Baking soda is for more than just baking! It can actually be used as a frugal and safe ingredient in a lot of homemade cleaning and beauty products. So don’t leave your baking soda up in your baking cupboard! Take it down and put it to use with one of these 10 Great Uses for Baking Soda!
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10 Great Uses for Baking Soda
1. Homemade Teeth Whitener
Baking soda is great at whitening your teeth! Add a little bit of water to some baking soda continually until you’ve formed a paste. Rinse your mouth, dry your teeth, then use a toothbrush to apply the paste to your teeth. Let it sit for 1-3 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
2. Anti-itch Cream
The same baking soda paste you made for a teeth whitener can also be used as an anti-itch cream! Just apply the paste to the itchy spot and feel the itch fade away! This is a good way to deal with summer bug bites!
3. Shampoo Boost
One of the great uses for baking soda is as a shampoo booster! Just mix a little baking soda with your shampoo (you can do this directly in your hand when you get into the shower) and shampoo and rinse your hair as normal. The baking soda will strip your hair of any potential residues causes by your hair products, making your hair even cleaner!
4. Homemade Foot Soak
Baking soda makes a wonderful foot soak! Just add a few tablespoons of it into a bucket of warm water. Then soak your feet in it, massaging them a bit if necessary. Your feet will feel nice and relaxed!
5. Silverware Polish
One of the best uses for baking soda is as a homemade silverware polish! To make your polish, just mix baking soda with water in a 3 to 1 ratio until you have a paste. Then rub that paste over your silverware. When your silverware is rinsed clean and dried, it’ll be beautifully shiny!
6. Homemade Floor Cleaner
All you need is a bucket of hot water and 1/2 cup of baking soda to make an inexpensive and effective tile floor cleaner! For hardwoods, see what I use for toxin-free hardwood floor cleaner.
7. Laundry Booster
Just like baking soda boosts your shampoo, it can also give your laundry detergent a boost! Just sprinkle it over your clothes (about 1/2 cup should be enough), add your laundry detergent as normal, and let your washing machine wash your clothes. When done, they’ll be bright and extra fresh!
8. Clean Your Oven
Do you have a lot of burned on drips in your oven? An easy and safe way to clean them away is with baking soda! Just sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of your oven, then spray it with water until damp. Leave this overnight for the best results. The next morning, scrub your oven and rinse it. It’ll be fresh and clean!
9. Remove Garage Floor Stains
Does your garage have a bunch of grease/oil stains from your car or lawnmower? Luckily, one of the uses for baking soda is as an oil remover! To clean your garage floor, just sprinkle baking soda on the stains and spritz the baking soda with water until damp. Let it sit for a bit (overnight for tough stains), then scrub the stains away!
10. Deodorize Your Drains
If the drains in your home smell less than pleasant, you don’t need chemicals to clean them. Instead, just sprinkle about 1/2 cup of baking soda into each smelly drain and let warm water run down the drain for a minute or two.
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What do you use baking soda for?