19 Plausible Baking Soda Hacks
- March 06, 2021
” Too many people counting calories and not enough people counting chemicals; yet, for every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect .”
What if there were a natural health-promoting substance that was inexpensive, available at any grocery store in the country, and probably sitting in your cupboard right now? Yep , it is called baking soda. It is far more than a baking ingredient and can be used in all manner of house-hold tasks including cleaning, laundry, personal and animal care. It’s one item you buy from the store regularly. We have dredged the internet and sought state-of-the-art techniques and best practices from world class cleaning experts like Becky Rapinchuk aka “Clean Mama” and Sophie Hinchclife to assemble a catalogue of:
19 Plausible Baking Soda Hacks That is Worth Your Time
1. Cleaning Your Sink
Baking soda works well as a mild abrasive, so it’s a useful sink cleaner. You can sprinkle baking soda all over your sink and then scrub it with a sponge. Rapinchuk says she likes to mix the baking soda with 25-35 drops of essential oil for scent and adds dish soap before she scrubs. “It’s a great way to freshen up and give you aromatherapy while you’re doing something that’s not really fun,” she noted. Others mix it with lemon juice to form a paste or scrub the baking soda with a cut lemon. Once you’ve scrubbed your sink with baking soda, you can rinse the sink with vinegar and then warm water.
2. Cleaning Produce
According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, baking soda is an effective solution for removing pesticide residue from fruits and vegetables. All you have to do is fill your clean sink with water, add four teaspoons of baking soda, soak your produce for about five minutes, rinse it with cold water and pat it dry.
3. Deodorizing Your Refrigerator
In addition to being a great mild abrasive, baking soda is a very common deodorizer. “You can put an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator or anywhere that’s a little musty or stinky and the odor will stop.
4. Freshening Up Towels
Baking soda’s deodorizing powers can also work well for things that get a little mildew-smelling, like towels. “If you need to freshen up your towels, you can put half a cup in your washing machine with your normal detergent to get rid of odors.
5. Cleaning Jewelry
If you have silver jewelry, you can soak it in a mixture of baking soda and hot water in an aluminum-foil-lined bowl. Through the process of ion exchange, the tarnish will transfer from the silver to the water. After removing the jewelry, wipe away excess tarnish with a soft lint-free cloth. This works for other household items and silverware as well. For hard stones and metals like diamonds and platinum, you can use a mixture of baking soda, water, salt and dish soap.
6. Treating Your Nails
Combine three parts baking soda and one part water to create a mixture that you can use to scrub your nails to smooth the surface. You can also combine equal parts baking soda and water to create a paste that may exfoliate cuticles and remove nail stains.
7. Cleaning Your Shower
You can mix it with a little lemon juice or vinegar, and get it in the crevices of a drain. But be careful that it’s not too much. You can also use it for soap scum. Mix up a tablespoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of salt and a little vinegar and make that into a paste to remove soap scum. You can also immerse your shower head into a solution of baking soda and vinegar to help unclog the pin holes.
8. Treating Stings
If you have a sting of some sort, you can make a poultice,” Rapinchuk explained. “Make a paste with baking soda and water and just dab it onto that area and let it dry. Historically speaking, it was used to get a stinger out because it was thought to extract the stinger, but can also help with redness and itching as well. Some people recommend this method for removing splinters as well. People also use baking soda and water mixtures to relieve mild sunburn and other skin irritations, as many swear it eases the pain and discomfort.
9. Freshening The Air
Baking soda is a popular ingredient in homemade air fresheners. Put baking soda and lemon essential oil in a small mason jar, replacing the lid with a piece of fabric and using the metal ring to keep it in place. You can do that without any scent and place it indiscreetly in a stinky area.
10. Soaking Your Skin
Baking soda is great in a bath with Epsom salt. You can add a couple of cups of baking soda to your bath to relieve pain or tension and exfoliate your skin. You can also use this mixture as a foot soak or create an exfoliating scrub to apply to your skin (though not all experts recommend this).
11. Cleaning Your Oven
Baking soda is used to create a paste for cleaning your oven and kitchen wares. She uses this combination for her stove as well. Others have used a similar baking soda solution to clean microwaves and other kitchen appliances.
12. Deodorizing the Carpet
If you sprinkle baking soda on your carpet and then let it sit for awhile before vacuuming it up, the substance has a deodorizing effect. You can also do this with other soft surfaces like mattresses or pet beds. You can use a sieve to sprinkle the baking soda evenly.
13. Washing Your Face
Many beauty enthusiasts have experimented with baking soda as a face cleanser and even made face masks with it. In the words of Molly Sims, American supermodel and actress “My secret weapon is baking soda. It’s a great natural exfoliator; you can put it in the shower and scrub down your body, you can even use it on your teeth”. She agreed that her favorite use for baking soda is a nightly scrub, noting how she combine two cups with 20-30 drops of essential oil. However, results have been mixed, so it’s best to test it out on an area of your skin before fully diving in.
14. Cleaning Sponges
You can bring a smelly sponge back to life by soaking it in a solution of baking soda and water. Don’t use this approach for old sponges that need to be disposed of, however. These household items produce a lot of bacteria.
15. Making A Natural Deodorant
You can use a makeup brush, dab baking soda in and brush it under to use as a pseudo-deodorant to absorb odor, many people use baking soda in natural deodorant, but not everyone reacts well to it. It’s often used in the wrong quantities as well.
16. Tile Cleaner
Baking soda mixed with scouring powder is great for de staining tiles, marble and granite. Just mix equal parts of baking soda, scouring powder and use it to scrub the floor. The baking soda will remove the stains while the scouring powder will help lift off stuck-on stains.
17. Baking Soda Toothpaste
Baking soda is useful as toothpaste alternative, helping to whiten teeth while reducing bacteria, plaque and gingivitis.
18. Weed Killer
Baking soda is a natural weed killer. Just wet the weeds and then sprinkle baking soda directly on the weeds. The affected weeds will die off and new ones will not spring up easily.
19. Medical applications of baking soda
Beyond sinks and showers, baking soda’s mild abrasive capabilities and high alkaline pH play interesting roles in heart burn, cancer chemotherapy, chronic kidney disease (CKD), sun burns, canker sores and fatigue syndrome treatment. However, there are downsides to this treatment as most evidence is limited to preliminary indications from animal and cell studies and persistent use may cause alkalosis, which is detrimental to our sensitive tissues.