Baking Soda is Your Friend

Baking soda is inexpensive and it can be used in a variety of ways. Here are a few ways to use it:

  • Put it on a slightly damp cloth to polish up sneakers, soccer balls, white shoes, bike seats and purses.
  • Clean combs and brushes in it and water solution.
  • Sprinkle it on barbecue grills, let soak and then rinse off.
  • If you have a pan with a thick layer of burned-on food, pour a thick layer of it directly on the bottom of the pan; next sprinkle on just enough water to moisten the soda and leave the pot overnight. The next morning scrub the pan clean.
  • To repel rain from your car windshield, put baking soda on a dampened cloth and wipe your windshield.
  • Do you want to get rid of ants, mix equal parts of the soda and salt together. Sprinkle the mixture wherever you see them coming in.
  • To clean vegetables and fruit, sprinkle the soda in some water, put in the vegetables and/or fruit, soak and then rinse.
  • To keep your garbage cans clean, wash with baking soda and water.
  • Clothing stained with oil and grease washes out better with soda added to the wash water.
  • Clean your refrigerator and freezer by sprinkling dry soda on a damp cloth then rinse with clear water.
  • To absorb kitty box odors, cover the bottom of the box with one part soda and then cover with a layer of three parts kitty litter.
  • To get rid of the stale smell, wash out your thermos bottles with soda and water.
  • Polish your silverware with dry soda on a damp cloth and then rub, rinse and dry.
  • Clean plastic, porcelain and glass with dry soda on a damp cloth and then rinse and dry.
  • To soften your skin, add 1/2 cups or more of baking soda to your bath water.
  • One-half teaspoon of soda in one-half glass of water will relieve acid indigestion or heartburn.
  • To relieve the discomfort of insect bites, rashes and poison ivy, make a paste of soda and water and apply directly to the affected area.
  • For a fresh, clean mouth, gargle with one-half teaspoon of soda in one-half glass of water. This will also relieve canker sore pain in your mouth.
  • Use soda as an underarm deodorant.
  • Should your baby spit up on his shirt or yours, moisten a cloth, dip it in soda and dab it on the area. It will take the odor out of a shirt.
  • To make dried beans more digestible, add soda to the water while the beans are soaking.
  • To get that melted plastic bread wrapper off the toaster, dampen a cloth and make a paste with it.

These are just a few of the ways to use baking soda that I have used or heard of.

Just think of how many high priced items you can replace by doing just some of the above.

Dave Altman

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