The Many Uses of…Baking Soda
In our last few blogs we shared some great uses for cleaning with vinegar. Another favorite product that has many uses around the outside and yes even in the garden is Baking Soda. Baking soda just like vinegar is nontoxic and safe to use, and cheap to use. Here are just a few ways you can use baking soda in your kitchen.
1. In the fridge – put a box of baking soda in the fridge to absorb strong food odors
2. Clean your Kitchen- fill a sink or bowl with hot water and sprinkle some baking soda in it or you can put directly on your cloth to clean counter tops, sinks, microwaves, and appliances
3. Great on Greasy dishes – baking soda has an alkaline ph balance which is great on fighting greasy messes. It is also a bit abrasive so can be used to clean grease and grim that is stuck on your pots and pans
4. Freshen up plastic food containers- to remove smelly odors form plastic containers or tough stains, fill your sink with a solution of 4 tablespoons of baking soda to about 4 quarts of water. Let soak for a while. If the containers still have an odor let sit for overnight
5. Clean your silverware- To clean silver, use a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Rub the paste onto each item, then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
6. Remove odors and sanitize sponges – simply just soap in a solution of water and baking soda to remove odors and freshen up your sponges
7. Rinse fruit and veggies – Mixed with water, baking soda can remove dirt and the waxy coating on produce.
8. Unclog your drain – pour about half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar into the drain. Watching it sizzle is always a fun. Let it sit for 5-10 mins and then flush with water.
9. Cleaning the Kitchen Floor – To remove scuff marks or grease spills from the floor, sprinkle with baking soda and then wipe with a warm, damp cloth. This is even safe for no-wax floors!
10. Fire! – Grease fires can be put out by sprinkling them with baking soda.