Do you like using safe and cheap household chemical goods? What if we say you can get rid of all of them due to only one thing? And its name is soda! Learn all the details right here!
Baking soda is widely used not only for baking. Soda can be used for personal hygiene successful home cleaning. Sure, our mothers and grandmothers knew many of these secrets and used them actively, long before the advent of modern household chemicals.
Soda (unfairly) started to be forgotten, however it is still effective, and is much less expensive than store counterparts. We offer you 27 alternative ways of using sodium bicarbonate (besides popular baking soda and vinegar), which will not only help you to improve your family life, but also significantly save on cleaning.
27 baking soda uses:
1. Soda absorbs unpleasant smells.
You can use it in the refrigerator. Instead of buying an expensive special freshener in store, place the open container a small amount of soda (50-100 grams) in it and the disgusting smell will disappear.
2. Soda is an excellent tool for a pedicure.
Warm soda footbath perfectly softens the horny skin. Since soda has antiseptic, soda bath is particularly good for the corn and fresh wounds, it relieves pain and eliminates bacteria. Among other things, soda is the known method of treating fungal foot.
3. Soda as an extinguishing media.
Keep a box of baking soda nearby from the plate. Small fires can be put out with baking soda sprinkled on the fire. This method is very good for extinguishing electrical appliances, as it does not require the use of water.
4. Soda as a stain remover
Sodium bicarbonate dissolves many types of dirt and stubborn stains on clothes as well. Sprinkle a little of baking soda on the stain, rub it in the cloth and leave it for a while before you throw the thing in the laundry. Soda can be added to laundry detergent.
5. Soda as carpet cleaner.
As in the case with stains on clothing, pour some baking soda on the dirt of the carpet and let it stay for a few minutes. Also, the soda can evenly be scattered over the entire floor area and rubbed with a brush. Then you can use a vacuum the carpet. After this procedure, the carpet will be more clean and fresh.
6. Soda as toothpaste.
It may seem strange to use the same thing on your teeth, and on your carpet. But in case of emergency, when the toothpaste is not in your pocket, mix baking soda with some water. This mixture can clean teeth and freshen your breath. If the toothbrush is also not at hand - simply rinse your mouth with less concentrated mix of baking soda and warm water.
7. Soda for cleaning mattress.
Freshen up your bed using baking soda. And in general, soda is a great tool for dry-cleaning of many household items.
8. Soda for cleaning the dishwasher.
If there has appeared some unpleasant odor in your dishwasher, baking soda can help. Arrange washing: sprinkle baking soda in an empty machine (without dishes), and put some in a container, but make a small ball before (instead of detergent tablets) and turn on the dishwasher at full capacity with the maximum temperature. After this cleaning all odors will leave.
9. Soda as a treatment for indigestion.
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Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of warm water and drink it, that may help to get rid of digestion.
10. Soda for dishwashing.
Soda in combination with a conventional detergent for dishes washes dirt resistant more effectively. Also with the help of soda you easily remove burnt food residues from pots and pans. If you want to enhance the effect before washing, you can leave the dishes with hot water and baking soda for a few hours.
11. Soda as a facial and body scrub.
Homemade scrubs are simple and effective. Soda acts as a peeling agent and polishes the skin surface perfectly, cleaning of dirt and horned cells. The simplest recipes for scrubs with soda: soda mixed with soap, soda and honey, soda and sour cream, soda and salt, baking soda with oatmeal, baking soda with oatmeal and egg yolk.
12. Soda as footwear a freshener.
Sneakers have bad smell? Sprinkle some soda on the inner surface of the shoe, leave it for the night. Shake out soda from your shoes before putting on.
13. Soda for cleaning toilet.
Firstly, soda can clean all surfaces of the toilet bowl. And secondly, you can clean the sink sprinkling several hundred grams of baking soda directly into the toilet bowl and leaving it for several hours.
14. Soda with lemon zest for cleaning and aromatization the sink.
These unique aromatic bombs can help to get rid of unpleasant odors from your kitchen sink. Mix the lemon zest, baking soda, salt and liquid soap in roughly equal proportions. From the resulting mass roll balls and put in the bank. These balls firstly absorb odors, lemon peel acts as a natural flavor enhancer. Secondly, if you put a ball in the sink on the drain grate, while washing it will gradually dissolve, constantly washing sink, preventing it from clogging.
15. Soda for cleaning tiles and joints between tiles.
You are free to make a cleaner at home from cheap ingredients. Proportions: baking soda (1/2 cup), hydrogen peroxide (1/4 cup) and liquid soap (1 tablespoon). Put the mixture in a closed bottle, work in rubber gloves.
16. Soda extends the life of cut flowers.
Add 1 teaspoon soda to the water and flowers will remain fresh a little longer.
17. Soda - anti-itch after the bites of insects.
Add a little baking soda to the baby cream (and it is better to use a cream or gel with Aloe Vera), and lubricate some on the bite. After a few minutes, rinse with warm water.
18. Soda for cleaning the oven.
The recipe of this detergent is almost as simple as the recipe for our tile cleaning; you need only soda, hydrogen peroxide, soap and a tablespoon of vinegar. You can also use lemon peel to flavor. This mixture washes resistant soot and grease perfectly. Do not forget to use the rubber gloves, because although the mix is environmentally friendly, it can cause skin irritation.
19. Soda removes stains of machine oil.
If you have a garage or the track has formed a stain near the house, you should sprinkle it with baking soda, and then brush this place with a brush and rinse with water.
20. Soda and sunburn.
If you burned in the sun, redness can be removed with a paste made of soda (baking soda mixed with water in equal parts).
21. Soda for cleaning waste pipes.
It's simple - pour soda into the blocked pipe and leave for several hours to help soda dissolve pollution.
22. Soda for washing.
Add baking soda to the washing powder (in a ratio of 1 to 4) to help it cope with difficult contaminants and stubborn stains.
23. Soda for hair.
This is eco-friendly way to wash your hair, which, moreover, will help you to save money on shampoos. Add a pinch of baking soda to the shampoo during washing, and it will be easier to clean out the sebum and hair will stay clean much longer. Attention! If you have dry skin of a head, the use this method is not recommended at all.
24. Soda for shining rims.
Wash wheels with liquid soap (or dishwashing detergent). The proportions of correct mix are approximately as follows: half cup of baking soda, a tablespoon of soap and two cups of hot water. Thoroughly mix the liquid and wash the wheels with a conventional sponge - and your wheels will shine like new!
25. Soda as a flavored pouch in the closet.
These wonderful flavors are easy to make with your own hands. You'll need coffee filter (amiss, and a piece of cotton fabric), which has a small amount of soda wrapped in (1-2 tablespoons) and on top you can place any well-smelling ingredients according to your taste. Use fragrant herbs: lavender, mint, rosemary, sage, or any other of your choice. You can also use dry spices: cloves, cinnamon, ginger, allspice. Tie a ribbon tp your aromatic bag (you can sew thread), and place one into your closet. This simple device will not only add freshness to your wardrobe for many months, but also protects from the appearance of moles (especially moles do not like lavender, mint and cloves).
26. Soda for your indoor flavors.
Mix baking soda with your favorite essential oil, pour the mixture into a small bowl or bottle and leave it in opened. The room will be filled with a pleasant aroma, which will remain for many weeks. When the smell weakens, simply add a few drops of essential oil into a container.
27. Soda for removing residual adhesive.
Make your own remedy for removing glue residues using baking soda (3 tablespoons) and vegetable oil (2 tablespoons).
There are plenty of variants how to use cheap soda at home! Choose it wisely and keep your house clean and safe!