My goal is simple: To create a huge list of the possible uses for baking soda!
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- Burned pot saver – If you have some burned gunk on the bottom of a pan (who, me?!) wet it just enough to keep damp and sprinkle baking soda liberally. (This is my favorite part.) Leave overnight. In the morning, the gunk will magically lift off.
- “Soft Scrub” – Use a drop of your favorite soap, like Dr. Bronners, and then sprinkle on some baking soda. Voila – a soft scrubbing agent. You can mix these two in a bowl together if you are in to that kind of thing.
- Stinky diaper rescue – Fuzzi Bunz or other cloth diapers or covers still stinky even after washing? Soak them overnight in the washer with hot water and an entire small box of baking soda. Drain the water, then wash with your regular detergent, more baking soda and hot water. Then dry outside. They should be all sweet smelling now.
- Facial exfoliant – If my skin is looking less than dewy, I put a bit of baking soda in my palms and use it to scrub my face. It’s super gentle but removes dead skin cells.
- Toothpaste – Baking soda is great as a non-toxic tooth paste. Mix it with equal parts salt and a drop of peppermint essential oil.
- Vomit cleanup – After you’ve removed the “chunks”, sprinkle baking soda *liberally* over the area. Leave for an hour, then come back and vacuum. Takes away the horrible smell and firms up any remaining vomit, making it easier to clean up.
- Diaper rash treatment – When baby has a rash, sprinkle baking soda in her bath to soothe her sore bottom. Great for yeast infections too.
- Dishwasher deodorizer – sprinkle baking soda in your dishwasher to remove yucky odors and make your dishwashing detergent work better.
- Sink declogger – Alternate pouring baking soda and vinegar down a clogged drain, then follow up (after 30 minutes) with a teakettle full of boiling water. Removes most clogs!
- Car freshener – Sprinkle baking soda on your car’s carpets, leave overnight and then vacuum up in the morning. Also, sprinkle it liberally in cup holders and remove the next day to counteract “off” odors in your car.
- Refrigerator scrub – Use a paste of baking soda and hot water to help remove food spills that have congealed in your fridge and make everything smell better.