7 Surprising Uses of Baking Soda

Date:21-04-2013 15:40:30 read:6

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Sodium bicarbonate, popularly known as baking soda is commonly used in cooking as a leavening agent in cakes and bread among other food items. But this wonderful compound can be used around the house and for other health benefits also. Read on to find out some surprising uses of baking soda.

1. To remove residue from hair

Do you use a lot of hair products? Do you find it difficult to remove the residue of sprays, gels and other hair styling products with just one wash of shampoo? Resolve this problem by mixing a pinch of baking soda with your shampoo and wash your hair. Baking soda is known to help in removing dirt and other residue particles to leave your hair cleaner. Rinse your hair well and use a moisturizing conditioner. If you want, you can even finish the routine with a healing hair serum with essential oils after your bath to leave your hair healthy and moisturized.

2. To clean the oven and microwave

Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and also a cleaning agent. Take advantage of its chemical properties and use it to clean your oven or your microwave. You can either make a thick paste by mixing baking soda with a little amount of water and then dip your sponge in it and rub off the dirt, or you can simply sprinkle some baking soda on a wet sponge and directly start attacking the dirty spots inside your microwave or oven. Rinse the appliance after you have scrubbed and removed the dirt.

3. To clean, polish and shine all your silverware

Is your silverware looking dull and tarnished? Don’t bother going to the shops and spending your hard earned money. Instead, mix one part water with three parts of baking soda to make a paste. Dip a clean sponge into the past and use it to clean your silverware. If you don’t have a sponge handy, you can use a piece of cloth as well. Rinse the silverware after you have cleaned it with baking soda.

4. As a teeth whitening product

You may have been spending many dollars on teeth whitening toothpastes and other similar products but did you know that baking soda can be used to whiten your teeth too? You don’t need to be a chemist to known intricate chemical formulas because using baking soda to whiten your teeth is as simple as applying it on your toothbrush before you start brushing. Using baking soda is also known to be a natural way to rid your mouth of odor. Gargle with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a large glass of water.

5. To make your laundry detergent more powerful

The cleaning prowess of baking soda can be extracted to increase the effectiveness of your normal laundry detergent. Your clothes will look brighter and are likely to smell fresher when you add about half a cup of baking soda to your laundry load.

6. To rid your car of smoke smell from the ashtrays

Do you smoke while driving? If you do, you may be using the car’s ashtray. This is likely to leave a typical smell of cigarette smoke in your car regardless of how much air freshener you spray. To solve this odor problem, use a baking soda paste to clean your car’s ashtrays. Once you have cleaned them, leave some baking soda in your car’s ashtray. The baking soda will absorb the odor which is left behind by cigarette butts and smoke ash.

7. To clean pans

Are you tired of scrubbing away charred and burnt food from pans before you throw them in the dishwasher? Stop endless scrubbing and make use of baking soda to clean away the grease and burnt food off your pans. Plug your sink, fill it with warm water and add some baking soda to it. You can also add some normal liquid detergent to the water. Leave your greasy pans and pots in the sink for some time and simply wipe away the stains with a sponge after the baking soda has done its job.

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