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How to Use Baking Soda Around the House

These are tips many of us know, but, many do not! They come from , and are paraphrased from, “How to Sew a Button and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew” by Erin Bried. 

To Adsorb Odor

  1. Set a breathable box in the fridge, a trash can, dirty hamper, or sprinkle directly onto dirty laundry as it will be washed away soon anyhow. 
  2. Date the box so you know when to toss it out and replace, most of the time I leave for up to 3 months. Some boxes have a meter on them though and will straight up tell you it’s time to change!

To Polish Silver (I just used this for the good silver on X-Mas, and for things I get at Goodwill)

  1. Make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water
  2. Rub into silver with a soft cloth
  3. Rinse with water and dry

To Clean Your Countertops (use this every evening after the kitchen is shut for the night)

  1. Wipe away any crumbs or spills. I hold the trash along the edge of the counter tops and just wipe and dump crumbs right in, so easy.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth and scrub
  3. Rinse with a clean damp cloth or sponge

To Refresh Your Rugs

  1. Sprinkle baking soda directly on the rug/carpet. Let sit for 15 minutes or so.
  2. Vacuum Up

To De-crust Pots and Pans

  1. Sprinkle some baking soda on the gunk
  2. Fill pot/pan with hot water and let soak overnight
  3. Scrape off the gunk in the morning

To Freshen Up the Dog or Cat

  1. Sprinkle baking soda directly onto the fur
  2. Brush through, gently
  3. Sprinkle more lightly on their bed and in the cat litter box

To Clean Up Grease Spills

  1. Sprinkle directly onto the spill
  2. Scrub with a wet brush or rag

To Extinguish a Fire

  1. Sprinkle generously on flames, of any kind, grease, electrical, etc.
  2. Check for damage, take a deep breath, now you can freak out!

To Clean the Grill

  1. Sprinkle baking soda on the rack
  2. Remove the rack and soak in hot water a couple hours or overnight
  3. Scrub with a wire brush and replace to grill

To Spruce Up the Patio Furniture

  1. Mix 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 quart warm water
  2. Using a soft rag, wipe down furniture with the solution
  3. Go over once more with a clean, damp rag. Or, as I do with the plastic stuff, gently spray down with the garden hose

All very simple quick solutions. I love to use baking soda around the house. You can also add a couple pinches to the wash to freshen laundry, a sprinkle on regular toothpaste for extra whitening, a dash in dirty/stinky sneakers, and a breathable box in my closet really helps with the wood-y odor the old thing gives my clothes sometimes!

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