After reading an article on creative uses for dryer sheets, I thought I'd research other creative uses for common household items - they were tons of great ideas out there! I was so intrigued I knew I had to share this information with my readers, hence, my new series was born! Originally I said the series would run on Thursdays, but since I typically post on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Thursdays didn't make a whole lotta sense, so Friday it is!
Creative Uses #2: Baking Soda
We all know that baking soda is great for trapping odors in the fridge, brushing your teeth and even as deodorant, but there are tons (seriously, tons!) of other uses that you may or may not be aware of.
Some of the benefits? It's inexpensive, non-toxic/chemical-free, versatile and effective.
I chose the 10 (ok, 16 - it was hard to narrow it down!) suggestions that I liked the best, and I've linked to the sources below the post so you can check out the rest on your own.
- Deodorize garbage disposals and sink drains. Instead of throwing out that old box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda that's been sitting in the fridge or freezer, gradually pour it down the drain and flush with water. Or better yet, pour two tablespoons Arm & Hammer Baking Soda down the garbage disposal every week.
- Deodorize plastic food containers (Tupperware, Rubbermaid). Mix one-quarter cup Arm & Hammer Baking Soda with one quart water, swish food containers in solution, soak overnight, then rinse clean.
- Homemade Febreze: Take 1 1/2 cups water, 1 tablespoon baking soda, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of fabric softener. Mix ingredients together in an empty spray bottle and spray away! (source)
- Replace toxic cleaners. Sprinkle on a damp sponge and scrub kitchen or bathroom tile, refrigerators, microwaves, stainless steel sinks and appliances, and fiberglass showers.
- Remove tarnish from silver. Mix a thick paste of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda with water, apply to the silver with a damp sponge, rub, rinse, and buff dry.
- Whiten socks and dirty clothes. Add one-half cup Arm & Hammer Baking Soda to regular liquid laundry detergent.
- Boost the strength of dishwashing liquid. Add two full tablespoons Arm & Hammer Baking Soda to the usual amount of detergent you use.
- Remove burnt-on food from cookware. Dampen area, sprinkle with Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, let soak overnight, then scrub with a sponge, rinse, and dry.
- Clean and deodorize your cutting board. Sprinkle Arm & Hammer Baking Soda on a damp sponge, rub the cutting board, and rinse clean.
- Clean dirt, grime, and scuff marks from doors, stoves, laminated tabletops, linoleum floors, and tile. Sprinkle Arm & Hammer Baking Soda on a damp sponge, wipe clean, and dry.
- Soothe poison ivy rash or insect bites. Make a paste of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and water, and apply to the affected area.
- Antacid. Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach, and/or acid indigestion. Refer to baking soda package for instructions.
- Use as a facial scrub and body exfoliant: Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub. Make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use.
- Clean brushes and combs: For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.
- Remove crayon marks from walls or wallpaper. Sprinkle Arm & Hammer Baking Soda on a damp sponge, scrub gently to avoid mussing the paint or wallpaper, then wipe clean.
- Refresh stuffed animals. Sprinkle Arm & Hammer Baking Soda on the stuffed animal, let sit for fifteen minutes, then brush off.
So did you learn something new? I know I did! Who knew baking soda would remove crayon marks from a wall! Ok, maybe you did, but I didn't! It will certainly save my from buying those magic erasers that just crumble after a few uses! And I'm totally going to try the homemade febreze!
Do you have some creative uses for common stuff to share with the class? Leave me some suggestions in the comments. I'm looking for other "common stuff" to highlight...maybe I'll highlight yours! Wanna guest post for Creative Uses for Common Stuff? Send me a message; I'd love to have guest posters in this series as well.
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