Baking soda is among the most common household items. It is so common that is probably present in any house on Earth. It’s cheap, natural, and most importantly of all, it has a wide range of uses.
Most people use baking soda as a leavening agent, for baking, and cleaning, but it can also be used in many other ways. Originally popularized over a century ago, baking soda is a much older compound. As a matter of fact, traces of it have been found in ancient Egypt, suggesting that people have been using it for quite a long time.
Baking soda can be used to treat different health problems, but it can also help you clean things that you otherwise can’t.
Here are just some of the best household uses of baking soda:
Take a sponge and dampen it, then sprinkle some baking soda on it and use it to clean the microwave. There’s no better way to clean a microwave than this.
Freshens Up Sponges
Sponges can get a bit stale after a while. To freshen them up, simply soak them in warm water with 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda.
Cleans Shower Curtains
If you have shower curtains in your bathroom, you know how nasty they can get after a while. Luckily, rubbing them with baking soda can restore their glow and disinfect them as well.
Clean Grime from Your Brushes and Combs
Soak your combs and brushes in a mix of baking soda and water to remove grime and disinfect them.
Want to make your silverware look like new? Polish it with a damp cloth with a bit of baking soda sprinkled on it.
Cleans Grease and Oil Stains
To remove oil and grease stains, all you need to do is sprinkle some baking soda on it, then wash away with water.
Body and Skincare Uses
A Perfect Deodorizer
Baking soda is a perfect deodorizer suitable for just about anything. Sprinkle some in your shoes to prevent odor or add some in your trash can to prevent food-related odors. You can also deodorize lunch boxes and bags, your fridge, and even your underarms and feet.
Relieves Diaper Rash
If your baby has diaper rash, mix a bit of lukewarm water with baking soda and wash it with it to relieve the pain and inflammation.
Keeps Your Hair Healthy
Mix some apple cider vinegar with some baking soda and wash your hair with it to keep it healthy.
A Natural Mouthwash
Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of lukewarm water and swish the solution in your mouth. It works perfectly as a natural mouthwash.
A Great Antacid
Drink half a cup of warm water with a bit of baking soda to relieve heartburn and treat other digestive problems.
Food and Plant Uses
Revitalizes Your Flowers
Add a bit of baking soda in your vases to extend the life of your flowers.
Scrub for Fruits and Vegetables
Scrub fresh fruits and veggies with baking soda to eliminate all the pesticides on them.
Eliminates Bitterness from Tea
Neutralize the bitterness of freshly brewed tea by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to it.