For the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing the many ways baking soda can be utilized in a multiple-part series called, "The Many Uses for Baking Soda." A few weeks ago, I posted Part One of this series, where I first discussed the variety of ways in which baking soda can be used in the kitchen. In Part Two, I will be discussing the many general household uses for baking soda.
Let’s get started:
- As a carpet shampoo*, a part water (about a gallon) and baking soda (about a ½ cup or so) solution can be used in the actual shampoo machine. For spot treatment*, dampen the area where the stain is and sprinkle baking soda on it. Let it sit for a few hours and then wipe clean.
- As a carpet freshener, sprinkle all over carpet and let it sit for a while. Then simply vacuum everything up when ready. The same could be done on upholstery.
- Create a baking soda and water paste. Use the paste with a wet sponge or clothe to eliminate stains and marks on walls and floors.
- Baking soda can be used as a de-icer to replace rock-salts or cat litter.
- Baking soda is a great odor eliminator. Just sprinkle it on or in anything that needs a little freshening up. This could include ash trays, drains, shoes, litter boxes, etc. You could also make a baking soda sachet with a nylon panty hose, fabric, or tissue. This could then be left in closets, hampers, drawers, etc.
- Clean up oil spill stains in the driveway or garage by sprinkling baking soda liberally, and leaving overnight.
- Use a baking soda/water paste as a laundry stain pre-treater*. Rub the paste on the stain prior to washing. This is great for removing all kinds of stains.
- It is also works as pre-wash soaking agent for clothes*, by helping to get rid of chlorine and other chemical odors. This is also great for cleaning pet beds (add a little to the wash).
- Rid tarnish on silver jewelry by soaking it in a baking soda and hot water solution. Then rinse clean.
- Piggybacking off of #9, if you are a coin collector, this also works great for cleaning coins.
- A water and baking soda paste can work as a great jewelry (gold, not gemstones) cleaner.
- For old musty (and smelly!) books and papers, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda to freshen them up.
- Soak paint brushes in a baking soda and water solution to remove paint thinner from them.
- Baking soda works well at keeping away ants and silverfish. Just sprinkle a little in your problem areas. The best part...it's way safer than READ MORE...