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Baking soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen fires, because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. For small cooking fires (frying pans, broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can safely do so. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame to help put out the fire – and call the Fire Department to check things out just to be safe.
Regular use of baking soda in your drains can help keep your septic system flowing freely. One cup of baking soda per week put down the drain with a little warm water will help maintain a favorable pH in your septic tank.
Fruit and Vegetable Scrub
Baking soda is the food-safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.
Baking soda is a must-have for your next camping trip. Its a dish washer, pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste fire extinguisher and many other uses.
1. Deodorize Your Refrigerator
Place an open box of baking soda in the back of the fridge to neutralize odors. You may even be able to buy cute little figurines, such as a polar bear, designed to hold your refrigerator baking soda.
2. Deodorize the Cutting Board
Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.
3. Deodorize Trashcans
Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your trashcan to keep stinky trash smells at bay.
4. Deodorize Recyclables
Sprinkle baking soda on top as you add recyclables to the container. Also, clean your recyclable container periodically by sprinkling baking soda on a damp sponge, wiping clean and rinsing.
5. Deodorize Drains
To deodorize your sink and tub drains, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water – it will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain. (This a good way to dispose of baking soda that is being retired from your refrigerator.)
6. Deodorize and Clean Dishwashers
Use Baking soda to deodorize before you run the dishwasher and then as a gentle cleanser in the wash cycle.
7. Deodorize Garbage Disposals
To deodorize your disposal and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour baking soda down the drain while running a little warm tap water. Baking soda will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain.
8. Deodorize Lunch Boxes
Between uses, place a small container of baking soda in everyone’s lunch box to absorb lingering odors.
9. Remove Odor from Carpets
Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet, let it set overnight or as long as possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger amounts of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest. (Note that your vacuum cleaner bag will get full and heavy. Be sure to empty it once you are done.)
10. Remove Odor from Vacuum Cleaners
By using the method above for carpets, you will also deodorize your vacuum cleaner.
11. Freshen Closets
Place a box on the shelf to keep the closet smelling fresh.
12. Deodorizing Cars
Odors settle into car upholstery and carpet, so each time you step in and sit down, they are released into the air all over again. Eliminate these odors by sprinkling baking soda directly on fabric car seats and carpets. Wait 15 minutes (or longer for strong odors) and vacuum up the baking soda.
13. Deodorize the Litter Box
Cover the bottom of the pan with baking soda, then fill as usual with litter. To freshen between changes, sprinkle baking soda on top of the litter after a thorough cleaning.
14. Deodorize Pet Bedding
Eliminate odors from your pets bedding by sprinkling liberally with baking soda, wait 15 minutes (or longer for stronger odors), then vacuum up.
15. Deodorize Sneakers
Keep odors from spreading in smelly sneakers by shaking baking soda into them when not in use. Shake out before wearing.
16. Freshen Linens
Add half cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle for fresher sheets and towels.
17. Deodorize Your Wash
Gym clothes of other odoriferous clothing can be neutralized with a half cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle.
18. Freshen Stuffed Animals
Keep favorite cuddly toys fresh with a dry shower of baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda on and let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing off.
1. Make a Surface Soft Scrub Cleanser
For safe, effective cleaning of bathroom tubs, tile and sinks – even fiberglass and glossy tiles – sprinkle baking soda lightly on a clean damp sponge and scrub as usual. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. For extra cleaning power, make a paste with baking soda, coarse salt and liquid dish soap — let it sit then scour off.
2. Hand Wash Dishes and Pots & Pans
Add 2 heaping tablespoons baking soda (along with your regular dish detergent) to the dish water to help cut grease and foods left on dishes, pots and pans. For cooked-on foods, let them soak in the baking soda and detergent with water first, then use dry baking soda on a clean damp sponge or cloth as a scratchless scouring powder.
3. Freshen Sponges
Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid of the mess (four tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in one quart of warm water). (For more thorough disinfecting, use the microwave to heat the wet sponges until they steam.)
4. Clean the Microwave
Baking soda on a clean damp sponge cleans gently inside and outside the microwave and never leaves a harsh chemical smell. Rinse well with a damp sponge.
5. Polish Silver Flatware
Use a baking soda paste made with three parts baking soda to one part water. Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for shining sterling and silver-plate serving pieces.
6. Clean Coffee and Tea Pots
Remove coffee and tea stains and avoid bitter off-tastes by washing mugs and coffee makers in a solution of one-quarter cup baking soda in one quart of warm water. For stubborn stains, try soaking the items overnight in the baking soda solution and detergent or scrubbing with baking soda on a clean damp sponge.
7. Clean the Oven
Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Spray with water to dampen the baking soda and let it sit overnight. In the morning, scrub. Scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge or vacuum cleaner, and rinse.
8. Clean Floors
Remove dirt and grime without unwanted scratch marks from no wax and tile floors using half a cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Mop and rinse clean for a sparkling floor. For scuff marks, use baking soda on a clean damp sponge, then rinse.
9. Clean Furniture
You can make a homemade lemon furniture polish using baking soda, or you can clean and remove marks (even crayon) from walls and painted furniture by applying baking soda to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
10. Clean Shower Curtains
Clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda directly on a clean damp sponge or brush. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse clean. Hang it up to dry.
11. Boost Your Liquid Laundry Detergent
Give your laundry a boost by adding half a cup of baking soda to your laundry to make liquid detergent work harder. A better balance of pH in the wash gets clothes cleaner, fresher, and brighter.
12. Gently Clean Baby Clothes
Baby skin requires the most gentle of cleansers despite the need for odor and stain fighters, which are often harsh. For tough stains add half a cup of baking soda to your liquid laundry detergent, or a half cup in the rinse cycle for deodorization.
13. Clean Cloth Diapers
Dissolve half a cup of baking soda in two quarts of water and soak diapers thoroughly.
14. Clean and Freshen Sports Gear
Use a baking soda solution (four tablespoons baking soda in one quart of warm water) to clean and deodorize smelly sports equipment. Sprinkle baking soda into golf bags and gym bags to deodorize. Clean golf irons (without scratching them) with a baking soda paste (three parts Baking soda to one part water) and a brush. Rinse thoroughly.
15. Remove Oil and Grease Stains
Use Baking soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.
16. Clean Batteries
Baking soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers, etc. because it’s a mild alkali. Be sure to disconnect the battery terminals before cleaning. Make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water, apply with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion from the battery terminal. After cleaning and re-connecting the terminals, wipe them with petroleum jelly to prevent future corrosion. (Please be careful when working around batteries, they contain a strong acid which can burn clothing or skin.)
17. Clean Cars
Use baking soda to clean your car lights, chrome, windows, tires, vinyl seats and floor mats without worrying about unwanted scratch marks. Use a baking soda solution of one-quarter cup baking soda in one quart of warm water. Apply with a sponge or soft cloth to remove road grime, tree sap, bugs, and tar. For stubborn stains use baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge or soft brush.