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Baking Soda Uses: The Other Greener Cleaner

Last week, I shared just a few of the many (hundreds, even) uses that vinegar holds. This week, I thought that I would share some of the uses of its partner-in-clean: baking soda. Baking soda also has many uses, some that are commonly known, like absorbing odors from your refrigerator, and some that are less well-known, such as using it to make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid. Here are a few that I found.

You can add a cup of baking soda to your bath to soften your skin, or you can use it as a face and body scrub. If you add it to your baby’s bath, it will help relieve diaper rash, and in your bath, it will help soothe your own skin irritations. You can also use it on insect bites, stings, and burns to relieve the pain.

On another note, it will help keep your flowers fresh if you add a teaspoon to the water in the vase. Or you can turn baking soda into modeling clay by combining it with 1 and 1/4 cups of water and 1 cup of cornstarch. And while you might be familiar with baking soda’s ability to cut odors, did you know that you can sprinkle a damp cloth with it and rub your baby’s shirt to remove odors from it, too?

If you have cockroaches or ants invading your kitchen or basement, you can deter them by sprinkling baking soda under sinks or on the basement window sills. And while most natural methods of cleaning require more arm muscle, you can add a cup to your toilet, wait for an hour, then flush. Not only will it clean it, it will also absorb the odor! Sprinkling baking soda to the bottom of pots and pans with stuck-on food then adding hot water and soaking them overnight makes cleaning them much easier!

Of course, the best use for baking soda, in my opinion, is as a pail freshener. Putting a little at the bottom of both my disposable diaper pail (when I use them) as well as at the bottom of my cloth diaper hanging pails helps tremendously with odors.

What I really love about both baking soda and vinegar is that it’s something I don’t have to worry about my daughter getting into. While I still have lots of cleaners, I doubt that I’ll be buying them anymore. Non-toxic, super frugal, and even germ-killing with literally tons of uses? Yeah, I’m sold. :)

 

For more ways that you can use baking soda, check out these sites!

http://lifehackery.com/2008/07/22/home-4/

http://thenewhomemaker.com/bakingsoda

 

 

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