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Many of us think of baking soda as an ingredient used for cooking, or even something that helps to keep our refrigerators odor-free, but it is surprisingly good for our health and home, too!
With Chinese New Year just round the corner, spring cleaning can be made easier. Below are some tips that are great for cleaning with the use of baking soda, as well as personal care tips!
Clean the Microwave
Baking soda on a clean damp sponge cleans gently inside and outside the microwave and never leaves a harsh chemical smell. Rinse well with water.
Polish Silver Flatware
With 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, a paste is formed. Rub the paste onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for shining sterling and silver-plate serving pieces.
Clean Coffee and Tea Pots
Remove coffee and tea stains and eliminate bitter off-tastes by washing mugs and coffee makers in a solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. For stubborn stains, try soaking overnight in the solution and detergent or scrubbing with baking soda on a clean damp sponge.
Clean the Oven
Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Spray with water to dampen the baking soda. Let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub, scoop the residue and grime out with a sponge, or vacuum, and rinse.
Remove dirt and grime (without unwanted scratch marks) from no wax and tile floors using 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water–mop and rinse clean for a sparkling floor. For scuff marks, use it on a clean damp sponge, then rinse.
Clean and remove marks (even crayon) from walls and painted furniture by applying baking soda to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener
Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands. With a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or 3 parts baking soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean.
Dry Shampoo alternative
We love dry shampoo for mornings when we’ve overslept, for quick post-gym touchups, and for hot summer days when we’re greasy by 5 p.m. When you need to look presentable in a flash and don’t have a can of dry shampoo on hand, sprinkle a few pinches of baking soda onto your roots, tousle your hair, and then run a brush through your mane.
Your hairbrush has totally grossed you out with what is built up toward the base of the bristles. Rather than tossing it right into the garbage can, remove this product residue by soaking your brushes and combs in a basin of warm water. With 1 teaspoon of baking soda for about 20 minutes. Rinse, and then allow to dry on a towel before using.
If you have sensitive skin, you may be able to use a dusting of baking soda in place of store-bought deodorant. Baking soda neutralizes acids and bases, so it removes odors. It also won’t stain your clothes the way many antiperspirants can.