Baking soda — it really is hands down one box with countless uses. I don’t know how many times I’ve reached for baking soda to clean and of course neutralize refrigerator odors, but there’s so much more this little box can do. I mean it’s easy to find, inexpensive and who doesn’t have a box in their fridge?
- Exfoliator. No need to buy expensive products just mix a teaspoon of baking soda in a bit of water in the palm of your hand. Gently work the mixture into the skin in a circular motion to remove dead skin cells or mix a small amount into your cleanser.
- Bath/detox soak. Who wants an at home spa treatment? You can have it by dissolving 3 TBS of baking soda into a tub filled with warm water.
- Hand cleanser. Mix three parts baking soda to one part water or just add three parts baking soda to your liquid hand soap and apply the mixture to your hands for touchable soft skin.
- Clarifying shampoo. To remove product buildup in your hair mix a quarter-sized amount of baking soda into the palm of your hand along with your shampoo. This will leave hair cleaner and more manageable.
- Greasy dishes. Mix a 2 tablespoons of baking soda in dish water to cut grease, soak pans for about 15 minutes then wash normally.
- Cleaner laundry. Put your laundry in the washer, pour in 1/2 a cup of baking soda, add the usual amount of liquid or powder detergent and wash. Use another 1/2 cup at the beginning of the rinse cycle.
- Enamel cookware. Need to clean an enamel pot? Boil 1 quart of water in the pot and add in 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda. After it simmers for a bit use a wooden spoon to loosen the baked on food.
- Toilet cleaner. Sprinkle one cup of baking soda in the toilet, leave for 30 minutes, then scrub with a toilet brush and flush.
- Bath fizzies. Mix 2 teaspoons of unsweetened lemon drink mix, 1 teaspoon of flour or cornstarch, 4 teaspoon of baking soda into a bowl. Mix 4 teaspoon of mineral oil or baby oil with 3-6 drops of food coloring into a separate bowl. Now mix colored mixture into dry ingredients. Make 1-inch balls out of the mixture. Place on wax paper to dry. It takes 24 to 48 hours to completely dry. Fill bathtub and drop in fizzies.
- Insect bites. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with just enough water to create a paste. Apply it to the bug bite for ten minutes before washing away.
- Relieve diaper rash. Put two tablespoons of baking soda in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.
- Air freshener. Pour one tablespoon of baking soda into a bowl add 5 to 6 drops of your favorite essential oil, mix well. Pour baking soda mixture into a spray bottle and add distilled water. Shake well to mix. Can be used on carpets, to freshen your shoes and couches.