Baking soda has to be the most widely used and versatile tool in the Natural Cleaner’s Toolbox. Whole books have been written dedicated to this powder. It is cheap, easily to find in any supermarket and has literally dozens of uses. If you want to discover some great ways to use baking soda in your home then read on.
1. Make Toothpaste:
This is something my husband and I have been doing for about 6 months now and we love it. It does take a little getting used to since we a used to sweet tasting toothpaste and this is salty. I cannot go back and now hate the sweet taste of conventional toothpaste. My dentist also commented lately how good my gums were looking and my husband no longer has sensitive teeth since making the switch.
Simply mix together 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil with between 1/2 – 1 teaspoon baking soda (start on the low side until you are used to it). Add in 5 drops of peppermint oil and you are done. Just dip your toothbrush into the mixture and brush away.
2. Clean your face:
This is another trick I do myself. I keep a small jar of baking soda in the bathroom, I pour about 1 teaspoon of powder onto my palm and mix with enough water for form a paste. I apply to my face and rub gently. Baking soda will act as a cleanser and has a mild exfoliation effect. Rinse in clean water.
3. Clean brushes and combs:
Natural oils and hair products build up in our combs and brushes over time. To keep them clean and fresh, mix 1 teaspoon baking soda in a small basin of water and soak brushes and combs. Rinse and allow to dry.
4. Make a bath soak:
In a food processor blend 1/2 cup rolled oats until they become a very fine powder. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda and 15 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix well. Add half of the mixture to your bath, swirl to dissolve. Lay back and relax!
This is a great combination if you have skin irritated by sunburn or eczema.
5. Clean burnt food off pans:
If you are anything like me you won’t be a stranger to burnt offerings in the bottom of your saucepans. Simply boil 2 inches of water in the bottom of the pot for a few minutes. Add 1/2 cup baking soda and leave overnight. In the morning simply give a gentle scrub. Rinse and wash as usual.
6. Deodorize the fridge:
I love broccoli and cauliflower but I hate the way they smell, especially when opening the fridge first thing in the morning! To combat smells in the fridge put a small container on the shelf full of baking soda.
7. Shine silverware:
Make a paste out of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth. Leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
8. Clean the bath and sink:
Make a paste from baking soda and water. Using a clean cloth rub the paste over surfaces. Rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth.
9. Deodorize carpets and soft furnishings:
Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil in to half a cup of baking soda. Sprinkle over carpet and couches. Leave for 20 minutes then vacuum.
10. Clean the toilet:
Turn off the water at the cistern. Flush a few times to remove water from the bowl. Sprinkle in baking soda. Scrub with a toilet brush. Turn on the water and once cistern is full, flush to rinse.
11. Freshen your bins:
Add baking soda to the bottom of your rubbish bins to help absorb foul odors.
12. Unblock drains:
Before you go calling a plumber, give baking soda a try. Tip 1/2 cup of baking soda into the sink. Pour on white vinegar and watch the fizz. Keep adding vinegar until the fizz stops. Pour a jug full of boiling water down the drain and your blockage should be fixed.
13. Soothe Itchy Skin:
Next time you have an itchy mosquito bite grab the baking soda. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with a little water to form a paste. Apply to the bite for itch relief.
14: Cure Stinky Feet:
Mix baking soda and water into a paste. Apply to feet and allow to dry. Also try sprinkling some Baking Soda into shoes for odor absorption.
15. Boost Shampoo:
Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo before use and wash as per normal. The baking soda helps remove dirt, oil and residue build up from hair products.
16. Put Out A Fire:
Turned your back for a second and turned back to find a small fire in your pan? IT happens! Grab the baking soda. Throw a handful at the base of the fire to extinguish.
17. Remove Stains From Coffee/Tea Cups:
Make a paste out of baking soda and water. Rub the stains. Rinse and wash as per normal.
18. Make Mouth Wash:
Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda in a glass of water. Swish about, spit and rinse. Done!
19. Relieve Diaper Rash:
Add a couple of teaspoons to your baby’s bath water to help soothe a sore bottom.
20. Clean Your Floors:
Mix half a cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Use to mop your floors. Add any essential oil you like for extra cleaning power.
Phew! That is only 20 uses but trust me when I tell you there are many, many more. I have tried all 20 of the list. How many have you done and what is your favourite way to use Baking Soda?