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9 Ways You Should be Using Baking Soda

posted: 05/31/16
by: Amanda Mushro
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If we looked right now, would there be a box of baking soda in your freezer? Sure baking soda is great at getting rid of unwanted smells from the fridge and freezer, but it's capable of so much more. So get that box out of the cold and put it to work all over your house. You may be using baking soda as a natural cleaner, but that's just the short list of what this household staple can do. Get nine easy ways to use baking soda and make your life a little easier in the process.

Chlorine fighter

If your child's hair is starting to look green from swimming in heavy chlorinated pools, baking soda is an easy and inexpensive fix. Make a paste from a 1/2 cup of baking soda and water and massage it into the hair. Then shampoo and condition normally. Depending on how green the hair is, you may have to use the paste a few times.

Breath freshener

Need to freshen your breath in a pinch? Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water for an easy mouth wash that gets rid of bad breath with just a few swishes.

All-natural household cleaner

Crayon on your walls will be gone in seconds and the paint will be intact by sprinkling baking soda on a damp cloth and gently scrubbing.

Nail polish remover

Dark nail polish looks great going on, but when it comes off, your nails can look stained. Just mix a paste of baking soda and lemon juice and use a toothbrush to gently scrub your nails to remove any staining.

Dry shampoo alternative

Dry shampoo is quickly becoming a favorite of ladies looking to skip washing their hair, but if you find yourself without your favorite dry shampoo, a few pinches of baking soda rubbed into your roots will quickly make your hair look freshly washed plus it's great at deodorizing you hair too.

Hair brush cleaner

Are your hair brushes looking a little worse for the wear? Remove product residue and buildup by soaking your brushes and combs in one teaspoon of baking soda and warm water for 20 minutes.

DIY spa treatment

Give yourself an at home facial by mixing a paste of baking soda and milk. This mixture will gently exfoliate your skin and is a great blackhead remover.

...and body scrub

Keep up the at home spa with a body scrub of three parts baking soda and one part water paste that will exfoliate rough skin.

Splinter remover

Splinters are painful but come out painlessly if you make a thick paste of baking soda and water and cover the splinter with the paste. Place a band aid over the area and leave it for 24 hours. After this time, the splinter will naturally works its way out and can be removed painlessly and easily.