Household Hacks: Surprising Ways to Use Baking Soda

So easy!

This edition of Household Hacks is packed with tips on how to use a simple household ingredient that has been a key component in cleaning for generations—baking soda!

Rug Refresher 

No matter how clean you consider your home, your rugs and carpets can always use a little extra attention. Prep by vacuuming your rug to remove any lingering dirt and grime. Follow with a liberal sprinkling of baking soda and let it sit for as long as possible; overnight is ideal! Vacuum up the excess baking soda in the morning and take a deep breath! The baking soda will have absorbed the unwanted smells and leave you with a fresh result.

Superhero Name? The Deodorizer

Bad odors are no match for baking soda. You can deodorize many things around your home with just a sprinkle of this miracle worker, especially in your kitchen! 

Refrigerator: Place an open box of baking soda in the back of your fridge and replace as directed. 

Cutting Board: Sprinkle your cutting board with baking soda, scrub and rinse.

Trash Can: Sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of your trash can before installing the bag to keep stinky smells at bay. Repeat each time you take out the garbage.

Drains: Pour a ½ cup of baking soda down the drain while running hot tap water to keep it fresh! Repeat once a week. 

Dishwasher: While you wait for a full dishwasher before running the next cycle, it can get very smelly very quickly. Sprinkle baking soda in the dishwasher to deodorize the many smells of dinners past. BONUS: it will act as a gentle cleanser during the wash cycle!

Heartburn Helper

Baking soda is a natural antacid that can combat heartburn and indigestion. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in an 8-ounce glass of water and drink up! It will help to neutralize the acid in your stomach and relieve the unwanted symptoms. 

Toot-a-loo Pesticides

Looking for a natural way to remove pesticides from your fruit and veggies? Wash your produce in a bowl of cold water and a few tablespoons of baking soda. Let each piece of fruit or veg sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off. This also works to remove wax and dirt!

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