Posted: 12 January 2018
You know that humble little box of baking soda in your cupboard? Maybe you only pull it out when you’re making cookies. But baking soda has a whole host of useful properties, ranging from skin care to cleaning and more.
Read on for some nifty baking soda hacks to try all around the house!
Skin Care Using Baking Soda
Baking soda is one of the best skin-care products to keep on hand. It’s all-natural, inexpensive, and incredibly versatile. For best results, choose an organic, aluminum-free, pharmaceutical-grade product, like Luvin Life Carb Soda.
Soothe Irritated Skin All Year Round
Do you suffer from dry, itchy, sensitive, or otherwise easily irritated skin? Try taking a warm (not hot — that will only exacerbate the problem) bath with a cup of baking soda added to the water.
It’s a great way to beat the winter skin blues.
In the summertime, add baking soda to a cool bath for sunburn or insect-bite relief.
An Environmentally Friendly Way to Exfoliate
Instead of using face scrubs, body washes, and toothpaste with microbeads, which are polluting our waterways and destroying the species that live in them, use baking soda.
Three parts baking soda to one part water is an effective recipe for a scrub. It feels gentle, will help get rid of dead skin cells and dirt, and rinses clean easily.
Polish and Whiten Your Teeth
Baking soda makes a wonderful addition to your oral health care regimen. Simply scoop a teaspoon or so into your palm and dip a moistened toothbrush into it. Brushing your teeth with plain baking soda will help keep them nice and white, and give them a clean, polished feeling, too.
Soak Your Aching Feet
Are your dogs barkin’? At the end of a long day spent standing or walking, your feet are no doubt tired and achy. Rejuvenate them with a baking soda soak.
Add three tablespoons to a tub of warm water just large enough to immerse your feet. Relax and enjoy! For even more pampering, slather your tootsies in a rich lotion after you remove them from the tub. Wrap them in a hot, moistened towel for 15 minutes or until the towel has cooled.
Your feet will feel like they’ve just stepped out of a spa!
Baking Soda Hacks for the Household
There’s a good chance that you already have an opened box of baking soda lurking in your fridge, behind the milk and the pickles and that plastic Chinese takeout container that used to hold lo mein, but is now slowly turning into a science experiment.
Here are some other great baking soda hacks to use in your kitchen and throughout the home.
Scrub Away Dirt and Grime Gently
Why buy a bunch of separate, dedicated (read: pricey) products to clean your sinks, bathroom or kitchen counters and bathtub? Baking soda does it all. Sprinkle it on, scrub with a wet cleaning cloth, and rinse.
You can also make up a paste of baking soda and water for cleaning. Keep it in a lidded jar or plastic container for easy cleaning anytime.
If your tile floors are looking dingy, or if you have a lot of built-up cleaning products that have left a film, mop with a solution of baking soda and water. A half cup of the former added to a bucket of the latter should do the trick.
Freshen the Air Without Chemicals
If you use air freshener to get rid of smells from smoke, pets, or cooking, you might be unaware of the alarming number of chemicals being emitted from that spray can.
A much better way to remove odor and impart a fresh, clean scent to your home? You guessed it! Baking soda, combined with distilled water and your favorite essential oils, makes a natural and effective air freshener. It can be sprayed into the air or directly onto furniture, bedding, carpets, and even clothes and shoes.
As a Laundry Detergent Boost
Speaking of clothes, would you like to get yours cleaner, fresher, and softer? Baking soda to the rescue once again. Add it to your normal detergent for a cleaning and softening boost.
Baking soda also works wonders on cloth diapers. Use a half-cup in a large bucket of water as a pre-soak solution to remove odors and stains. Bonus: unlike some cleaning agents, it won’t leave a harsh chemical residue that can irritate your infant’s sensitive skin.
If your baby does come down with a case of diaper rash, guess what That’s right, baking soda helps here, too. A bath with a just a few tablespoons of soda added is a gentle, natural way to soothe baby’s delicate skin.
Crayon Mark Remover
If your child is a little older and has taken to making her mark on the walls with crayon, baking soda will remove the scribbles without damaging the paint. A sprinkling on a wet cloth should take care of any crayon graffiti.
Deodorize All the Things
Litter box? Garbage disposal? Trash cans? Whatever you have that is stinky and germy, baking soda can deodorize it. Sprinkle the stuff liberally and let it do its magic. Using soda in clean litter pans and garbage pails can also prevent smells from taking hold.
Oh, and that box of baking soda in your refrigerator? It probably needs to be changed. To thoroughly deodorize, you should replace it at least every three months. (Might want to throw out that moldy lo mein while you’re at it!)
Unclog Your Drain
Baking soda is powerful stuff on its own, but mix it with vinegar and you have an unstoppable combination. Use this all-star cleaning pair to quickly and easily unclog a sink or tub drain, without resorting to expensive and toxic chemical solutions.
Have You Used Any of These Baking Soda Hacks?
Believe it or not, these are just a few of the dozens of ways that you can use baking soda to tackle common household cleaning jobs or health and beauty issues.
What are some of your tried-and-true baking soda hacks? How did they work out for you? Are there any tips that we forgot to include? Let us know in the comments!