Baking soda – an under used household product

Products that do double duty are the best kinds of products.  That makes baking soda extraordinary.  According to the reference guide, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda: Over 100 Helpful Household Hintsbaking soda can be used more than 100 ways in the home and yard.  According to the book’s author, “Baking soda is a naturally occuring, very versatile substance that’s environmentally safe and inexpensive.  Not only is baking soda nontoxic, it’s actually a food so, unlike many commercial household products, it is safe to use around children and pets.”

It would be a good idea to keep a box of baking soda in the kitchen, bathroom, and even outside in the garage.  It can be used directly, meaning sprinkled (undiluted) onto a surface or sponge.  Baking soda can be made into a solution by mixing it with water or another kind of liquid.  A baking soda paste can be made by adding just enough liquid to create the consistency of a paste.  Health and beauty tips, freshening up around the house, and even ways to use baking soda outdoors are reasons to get a copy of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda: Over 100 Helpful Household Hints.  Here are just a few tips from the book.

Health and Beauty Uses

  • Make a paste using a 3:1 ratio of baking soda and water.  Use the paste to exfoliate after washing the face with soap and water.  Rinse the paste off with plain water.
  • One teaspoon of baking soda mixed into 1/2 glass of water can freshen breath.  Swish the solution around in the mouth and spit it out; do not swollow it.
  • Dip a damp toothbrush into baking soda and use it as a toothpaste.  (Do not dip the toothbrush directly into the box of baking soda.  Sprinkle a small amount into the palm or into a small container.)

House Cleaning Uses

  • Remove odors from hands with a 3:1 solution of baking soda and water.  A 3:1 solution of baking soda and liquid soap can also be used.
  • Baking soda and vinegar can create a foam drain cleaner that will help prevent clogs.  Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda, followed by 1 cup of vinegar, down the drain.  Allow the solution to foam.  Flush the drain with hot water when the foam subsides.
  • An open box of baking soda placed in the refigerator and/or freezer absorbs odors for up to three months.
  • Sprinkle baking soda into garbage-cans to reduce odor.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on carpets and leave overnight.  Vacuum the carpet the next day.  This treatment can be done monthly.

Outdoor Uses

  • Test the acidity level of a garden by adding a pinch of baking soda to one tablespoon of soil.  If it fizzes, the soil’s pH level is probably less than 5.o.  A number less than 5 means there is increased acidity, similar to acid rain.
  • Dip cut flowers in a baking soda and water solution to lengthen their life.
  • Geraniums, begonias, and hydrangeas prefer alkaline soil.  Watering them periodically with a weak baking soda solution will create favorable alkalinity for them.
  • A light sprinkling of baking soda around tomato plants will lower the acidity of the tomatoes, making them sweeter.

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda: Over 100 Helpful Household Hints  is full of tips.  Baking soda is a multipurpose product, so it’s budget friendly.  It is also environmentally friendly.  Baking soda is safe to use in the kitchen, bathroom, and around most family members.

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