Baking soda is a powder that has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It provides numerous health benefits such as treating colds, skin issues and oral problems. It also regulates and neutralizes the pH levels of the body as well as provides numerous benefits for the skin and hair. Besides these properties, baking soda is also an excellent cleaning agent.
Here are 13 reasons why you need to make sure you always have baking soda in your home.
Remove grease and residue
If you want to reuse a jar but you have trouble removing the stickiness of the label, try baking soda. Put the jar in a pot of water, add some baking soda in the water and let it boil for about half an hour. This way you will remove the glue residue from the label making your jar look as good as new. Once the jar is cooled off wash it before use.
Clean fruits and vegetables
Sometimes, no matter how much you was the fruits and vegetables the might not be clean enough. However, if you use baking soda all the impurities from your food will be gone. Sprinkle some baking soda on the fruits and vegetables and wash them well. You can also scrub them using a brush. You can also make a mixture of baking soda and water and put them in a spray bottle. This is a much easier way to apply the baking soda on your fruits and veggies.
Baking soda is great exfoliating agent. Mix baking soda and some honey and massage it on the lips gently. There you have it, your own homemade lip scrub.
Clean your jewels
Baking soda can also be used to clean silver or diamonds. Scrub them using an old toothbrush and some baking soda and then just leave them dry. The toothbrush is gentle enough so don’t be afraid of scratching them.
Homemade surface cleaner
Mixing baking soda and lemon juice creates the perfect home cleaning agent. The mixture can be used for cleaning pots, pans, kitchen cabinets as well as for removing greasy residue.
Freshen up your drawers
Take a plastic container and put some baking soda in it and then add some spices or essential oil. Mix them well and then cover the container with a lid. Poke some holes on the lid of the container just enough so that air can come out. Put this container in any place that you want to keep smelling fresh and clean.
Whiten yellow nails
Painting the nails too often sometimes causes them to turn yellow. Baking soda can help you make them pretty and clean again. Mix some baking soda with hydrogen peroxide and apply it on the nails. Let it work for about ten minutes and then wash your hands.
Natural glass cleaner
If you want a natural glass cleaner instead of the ones full of chemicals, you can make one yourself. Mix some lemon juice, water and baking soda and put them in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the surface you want to clean and wipe it with a cloth.
Freshen stuffed animals
Stuffed animals are not always easy to clean, so baking soda can be of great help. Take a large plastic bag, put the stuffed animals in it and sprinkle them with baking soda. Shake the bag well, however to avoid baking soda all around the room, it is advised to do this outside. Then, vacuum the stuffed animals from the excess baking soda and dust.
Freshen your dishwasher
When the dishwasher starts to smell weird, put some baking soda inside it at the bottom and leave it overnight. In the morning let the dishwasher run to rinse off the baking soda.
No need for expensive teeth whitening agents. You can use baking soda by mixing it with your regular toothpaste and brushing the teeth for about 1 minute. This mixture is also great for sensitive teeth.
Baking soda can also be used to quickly scrub the dirt off the toilet.
Baking soda can be used as a face and body exfoliator. For the face, you can use just the baking soda or you can mix it with your face wash. This will make your skin clean, bright and smooth.