Last week I mentioned that I consider Salt to be an essential pantry item. Two other items I consider essential are baking soda and vinegar. Odor, germ and bacteria removal, laundry softening, heavy duty scrubbing, they can do it all! Buy them in bulk because there are many ways to use them in your home!
Baking soda is the trade name for the chemical compound sodium bicarbonate. In baking, it’s used to help foods rise. Around the house it absorbs grease, odors, and stains, and scours gently. But it is so versatile that you’re bound to discover uses beyond those I’ve listed.
It can be used as a multipurpose cleanser on kitchen surfaces, cutting boards, ovens, barbeque grills, grout, bathroom surfaces, toilets, and washable painted walls.
To degrease dishes add it to hot sudsy water or sprinkle on dishes in the dishwasher.
To gently clean tarnished silverware and jewelry, place the silver on a sheet of aluminum foil in a pan of hot water and baking soda for 10 minutes. Rinse and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
I know winter is almost over but did you know you can use baking soda to de-ice stairs and walkways?
Use baking soda to extinguish small flare-ups on the stove. Water will not put out a grease fire but baking soda will!
To make an air freshener combine baking soda and scented bath salts in a small dish and set it out in your room.
To remove rust from metal, make a paste of baking soda and wipe onto the rust, scrub it off with a ball of aluminum foil!
This summer remember that baking soda can sooth sunburn. Soak the sunburn in lukewarm water and baking soda. You can also make a paste to relieve bug bites and bee stings. Apply a thick paste directly to the bite.
Have you discovered other uses for baking soda? I’m amazed at all it can do. It is definitely an item you will find in my pantry!Linked to some of my favorite link parties!