Many people think of baking soda as a cooking ingredient or a way to keep your fridge odor free. There are hundreds of household uses for baking soda! It can be used for a lot more than just taking residence in the back of your fridge. Use it up with these tips for using baking soda in your household.
10 Surprising Ways To Use Baking Soda
Remove dry skin by creating a baking soda exfoliate. Combine one teaspoon of baking soda with a half cup of water to create a paste. Massage gently in a circular motion (make sure to avoid the eye area) on your face and rinse.
Freshen your breath
Baking soda can be used to make an easy mouthwash that neutralizes odors. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Swish, spit, and rinse.
Unclog your drain
Pour about two spoonfuls of baking soda down the drain, as far down as you can, then add about a 1/3 cup of vinegar and cover drain once it starts bubbling. It is crucial to seal the sink once it starts bubbling, or none of the pressure will be pushed down into the pipe.
Deodorize the litter box
To keep your cat’s litter box smelling fresh, cover the bottom of the pan with baking soda, then fill with kitty litter as usual. If you want to freshen between changes, sprinkle baking soda on top to give a quick refresher.
Make your silverware look shiny and new by polishing them with a baking soda paste. To create your paste, mix three parts baking soda and one part water. Rub onto your silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
Make a detox bath
Baking soda can make a great addition to a detox bath! Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a warm bath, or combine with other ingredients. This will make your skin very soft and help wash away oil and sweat.
Make your own natural scrub to remove wax or other residues from your fruits and veggies. Mix a quarter cup of baking soda in a full sink of water. Wash your produce in the solution, then rinse with clean water.
Treat your sunburn by soaking your sunburned skin in a mixture of baking soda and water. To ease the burn, draw a warm bath and add half a cup of baking soda. Apply it directly to the skin.
Bug bites and poison ivy
Create a paste out of baking soda and water. Then, apply as a salve onto affected skin. If you’re looking to ease the itch, shake some baking soda onto your hand and rub it into damp skin after a bath or shower.
Clean pots and pans
When hand washing your pots and pans, use baking soda to get them clean. Let them soak in baking soda for about 15-20 minutes. Any grease or food will come right off!