Go Green with Baking Soda (and save a little money too)
Baking soda is a great multi-use item. It’s CHEAP, non toxic and can be used for just about everything. Here are some great tips/ideas to ditch those expensive cleaners and go green in YOUR house.
One of the more important uses for baking soda: Keep a box of baking soda near the stove. In case of a grease fire, you can sprinkle baking soda on the fire to extinguish the flames. This will not damage counter tops or the pans. It is safe for use on electrical fires
1. One of the most popular uses for baking soda is to deodorize your refrigerator. Just place an open container inside, stir every couple of weeks, replace it every couple of months.
2. Use it in your laundry to remove odors. Use ¼ to ½ Cup with each load.
3. Place in chests (such as coolers and lunch pails) to absorb odors.
4. Stuffed toys that get old and have a stale smell can be refreshed by simply giving them a dusting of baking soda let them sit for 10-15 minutes. Pat the baking soda off and you have a fresh smelling stuffed toy again. It is safe for children and the stuffed toy as well.
5. You can keep your sinks smelling fresh by putting a few Tablespoons of baking soda down them, and then running the hot water. Baking soda can even unclog a slow running sink, especially when you add a little vinegar and plenty of hot water. It’s good preventative maintenance to do this with regularity.
6. Sprinkle soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots and slippers to eliminate odor.
7. To remove burned-on food from a pan: let the pan soak in soda and water for 10 minutes before washing. Or scrub the pot with dry soda and a moist scouring pad.
8. Add a sprinkle of baking soda when you soak dried beans it will help them cook quicker and make them more digestible
9. Clean formica counter tops with baking soda on a damp sponge.
10. Soda absorbs kitty litter odors. Cover the bottom of the kitty box with 1 part soda; then add a layer of 3 parts kitty litter on top.
11. To polish silverware sprinkle dry baking soda on a damp cloth rub, rinse, dry and enjoy.
12. Uses for baking soda and babies: To help clean baby bottles, wash the bottles with water and baking soda. Then rinse well with hot water.
13. Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to keep them fresh
14. Use baking soda in your dishwasher. Run the dishwasher through a cycle with the baking instead of soap. Tang is also good to keep your dishwasher clean and smelling good.
15. For stainless steel and chrome, use a moist cloth and dry baking soda to make it shine like new. Rinse and dry. On stainless steel, rub in the direction of the grain.
1. To maintain proper pool alkalinity, add 3/4 lb. of baking soda for every 5,000 gallons of water. This will raise the total alkalinity by 10 ppm (parts per million). Most pools require alkalinity in the 80-150 ppm range. Proper pool alkalinity level is vital for minimizing changes in pH or when basic pool chemicals or contaminants are introduced into the water.
2. Give your deck a weathered look by adding two cups of baking soda to one gallon of water. Use a stiff brush to spread onto the surface area. Work in the direction of the grain. Let it sit for an hour then rinse with cool water.
3. Ant and roach control mix equal parts of baking soda with sugar and spread over the infested area, they love the sugar the baking soda loves them to death.
4. Weeds growing in the cracks of your driveway, sidewalks and patio? A good safe way to help prevent them from growing is to put baking soda on them. Add a handful, then sweep it into the cracks. The added sodium will help make it more hostile to the weeds growing there. It’s safe for pets and children as well.
1. Add 1/2 cup or more of baking soda to your bath water to soften your skin.
2. Putting 2 tbsp. of baking soda in your baby’s bath water will help relieve diaper rash irritations.
3. You can give yourself a facial scrub by mixing it 3 to 1 with water.
4. Add it to your shampoo, and it will remove built up residue in your hair from shampoos and conditioners.
5. Take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn.
6. For sunburn use a paste of baking soda and water it will help relive the burning and will help you from peeling as bad.
7. Minimize the “oh gross” factor by cleaning and freshening retainers and mouth-guards with baking soda. Soak after every use in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda and warm water. Every so often, brush them clean with a paste of baking soda. That’ll keep everyone smiling
8. Chlorine from the swimming pool can turn your hair green. To prevent this, after swimming rinse your hair with lemon juice and a 1/4 cup of baking soda. Rinse and shampoo as you normally do.