Incredible Uses of Baking Soda in Your Home
Baking soda, which is also known as bicarbonate of soda or bicarb, is called for in many recipes. Some people even open a box and leave it in their refrigerator to help with smells that may come from there. While it is a great ingredient to add into certain recipes, it is far more versatile than people realize.
Here are a couple of uses for baking soda you may not be familiar with:
1. Stovetop Cleaner
If you cook meat and use oil regularly in your cooking, you are bound to build up grease on your stove top. There are chemicals meant to clean grease, but they are dangerously caustic. You can clean a healthier and safer why by employing the use of baking soda.
To use your baking soda as a cleaner, sprinkle some over the area you wish to clean. Then spray hot or possibly boiling water over the baking soda, taking care not to do too much. Wait about 30 minutes and then scrub the area clean.
2. Crusty Roasting Pan
Do you have a pan that just won’t seem to come clean of the crusted meat? If you have some on standby, sprinkle baking soda generously onto the pan. Pour hot water into it, ensure it is at least one to two inches deep. Allow it to soak for a few hours, and boil the water for a few minutes if the mess is terribly bad.
Your pan and your family will thank you.
3. Coffee Mug Stains
Has your favorite coffee mug just become discolored with all those morning joes you take to work? Wipe the inside of your mug with a wet rag, and then gently rub the inside afterward with baking soda.
If simply rubbing with baking soda doesn’t take away the stains, soak it in hot water and baking soda while you sleep.
4. Bathtub Miracle Paste
There are so many chemicals used to clean bathrooms, consumers like you and I are never sure what we should be buying. Save yourself the trouble and make your own ‘bathroom miracle paste.’
Combine an equal amount of baking soda and bleach, applying to a wet sponge afterward, and watch it cut through the grime lining your bathtub and its walls.
5. Microwave Cleaner
This is one cleaner that shouldn’t require gloves to use. After putting some baking soda into a bowl of water, heat it up in the microwave for about 3 to 5 minutes. How long the water is heated for depends on the mess inside the machine.
When the timer runs out, give the steam time to loosen the food particles inside. After a short time, you can remove the water bowl and gently wipe the insides with a damp cloth. You should then have no problem wiping away the food crumbs with ease.
6. Wood Stains
Did one of your guests forget to use a coaster the last time they placed a cold drink on your old oak table, leaving a ring? Mix in a few drops of water with baking soda, then rub the paste into the stain you want to be removed, wiping off with a cloth.
Alternatively, one may use salt to deal with the water stain.
7. Clogged Drain Flush
After removing as much water as possible, drop about 1 cup of baking soda into the drain, following up with a cup of household vinegar. Then plug the drain and let it sit for about 30 minutes. When the allotted time has passed, unplug the sink and pour a full kettle of hot water on top of everything else.
8. Marble and Granite Stains
While both types of rock are rare and expensive, extreme care must be taken when cleaning them. If you find your marble or granite countertops have an unsightly stain, first spray with water and then cover with a bicarb/water paste (with a sour cream consistency). Cover the stain in plastic wrap and wait a full 24 hours. In that time, much of the stain will come away from the surface.
9. Crayon on Walls
Any adult who’s had a kid knows the pain of dealing with walls decorated in multiple crayon colors. When it comes to scrubbing walls, most people use soap. But something a little milder can work just as well.
Create a paste with baking soda and water then gently scrub the marks away. You can also sprinkle a damp sponge with baking soda and rub if you prefer.