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 Hints, baking 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.
- 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.