Baking Soda: Good Beyond the Kitchen

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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