5 Things To Do with Baking Soda
You’ve probably got a box of baking soda sitting at the back of your fridge, but this powerful deodorizer has hundreds of uses around the home.
Did You Know?
Baking soda (also known as bicarbonate of soda) is the main ingredient in fire extinguishers?
Clean an automatic coffee maker
Properly caring for your automatic coffee maker means never having to worry about bitter or weak coffee. Every two weeks or so, brew a pot of 1 litre of water mixed with 1⁄4 cup of baking soda, followed by a pot of clean water.
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Clean your hair
When it comes to personal grooming, too much of a good thing (we’re talking built-up gel, hairspray and conditioner) can spell bad news for your hair. But a thorough cleansing with baking soda at least once a week will wash all of the gunk out of your hair. Simply add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to your hair while shampooing. In addition to removing all the chemicals you put in your hair, it will wash away water impurities and may actually lighten the colour of your hair.
Wallpaper that’s starting to look a bit dingy can be brightened up by wiping it with a rag or sponge moistened in a solution of 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 litre of water. To remove grease stains from wallpaper, make a paste of 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water. Rub it on the stain, let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then rub off with a damp sponge.
Remove musty odour from books
If books that have just been taken out of storage have a musty smell, place each one in a brown paper bag with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Don’t shake the bag, just tie it up and let it sit in a dry place for about one week. When you open the bag, shake the remaining powder off the books and the smell should be gone.
Clear a clogged drain
Most kitchen drains can be unclogged by pouring in 1 cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup of hot vinegar (heat it in the microwave for 1 minute). Give it several minutes to work, then add 1 litre of boiling water. Repeat if necessary. If you know your drain is clogged with grease, use 1⁄2 cup each of baking soda and salt followed by 1 cup of boiling water. Let the mixture work overnight, then repeat if necessary.