Years ago, marketing executives in charge of selling boxes of baking soda decreed that it was not only a great way to make your cakes rise and cookies spread, but an effective refrigerator and freezer deodorizer as well. It turns out it isn’t the most effective at removing odors from your fridge, but there are dozens of uses that make it an inexpensive household tool that comes in handy for everything from brushing your teeth to scrubbing pots and putting out fires. Baking soda isn’t just for cookies anymore – here are ten great ways to put that little orange box to good use.
Give yourself a facial 1 of 10
Keep barbecue flare-ups at bay 2 of 10
Get rid of pet odours 3 of 10
Brush your teeth 4 of 10
Scrub your pots and pans 5 of 10Here's a trick I learned from my mom: when you need to scrub burnt-on food from pots and pans, sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of a pot, add a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer for a few minutes. Cool and scrub.
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Do a science experiment 6 of 10Our 6 year old, a wannabe mad scientist, always wants to do experiments. Try this: put a spoonful of baking soda into a tall beaker or inexpensive glass vase set on a towel or baking sheet (to catch drips!); if you like, add a drop of food coloring. Slowly pour in some vinegar and watch it fizz!
Make play-dough 7 of 10Here's an old-school formula: mix 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch and 3/4 cup water, along with a few drops of food coloring if you like. Stir in a pot over medium heat until thick, then cool and knead until you have a soft dough.
Source: Kiddin' Around
Keep your drains running clear 8 of 10
Remove crayon drawings from the wall 9 of 10
Polish your silver 10 of 10This is a cool trick: line a 9x13" baking pan with aluminum foil, and lay silver cutlery inside. Shake baking soda generously overtop (some add a bit of salt, too) and pour in boiling water to fill the pan. Let the mixture sit, and the silver tarnish will disappear. Remove with tongs and rinse well.
Source: Real Simple (and others!)
Some ideas adapted from Salt, Lemons, Vinegar and Baking Soda, by Shea Zukowski – a great resource for earth-friendly household products and cleaning solutions!
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