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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!

Today I am talking about the benefits of baking soda!baking soda, homemade cleaners

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.

There are numerous ways to use baking soda in cleaning.household helps, cleaning, prudent living

It can be used as a multipurpose cleanser on kitchen surfaces, cutting boards, ovens, barbeque grills, grout, bathroom surfaces, toilets, and washable painted walls.

Shampoo your carpets or use it to get rid of pet stains.dogs, prudent living

To boost liquid laundry detergent, add ½ cup of baking soda to each load.Use vinegar in your washing machine.

To degrease dishes add it to hot sudsy water or sprinkle on dishes in the dishwasher.

Clean and deodorize your coffee maker – brew ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 quart of water. Rinse with plain water before using.Use salt to clean your coffee carafe.

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.

Cover silver with baking soda.

Cover silver with baking soda.

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.bee on flower

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!storage, pantries, home canningLinked to some of my favorite link parties!

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