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Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda has many different uses in

the household.  

Although much more expensive products have been developed over

the years to do the same jobs, baking soda can work for you just

as well, if not better. Use it in the following ways:

1.  To make your baking powder, stir and sift together 2

parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part


2.  Be sure to keep an extra box of baking soda by your stove in

case of grease or electrical fire.  Scatter the powder by the

handful to safely put it out.

3.  Keep a container of baking soda in your garage as well as in

your car to put out a fire.  It won't damage anything it touches.

4.  Baking soda will also put out fires in clothing, fuel, wood,

upholstery and rugs.

5.  Clean vegetables and fruit with baking soda.  Sprinkle in

water, soak, and rise the produce.

6.  Wash garbage cans with baking soda.

7.  Soak and wash diapers with baking soda.

8.  Oil and grease-stained clothing washes out better with

soda added to the washing water.

9.  Clean your fridge and freezer with dry soda sprinkled on a

damp cloth.  rinse with clear water.

10.  Deodorize your fridge and freezer by putting in an open

container of baking soda to absorb odors.  Stir and turn over

the soda from time to time.  Replace every 2 months.

11.  Soda absorbs kitty litter odors.  Cover the bottom of the

kitty box with 1 part soda; then add a layer of 3 parts kitty

litter on top.

12.  Always add 1/2 cup soda to your washing machine load.

13. Clean combs and brushes in a soda solution.

14.  Wash food and drink containers with soda and water.

15.  Wash marble-topped furniture with a solution of 3

tablespoons of soda in 1 quart of warm water.  Let stand awhile,

then rinse.

16.  Clean Formica countertops with baking soda on a damp


17.  Wash out thermos bottles and cooling containers with soda

and water to get rid of stale smells.

18.  To remove stubborn stains from marble, Formica, or plastic

surfaces, scour with a paste of soda and water.

19.  Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not

aluminum) in a soda solution ( 3 tbsp. soda to 1-quart water).

20.  Run your coffee maker through its cycle with a soda

solution.  Rinse.

21.  Give baby bottles a good cleaning with soda and hot water.

22.  Sprinkle soda on barbecue grills, let soak, then rinse off.

23.  Sprinkle soda on the greasy garage floor.  Let stand, scrub and


24.  Polish silverware with dry soda on a damp cloth.  Rub,

rinse and dry.

25.  For silver pieces without raised patterns or cemented-on

handles:  place the silver on aluminum foil in an enamel pot. 

Add boiling water and 4 tbsp. baking soda.  Let stand, rinse, and


26.  Reduce odor build-up in your dishwasher by sprinkling some

soda on the bottom.

27.  Run your dishwasher through its cycle with soda in it

instead of soap to give it a good cleaning.

28.  To remove burned-on food from a pan:  let the pan soak in

soda and water for 10 minutes before washing.  Or scrub the pot

with dry soda and a moist scouring pad.

29.  For a badly-burned pan with a thick layer of burned-on

food:  pour a thick layer of soda directly onto the bottom of

the pan, then sprinkle on just enough water to moisten the

soda.  Leave the pot overnight, then scrub it clean the next day.

30.  Rub stainless steel and chrome with a moist cloth and dry

baking soda to shine it up.  Rinse and dry.  On stainless steel,

scrub in the direction of the grain.

31.  Clean plastic, porcelain, and glass with dry soda on a damp

cloth.  Rinse and dry.

32.  Remove that bad smell from ashtrays with soda and water.

33.  Sprinkle a bit of dry soda in your ashtrays to prevent

smoldering and reduce odor.

34.  Clean your bathroom with dry soda on a moist sponge - sink,

tub, tiles, shower stall, etc.

35.  Keep your drains clean and free-flowing by putting 4

tablespoons of soda in them each week.  Flush the soda down with

hot water.

36.  Soak your shower curtains in water and soda to clean them.

37.  To remove strong odors from your hands, wet your hands and

rub them hard with soda, then rinse.

38.  Sprinkle baking soda on your wet toothbrush and brush your

teeth and dentures with it.

39.  Sprinkle soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots, and slippers to

eliminate odor.

40.  Add 1/2 cups or more of baking soda to your bath water to

soften your skin.

41.  Putting 2 tbsp. of baking soda in your baby's bathwater

will help relieve diaper rash irritations.

42.  Apply soda directly to insect bites, rashes, and poison ivy

to relieve discomfort.  Make a paste with water.

43.  Take a soda bath to relieve general skin irritations such

as measles and chickenpox.

44.  Take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water to

relieve acid indigestion or heartburn.

45.  Gargle with 1/2 tsp. baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. 

Freshens and cleans your mouth.  

46.  Used as a mouthwash, baking soda will also relieve canker

sore pain.

47.  To relieve sunburn:  use a paste of baking soda and water.

48.  Bug bites:  use a poultice of baking soda and vinegar.

49. Bee sting:  use a poultice of baking soda and water.

50.  Windburns:  moisten some baking soda and apply directly.

51.  Making Play Clay with baking soda:  combine 1 1/4 cups

water, 2 cups soda, 1 cup cornstarch.

52.  Use soda as an underarm deodorant.

53.  If your baby spits up on his shirt after feeding, moisten a

cloth, dip it in baking soda, and dab at the dribbled shirt.  Tho

odor will go away.

54.  When scalding a chicken, add 1 tsp. of soda to the boiling

water.  The feathers will come off easier and flesh will be

clean and white.

55.  Repel rain from windshield.  Put gobs of baking soda on a

dampened cloth and wipe windows inside and out.

56.  Add to water to soak dried beans to make them more


57.  Add to water to remove the "gamey" taste from wild game.

58.  Use to sweeten sour dishcloths.

59.  Use dry with a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.

60.  Use to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from toaster. 

Dampen cloth and make a mild abrasive with baking soda.


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