Last summer my son was stung by a bee while he was playing in our backyard. It was his first bee sting and I wanted to soothe the area quickly for him. Then I remembered a friend telling me about making a baking soda paste and covering the sting. So I mixed about a teaspoon of baking soda with ½ teaspoon of water to make a thick paste. I put the paste over the welt. We then sat on the sofa watching TV and when I checked the area about one hour later, the paste was gone and so was the welt. It was still a bit red around the area but not tender or sore at all. Though we’ve not had anymore bee stings in our house since then, this will certainly be a remedy I will use again.
So, I got to thinking what else can baking soda be used for around the house, other than making cookies and baking. Baking soda is fairly inexpensive and, from my research, has a variety of uses. At a garage sale a few months ago, I found a booklet, 100s of Helpful Hints – Practical uses for Arm & Hammer baking soda. It is a gold mine of information. There are also many websites that offer other ideas. Google baking soda uses to find more than the fifteen I have listed here.
But before the list, you need to gather some household items and keep them strictly for your baking soda cleaning. You’ll need sponges, toothbrushes and clean rags.
1. Sprinkle baking soda on a clean, damp sponge and scrub your fruits and vegetables to remove dirt, wax or pesticide residue. Reserve this sponge for this use only.
2. To clean the cutting wheel of a can opener, dip a clean toothbrush in warm water and then into a small amount of baking soda and scrub the cutting wheel.
3. To freshen your breath use 1 teaspoon of baking soda mixed into half a glass of water. Stir until dissolved and swish the solution through your teeth and rinse.
4. Clean white baby shoes with baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge.
5. Make fluffier omelets by adding ½ teaspoon of baking powder for every three eggs.
6. If you grow your own tomato plants, sprinkle baking soda around them. They will be sweeter by lowering the acidity.
7. Keep boxes of baking soda in your kitchen, by the grill, on your boat, in your car and in the garage in the event of a fire. Baking soda will snuff a grease fire safely.
8. Clean and sanitize garbage cans with baking soda. Dampen the trash can, sprinkle with baking soda, scrub and rinse.
9. Add a ½ cup baking soda to your washing machines rinse cycle to deodorize musty smelling towel.
10. This was a trick I used when my kids were in diapers. I sprinkled baking soda in the bottom of the diaper pail to help neutralize the odors. I added a little more each time I emptied it.
11. To remove odors from a wooden cutting board, rub with a baking soda paste.
12. Help prevent clogged drains by pouring ½ cup baking soda followed by 1 cup white vinegar down the drain. When the foam subsides, rinse with hot water.
13. Use a baking soda paste to remove mildew stains on grout. Scrub with an old toothbrush and rinse.
14. During the hot and humid summer months, sprinkle baking soda into clean socks before wearing to control odor and moisture.
15. Toys can get grungy. To clean baby and children’s toys make a baking soda solution, wash toys using a cloth dipped in the solution, rinse and dry. Perfect tip for day cares and schools so non-toxic chemical are not used around sensitive children.
Hopefully these tips will help you around the house and save some money in the process. These tips will replace many expensive and toxic cleaners.