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Great Uses for Baking Soda {It’s not just for baking}

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Baking soda has been around forever! You are almost always guaranteed to find a box of this stuff in every home cupboard or freezer. Baking soda is a great household pantry product that has tons of uses outside just keeping your fridge smelling fresh and your baked goods rising. Here are are some Great Uses For Baking Soda that you may have forgotten about. This little inexpensive box of powder goes a long way in every room of your home!



Insect Stings & Bites: Mix with water to create a paste and apply to insect stings, bug bites and wounds. This helps soothe and draw out any poison. Great for wasp and bee stings especially!

Toothpaste: Use baking soda with a little hydrogen peroxide to make a great paste to help clean and whiten your teeth. Low cost toothpaste!

Deodorant Replacement: Dab under your arms for an alternative deodorant. Run out? Use a bit of baking soda to keep the odor at bay until you grab more of your regular deodorant and antiperspirant.

Remove Hair Product Residue: If you use a lot of hair products, they can build up and leave your hair lacking shine and volume. Once a week use a tablespoon of baking soda on your hair in the shower to help strip away the residue. Don’t use too much or too often though. Baking soda has been known to cause split ends and breaking when used too often.

Remove Coffee & Tea Stains: Coffee pots and cups can quickly build up a bit of a stain ring due to the dark coloring. Soak your coffee pot, cups and tea kettle with a bit of baking soda and warm water to get rid of the stains and residue.

Remove Pet Odor From Carpets: Have a dog or cat that has had an accident or two on your carpets? Sprinkle baking soda over the area and leave overnight if possible. Vacuum up and see the odor disappear.

Put Out Fires: Small kitchen grease fires are often easily managed when doused with baking soda. Keep a box handy in your kitchen to control any fires that happen to crop up.

Bleach Booster: Baking soda helps to regulate pH levels in the wash water by keeping it from being too acidic or alkaline. Just add 1/2 cup of baking soda to each 1/2 cup of bleach and your whites will be whiter, while bacteria is reduced effectively.

Baking soda is a great inexpensive item to keep on hand in your pantry. Not only will it help your baked goods turn out great, you’ll have a cheap way to get rid of odors and do tons of other things around the house. Keep a box in every room so you always have some handy for these great uses for baking soda!

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Friday 24th of February 2017

I can totally vouch for the baking soda on stings! I got stung by a wasp and put a baking soda mixture on it... it felt sooo much better. Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas with us at Merry Monday this week!

Grandmas House DIY

Wednesday 22nd of February 2017

Pinning to my Handy Tips board! We would love to have you at our To Grandma's house we go link party - it starts every wednesday!

Michelle James

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

I had no idea you could use baking soda all these ways! That is what I love about #HomeMatters is you can learn & be inspired by so many! Thanks for sharing!

Julie @ Logger's Wife

Monday 21st of March 2016

It's also great for removing splinters. My daughter is terrified of getting splinters removed. Much like for bug bites, you make paste with water. Cover the splinter, cover with a band-aid, leave overnight. In the morning the splinter is often gone. (visiting from Meet Up Monday)

AJ @ Aspen Jay

Monday 21st of March 2016

Hi Michele, I love posts like this with so much helpful tips that I never knew about! I knew about using baking soda in place of toothpaste, but not as deodorant. Thanks for sharing and for partying with us at #TALENTEDTuesday. Cheers, AJ

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