12 of the best ways to use bicarb soda you may not have realised! 44



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Bicarbonate soda, more commonly known as baking soda, has the ability to neutralise acidic odours but is not just used for cooking these days!

It is a kitchen staple and for good reason… Here’s some of the great ways you can use baking soda around the home. Share any other tips with us in the comments below!

1. Exfoliator

Reward yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Alternatively, dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water for a spa soak for your feet.

2. Teeth whitening

There’s no need to spend lots of money on expensive toothpastes and whitening kits anymore. Simply mix together a small amount of baking soda and salt to clean your teeth for the same whitening effect.

3. Shampoo

At a camping trip with no time or water to freshen up your hair? Quickly sprinkle some baking soda and talcum powder on your hairbrush and comb through to absorb the excess oil. Alternatively mix 1 part baking soda with 3 parts water for a cheap hair shampoo alternative.

4. Deodorising

Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the cutting board, in the trash cans, dishwasher, lunch boxes, sneakers, cat boxes, closets, and refrigerator to absorb lingering odours.

5. Camping cure-all

Baking soda is a must-have for your next camping trip. It’s a dish washer, pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste, and fire extinguisher.

6. Fire extinguisher

Do not panic when there’s a cooking fire in your kitchen, simply throw handfuls of baking soda at the small fire to smother the flames.

7. Vegetable cleaner

Baking soda is the food safe way to clean dirt and residual off fresh fruit and vegetables.

8. Sunburn soother

Got a nasty burn and no aloe vera on hand? Add 1 cup of baking soda to a bath and soak for at least 15 minutes. This treatment will ease the pain and redness – you’ll come out fully refreshed.

9. Deodorant

Out of deodorant? Dust a little baking soda under each arm will keep sweating and odours at bay.

10. Laundry booster

Add half a cup of baking soda to your wash cycle to brighten colours and soften clothes.

11. Toilet un-clogger

Add a cup of baking soda to any toilet and let it sit for an hour. Then, boil 2 cups of vinegar and dump it down.

12. Oven cleaner

Dust the inside of your oven with a light coat of baking soda. Spray vinegar over the top of it until it begins to fizz. Leave the solution in for at least four hours and then wipe with a damp cloth.

Do you have any other uses to add?

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  1. Fantastic stuff for many purposes. My old dad first introduced me to it mixed with vinegar to clear blocked drains. Since then I’ve found its great also this way for removing carpet/fabric stains, on its own as a softener – many uses

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    • Jayne. I’m an over user of most things – for bad stains I sometimes even pour a bit of vinegar on the stain then rub in the bi-carb and soak it up with paper towel. Seriously it works wonders.

  2. Great to carry round as a solution if you have a baby who vomits. Just dab on clothing and the odour disappears.

  3. Where the grout is black, spray some bleach on it before sprinkling bicarbonate soda on top. Let it sit for a while. Sprinkle more on top if you need to. Repeat process as required.

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