I’ve written previously about some of my favorite cleaning items like BORAX and WHITE VINEGAR. So, I thought I’d cover another one of my favorite household use items – Baking Soda. Yes! It’s cheap! Shew! I just get so excited about simple, cheap things that make my life easier. You can get excited too! I’m about to make your life easier.
Yes, we all know that we can put baking soda in the fridge and freezer to keep everything fresh. Although, sometimes even baking soda cannot combat the stench that can come out of a refrigerator. Who knew cottage cheese could turn THAT green? There are also lots of other uses for baking soda in the kitchen. Keep baking soda handy to put out small grease fires. Do not use water. The townhouse next to me burned down because some genius thought he could put out his grease fire with water. No. He should have had baking soda. Learn from his mistake. Notice I said small fire….a large fire wouldn’t be put out with a little box of baking soda. I’m not sure they make a box that big. Maybe you should check at Sam’s if that’s your goal.
You can clean your fridge and freezer with dry baking soda sprinkled on a wet cloth. Just scrub and wipe to rinse. If you have a food or drink container that has a funny smell (onions, garlic, green cottage cheese), you can sprinkle in some baking soda, add a little water and let it sit overnight. It’ll take that smell right out! To clean your coffee maker, run a baking soda and water solution through it. Then make sure you do a rinse cycle so your coffee doesn’t taste funny. Why ruin a good pot of joe? Run your dishwasher with a load of soda instead of soap to clean it. These are just a few!
Let’s move to the bathroom. One of my favorite rooms! I do tons of my thinking there. You can clean your sink, tub, tiles, or shower wall with dry soda sprinkled on a damp cloth. Scrub and rinse. Sprinkle soda on toothbrush and brush your teeth. It’ll make them nice and clean! It doesn’t taste really great, but this isn’t a food post anyway. Put baking soda in your bath water to make your skin soft, or put it in your baby’s bath water to help with butt rash. Man, I hate butt rash. If you run out of deo and fear the stinkiness of your body, you can rub your pits with it too. Might cause a rubbing rash – in that case, just take a bath in it.
Baking soda is also good for medical things. You can relieve sunburn by rubbing on a paste of baking soda and water. For bug bites or bee stings, make a poultice of baking soda and water. Gargle with a mixture of ½ teaspoon of baking soda and ½ cup of water to get rid of nasty breath. Keep this in mind for Christmas. Give baking soda to friends who have rank breath……but don’t tell them why. Ha, ha! Taking the same amount of baking soda and water and swallowing it instead of rinsing will get rid of indigestion. Who needs Zantax? Do your shoes smell RANK? Sprinkle dry baking soda inside them and let it sit overnight. This one works! I have done it lots of times. I guess the soda just absorbs all the nastiness. Baking soda is just a miracle. It really should be the 8th Wonder of the World. Give it to your nasty brother-in-law and maybe it will absorb him. Just a suggestion.
So, I’ve saved the best for last! This is the one that my mom taught me and I passed along to my husband. Do you know those annoying little sores you get on your tongue if you eat too many tomato things or acidic foods? Take a little baking soda and dab it on them. Do it a few times a day and they’ll go away really soon. The soda neutralizes the acid or something scientific like that. Here is a warning though. It burns like hell-fire. You heard it here first!