101 Uses for Baking Soda

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We continue to be spellbound by the soft-scrubbing, smell-stopping, subtle power of baking soda. There are so many uses for it. We recently came across some baking soda uses from True Value hardware - check them out after the jump...

While this list doesn't come anywhere near 101 uses, True Value gets us started. We're sure we can come up with another 90:

  • In your dishwasher it deodorizes and cleans inside.
  • As a paste it cleans smudges on wall paper and shines porcelain, jewelry and coins.
  • On bee stings it lessons the pain and it’s an emollient for softer, smoother skin.
  • For pets use 2 tablespoons in bathwater as shampoo. In cold weather use in powder form as a dry shampoo. Either way it adds softness and luster to their coat. Sprinkle it on carpeting to remove pet odors too.
  • Make a paste to clean silver, add lemon juice to clean copper pots.
  • Put it in water to make an antacid for indigestion.
  • Its deodorizing ability in powder form is also legendary for your car and in smelly sneakers.
  • Got a clogged drain? Mix one cup of baking soda with a cup of salt and a cup of vinegar; pour it in your drain followed by boiling water.
  • Three-parts baking soda in one-part water foams away acid build up on battery terminals.
  • Trouble getting on rubber gloves? Just sprinkle in some baking soda and they’ll slip right on.
  • (Photo via Babble.)

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