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My Top 10 Uses of Baking Soda in the Home

My Top 10 Uses of Baking Soda in the Home

The one item that I can’t do without when I clean is baking soda. I use it for so many things, if I don’t have a box of it around I’ll make a special trip to the store 5 miles away just as I would if I were out of a mainstay like milk.

What do I use so much baking soda for? Here are my top 10 uses of baking soda for cleaning in the home:

A commonly available mineral full of many cleaning attributes, baking soda is made from soda ash, and is slightly alkaline (it’s pH is around 8.1; 7 is neutral). It neutralizes acid-based odors in water, and absorbs odors from the air.

1. Drain cleaner: Pour one cup down the drain followed by three cups of boiling water.

2. Chemical smells out of clothes: Soak clothes for two to three hours or overnight, in one cup of baking soda. Agitate the machine occasionally. Repeat if necessary. Wash as usual. (This method is great for removing the new smell out of clothes.)

3. Cat urine: Alternate sprinkling baking soda, which will neutralize acid odors, with white distilled vinegar.

4. Dog odors and urine: Sprinkle with baking soda. Let set for a few hours before sweeping up.

5. Silver polish: Make a paste of baking soda and water, scoop some onto a clean, soft rag, and polish the silver. Rinse and polish dry.

6. Soft scrubber: Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl and add enough liquid soap or detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop onto a sponge and clean the bathtub or tiles. Rinse.

7. Scouring powder: Simply sprinkle baking soda into a sink and scrub.

8. Oven cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Squirt with enough water that the baking soda is damp. Let set overnight, making sure the baking soda is damp before you go to bed. In the morning, simply scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge. Rinse.

9. Refrigerator deodorizer: Place an open box in the back of the fridge. It will “absorb” odors, which means that it will draw odors to the baking soda molecules.

10. Cutting board deodorizer: Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.

Read more: Home, Household Hints, Non-Toxic Cleaning

By Annie B. Bond

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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4:38AM PDT on Aug 7, 2014

It can be used for baking as well, it will make cakes rise and rise and rise, til their light and fluffy :)

6:08PM PDT on May 14, 2013

If it's done being refrigerator deodorant, can it then be used for cleaning afterwards?

7:58AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

a very healthy alternative

4:58AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

thank you

5:46AM PST on Dec 24, 2012

Thanks. We use it as a cure for indigestion - 1 teaspoon mixed with 1 glass of water. Not the nicest taste but works every time!!

4:48AM PST on Dec 23, 2012

thanks. it's a good whitener in the laundry as well.

4:36AM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

2:28AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

thanks for sharing

12:16AM PDT on May 30, 2012

interesting, thanks.

10:18AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Thanks for the info.

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