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Thursday, June 04, 2009

25 Amazing Uses for Baking Soda

1. One part baking soda mixed with two parts of ground oatmeal makes a
great scrub for your face. Just mix together the two ingredients and
add enough water to make a paste. Gently rub the paste onto your face,
avoiding the eye area. Leave the facial on for a few minutes. Then,
gently remove it with plenty of cool water and a wash cloth. Your face
will feel noticeably soft and smooth!

2. Is your skin suffering from a case of Poison Ivy or Sumac? Or, do
the kids have Measles or Chicken Pox? Add a half cup of baking soda to
a bath tub full of warm water. Soak the entire body. The baking soda
will help relieve the itching and irritation. It will also help to
soften skin!

3. There are many teeth whitening products on the market today, but
the most natural is plain old baking soda. Simply dip your toothbrush
into some soda everytime you brush! Not only will it help whiten your
teeth, but it will help to clean your breath as well!

Baking soda can also be used to safely clean dentures, partials, and
other dental apparatus.

4. You can use baking soda just like a dry cleanser to clean sinks,
bath tubs, and toilets. It works especially well on chrome fixtures!
It rinses off easily and you don't have to worry about scratches
either.

5. Hairbrushes and combs pick up not only loose hair, but they also get oily.
Clean yours once a month by soaking them in a solution of warm water
and a teaspoon or two of baking soda. Scrub them with a soft brush, if
needed, then rinse them with clean water and let them air dry.

6. Is your hair dull and dingy? Maybe you have a build up of shampoo,
spray, mousse, and other products in your hair. Mix a teaspoon of
baking soda in with your shampoo the next time you wash your hair. The
soda will remove any build up and leave your hair soft.

7. A pan with burnt food in it can be cleaned with less effort if you
soak it in baking soda and hot water first.

8. To open up a partially clogged drain, pour a half cup of baking
soda into it. Follow this with a cup of vinegar. Allow the solution to
bubble for several minutes, then run hot water down the drain.

9. Do you love dried beans, but not the gas and bloating they cause?
Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda in the water when you soak beans.
Oila! No more digestion problems!

10. You don't need a store-bought cleaner to remove dirt and
insecticides from your fresh produce either. Just mix a quarter of a
cup of baking soda in a sink full of water. Wash your fruits and
vegetables in the solution, then rinse with clean water.

11. Baking soda makes an effective cleaner and deodorizer for your
refrigerator too! Sprinkle a little on a damp sponge and clean the
inside of the appliance as you normally would. Rinse clean, and see
and smell the difference!

12. Your oven is another appliance that baking soda can easily clean
and deodorize. Mix some baking soda and enough water to make a paste.
Use a sponge
to spread the paste over the inside of your oven. (Make sure that you
don't touch the element if your stove is electric!) Allow the paste to
set undisturbed for several hours. Then, scrub your oven clean!

13. Do you need to use a laundry booster to help get your clothes
clean? Then pour in a half cup of baking soda to every washer load of
laundry. You can also use baking soda with bleach too. Your laundry
will look brighter and smell fresher!

14. Carpet and cloth-covered furniture make beautiful additions to
your house. But, they do tend to hold body odors, pet smells,
cigarette smoke, and other unwanted aromas in your home. To freshen
your carpet and upholstered furniture, sprinkle them with baking soda.
Allow them to sit undisturbed for a half hour or so. Then, simply
vacuum the baking soda up.

15. Fireplaces can also help make your home warm and cozy. But, the
soot can also give your house yet another unwanted odor. To help
freshen up your fireplace, clean the ashes out, then place a bowl of
baking soda in it.

16. Fill a pair of old socks with baking soda. Tie a knot in the top
of each sock. Then, place the socks in a pair of shoes or slippers
that you want to deodorize and freshen up!

17. Are there light water rings on your finished wood nightstand? Mix
together a paste of baking soda and toothpaste. Dip a soft cloth in
the paste and rub the water spots away!

18. A paste made up of baking soda and water will clean and polish the
chrome on your vehicles!
19. A box of baking soda can make an effective extinguisher if a small
fire erupts in your garage.

20. Baking soda works better than one of those hanging pine trees in
your vehicles. If your vehicle smells musty or smoky, fill up the
ashtrays with baking soda. The soda will absorb the odors and
effectively freshen the interior.

21. Corroded battery terminals can make your car, truck, van, or SUV
refuse to start. Eliminate this problem by periodically cleaning the
terminals with a paste made of baking soda and water. Wipe the paste
and grunge off with a clean rag.

22. Does the smell of the litter box in your house announce to
visitors that you have a cat? If so, you can remedy the problem by
starting with a clean box. Then, pour baking soda in it until it's a
couple inches full. Finally, add kitty litter as usual. The soda will
help absorb the ammonia smell.

23. Ants in your house? Keep them out by mixing up equal parts of
baking soda and salt together. Then, sprinkle the mixture wherever you
see the intruders coming in at.

24. Do you need to fill in some nail holes in a plastered wall? If you
don't have any spackling handy, you can simply mix together some white
toothpaste and baking soda. Fill the holes in completely, then allow
the mixture to dry. If you want to match the wall color, add a drop or
two of food coloring to the mix before you use it.

25. And finally, many flowers, fruits, and vegetables need to be
planted in acidic soil in order for them to grow to their fullest. If
you're not sure whether the soil in an area is acidic or not, then
perform this test: mix up a quarter of a cup of baking soda with two
cups of water. Then, stir in a cup of the soil. If the mixture foams
up, then the soil is acidic.

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