Very often I find myself musing, “I use this thing ALL THE TIME…” about some object in our home. Things that make life easier, or more fun, or cheaper. For the next few Mondays, I’ll be spotlighting these household heroes and inviting them to take a bow – before they get back to work!
Household Heroes: Baking Soda
There are few things cheaper and more versatile for anything around-the-house than baking soda. It cracks me up how marketing campaigns jump through such ridiculous hoops, trying to scare us, lure us, demoralize us into thinking we need what they sell… And here is a frugal, green, simple tool everyone probably has at home that many people don’t realize trumps all those fancy wallet-robbers.
I keep finding more uses for it! (Finally a product that lives up to the advertising on the package!) I’m going to list a few uses that come to mind and invite you to chime in by commenting on this post.
Here’s how I use baking soda:
(Jon and I agree: the sink is whiter now than it was when we moved in.)
- deodorizing our wooden cutting board
- cleaning our toilets by mixing with vinegar
- in homemade deoderant, paired with corn starch
- as a stomach-settler, mixed with water
- to absorb bad odors in the fridge and keep things fresh
- as a paste (with water) to ease the pain of bee stings
- mixed in with bath water, as a personal healing soak
- cleaning flip flops and other stinky, soiled things
Here’s evidence of that last one:
The soles of these things were BLACK. I will not subject you to the image. They smelled about like they should at that point. I got them wet and sprinkled a thick coating of baking soda all over them.
For a nice sizzle and some help with the smell, I poured lemon juice over the soda. I let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrubbed the daylights out of it. Rinse… Off to the line they went, and PRESTO!
Good as new and much less likely to kill house plants or small animals with their stench. This, to me, is much better than going on an exasperating shoe hunt and forking over $20-$30 every time my sandals are too raunchy to be worn in public.
I’ve heard of others using baking soda for homemade toothpaste and dry shampoo.
How do you use baking soda in your home?