Baking Soda: Good Beyond the Kitchen

You can use baking soda as a cleaner, degreaser and a deodorizer.
By Terri Ogle
Ferbruary/March 2011
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It is so refreshing to have a low-cost, multi-use item, such as baking soda, still available. For a few cents per use, baking soda is a valuable item to have on hand; I’m constantly finding new uses for it.

Most people know that adding a little baking soda to the laundry will help whiten clothes. However, did you know it can be used to remove crayon marks from wallpaper? Simply sprinkle onto a damp cloth and rub the mark gently.

My husband uses baking soda to clean the barbecue grill. He makes a paste of water and baking soda, spreads it on the grill rack and scrubs it with a wire brush. Then he wipes it clean with a wet cloth.

We clean our car chrome by applying baking soda to a damp sponge, gently scrubbing and wiping it clean with a damp towel. And to clean light rust from tools, make a thick paste of baking soda and water, scrub the tools, then rinse with water and dry.

Baking soda also can be sprinkled on grease and oil stains on the garage floor. Saturate the stain and let it sit overnight. In the morning, sweep up the baking soda along with the stain.

In addition to putting a box in the refrigerator and the freezer to eliminate food odors, we sprinkle a little in the bottom of the garbage cans to absorb odors.

Terri Ogle
Kalispell, Montana

Much like soap, baking soda makes water slippery — if you doubt its cleaning ability, just mix a little into a glass of water and then feel the mixture between your fingers. — MOTHER 

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6/9/2011 7:44:17 AM
I use baking soda on my hair instead of shampoo. I mix one cup of water with one tablespoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of honey. I get about 3 uses out of one batch. It makes my hair smell clean and soft.

Peggy Burnette
3/12/2011 7:49:48 AM
I've used Baking Soda for many years for everything from freshening carpets to sting bites to brushing teeth. A few months ago I started having some health problems, my Dr said my blood work was all out of whack. He referred me to a specialist and another round of test. The next day he called me at home and said for me to take half a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water two times a day. Due to a family emergency I was called out of town, never did make it to the specialist, and feel better than ever. I give credit to my Dr for being so wise, and to Arm and Hammer for such a wonderful product.

Rosalie Learmont_2
2/22/2011 5:24:24 AM
Important reason to always have baking soda on hand: Fire Last week my stove pipe was shooting out flames all the way outside my house. Baking soda calmed the fire down enough, or did something to the resin that was causing the fire, to save me from calling the fire department. Thank you mama for telling me to grab that box of baking soda!

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