Believe it or not, baking soda has many incredible uses beyond just making cakes and cookies. Now, it's time for you to discover how much you can do with this seemingly humble powder. Get ready to be stunned.
1. Clean Veggies And Fruits
Vegetables and fruits bought from stores can have pesticides on their surfaces. Simply washing them with water is not enough. Instead, add a single teaspoon of baking soda to 2 cups of water, and place your vegetables or fruits in the mixture. This will remove all traces of harmful chemicals.
2. Polish Silverware
Nothing is more annoying than tarnished silverware, right? Here's an easy way to polish them. Soak the affected silverware in a bowl with baking soda and hot water. The marks will be removed almost instantly!
3. Unblock Clogged Drains
Blocked drains can be an absolute nightmare. Here's an easy fix. First, pour some boiling water down the drain. Second, put 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then, add 1 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of boiling water, and pour the mixture down the drain. Wait for another 5 minutes, and pour a whole pot of boiling water down the drain. In this way, the clogged drain can be unblocked without using poisonous cleaners.
4. Freshen Carpets
It may surprise you, but baking soda is an inexpensive and eco-friendly solution to freshen your carpets. Just sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the stain, and lightly mist the stain with warm water. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 1.5 hours and vacuum it up. Done!
5. Eliminate Bad Breath
Skip expensive attempts to eliminate halitosis, as you can solve the problem with baking soda. Mix a half teaspoon of baking soda with a cup of warm water, swirl it around in your mouth like you use any mouthwash, and then spit it out. Voila! Fresh Breath.
6. Get Whiter, Brighter Clothes
Ever come across those garments just taken out of the washer stay dirty and you have to wash them again? Hopefully, no more. A small cup of baking soda mixed with your preferred detergent will provide a level of shiny purity, which will leave your whites whiter and brights brighter. Don't believe it? Just try!
7. Solve Body Odour Issues
Baking soda is very effective in removing odors from your armpits. What you need to do is rub a little baking soda and warm water under your arms. And the best part? Baking soda is completely harmless to your skin, unlike alcohol-based deodorants.
8. Whiten Your Teeth Naturally
Forget those expensive dental treatments to whiten your teeth, as you can get the same result without spending a dime. Simply mix a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with some water and brush your teeth as usual. The stains will start falling off.
9. Enjoy Foot Spa At Home
Want a pedicure to release all the unwanted tension, but your purse doesn't agree? Don't worry, as you can give yourself one at home. Simply pour 2 or 3 tablespoons of baking soda into a foot tub filled with hot water and soak your feet in. Plus, this method also helps remove calluses and blisters on the feet. Heaven!
10. Clean Car Seats
You don't have to worry about your kids dropping ice cream and chocolates on your car seats anymore. Here's an easy, chemical-free trick to remove the marks. Sprinkle enough baking soda onto the marks, scrub with a wet cloth, and voila!
11. Give You A Clean Mattress
Baking soda can also be used to remove unpleasant dirt and odors in your mattress. Sprinkle some of them on the affected area, wait for 15 minutes, or overnight if you choose, then vacuum it up.
12. Revamp Your Toilet
One of the most frustrating household chores is cleaning the toilet. Of course, there are countless products on the market that can do the job, but none of them is as effective and cheap as baking soda. Add 2 ounces of baking soda to the bowl, scrub with a brush, and rinse. Your toilet will look as good as new.
13. Deodorize Pet Beds
If your dog or cat's bed is a bit smelly, apply some baking soda onto the bed, let it soak for at least 15 minutes. Then vacuum it up. The bed will smell almost good enough for you to sleep in.
14. Relieve Stings And Itchiness
You may not realize it, but most of the creams used for treating bug bites have baking soda as their main ingredients! So, why not save a bit of cash by making a paste at home? Yes, you guessed it - just mix baking soda with some water and dab it onto the affected area.
15. Stop Shoes Smelling
If smelly shoes have been bothering you for a long time, don't worry, baking soda comes to your rescue. You just need to lightly powder your shoes daily with baking soda. Do remember to dust off yesterday's baking soda before adding the new amount.
16. Get Rid Of Dandruff
So you have dandruff, and you've tried various commercial products but nothing works, right? Maybe it's time to replace your shampoo with baking soda, followed by a thorough washing. Do it for a week or two. You should see the results.
17. Help Remove Splinters
Another surprising use for baking soda is to draw out splinters. Make a water and baking soda paste, and apply it to the splinter. Cover with a bandaid and tear it off the next day. The splinter should be removed easily.
18. Kill Weeds
Finding a whole bunch of weeds all over your yard is truly annoying. Using harsh chemicals isn't the best choice because of the high price and the unhealthy effects. Baking soda makes a perfect alternative, which is both affordable and nontoxic. Just sprinkle some of them on the weeds. You will see a big improvement in a few days.
19. Soothe Canker Sores
While canker sores may not be lethal, they do bring ache and discomfort. To soothe the pain, you can make baking soda mouthwash with the recipe we mentioned earlier. And to get the best results, rinse your mouth with the mixture twice a day until the sores disappear.
20. Save A Burnt Pot/Pan
Pots and pans can be hard to clean when they get burnt, but you don't have to throw them away. Pour enough baking soda over the burnt surface, then add boiling water. Wait for a few hours and scrub with a sponge. Your pot or pan will be as shiny as ever.