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47 uses for baking soda in the house

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Baking soda can be your best friend in many household chores. To begin with, it is well known for its medicinal properties, such as helping to treat various health conditions that we encounter in everyday life like heartburn or injuries. Another well-known application is in culinary recipes, like that cake that looks all puffy and cuddly with a pinch of baking powder. But where baking soda is perfectly at ease is in the intimacy of a home: it works wonderfully in cleaning the house, from the living room to the garage, from the  kitchen to the bathroom, from the bedroom to the laundry room. With the help of this magic powder, furniture, appliances, clothes, shoes and even the car are clean, scented and brand new. In this book of ideas, you will get to know 47 ways to use baking soda in everyday life!

1. Kitchen cleaning

1. Refrigerator- baking soda is excellent for absorbing and eliminating odors. The refrigerator, for example, can easily lose the stench if it is cleaned with detergent and a soft cloth and then sprinkled with water diluted with sodium bicarbonate on the sides and shelves. Then it is recommended to put half a cup of baking soda in an open container and leave it on one of the refrigerator shelves. The powder should be renewed every three months. 

2. Oven- one way to clean the oven with baking soda is to sprinkle the inside of it with the powder and then throw hot water on the surface, letting the mixture stand overnight. In the morning, you should use a damp sponge to clean the oven, removing grease and stains, and then rinse and dry. Another possibility is to make a mixture of baking soda, salt, hot water and vinegar and apply it inside the oven with a sponge and then remove it with a cloth. 

3. Microwave-This equipment can be cleaned externally and internally with a cloth moistened in a solution of water and baking soda, rubbing it well and then rinsing it with water on a cloth. 

4. Kettles and Cups-To remove stains and odors from kettles and cups, a good method is to dip them in a mixture of warm water and baking soda for half an hour and then rinse them in running water.

5. Dishes and Cookware-To remove stains, grease and food on dishes and pans, one should soak them in water with one tablespoon of baking soda. To potentiate the cleaning, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the detergent used. Stains from pots and pans can also be removed by applying a little sodium bicarbonate in a damp sponge with detergent and by rubbing it directly into the stained area. If they persist, cover the utensil with hot water mixed with baking soda and let the mixture act for 10 minutes. 

6. Thermal bottle-The bad smell can come out of the thermos bottle and it will look like new again. Just fill it with water and a small spoon of baking soda and let this solution sit for at least an hour. 

7. Plastic containers -Plastic containers to pack food often have a strong smell. One way to eliminate it is to wash it and then fill it with a mixture of water and a teaspoon of baking soda, close it and put it in the freezer. When defrosting, the smell will have disappeared.  

8. Cutting boards-Odor can be removed from cutting boards if they are sprinkled with baking soda, letting it sit for a few minutes, and then wash normally.  

9. Sponges—Sodium bicarbonate is a natural bactericide and can be used to wash cutting boards, sinks, garbage baskets, stove, fruit and vegetables, in addition to dish sponges and brushes in general. A valid recipe for all this is to mix three tablespoons of baking soda and half a tablespoon of sodium hypochlorite in a quart of water, leaving the stuff you want to soak for two hours and then rinsing it. To eliminate odors and specifically disinfect sponges for dish-washing, immerse them in a bowl of water in which four tablespoons of baking soda has been diluted.

For more ideas, here are 11 cleaning tips for a spotless kitchen.

2. Kitchen pipes and drains

10. Bad odors-To eliminate the bad odors that come from the kitchen drains and pipes (and also from the bathroom and service area), just pour half a glass of baking soda into the sink and let the water run, repeating the operation every ten days. 

11. Clogging-Fat can build up in kitchen sink plumbing and cause clogging. The solution is, periodically. pour in half a cup of baking soda and then half a cup of vinegar. Wait for the chemical reaction to subside, and then pour hot water. The same operation can be done in the bathroom sink.

3. Bathroom cleaning

12. Bathtub -The bathtub, sink, crockery and tiles can be cleaned effectively with baking soda. The powder should be sprinkled on the surfaces, then rub them with a sponge or cloth. For the most difficult spots, you can make an abrasive cream by mixing detergent, salt and baking soda. 

13. Toilets -To disinfect it, use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda.  

14. Faucets-The faucets and other metals like the shower become brighter if you rub baking soda in them and then clean with a dry cloth. 

15. Grouts-Cleaning of grouts can also be done with baking soda. One way is to put half a cup of water, one half of alcohol vinegar and one tablespoon of baking soda in a spray, applying the mixture over the grout and letting it act for an hour. and then rub the spot. Another possibility is to scrub the grout with a mixture of sodium bicarbonate and hydrogen peroxide. Finally, a mixture made with a tablespoon of baking soda and half a lemon can be applied to the grout, allowing it to act for five minutes.  

16. Hair combs and brushes-These accessories can be cleaned efficiently by immersing them in a bowl of warm water with a tablespoon of baking soda.

4. Bathroom -personal care

17. Toothpaste-Baking soda can be a complement to whitening teeth because of its mild abrasive effect. Just put some of the powder on the toothbrush and do the brushing.

18. Mouthwash—Baking soda can be used as a natural antiseptic in the fight against bad breath. Dissolve one teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water and gargle a mouthful.  

19. Deodorant-Baking soda can be used as a natural deodorant for the feet and underarms. One way to apply it is pure with your fingers or with a sponge. A liquid deodorant can be obtained by dissolving two teaspoons of baking soda in a glass of water, allowing the mixture to stand for 24 hours. Then place the liquid in a spray container. 

20. Shampoo-For hair to stay light and clean with no residues of chemicals, one can add a teaspoon of baking soda to the shampoo and mix it well. Another possibility is, once a month, mix a tablespoon of baking soda with shampoo and apply it to the hair.

5. Living room and other rooms

21. Flooring-Baking soda can replace detergents in floor cleaning. To do this, place one cup of the product in a bucket of warm water and clean it normally. For stubborn stains, rub them with a damp sponge which has been sprinkled with baking soda. 

22. Wall-spots on the wall, including pen scratches, can be removed by rubbing a sponge dipped in a warm water mixture with a tablespoon of baking soda. 

23. Lacquered furniture in lacquered furniture can be removed by sprinkling the surface with baking soda and rubbing it with a damp sponge. Then the area should be rinsed and dried with a clean cloth.  

24. Sofas-Oil stains on the couch can be removed with a mixture of baking soda and alcohol by rubbing it on the affected area with a brush. The same goes for the carpet or rug. 

25. Carpets-The baking soda deodorizes carpets, carpets and upholstery. On the carpet, spread the baking soda abundantly, letting it act overnight. The next day, remove most of the dust with a broom and complete cleaning with the vacuum cleaner.

 26. Fabrics and Upholstery-Sofas, cushions, curtains and blankets can be cleaned with baking soda. Mix one liter of water, half a glass of white vinegar, a quarter cup of alcohol, a tablespoon of softener and a tablespoon of baking soda and place that mixture in a spray bottle, then apply it on the tissues and upholstery.   

27. Flowers-For the flowers to last longer, one can add a teaspoon of baking soda in the water of the pot. 

28. Ants-To keep the ants away, there is a solution that uses baking soda. Mix the powder and salt in equal parts and spread the mixture where the ants usually appear.

6. Rooms

29. Mattresses-Mites that lodge on the mattress and pillows can be fought. To clean them, spread the baking soda on the surface, let it act for 10 minutes and then remove the excess with a brush or vacuum cleaner. 

30. Cabinets and Drawers-Bad odors can be removed from these locations if small containers of sodium bicarbonate are placed inside them. 

31. Plush-Stuffed animals can be free from bad odors with a dry clean. Sprinkle baking soda in the piece, let stand for 15 minutes and then brush.  

32. Shoe and Shoe racks-To deodorise the shoe rack, place tissue bags containing sodium bicarbonate inside the shoes, changing them from time to time. Smelly shoes, especially children's sneakers, should have their interior sprinkled with baking soda, leaving the powder to rest overnight. The next morning, remove the excess and wipe the shoes with a dry cloth.

7. Laundry

33. Washing Machine-If this equipment shows mold and stench, simply pour a mixture of water and baking soda into the soap powder compartment and perform the washing cycle. 

34. Soap-Powder To increase the effectiveness of the soap powder, add a tablespoon of baking soda in the product compartment in the washing machine.  

35. Childrens Clothes-To remove stubborn stains from children's clothing, add half a cup of baking soda into the laundry soap or washing cycle.  

36. Bedding and towels-To take away the bad odors and give a feeling of freshness, add half a cup of baking soda in the washing cycle. 

37. To lighten socks, dishcloths and white pieces, put water, soap powder, a spoonful of alcohol and another baking soda in a basin, leaving the clothes soaked in it for one hour. Then wash normally in the washing machine.

For more ideas, have a look at our article titled do the laundry easier with these design tips.

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38. Car-Use baking soda to wash the car. To clean headlights, chrome, windows, wheels, benches and vinyl rugs, use a mixture of a quarter cup of baking soda and a quart of warm water, applying it with a sponge or soft cloth. In addition to not causing scratches, this mixture removes dirt, insects and tar. The most difficult stains can be removed with a sponge with baking soda. 

39. Sports equipment-To clean and disinfect sports equipment, a mixture of four tablespoons and one liter of water can be used.  

40. Automobile battery and other machines-To neutralize the corrosive acid from batteries, make a mixture with three parts of sodium bicarbonate and one part of water and apply with a damp cloth after disconnecting the terminals. After cleaning, reconnect the terminals and clean them with petroleum jelly to prevent corrosion. 

41. Oil and fat-To clean oil and spilled fat on the garage floor, sprinkle the stain with baking soda and rub with a damp sponge.

9. Health and other tips

42. Digestive and antacid-To aid digestion, eliminate stomach acid and prevent swelling, mix the juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water.

43. Insect bites and irritations-Mix one teaspoon of baking soda in a little water and apply to the affected areas, relieving the itching.  

44. Wounds-To heal a simple wound like a scratch, mix baking soda and water and apply on the spot. 

45. Thrush-To relieve thrush, gargle with a glass of water with half a teaspoon of baking soda.  

46. Strong smells-If your hands smell strongly after picking garlic or onion, soak your fingers in a mixture of water and baking soda and wash them with these solutions.  

47. Gases—Sodium bicarbonate can help prevent the gases from bean. When you soak it, add a teaspoon of baking soda.

We hope the tips here will be helpful to you. For more house cleaning tips, have a look at 47 ways to use vinegar for cleaning your home.

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