Uncommon Uses of Baking Soda

Where else can you apply the bankable baking soda?

There’s more to it than baking! Explore the many other applications of baking soda. and see how it helps you salve on many expenses.

Apart from the usual baking, cooking, and skin care, baking soda can still be trusted in other applications around the house and the workplace. You’ll be surprised at its seeming uncommon uses. Read on for more amazing functions of the bankable baking soda.

Stovetop grease remover
Here’s an easy way to clean the mess on your stovetop. Using a wet cloth, lightly rub the cooked-on grease stains on your stovetop and backsplash. Sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda over it. Then, wipe it off with a damp towel or sponge.

Iron cookware cleaner
Compared with the non-stick model, iron cookware is a bit hard to clean. But, you can use baking soda to loosen that cooked-on food in your pots and pans. Add two teaspoonfuls of baking soda to a quart of water and boil it. When the solution cools down, scrub that cookware.

Oven-proof glass cookware cleaner
Remove the baked-on sugar and starches from your glass cookware with baking soda. First, you soak the cookware in a solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid. Add a small amount of baking soda into it and let sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse.

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Michaelangelo Copper Cookware set

Cutting board cleaner
Clean your cutting board with baking soda, salt, and water. Get a tablespoonful of each of these: baking soda, salt, and water. Mix them together to make a paste. Then, scrub your plastic or wooden cutting board with it. Rinse with hot water.

Grease cutter
Remove grease from your kitchen utensils and dishes the easy way. Add a tablespoon of baking soda into your dishwasher before running it.

Baking soda neutralizes the fatty acids that come with grease stains and dirt. The neutralized acids break up and dissolve in water.

Dishwasher deodorizer
You can deodorize your dishwasher in either of these ways:

  • Pour in a liberal amount of baking soda into your dishwasher. Then, run the empty machine through its rinse cycle.
  • Sprinkle half a cup of the baking soda on the bottom part of your dishwasher between loads.

Maximize the use of your dishwashing liquid
Dishwashing liquid costs money. If you want to save on it, take this simple trick so it may take long before you buy a new one. Add two tablespoonful of baking soda to the usual amount of dishwashing liquid you use every time.

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Dishwashing liquid with baking soda and lime

By doing this, you don’t only wash more dishes with less, but your dishwashing liquid also takes more grease-cutting power. It also leaves your hands feeling soft.

Improvised dishwashing detergent
Still on dishwashing! When you run out of dishwashing detergent, try opting for a baking soda and borax combination to clean your dishes. Mix two tablespoonful each of baking soda and borax to scrub your dishes. And, see a sparkling result!

Sponge cleaner
The sponge is one of the favorite asylums for germs and bacteria. Though we may not readily see these creatures, the yucky condition and stale smell in our sponge can make us gag.

You can actually prevent all those germs and smell from thriving. After every other use, soak your sponges in a solution of one-pint water and two tablespoons baking soda.

Refrigerator Deodorizer
Sometimes, our fridge can smell awful and be messy with dried-up spills. Instead of using chemical-based solutions, clean the inside of your fridge with baking soda.

First, remove the contents of your fridge. Put a liberal amount of baking soda on a damp cloth or sponge and wipe all those stains away. And, keep a box of the baking soda inside the fridge to keep it smelling fresh always.

Microwave cleaner
Just as it cleanses your fridge, there’s no reason the baking soda can’t do with your microwave.

Pour a quart of warm water in a basin and add four tablespoons of baking soda into it. Then, scrub the inside of your microwave to remove the splattered-on wall. The solution does not only clean your kitchen appliance, but it also deodorizes it.

Melted plastic remover
Sometimes in haste, we forget to remove the plastic wrap before putting food in the toaster oven or toaster. Thus, causing a mess on the kitchen appliance. Just get a damp cloth, put some baking soda on it and scrub off the melted plastic.

Thermos bottle cleaner
Calcium deposits can build up inside your thermos bottles. To get rid of this substance, make a solution of one-fourth cup baking soda and water. Pour it into your thermos bottle and let it stay there overnight. Rinse it in the morning or before using.

Coffee Maker Cleaner
Keep your coffee maker produce great coffee all the time. The secret? Clean your automatic coffee maker every two weeks or so. Brew a pot of one-fourth water and one-fourth cup baking soda, followed by a pot of clean water. By regularly doing this procedure, you will not get a weak or bitter coffee.

Baby bottle cleaner
In the event that you cannot breastfeed your baby and are compelled to do bottle-feeding, apply these two easy ways to keep baby bottles and accessories clean. Put the baby bottles and accessories in a pot of water. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda into it. Boil it for three minutes.

Alternatively, you may soak the bottles, caps, nipples, and other accessories in a solution of hot water and baking soda.

Remove stain from cups and saucers
Get a soft damp cloth and dip it in baking soda. Then, rub the stains gently off your cups and saucers.

Garbage bin deodorizer
Clean your kitchen garbage bin with baking soda to make it fresh all the time. Dip a wet paper towel in baking soda and scrub the entire bin with it. Rinse it off with a damp sponge, let dry, and insert a new bag.

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Therapeutic Foot Soak removes athletes foot and fungus

In cases when your garbage bin smells, sprinkle a little amount of baking soda at its bottom.

Drain de-clogger
Mix a cup of baking soda, a cup of salt, and a half cup of vinegar. Pour this mixture down your clogged drain. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. Don’t apply this procedure, however, when a commercial drain opener is still standing in the drain.

Keep your septic system fresh
Flush a cup of baking soda down your toilet every now and then.

Toilet stains remover
You can actually do away with those commercial toilet bowl cleaners. Aside from being costly, they’re also harmful to your health and unfriendly to the environment. Instead, use a combination of baking soda and vinegar to scrub off dirt and stains from your toilet bowls.

Grease fires and electrical fires deterrent
Baking soda is not only good at removing grime. It also wipes away grease and weakens or puts out a fire. In fact, baking soda is one of the main ingredients in many commercial fire extinguishers.

In the event that fire blows up in and around your cookware due to too much grease, just sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda over the fire. Apply the same procedure when an electric fire occurs anywhere else.

Carpet grease cleaner
Grease spill can sometimes happen over your carpet. To solve this issue, just blot up as much of the grease as you can. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda of what’s left of the spot. Leave it there until the oil is absorbed. Then, vacuum the surface.

Carpet freshener
Make a homemade carpet freshener out of baking soda. Mix three-fourths baking soda, one-fourth talcum powder, two tablespoons cornstarch, and your favorite scent. Sprinkle your carpet with the mixture, let stand for about 15 minutes, and then vacuum it.

Restore lost shine
Restore the lost shine on your silver, stainless steel and chrome trim with baking soda by applying these simple steps:

  1. Get a baking pan or a small basin and cover it with aluminum foil. Keep the shiny side of the foil up.
  2. Place your silver pieces in the pan.
  3. Pour warm water into the pan or basin.
  4. Add a generous amount of baking soda.
  5. Let the items stand for 10 minutes. The tarnish will slowly peel away from the items without you spending a bit of effort to remove them.

For those stainless steel pieces, sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda over them. Then, gently rub them with a damp cloth.

Likewise, polish your chrome trim with a bit of baking soda on a damp sponge, and dry it with a clean cloth.

Brighten piano keys
Over time, the color of the piano keys can turn yellowish or off-white. But you can restore them to its original color. Dampen a clean cloth in a solution of baking soda and water and gently rub a key at a time. You must be careful, though, to not allow any solution to drip down between the keys. Wipe the keys with a clean damp cloth and then, buff them dry.

Car start-up
Try this simple car maintenance tip. Make a paste of one cup baking soda and one cup water. Apply it on your car battery posts for about an hour before cleaning it off. This process helps neutralizes corrosion.

Whiten your socks
Athletes who regularly participate in competitions need to be always on the top of their game, including keeping their socks always clean. For them, discolored socks are equivalent to dirty socks. No amount of negotiation can persuade them to use a worn-out pair during sports events.

But you don’t have to buy new socks each time you go to the arena. Here’s a secret (that is not so secret, at all!) to it. Soak your socks in a solution of water and baking soda for at least 30 minutes, allowing the soil and dirt to loosen. Then, put them into the wash for final cleaning.

Remove the foul odor from shoes
Stinky shoes suck! You wouldn’t want to be caught in situations where you unintentionally offend others by your stinky shoes, would you? Unless your stinky shoes are not related to a health problem, there’s a simple remedy to that foul odor. Coat the inside of your shoes with baking soda, and air them out for a while or when not in use. Just shake out the baking soda when you’re going to wear your shoes again.

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Pet deodorizer and carpet freshener

Pet deodorizer
Dogs can smell awful, especially when you can’t wash them regularly. To keep them smelling fresh and odor-free, rub a liberal amount of baking soda on their coat. Then, gently brush the substance out.

Bath salt substitute
Pour half a cup of baking soda into your bath water. Immerse yourself in the solution, allowing the baking soda to wash away your perspiration and remove the excess oil on your body. As you soak, the baking soda also neutralizes the acids and softens your skin.

There are still a lot more uses of baking soda in our daily lives. Explore them and you’ll discover more for yourself.

And, one more tip!
Make it a habit to store a bag of baking soda in your kitchen cupboard. It saves you money on many different house works.

Also, check Baking Soda Tip #1, Tip #2, Tips 3 – 7, and Tips 8 – 14

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