Ten Tips for Tuesday: Baking Soda

Ten Uses for Baking Soda

1. Make your own baking powder. Combine the following:

  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 t cream of tartar
  • 1 t corn starch
  • Mix well

2. Smother a fire. Whether it be a grease fire, flambe’ gone wrong, something fell in the burner, or whatever else may flame you, baking soda is your friend when trying to put flames out on the fly. Of course, if the fire is out of control or spreading quickly, GET OUT!!! But if your instincts say you’ve got time to smother your flames grab the baking soda. It will prevent oxygen from reaching the flames and will put it out almost immediately. Keep several boxes in the kitchen, bathroom, and wherever a fire could spark.

3. Turn that $2 bag of litter into a $10 bag of litter for a $1. Expensive litter that’s extra absorbent of both liquids and odors can easily cost an arm and a leg. Go ahead and save yourself and your wallet the heartache and grab that cheap bag of litter. Before you leave the store head to the baking aisle and grab a box of baking soda. Put a thin layer of baking soda on the bottom before you add the litter and it will work just as hard as the teeny tiny box of $10 litter. You can also stretch your buck even further by freshening your litter up for an extra day or two by adding a sprinkle to the top of your box.

4. Make your own tooth- paste or powder. You have two options here. If you want a more conventional paste mix the following:

  • 6 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons glycerin
  • 15 drops peppermint extract (or your favorite essential oil)

If you want a fuss free solution, mix equal parts natural unprocessed salt and baking soda. Find natural unprocessed salt at a local health food store or order it here.

5. Take the stink out of those feet by placing a tablespoon of baking soda in your shoes. You can also rub a sprinkle of baking soda on your feet before you put your socks on. It will absorb odor and sweat keeping your feet dry and stink-free.

6. Cremate something on the bottom of your favorite pan? Don’t fret! Place a thick layer of baking soda on the bottom on your pan and spritz it with enough water to turn it to a paste. Heat slightly until the paste is warm. Turn your burner off and let it sit over night or up to 24 hours. In the morning, rinse that pan right out!

7. We give our bath  a bath from time to time, and we even wash our garbage can, so why not wash that dish washer? Bacteria, mold, and all sorts of food gunk can build up in the dishwasher and not only can it leave it unsightly but it can also produce an unpleasant smell. Nip that little problem in the bud and run 1 cup of baking soda through an empty dishwasher for a full cycle. It will remove stains, odors, and leave it sparkling clean.

8. Remove odor from tupperware, your fridge, and anywhere else you’ve got a stink you can’t beat with baking soda. For tupperware, place a tablespoon of baking soda in your container, seal your lid on tight and let it sit for at least a couple days or up to a week. If the fridge is your problem buy a fridge box of baking soda or place some in a small dish and cover it with plastic wrap and a rubber band. Punch a few holes in the top and place it in your fridge. Pets or spills stinking up your furniture or carpet? Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet or cloth furniture and let it sit over night. In the morning give it a quick vacuum and you’ll be fume free.

9. It’s important this day in age to give your fruits and veggies a good scrub. However, soaps and rinses aren’t always safe and a lot of the time they don’t get the job done as well as they advertise. Place some baking soda in the bowl of a salad spinner with room temperature water and let your produce soak for a few minutes. Pull the basket out and let it drain and then rinse it. If it needs to be dried (lettuce, for example) give it a quick spin and you’re ready to go.

10. If you need a quick patch for a nail hole but don’t want to spend money on spackle make a paste out of baking soda and water. Fill the hole and let it dry. Rub the area smooth with your finger or fine grain sand paper.

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    kim said,

    this is amazing! I’m about to go buy a ton of baking soda now!


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