Baking Soda in the Bathroom, Kitchen and Laundry
Baking soda is not just for baking anymore. Probably the best known product is Arm and Hammer. Their web site will give you even more ideas. Go to Costco or Sam’s Club and buy yourself a gigantic container and I bet it will be gone in mere months. You can use it as a paste with a tooth brush to clean the grout in the tubs. Brushes and combs can be cleaned with 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water. Let the brushes etc. soak, then rinse them thoroughly. You will have clean and fresh smelling brushes.
Use 1/2 cup of baking soda in your laundry and it will boost the power of your regular detergent. It can be used as toothpaste by mixing with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution until you reach a pasty consistency. When you gargle with it, baking soda neutralizes mouth odors.
Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into the disposal and run it with warm water. Smells will disappear. Mix one part baking soda with 3 parts water to form a paste. That will clean your flatware to a gleaming shine. Sprinkle a layer on the bottom of the litter box to mitigate odors there. To remove oil and grease from garage floors, sprinkle a layer onto the affected area, wait about 15 minutes for the baking soda to absorb the oil then sweep away.
You can use baking soda as an exfoliating facial scrub with 3 parts soda to one part water. Treat insect bites with a paste. It will take the sting out. Fruit and veggies can be cleaned under water with baking soda as well. Stuffed animals looking and smelling a little dingy? Sprinkle them lavishly, let them sit for 15 minutes then take them outside and shake them off. You might want to finish them up with 10 minutes in the dryer.
Another use for baking soda is COOKIES!!!
Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in June 2014. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.