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America is the largest producer of baking soda in the world, with Church & Dwight being the leading manufacturer.
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is truly a wonderful product. It is inexpensive, easily available, and multipurpose. You can use baking soda for a number of different things, other than just baking. It can be used as a personal care product or house cleaning agent; and since it is natural, it is totally safe and effective. So, if you still have that packet of sodium bicarbonate sitting in some corner of your kitchen, you can use it for different purposes.
Baking Soda in the Kitchen
✦ To get rid of the smell of fish, soak the raw fish in 1 liter of water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Keep the fish in the refrigerator for an hour. Rinse and wipe the fish before cooking.
✦ Make meat tender by wiping it with baking soda. Refrigerate the meat for 3 to 5 hours, and rinse it well before cooking.
✦ To get rid of grime from burned utensils, simply boil a few cups of water and add 5 tablespoons of baking soda in it. Put the burned or scorched pots and pans into it and leave it for a few hours or even overnight. The dirt will just slip off, and your pots and pans will be as good as new!
✦ To get rid of nasty food odors, wet your hands and rub them with 2 teaspoons of the soda.
✦ To clean your cutting board, make a paste out of 1 tablespoon of baking soda, salt, and water. Scrub the cutting board and rinse it thoroughly with hot water.
✦ You can also deodorize your garbage pail by cleaning it with a wet paper towel dipped in baking powder. Rinse the pail with a damp sponge and let it dry. You could also scatter a little baking soda into the pail before putting in a new bag.
✦ Remove annoying coffee and tea stains from your china by gently rubbing the cups and saucers with a moist cloth dipped in baking soda.
Baking Soda at Home
✦ Baking soda can be very handy in getting rid of the odor and potential stains, after your child spits up. To do this, brush off the solid matter, and dab the spot with a moistened washcloth dipped in the soda.
✦ The simplest way to clean carpets and rugs is to lightly sprinkle them with baking soda and vacuum after 15 minutes or so.
✦ Wine and grease stains can be removed from carpets by first blotting up the stain and then sprinkling a liberal amount of baking soda on the area. Let the soda remain for an hour, and then vacuum the remaining.
✦ If you have musty odors in drawers, cabinets or closets, fill the toe of a clean sock with about 3 to 4 tablespoons of baking soda. After tying a knot, hang it in the closet. To keep the odor away, replace the soda every month.
✦ Make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Use it to clean stainless steel and enameled cast iron.
✦ Wipe ovens, microwaves, and coffeemakers with a wet cloth and some baking soda to get rid of foul odors without leaving a scratch.
✦ To remove the tarnish from silver jewelry, make a thick paste of 2 tablespoons of water and ¼ cup of baking soda. Use a damp sponge to apply it to the jewelry. Rub gently, rinse, and buff it dry. To polish gold, cover the jewelry with a light coat of the soda. Pour a little bit of vinegar over it and then rinse it clean. However, this technique should not be used with jewelry that contain pearls or gemstones.
✦ The lingering smell of cigarettes can be gotten rid of by lightly sprinkling the upholstered chairs and sofas with some baking soda. Let it remain on the furniture for a few hours and then vacuum it off.
✦ Place a decorative dish filled with ½ cup of baking soda, either on the top of the toilet tank or the floor below. This will keep your bathroom smelling fresh and clean. You could also come up with your own deodorizer by using equal parts of baking soda and scented baths.
✦ To get rid of white marks from your coffee table or other furniture, make a paste containing 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water. Rub the area gently in circular motions until the marks disappear.
✦ You can remove stains from the bricks in the fireplace by washing them with a solution of ½ cup of baking soda in 1 liter of warm water.
Baking Soda in the Medicine Cabinet
✦ To prevent burns from turning into blisters, pour some baking soda into a container of ice water, soak a cloth and apply it to the burn.
✦ For smooth and squeaky clean skin, exfoliate with a paste of 3 tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of water.
✦ To use baking soda as a mouthwash, put a teaspoon into half a glass of water. This mouthwash is effective and neutralizes the mouth odor.
✦ To get relief from heartburn or acid indigestion, drink a mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda and half liter of warm water.
✦ Clean your dentures or retainers with some baking soda and water.
✦ If you are wearing a plaster during the summer and would like temporary relief from itchy sensation, use a hair dryer which is set on the coolest to blow a bit of baking soda down the sides of the cast.
✦ Keep toothbrushes clean by plunging them in a solution of ¼ baking soda and ¼ water, and leaving them overnight. Follow this practice once, every one or two weeks. Do remember to rinse the brushes before use.
✦ You can also use baking soda as a teeth whitener. Just sprinkle some on your toothbrush while brushing. Half a teaspoon of baking soda with peroxide paste can be used as an alternative for toothpaste.
✦ To get rid of a flaky problem, wet your hair and rub a handful of baking soda vigorously into your scalp. After this is done, rinse your hair and dry. Do not use shampoo, and do this every time you wash your hair. Your hair might turn dry in the beginning; but in a few weeks, it will turn softer and also free from dandruff.
✦ Add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to lukewarm water to soothe your baby's diaper rash. If the rash does not go away or gets worse, consult a pediatrician immediately.
✦ To get relief from a bee sting, make a paste of 1 teaspoon baking soda mixed with some drops of water. Apply this to the affected area and let it dry. Get medical treatment if you face difficulty in breathing, or have a noticeable swelling.
✦ To keep combs and brushes clean, soak them in a solution made of 3 cups of warm water and 2 teaspoons baking soda. Swirl them around in the solution and let them soak for about half an hour. Remember to rinse and dry them before using.
Baking Soda in the Laundry Room
✦ To remove the smell of mothballs from clothes, add ½ cup during your washer's rinsing cycle.
✦ Chemicals can be removed from your baby's clothes by washing them with a mild soap and ½ cup of baking soda.
✦ To get rid of perspiration, tar and other stains, pretreat the clothes with a paste made out of 4 tablespoons of baking soda and ¼ cup of warm water. For bad stains, let the paste dry for about 2 hours before washing.
✦ Mildewed shower curtains can be washed at home, all you need to do is put it in the washing machine with two bath towels in the gentle setting and add ½ cup of baking soda to your detergent during the wash cycle. Add ½ cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle. Do not put it in the dryer after that, just hang them out to drip and dry.
Baking Soda for Your Pet
✦ Is your dog smelling foul? Just rub a few handfuls of baking soda into his coat and brush it thoroughly. This will also make his coat shiny and clean.
✦ If your pet is scratching his ears all the time, it could be an indication of an irritation or ear mites. To ease the itch, use a cotton ball dipped in a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda in a cup of warm water.
✦ To keep six-legged intruders away from your pets' dish, pour the soda in a line around the food bowl. And don't worry, the baking powder will not harm your pet if he laps up a little!
✦ To absorb an odor, put a thin layer of baking soda under the cat litter. You can also mix baking soda with the litter while changing it.
Other Baking Soda Benefits
✦ To keep weeds and grasses from growing in the cracks of your driveways and walkways, sprinkle handful of baking powder on the concrete and sweep it into the cracks.
✦ Use a wet sponge and some baking soda to wipe resin lawn furniture.
✦ If you want healthier blooms, give flowering alkaline-loving plants such as dianthus, delphiniums, and clematis a mild shower with 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 2 liters of water.
✦ To maintain proper alkalinity in your pool, add 1½ pounds (680 grams) of baking soda for every 10,000 gallons (38,000 liters) of water in your swimming pool. Doing this in these proportions will raise the total alkalinity by 10 ppm (parts per million).
✦ Make a soft paste of ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of water. Apply this paste to your barbecue grill with a wire brush and let it stand for 15 minutes. Wipe it with a dry cloth and place the grill over the hot coals for at least 15 minutes to get rid of the residue.