Baking soda is almost instantly recognizable in that orange box. Called by many different names such as sodium bicarbonate, NaHCO3, baking soda , bicarbonate of soda, or bicarb for short, this is a magic ingredient that is useful for so many things. This is a PH neutralizer for items that are acidic or alkaline.
Here are some great ideas for using baking soda around your home and in your life
Make a paste by adding a tiny amount of water to baking soda and putting it on the bug bite. Wait 10 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Itching will go away.
After a long day on your feet whether hiking, shopping, or working behind a counter, feet sometimes need some relief. Add 3-4 teaspoons of baking soda for every gallon of water and relax in your foot bath
Sprinkle some baking soada in shoes to avoid any stinky smell.
A teaspoon in a liter of water in a pot will help soften peas, beans and lentils
Refreshen a fridge
Remember mom and grandma always had a box of baking soda in the fridge? Well that box would absorb bad odors and after all these years it still works.
Heart burn and bloated stomach
A teaspoon in a glass of water helps stop heartburn and it helps you feel better after eating too much
Add some baking soda to a glass of warm water and gargle.
Cat litter boxes
Add baking soda to the cat's litter box and it helps with odors
Refreshen coffee thermoses
Pour a little hot water in a thermos and add a few teaspoons of baking soda. Give it a shake, pour out and rinse well.
Vinegar mixed with baking soda is great at cleaning drains and unclogging drains. Pour some baking soda in the drain first, then add some vinegar (there will be bubbling..like a volcano) Let sit for a while and then let boiling water wash down the drains.
Do you think your meat is too tough. Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on each side and let rest for a few hours. Then rinse completely and cook as usual. Great for chinese cooking.
Add baking soda to and empty dishwasher in the detergent comparment and run a cycle. Any odors will be gone.
Fresh flowers stay fresh longer in a vase
Put some water the a vase, add a teaspoon of baking soda and your cut flowers will last longer without the water making odors
Pots and pans can sparkle
There are 3 different ways to clean your pots. 1) add 2 tblsp of baking soda to sink of hot water with dish liquid. let everything soak for 10 minutes and wash and rinse as normal. 2) add 2 tblsp of baking soda to the pot or pan with some water and simmer on the stove for a few minutes to help lift burnt on food. 3) make a paste with baking soda and water ratio should be more baking soda than water. Wait and scrub with scouring pad and wash as normal
When chopping up garlic or onions, your cutting board gets stained and smelly. Sprinkle baking soda on board and scrub with scouring pad and wash as normal.
If you want to be more eco friendly and use less chemicals, these are great ideas to try around your house.