10 Amazing Uses for Baking Soda

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by Discount Debbie

Is Baking Soda the world’s best kept secret? Is has to be! It wasn’t until my husband’s grandma started talking about baking soda this and baking soda that, that I started doing my own research. Baking soda really is an amazing product. And the best part, it’s so cheap! Here are my top 10 uses for baking soda that do not involve baking or to┬ákeep your refrigerator fresh smelling.

1. Use it as an antacid. This was actually the first thing my husband’s grandma mentioned about baking soda. She said it would beat anything you can buy over the counter for heartburn or an upset stomach. Talk about instant savings in the medicine department. She said take a teaspoon with some water and you’ll be set. The taste isn’t that great though, but it works!

2. Skin softener. Seriously try this the next time you take a bath. Add a cup to your bath water and soak in the softness. It really works! Don’t spend a fortune on those expensive bath salts, just try baking soda. Miss the smell? Add a drop of essential oils to your water.

3. Goodbye stinky hands. I cook a lot with onions and garlic and I mean A LOT. My hands get stinky quick and that smell is hard to get rid of. After I chop my onion and garlic, I put a little baking soda on my hands and scrub with water. Poof, the smell is gone!

4. Keep your flowers fresh. Have you seen those little packets they give you with flowers to put in the water? Yep, it’s baking soda! Put about a teaspoon in your fresh flowers water vase and it will keep them fresh longer.

5. Crafts for the kids. Want to make some modeling clay? Use 1 cup cornstarch, 2 cups baking soda, 1-1/2 cups cold water and food coloring if you’d like.

6. Rain repellant. Ever use Rain-x? Next time use baking soda. Mix with such a little water and apply to your windshield. It actually repels rain!

7. Animal hair remover. Sprinkle it on your carpet and let sit for 20-30 minutes, then vacuum. Not only does it help get rid of pet odors, it actually helps the hair release from the carpet.

8. Sweeter tomatoes. It’s almost time to plant tomatoes and when you do, sprinkle a little baking soda in the soil. It will make your tomatoes sweeter!

9. Clean veggies and fruit. Don’t waste your money on expensive fruit and vegetable wash, just rinse them with a little baking soda and water.

10. Laundry boost! Oxy-clean is expensive! Instead, sprinkle some baking soda on your dirty clothes and wash.

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