This Simple Box of White Powder is Very Inexpensive but has a Myriad of Safe Uses | Amoils.com
Known as baking soda or bicarbonate of soda, a box should always be living on a shelf in your home because it can be used for so many household and other chores. The box I have lists 6 different uses but that is literally just the tip of the iceberg.
A word or two about freshness
Baking soda can lose its effectiveness after it has been sitting on that shelf for a while. It should last anywhere from 6 months to 1 year but make sure to check the "best used by" date on the bottom. With expired baking soda, you can still technically use it for cleaning because it might have some potency left, but it will not be powerful enough to use in baking or some of the other uses.
You can check on the freshness of baking soda by pouring a few tablespoons of white distilled vinegar into a small bowl and adding 1/2 teaspoon baking soda - or put the baking soda in the bottom of your sink and add the vinegar so that at the same time as testing, it will unclog your sink and eradicate any odor. If it is fresh, the mixture should fizz and bubble furiously. No strong reaction? Then replace and use the old box for less important jobs.
Look for the safer, aluminium-free version for internal use
- In place of commercial toothpaste, make your own with a paste from baking soda and a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.
- Mouth wash to counteract bad breath? One teaspoon baking soda in half glass of water which you should swish about in your mouth for a minute or two before spitting and rinsing. This will neutralize mouth odors and even reduce periodontal disease.
- Got to that stage in your life where you have dentures? Soak them in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in a glass of warm water to loosen any food articles and neutralize odors.
- Keep your hair brushes and combs clean by soaking in a bowl of water with a tablespoon of baking soda.
- After your shower or bath, pat on some baking soda to your armpits to neutralize body odor.
- Guys! if you are going running, walking or some other strenuous exercise, a dash of baking soda in your shorts will prevent chaffing, reduce odor and keep your working parts dry. Good way to avoid fungal infection like jock itch. A foot bath after exercise when you dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl of warm water will soothe those tired feet.
- Suffering from Acid reflux? Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach and acid indigestion. Mix a teaspoon of the baking soda in a glass of water and drink after every meal.
- A bout of cystitis? Take a teaspoon of baking soda dissoved in a glass of water three times a day until the infection is gone. I can personally vouch for this home remedy.
- For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply as a salve onto the affected area.
- Itching? Shake some baking soda onto your hand and rub onto damp skin.
- Unblock a stuffy nose by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to a a pot or small Pyrex bowl of boiling water and inhaling the steam.
- Two tablespoons of baking soda in your baby's bathwater will help to treat diaper rash.
Laundry and Bathroom
- For stubborn stains on clothes or bed linen, soak overnight in a solution of baking soda and water or scrub the stain with baking soda on a sponge.
- If you have an extra dirty load, add some baking soda to your wash to tackle that oil and grease and help to keep your whites at their whitest. You can also run a load with a couple of towels and some baking soda to help get rid of that soapy residue smell that can develop in front loading washing machines.
- Sprinkle any stains in the toilet bowl with baking soda, leave for about 30 minutes, and then rinse and scrub with vinegar if still a problem. Particular useful in areas affected by hard water stains.
- Run a load through your dishwasher with no dishes using baking soda instead of soap. It will give it a nice deep clean and get rid of any soapy residue.
- Mix baking soda with liquid soap and a bit of water to make a scrubbing paste to scrub pots, dishes, sinks and more. Rinse clean and dry! If you find you need a bit more grit, add some salt to the paste. Alternatively, burnt pots and pans will recover if you soak with 3 tablespoons of baking soda and some water before washing.
- Place an open container of baking soda in your fridge or freezer to absorb odors. Stir up the powder every couple of weeks and replace every two months.
- Eliminate any bitter aftertaste in your coffee pots by soaking in a solution of ¼ cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water
- To clean and neutralize garbage bin odors, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when you wash out the bin.
- Clean fresh fruit and veggies by sprinkling a little baking soda on a clean sponge, giving a bit of a scrub and then rinsing.
- Reduce the acid content of tomato-based recipes by adding a pinch of baking soda.
- Baking soda is great for absorbing cat litter odors. Cover the bottom of the litter tray with one part baking soda and then add a layer of 3 parts cat litter.
- To unblock drains and keep them smelling sweet, add 4 tablespoons of baking soda every week and then flush out with hot water.
- You can use baking soda as a first line of action in small electrical fires or grease fires in the kitchen because when baking soda is first heated, it gives off carbon dioxide helping to smother the fire.
- Sprinkle baking soda in strategic places to repel cockroaches and ants.
- If you want to get stickers off glass jars so that you can re-use them, then mix baking soda with some olive oil or coconut oil for a non toxic “Goo Gone” mixture.
I am all in favor of cutting out chemicals and toxins in the home and going for a safer, natural way to get things done.
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