15 Baking Soda Hacks That Will Simplify Your Life

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Baking soda, which bicarbonate of is an everyday household product that we're sure you have at home. And no, it's not just used for baking! As you will see, there are many things this versatile, magical powder can do. Let's get straight to it!


Polishing Silverware

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Silverware is great and all, but over time, it loses its shine. Just look at the difference between a shiny one and a not-so-shiny one! To polish your silverware, baking soda is a great tool as it initiates a chemical reaction that targets marks. So, add some baking soda and hot water to your silverware and see the amazing results!


Carpet Cleaner

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Ever wondered if you can make your carpet cleaner chemical-free? After all, nothing beats natural cleaning products that have been tried and tested by our grandmothers. And we have one which you can easily try at home. All you need is white vinegar and baking soda. Take care to apply first the vinegar, and only then follow it by the soda. Leave the mixture to sit and vacuum it up after. Done!


Hair Brush Cleaner

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A lot of build-up can accumulate in our hairbrushes, and no one likes one that looks like it has been used for decades. But did you know you can easily clean it with baking soda, and make it look sparkling new? Simply loosen the hair in the brush and lift it out with a pen. Warm four cups of water and add three tablespoons of baking soda. Place the brush in the soda water and scrub gently. 


Jewelry Cleaner

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Jewelry tends to tarnish and get discolored, but you can make it shine again very easily. You will need a bowl covered in foil (shiny side up), one cup boiling water, half cup vinegar, one tablespoon baking soda and one teaspoon salt. Lay out your jewelry on the foil, boil the water and add the other ingredients to it. Pour the mixture onto the jewelry and let sit for ten minutes. Rinse, and your jewelry is as good as new!


Deodorant

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To easily get rid of odors from under your arms, baking soda is your best friend. The best part is that you are not exposing your body to any chemicals that exist in traditional deodorants. Just rub some baking soda and water under your arms, almost like a normal deodorant, and you're good to go.


Heartburn

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Unfortunately, you are probably familiar with heartburn or acid reflux, but if you aren't, it is an annoying burning feeling from your throat to your stomach that can be caused by overeating, stress, certain fruits, and spicy foods. It can be very painful, but thankfully, baking soda helps combat this issue. Simply add one teaspoon of baking soda to your water and drink it. You should be feeling better in no time!


Air Freshener

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Many air fresheners you find on the market today do not eliminate bad smells but rather mask them. In addition, you don't really know what kind of chemicals are in those bottles. For a safer alternative, try baking soda, as this will interact with the odors rather than just cover them up.


Preventing Kidney Problems

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According to the UK's NHS, baking soda can be used for chronic kidney issues. It can help prevent kidney stones, and even keep them cleared up. It can also help keep patients off dialysis longer if they already have a kidney problem. This sounds surprising, and it is, but it makes sense when you consider the acid-blocking power associated with baking soda.


No More Acid Reflux or Heartburn

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Unfortunately, you are probably familiar with heartburn or acid reflux, but if you aren't, it is an annoying burning feeling from your throat to your stomach. It can be very painful, but thankfully, baking soda helps combat this issue. one teaspoon of baking soda to your water and drink it. You should be better in no time!


The Trash Cans Need To Be Cleaned Too

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Cleaning the inside of a trashcan is difficult, and they get really smelly. Here's a good trick, and it works on the outside as well as the inside. Make a paste from baking soda, water, and lavender oil. (Any essential oil will work, but lavender is one of the strongest scents.) Scrub the inside of the can and just leave it there overnight. The next morning, vacuum the mess up. This isn't a perfect solution, because your cans will still smell like the oil, but it will get rid of the nastier smell.


No More Sore Throat

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Do you often suffer from sore throats, or even worse, strep throat? This sickness can be absolutely dreadful, and taking a bunch of antibiotics is not always the solution. Also, this can be harmful to your body. So, for fast and healthy relief, gargle with baking soda three times a day.


Get Rid of Pesky Weeds

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Are you sick and tired of those ugly weeds that made your garden look unappealing and disgusting? Well, we have the perfect solution. Go outside and sprinkle some baking soda in the cracks of your driveway and sidewalk, and repeat whenever you need. Soon, you will be saying goodbye to those weeds!


The Best Breath Ever

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As you can probably tell, baking soda is very effective at getting rid of odors. Your breath is no exception. Take a half teaspoon of baking soda and add it to a cup of warm water. Swish it around in your mouth just like you would with any mouthwash. It should help clean and sanitize a nasty smelling mouth!


It Also Works As A Chemotherapy Aid

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According to this study, a baking soda drink can help aid chemotherapy treatments. The exact method of why it works is complicated, but it involves making the environment for the tumors less acidic, which makes it easier for the drugs to work. If you mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda into a glass of water, it should work as the study suggests. This one seems pretty far-fetched, but there is quite a bit of research behind it.


Removing Dangerous Ice From the Driveway

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If you live in a very cold place, we bet you know the pains of having a sheet of ice covering your driveway. If you are stuck and don't have any road salt at home, sprinkle some baking soda on your driveway instead. Admittedly, it's not as strong as the salt, but it still works rather well!


No More Grime On Your Shoes

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Baking soda is the ideal solution to get rid of that sticky feeling that some shoes may have from daily wear. You just need to spray 2 teaspoons of baking soda on a couple of pieces of cloth. Tie them up and leave them in each of the shoes for a while to get the best results.


Remove All the Grimes From Hairbrushes

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Hairbrushes can get nasty, especially if you use a lot of product on your hair. You should try to clean yours at least once a month, and you can do it with baking soda. Soak your hairbrush in a cup of water with a teaspoon of shampoo and a teaspoon of baking soda. It should loosen all of the gunk right off!


The Cleanest Armpits

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Discolored underarms can be a problem in the summer for some people. If you want to lighten them up a bit, make a baking soda paste, and massage it into your armpits for one minute. Leave it there for around 30 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. If you do this 2 or 3 times a week, you should be looking good in that new bikini or tank top. 


Cleaner Veggies and Fruits

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Vegetables from the shops can have pesticides remain on the outside. You don't want to eat those! Washing with simple water isn't enough. After all, if the pesticide came off when it rained, it would be pretty useless. Instead, make a mixture of water, baking soda, and white vinegar to remove those nasty chemicals.


Kitchen Grease Will Be Gone Forever

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If you fry food in the kitchen, it is likely that at least a little grease will come off onto the counter. This can be tough to clean. If you sprinkle some baking soda on a sponge with some water, it should be much easier. Baking soda is very absorbent and it's a mild abrasive, so it's a double whammy of cleaning for grease.


Removing All The Hard Remains After Baking

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You can make a baking soda scrub to remove baked-on food from just about any dish or pan. Fill up the pan with hot water, add vinegar, then add a bit of baking soda to the mix. Let it soak for about ten minutes or so.  Scrub it down with a mild scouring pad, and the dish or pan should be clean as new. 


Cleaning Your Drain Easily

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When your drain is clogged, your first instinct might be to use a poisonous drain cleaner. Instead, you might try a combination of white vinegar, boiling water, and baking soda. Break up the big clog with a sewer snake first, then pour the boiling water down the sink. Next, pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain. Wait for about five minutes. Then pour one cup of vinegar down the drain and one cup of boiling water. After about five minutes, pour a whole pot of boiling water down the sink. This should clear the drain without poisonous chemicals!


Remove Bad Scents From Your Sponge

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Sponges are usually pretty inexpensive, but if you don't want to make extra waste by just throwing them away, try this trick. Soak the sponges in 4 tablespoons of baking soda and one quart of water. Rinse them out and let them sit and dry. It won't make the sponges last forever, but it will help filter out bad smells and make them usable again. 


The Shiniest Silverware

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Silverware is great and all, but over time, it loses its shine. Just look at the difference between a shiny one and a not-so-shiny one! To polish your silverware, baking soda is a great tool as it a chemical reaction that targets marks. So, add some baking soda and hot water to your silverware and see the amazing results!


Making the Best Out of The Cat Litter

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Speaking of stinky, if you have a cat, the stinkiest part of your house is probably the litter box. Now, you see a lot of kitty litter companies touting that their products have baking soda already in them, but they generally don't use enough. Sprinkle a large amount of it into a clean litter box and it should help. It doesn't matter whether you use clay, crystal, or "natural" litter either, the baking soda will help.


The Dishwater Needs To Be Cleaned Too

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Dishwashers can get REALLY nasty and dirty, especially if you wash dishes that have a tomato-based product on them. You can use a baking soda solution to clean them by hand, of course. There's another trick though. Try running a hot water load with baking soda in the soap drawer. This should loosen any excess dirt and hopefully flush it down the drain.


No More Smelly Feet

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Here's a good trick. Throw some baking soda in your stinky shoes to make them less stinky. The key to making this work right is to let them sit overnight. The baking soda will absorb the odors. The important part is to shake them out the next day to get the baking soda out of the shoes. The odor will fall away too.


More Stamina

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Did you know that baking soda can be very useful to athletes too? It is great specifically for high-intensity workouts as it allows you to perform at your peak for a longer period of time. Basically, it delays the fatigue that you feel when your workout increases. We bet you had no idea it could do this!


Making An Old Mattress Look Brand New

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Are you tired of that old mattress? Renewing it is something very simple to achieve if you use baking soda! Spray a bit of this product on the mattress, let it sit for about 15 minutes or overnight. Then vacuum it to remove all traces of baking soda, and that's it. It will extract all the dust, bad smells, and dirt as it does with the carpets.


Get Rid Of All Blood Stains

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If you have blood stains on your clothes and don't want to use bleach, baking soda offers a good alternative. Make a solution of 2/3 water and 1/3 baking soda. Scrub it into the bloodstain on the clothes. Hopefully, this will remove the blood and also keep the clothes from being accidentally discolored too.


No More Bad Body Odor

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To easily get rid of odors from under your arms, baking soda is your best friend. The best part is that you are not exposing your body to any chemicals that exist in traditional deodorants. Just rub some baking soda and water under your arms, almost like a normal deodorant, and you're good to go.


No More Dirty Walls

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Every kid in the world will say yes a big box of crayons. Unfortunately, some of them like crayons a bit too much and get carried away. Crayons on the wall can be tough to remove. Baking soda can help. Just make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply it to a sponge and scrub. The crayon will come right off. Just be careful that you don't scrub too hard. Baking soda removes paint too!


The Vacuum Cleaner Needs Upkeep

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We've given a lot of advice that involves letting the baking soda absorb an odor and then vacuuming it up. This is going to make your vacuum smell eventually. So, the best thing to do is to use fresh baking soda to deodorize the vacuum too. You can make a solution of baking soda and water, and scrub down parts like the canister. Rinse them out and let them dry. It should help eliminate the smell. It's the same idea that you've done on every other part of your house, and now it's just applied to the vacuum!


The Microwave Needs Some Clean Too

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To clean your microwave, put some baking soda onto a clean, damp sponge, and rub it along the interior and exterior of the microwave before rinsing it with warm water. It will have your microwave looking and smelling brand new! In addition, it will leave no harsh chemical residue behind.


Removing All Remaining Oil From Surfaces

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Baking soda is great for cleaning up any kind of stains. Scrape off the excess grease first then drop some baking soda on it, or rub it on with a sponge. Importantly, you need to let it sit there for a while, preferably until it dries. Then you can vacuum it up. Theoretically, the oil should get trapped into the baking soda and be vacuumed up.


Gourmet-Level Omelets

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Do you sometimes wonder how restaurants make their eggs so light and fluffy? Well, they are most likely using baking soda. The next time you're cooking an omelet, add half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs, and this should lighten the omelet and make it tastier too!


A DIY Dry Shampoo For Emergencies

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Dry shampoo is a useful product to have and it helps you to not have to shampoo your hair quite as often. The ingredient that makes most commercial dry shampoos work is baking soda. So if you find yourself low on dry shampoo, you can use baking soda as a substitute. Just put it on your hairbrush, brush your hair, and shake it out.


The Best Smile in the World

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Let's face it - most of us are addicted to caffeine, drinking several cups of tea or coffee every day to keep us going. However, that can have a bad effect on your teeth and make them lose their shine. To polish those pearly whites, add a quarter teaspoon of baking soda to water and use it just like toothpaste.


Sparkling Floors All Over the House

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Anybody who has wood or tile floors at home knows how frustrating it is to watch the shine fade away, as well as the high price tag that it requires to fix. To avoid this and brighten your floor yourself, dissolve 100 grams of baking soda in a bucket of warm water, then mop and rinse off. The results will be amazing!


The Freshest Scent In Every Room

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Many air fresheners you find on the market today do not eliminate bad smells but mask them. In addition, you don't really know what chemicals are in those bottles. For a safer alternative, try baking soda, as this will interact with the odors rather than just cover them up.


Clean Your Grill Without Problems

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When it's finally summer, and the sun is out, there aren't many things more enjoyable than a barbecue with family in the backyard. After your grill has been left neglected all winter, it will need a thorough cleaning to shine again. So, put some baking soda on a damp brush, scrub, and then rinse. It's really easy!


The Cleanest Bathroom Ever

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If you have a dirty bathroom, it can be extremely hard to clean it up effectively. Hard water stains are particularly difficult to clean effectively. Baking soda is useful for these types of stains because it's abrasive and also because those stains are made from calcium, sodium bicarbonate is especially effective at getting rid of them. Just scrub it on and wash it off. You'll need some elbow grease, but it will be worth it.


Shower Curtains With No Grime

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Shower curtains can be difficult to clean, so most people will tear their shower curtain down and throw it away when it gets dirty. This is very wasteful, and shower curtains are made of PVC, which doesn't degrade in a landfill. Put the curtains in your washing machine with detergent, one cup of baking soda, a few towels, and around ten drops of tea tree oil. The tea tree oil is an astringent that will kill mold. This should be a HOT wash load like you would use for white cotton clothes. This should kill the mold and make the curtains nice and clean again.


Stop That Itch From Bug Bites 

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A lot of the homeopathic bug bite treatments are based on baking soda anyway, so why not just apply it yourself? Just make a paste and apply it directly to the bitten area. It's not a good idea to scrub your skin with baking soda under normal circumstances because it's too abrasive. With bug bites, it's just abrasive enough.


The Garbage Disposal Needs Clean Up Too

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If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, you know that they can get smelly. Here's how to fix it: run a bunch of hot water down the drain for a minute or two. Next, pour 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain, and run the disposal for 2 seconds. That will get the blades coated. Then add one cup of vinegar, wait until the bubbles form, and flush it with water. It should be good as new!


No More Yellowish-Color on Fingernails

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If you habitually leave fingernail polish on and then pick it off, you're probably familiar with this one. Your nails will yellow badly, and there will probably also be a bit of residue left. Scrub down your nails with baking soda and peroxide. That should brighten them up and make them look nice again. Then you can do your nails again, but cleanly this time.


The Shiniest and Cleanest Clothes Ever

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Do you want your clothes to be as good as new? No problem! While doing your laundry, add one cup of baking soda along with your detergent, and this should guarantee cleaner and brighter clothing. The reason for this is that baking soda is an alkali, which is a soluble salt that can remove stains.

Did you know that you could do all these great things with baking soda? It's almost like there's nothing it won't fix! We bet that you already use it for many things, but after reading this list, you may want to go stock up on some at the store! If you enjoyed this article, why not share it with your family and friends?

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