Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The amazing uses of Baking Soda

I think that at one time, Baking Soda was regarded as one of the greatest and most versatile things possible.  However, throughout the years, we have put out different products that essentially contain Baking Soda, but are advertised as something else.  In all honesty, I had no idea that Baking Soda could do what it does!

I came across this revelation this morning, actually, because over the weekend, I made eggplant (possibly one of the most delicious foods in the world).  Now I usually look for the healthy way to make foods, but when it comes to eggplant, the best way to make it is to fry it!  Now, with frying just about anything, I've found that you're going to make a mess.  And this frying experience was no exception.  I used one of my beautifully shiny tri-ply shallow pans and fried a ton of eggplant, and found that I had grease stains all over it that neither soap and water or white vinegar would take off.  How upsetting!

As I was making my morning coffee this morning, I all of a sudden said, what about Baking Soda?  Poured some all over the pan, ran some super hot water, took a little scrubby (not metal) and ..... results!  I'm so excited.  So in a follow up to my awesome revelation, I've done some research, and here's a list of just a few things that Baking Soda can do!

  • In the Kitchen
    • Put a small box or bowl in the fridge/freezer/cupboard to keep away odors
    • Sprinkle a little in the bottom of the garbage can, and a little more after you put a new bag in, to reduce garbage odors!
    • Put out a grease fire with a little B S
    • Sprinkle B S on a damp cloth to clean surfaces.  Rinse with clean water.
    • Rinse food containers with hot water and B S to remove stale smells.  Soak longer if the smell persists.
    • Sprinkle the floor with B S and wipe with a warm, damp cloth.  This will help remove scuff marks and grease spills.
    • For burnt-on food in the bottom of pots, sprinkle with B S, then add hot water.  Let soak overnight, the dried on food will come loose much more easily
    • Clean the Microwave, oven, coffee pot, or tea pot
    • Polish your silverware with 3 parts B S and 1 part water - rinse thoroughly
  • In the Bathroom
    • Make toothpaste and use as a mouth wash
    • Use as a facial scrub and exfoliant
    • Use as a deodorant
    • Use to treat bites and itches
    • Use with your shampoo to help your hair to be healthier
    • Use a B S paste (3 parts BS, 1 part water) to remove stubborn stains from most surfaces.  Apply, let stand, then scrub or wipe clean.
    • Clean hairbrushes and combs in a combo of BS and water
    • Pour 1/4 cup BS down the drain weekly, rinsed with hot water to avoid clogged drains.
  • Around the House
    • Sprinkle smelly carpets with BS, let stand for at least 15 minutes then vacuum.  This will help remove the smells.
    • Put B S in the bottom of each ashtray for smokers.  This will help keep away some of the stale smoke smell
    • Children's toys can be cleaned using 1/4 cup B S in 1 quart warm water.  Submerge the toy in the mixture, or wipe with a damp cloth, and rinse with clear water.
  • In the Laundry
    • Replace half of each measure of laundry detergent with BS to keep clothing fresh
    • Pretreat grease stains on clothes with a BS paste
    • If using chlorine bleach, BS will increase effectiveness.  Add 1/2 cup to your laundry along with the usual amount of bleach.
  • Yard and Garage
    • Helps clean up grease spills
    • Remove burnt food from the grill.
    • Cleans lawn furniture
All items were found via here and here.


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