12 little-known uses of baking soda (your non-toxic dream product)

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Living in an apartment, there aren’t a lot of items we buy in bulk, but you can be sure we always have some baking soda on hand. Why?

  1. It’s useful (see our list below).

  2. Using baking soda decreases our (and the environment’s) exposure to toxic cleaning and personal care products.

  3. It’s cheap.

It’s a triple win!

 

12 of the Many Uses of Baking Soda

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Foot Soothing Soak

Add a couple tablespoons of baking soda to a basin filled with warm water. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes for the full benefits including removing bacteria and odors from your feet.

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Detox Bath

Add about a quarter cup of sea salt, epsom salt, and baking soda with 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath to help detoxify from all those unhealthy substances you get exposed to on a daily basis.

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Removing Splinters and Glass

Soaking your hand or foot (or wherever the wood or glass got embedded) in a basin with warm water and baking soda and some vinegar can help splinters and glass come out naturally. You can also try creating a paste of water and baking soda and applying it to the area (after cleaning the wound of course). Cover it with a bandage for a couple hours. Once you remove the bandage, the splinter/glass should be visible for you to remove with a pair of tweezers.

 
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Cat Litter Deodorizer

Before you pour the litter in, sprinkle in some baking soda to help mask litter odors.

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Kitchen Scrub

Use it on pans, pots, surfaces, whatever you want! Just sprinkle some baking soda on whatever is stained or particularly dirty then use a sponge with a bit of water to scrub. If the item is particularly dirty, use more baking soda and less water to create a paste. Apply it to the stain, let it dry a bit and then scrub. You will be amazed at how effective this is (paired with a bit of elbow grease of course).

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Carpet Freshener

Carpet smelling a bit musty or drop some smelly food on it? Sprinkle some baking soda on the area. If it’s a high pile carpet you might have to rub it in to get it all the way to bottom. Then 15-20 minutes later (or longer), vacuum it up.

 
 
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Shower/Bath Cleaner

Get rid of that gross pink slime in your shower/bath and on your shower curtain by scrubbing with baking soda and a bit of water. This can also work great on grout.

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Removing Rust Spots from Silverware

Make a paste of one part baking soda to three parts water. Rub it on the stainless steel gently with a soft cloth and voila, rust-be-gone!

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Removing Water Stains from Wood

Mixing a 2 to 1 ratio of baking soda to water and gently scrubbing along the water mark can help remove these stains. Another method we’ve found effective is mixing equal parts vinegar and olive oil and rubbing it onto the wood surface in the direction of the grain. Be sure to test these mixtures out on a small hidden area to be sure it won’t damage your particular furniture.

 
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Neutralizing Bad Smells

Keeping an open container of baking soda in smelly or musty places like closets or fridges can help reduce bad smells. You can even sprinkle it in your trash to help eliminate odors between trash days.

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Gentle Hand Cleaner

If you’ve been working in the garden or with garlic and need to scrub away that dirt and odor, just mix baking soda with warm water and rub it onto your hands. The dirtier your hands, the more baking soda you should use. You’ll avoid harsh toxins and be left with clean, soft hands - what a win!

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Itchy Skin Relief

If you’ve got some itchy skin (for example from a bug bite), make a paste by adding some water to baking soda and apply it to the itchy area. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse. Do this a few times a day if needed to relieve the itch.

Kelly Fox