Interesting Ways to Use Baking Soda (Besides Baking)
Baking soda is one of those products that has so many uses above and beyond its original purpose, it’s easy to wonder if there’s any problem it can’t help with. Best of all, baking soda is very affordable, easy to find, and can easily be used to take the place of other more expensive products.
Cleaning Stained Fingernails
Dark nail polishes can look very nice, but once the polish is gone, it can leave some not-so-attractive stains behind on your nails. To get rid of the stains, just mix a paste of 2½ Tbsp. baking soda with 1 Tbsp. of 3% hydrogen peroxide and apply the mixture to your fingernails (some people like to use a clean toothbrush for this), let it set for 3-4 minutes, and rinse.
Soothing Burns and Insect Bites
Baking soda can do wonderful things to help soothe burns and mosquito bites. Simply mix baking soda with water to form a paste that can be spread over the affected area. For burns and sunburns that cover larger areas, you can add baking soda to bathwater.
Use Instead of Salt or Sand on Ice
Ran out of salt to get rid of the ice on your driveway? No big deal! Just grab a box of baking soda and apply liberally to the ice.
Removing Perspiration Stains
Sweat stains can be stubborn, but a little bit of baking soda can help save your clothes. Mix a little bit of baking soda with some water to make a thick paste, apply it to the stain, and let it set for at least an hour. Launder as usual and the stain should be gone.
Taking Care of Teeth
There is a multitude of ways you can use baking soda to take care of your teeth. Out of toothpaste? You can just mix up a paste out of baking soda and 3% hydrogen peroxide. To create a mouthwash, you can mix 1 tsp. baking soda with some water and use it like you would regular mouthwash. Dental appliances like dentures and retainers can be soaked in water mixed with 2 tsp. baking soda.
Making Your Own Skin Exfoliant
No need to go buy expensive exfoliants when you can make your own using baking soda. You can add a little baking soda to your body wash or mix three parts baking soda with one part water and use like you would any other exfoliant.
Freshening Things That Can’t Go In The Washer
Sometimes, you need to clean something made of fabric or upholstery that just can’t go in the washing machine. Things like carpets, mattresses, furniture, and pet beds would all fall in this category.
To freshen carpets, furniture, mattresses, or pet beds, just sprinkle baking soda on it and leave it for an hour or longer, then vacuum. You can buy carpet fresheners that are used in the exact same way, but with baking soda, you don’t have to worry about your pets or children accidentally getting into chemicals while they’re being used.
Baking soda is a great way to keep ants and other insects away without having to use harsh chemicals, which is very important in areas like kitchens and near pet food dishes.
Why spend money on dry shampoo when baking soda can accomplish the exact same things? To absorb oils and add volume, just add a little baking soda at your hair’s roots and work it through just like you would with dry shampoo.
You can also mix a little bit of baking soda with your regular shampoo to help get rid of built up residue from various styling products and add body to your hair since it won’t be weighed down by built-up products.
Swimming can be fun, but the pool’s chlorine can leave your hair discolored. If this happens to you, just wash your hair with a mixture of baking soda and dish soap, and follow by using your usual conditioner.
Removing Burned On Food From Pans
Have a pan that’s spent a little too much time in the oven? Simply add a little baking soda and hot water and let it soak for 10-15 minutes before washing. You should have no problem getting that pan to come clean.
Washing Your Car
Whether you need to clean up your car’s headlights, windows, body, or hubcaps, baking soda can help. Applying a mixture of ¼ cup baking soda and 1 quart of warm water with a soft cloth is one way to give your car a nice all-over cleaning without causing scratches.