Baking soda should be designated one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Is there anything baking soda cannot help clean, deodorize, help to leaven, or otherwise cure? Here are just some of the ways this simple product can help around the house.
In the Kitchen
One of the best known ways to use baking soda, of course, is as a deodorizer for the refrigerator, and it works really well in this capacity. Simply open a small box and place in the back of the ‘frig to help neutralize odors. Replace approximately every 30 days.
Use baking soda also to help neutralize odors emanating from the garbage disposal. Remove the sink strainer, and pour liberally into the disposal. Leave the soda as is once you pour it in for at least 15 minutes, and then run hot water down the drain and turn your disposal on for about 30 seconds to a minute.
Baking soda works great as a cleaning agent for all sorts of kitchen appliances (including the microwave), pots and pans, and also works well as a safe, non-toxic cleanser for dishes and serving bowls. Apply the baking soda directly on a difficult to remove food stain, for example, and then moisten a dish sponge made for non-scratch surfaces to clean. The semi-course texture of the soda will clean kitchen utensils really well also.
Baking soda works well if you need to clean your coffee pot, and you don’t have to worry about creating a soapy residue that will find its way into your morning cup of coffee. Put approximately one tablespoon of baking soda into your coffee pot and then add water. Boil the water and then empty the pot and you’re done.
Cutting boards are notorious for absorbing odors from such foods as onions and garlic. Use baking soda liberally and directly on the surface of the board, and then scrub with a moist sponge. This works equally well with wooden boards as well as other types of cutting board surfaces.
Use baking soda on kitchen surfaces also, like stove tops and tile surfaces around the refrigerator and sink, where food crumbs and residue inevitably tend to accumulate.
One of the oldest uses for baking soda is as a leavening ingredient in baking, and this is the traditional use for which the product was originally named. When it comes to baking, what recipe doesn’t include baking soda? Baking soda is a primary ingredient for countless baking recipes, including: bread, scones, muffins, rolls, biscuits (drop biscuits are great!), cookies, you name it. “Soda” bread is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make a loaf of bread.
Not everyone is old enough to remember tooth powder, but many dentists recommend using the simple combination of baking soda and water as a dentifrice in order to clean teeth and help eliminate bad breath. Use approximately 3 parts soda to 1 part water in order to make a dental “paste”. (You can use the palm of your hand to do the mixing.) Apply to your toothbrush, and then clean your teeth as usual. The soda is just course enough to help clean tooth surfaces without causing harmful abrasion to the enamel surface of the teeth. (Use a little baking soda in a glass of water as a mouthwash also in order to maintain good oral hygiene.)
These are just some of the ways this remarkable little product can be used. One of the great things about baking soda is that you will inevitably find your own uses around the house. It can be used to clean battery terminals on your car (be sure to disconnect the battery cables first!), help to deodorize footwear and gym bags, and it can be added to your laundry detergent to help freshen your laundry. (Add about ½ cup to your regular clothes detergent when putting your clothes in the washer.) Baking soda works really well if you need to clean your barbeque grill for the upcoming summer season. (You can make a paste of 3 parts soda and 1 part water and apply to the grill with a wire brush.)
One of the pleasures in life is finding simple and dependable products that work well and have been relied upon for many years, and the humble and inexpensive box of baking soda on your grocer’s shelf is one of those products.
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