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The Many Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used for deodorizing, cleaning, cooking, beauty rituals, science projects, putting out fires and more.

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Use baking soda for cleaning these kitchen items:

  • Drains
  • Refrigerator
  • Trash can, diaper pail, hamper
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage disposal
  • Tea stain on mug
  • Burnt-on food
  • Non-abrasive stovetop cleaner

Quick tips: Sprinkle a little baking soda in a gym bag to keep it smelling fresh. Add 1/2 cup baking soda to liquid laundry detergent for fresh-smelling and cleaner clothes.

Baking soda also can be a staple in personal hygiene:
  • Bath: Add 1/2 cup to a warm bath to soothe and condition skin.
  • Facial: Add 3 parts baking soda to 1 part olive oil, then apply in a circular motion after washing face with regular soap. It works on dry skin on the body as well.
  • Teeth: Brush your teeth with it -- and it’s also used to clean dentures, retainers and mouth guards. Add 2 teaspoons to a bowl of water.
  • Foot soak: Soak feet in 3 tablespoons to a basin of warm water.
  • Bee stings: Make a paste of water and baking soda to soothe irritation and remove stinger.
Baking soda also has a number of uses -- both culinary and safety-related -- in the kitchen:
  • Washing produce
  • Leavening
  • Extinguishing fires

Since it has so many uses, separate boxes of baking soda may be bought for cooking, cleaning and bathing.

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