baking soda and water solution, and then rinse.
7. Shampoo and Body Wash
Baking soda is a natural alternative to chemical-laden shampoos and body washes. “I use it in my hair as part of my homemade shampoo routine,” says mother-of-two Sonya M. And, she adds, “It makes a good face scrub.”
8. Skin Soother
So long itchy bug bites and rashes! In addition to its cleaning abilities, baking soda is a natural skin soother that moms have used to treat itchy skin conditions ranging from bug bites and windburn to diaper rash and eczema. Pour baking soda in a warm bath, or as mother-of-three Krista H. suggests, “Make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply it where she's itchy.”
9. Flower Saver
Want to prevent cut flowers from quickly wilting? Add a few days of freshness with a dash of baking soda, Katherine C. advises: “Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.”
How else do you use baking soda in your home?