of soda or baking soda has many different uses in the household. Although
much more expensive products have been developed over the years to do the same jobs,
baking soda can work for you just as well, if not better. Use it in the following ways:
To make your own baking powder, stir and sift
together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part cornstarch.
Be sure to keep an extra box of baking soda by your stove
in case of grease or electrical fire. Scatter the powder by the handful to safely put it
Keep a container of baking soda in your garage as well as
in your car to put out a fire. It won't damage anything it touches.
Baking soda will also put out fires in clothing, fuel,
wood, upholstery and rugs.
Clean vegetables and fruit with baking soda. Sprinkle in
water, soak and rinse the produce.
Wash garbage cans with baking soda.
Soak and wash diapers with baking soda.
Oil and grease - stained clothing washes out better with
soda added to the washing water.
Clean your fridge and freezer with dry soda sprinkled on a
damp cloth. rinse with clear water.
Deodorize your fridge and freezer by putting in an open
container of baking soda to absorb odors. Stir and turn over the soda from time to time.
Replace every 2 months.
Soda absorbs kitty litter odors. Cover the bottom of the
kitty box with 1 part soda; then add a layer of 3 parts kitty litter on top.
Always add 1/2 cup soda to your washing machine load.
Clean combs and brushes in a soda solution.
Wash food and drink containers with soda and water.
Wash marble-topped furniture with a solution of 3
tablespoons of soda in 1 quart of warm water. Let stand awhile, then rinse.
Clean formica counter tops with baking soda on a damp
Wash out thermos bottles and cooling containers with soda
and water to get rid of stale smells.
To remove stubborn stains from marble, formica or plastic
surfaces, scour with a paste of soda and water.
Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not
aluminum) in a soda solution (3 tbsp. soda to 1 quart water).
Run you coffee maker through its cycle with a soda
Give baby bottles a good cleaning with soda and hot water.
Sprinkle soda on barbecue grills, let soak, then rinse
Sprinkle soda on greasy garage floor. Let stand, scrub and
Polish silverware with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rub,
rinse and dry.
For silver pieces without raised patterns or cemented-on
handles: place the silver on aluminum foil in an enamel pot. Add boiling water and 4 tbsp.
baking soda. Let stand, rinse and dry.
Reduce odor build-up in your dishwasher by sprinkling some
soda on the bottom.
Run your dishwasher through its cycle with soda in it
instead of soap to give it a good cleaning.
To remove burned-on food from a pan: let the pan soak in
soda and water for 10 minutes before washing. Or scrub the pot with dry soda and a moist
For a badly-burned pan with a thick layer of burned-on
food: pour a thick layer of soda directly onto the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle on
just enough water so as to moisten the soda. Leave the pot overnight, then scrub it clean