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Baking soda is a common household item with a multitude of uses ranging from health and beauty to cleaning and deodorizing. It is both environmentally safe and gentle to use, representing a wonderful alternative to harsh cleansing agents and household chemicals. Some of the many applications for baking soda are listed below.


CLEANING
** Scuff marks on floors - sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge or nylon scrubber to scrub away scuff marks.
** Comb/brush cleaner - soaking in a solution of 1/2 teaspoon to a basin of warm water will remove oils and hair product residues
** Silver cleaner - Mix 1 part water to 3 parts baking soda, rub on to silver with a cloth or sponge, rinse and dry.
** Shower curtains - sprinkle baking soda onto a damp cloth, sponge, scrubber or brush, clean and rinse.
** Sponges, rags, scrubbers - soaking and washing in a baking soda solution will both clean and deodorize.
** Kitchen and bathroom - for no-scratch cleaning of basins, fixtures, tiles, and countertops, apply baking soda with a damp sponge, scrub and rinse.
** Drains and garbage disposal - pour baking soda into drains and garbage disposals while running warm water through them to both clean and deodorize. When using in the garbage disposal, run the disposal while also running warm water into it.
** Cooked on foods in pots and pans - sprinkling baking soda into hot soapy water and soaking for at least 15 minutes before washing will help remove cooked on and dried on foods from pots and pans.
** Tea and coffee stains - for pots, use 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 quart of warm water to wash, and then rinse well. For cups and mugs use baking soda on a damp sponge or cloth to scrub away the stain, then wash and rinse as usual.

ODORS
** Carpet deodorizer - sprinkle baking soda on carpet, let set for 15-20 minutes, and vacuum as usual.
** Household odors - sprinkle baking soda into trash cans, hampers, dishwashers (between loads), diaper pails, and wastebaskets to eliminate odors.
** Ashtrays - adding approximately 1/2 inch of baking soda in ashtrays will both reduce odors and help extinguish cigars and cigarettes.
** Plastic ware - to deodorize plastic containers and utensils, wash them with baking soda on a damp sponge. For very strong odors, soak the items in a solution of 4 tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water.
** Running shoes/sneakers - sprinkle baking soda into shoes and leave overnight, tapping excess out of shoes before wearing again.

LAUNDRY
** Freshener - Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your wash cycle for brighter and fresher clothes.
**Whitener - add 1/2 cup of baking soda with liquid bleach to laundry to boost whitening.

FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
**Scrub fresh fruit and vegetables with baking soda on a damp sponge or vegetable scrubber, then rinse well.

FIRST AID
** Insect bites, skin rashes from poison ivy, and sunburn - For a paste to apply to bites, use 3 parts baking soda to 1 part warm water, and apply to affected area. For a solution to use for sunburn, use 4 tablespoons baking soda to a quart of warm water, applying with a soft cloth.

HEALTH AND BEAUTY
** Bath - for a soothing soak, add 1/2 cup baking soda to your bath water.
** Foot soak - add 3 teaspoons of baking soda to a basin of warm water.
** Dentures/oral appliances - to remove food particles and odors, soak dentures in a bowl of warm water with 2 teaspoons of baking soda.
** Hand cleaner - for tough dirt on hands, make a paste by adding baking soda to your liquid hand soap.
** Toothpaste - dip your damp toothbrush into baking soda poured into your hand and brush as usual.
** Shampoo - to remove dulling residue from hair products, add a small amount of baking soda to your regular shampoo, wash, and rinse thoroughly.
** Mouthwash - stir 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a half glass of warm water, swish and rinse.
** Deodorant - dust feet or underarms with baking soda.

AUTOMOTIVE
** Clean cars - to remove bugs, grease, grime, sap, etc. from car exteriors, use 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 quart of warm water. For tough stains, sprinkle baking soda onto damp sponge or scrubber, scrub and rinse. Can be used for chrome, vinyl, windows, lights, etc.

PETS
** Cat litter boxes - add 1/4 to 1/2 inch of baking soda to the bottom of a clean pan, add fresh litter. For freshening up between litter changes, sprinkle baking soda on top of the litter after scooping.
** Dry bath for pets - sprinkle baking soda on pet, rubbing into coat. Brush thoroughly to remove all from coat.
** Pet odors - sprinkle baking soda in pet bedding and area, leave 15-20 minutes, then vacuum.

FIRES
** For small grease and electrical fires - pour baking soda on fire at the base of the flames, and call the fire department. DO NOT USE IN FRYERS OR FRYING PANS as it may splatter and spread the fire!