Today it’s all about how to use baking soda in the house. Baking soda is a leavening agent that works great on cakes, cookies, bread, and even pancakes. But did you know that it can serve a countless number of other purposes in your home?
Some of those cleaning supplies at the store can be extremely pricey and are limited to what they can clean, forcing you to spend even more money. Keep reading to understand how to use baking soda in the house.
Using Baking Soda in the House
Hold your horses. Baking soda works in a number of ways all throughout your home, and it’s super cheap too. Baking soda can be used to help eliminate odors, help get rid of carpet stains, fight bad breath, and even put out grease fires.
Here’s more of what you can expect when using baking soda to clean all throughout your home.
It Can Remove Dead Skin
Are you wanting that healthy glowing look to your skin, or wanting those pores to clear up? Baking soda can help remove dead skin cells just by making a simple baking soda paste.
Take a teaspoon of baking soda for every teaspoon of water and mix them into a watery paste. Apply it in circular motions, scrubbing your face for around 2 minutes.
Then take warm water and a washrag and rinse off your face. Be advised that some people’s skin is sensitive to baking soda.
Fights Bad Breath
Everyone struggles with bad breath every once in a while. Baking soda can help with that. Take one tablespoon of baking soda and mix it with 8 ounces of water. Swish it around and spit it out.
Gives Your Teeth Extra Shine
Not only can it help your bad breath, but it can also give your teeth an even whiter shine. Add just a sprinkle of baking soda to your toothpaste to give it more of a boost to brighten your smile.
Get Rid of the Stink in the Trash Can
As you’ve discovered already, baking soda helps eliminate odors. And we can’t think of an odor that becomes more overpowering than the kitchen trash can.
You can use baking soda with water to make a paste to scrub the trash can, or you can simply sprinkle it straight into the trashcan or trash bag to get rid of the smell.
Helps Fight Grease Fires
Baking soda thrown directly onto a small grease fire may help douse the flames. If the flames are out of control, get out of the house and call 911.
Gets Rid of Funky Smells
Does your teenager’s room or closet smell musty, or just plain funky? Sprinkle baking soda in those areas to help make a trip to their room more tolerable.
Have you ever noticed how people put an open box of baking soda in their refrigerators? That’s because it also helps freshen up the smell of your refrigerator.
Helps Freshen Drains
Even drains can give off foul odors from time to time. Take ½ cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain, followed up with warm water from the faucet.
Neutralize Carpet Odors and Stains
Carpets absorb a little more than we’d like them to, especially if you have kids or pets.
Whether it’s a stain or a musty odor, baking soda will do the trick. Don’t be afraid to pour baking soda directly onto the carpet, as it will go deep into the carpet fibers and help absorb odors.
To get rid of stains, use baking soda and water mixed together to create a paste, and apply generously, covering the stain.
The longer you allow the paste and baking soda to sit on stains and carpet odors the better. Then use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the residue once the paste has dried out.
Use Baking Soda to Scrub Walls
Do your children enjoy using their Crayola to help add color to your walls? Or maybe they love smearing their dirty precious little fingers all up and down your wall’s surface?
Take baking soda and apply it to a warm damp sponge and watch those markings and stains come right off.
Removes Stains in the Bathroom
Baking soda can help remove stains from the sink, tub, toilet, fixtures, and tiles. Apply baking soda onto a damp sponge and scrub them well. Then rinse it off and be sure to dry it with a towel.
Clean Your Microwave/Oven with Baking Soda
Don’t you love it when your tv dinner decides to splatter like a mini-bomb all over your microwave? The same thing can happen when you have an angry volcanic meal that’s spewing in the oven, leaving you with tough stains to get out.
Take a warm damp sponge and sprinkle baking soda onto it, and then gently clean your microwave. You can do the same for your oven as well. If that doesn’t do the trick, take a cup of water and boil it in the microwave.
The steam should help loosen tougher stains, and then you can try using the baking soda again.
Cleans Pots and Pans
So baking soda works on tough stains, eh? That makes it the perfect candidate to remove any stains or food residue that’s stuck to your pots and pans.
Helps Remove Floor Scuffs
Baking soda will also work on floor scuffs that may have shown up on your kitchen floor. Take a damp warm sponge and add some baking soda to it, and your floors will be scuff-free in no time.
Gives your Laundry Detergent an Extra Boost
Looking to stretch the life of your laundry detergent, while refreshing your clothes at the same time? Adding a ½ cup of baking soda to your laundry detergent will not only freshen but brighten up your clothing. My friend Tiffany wrote one on Baking Powder Substitutes
These are several ways that you can use baking soda around your house. It’s not only a cheap cleaning ingredient, but it’s also quite effective too.
What are you most surprised about when learning what baking soda can do for you? In what other ways have you used baking soda around your house to help with cleaning or brightening up your home? Let us know, we love new ideas to help out others!
Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda