Other Baking Soda Uses
89. Makeshift Fire Extinguisher
For small electrical or grease fires use baking soda to smother the flames out. It works because when the flames heat the baking soda it gives off carbon dioxide. Turn off the appliance (if you can do so safely) then throw baking soda on the base of the flame.
90. Unclog a Toilet
When your toilet is clogged and plunging isn’t doing the trick, use baking soda to dissolve the clog. Pour the whole box in the toilet and then pour in two cups of vinegar. Allow the mixture to sit overnight if possible. Then pour in hot water and flush.
91. Keep Your Septic Tank Flowing
Pour one cup of baking soda down your drains once a week followed by hot water. It will help to maintain a good pH level in your septic tank and it flowing freely. This little trick can help save you a lot of money in the future.
92. Use in Science Projects
Making science projects are fun for the whole family and baking soda is a key ingredient in many projects. Just be careful when mixing baking soda and vinegar together. It can cause a safety risk if used improperly such as when placed in a closed container.
93. Eliminate Sweet Cravings
Do you have a sweet tooth? Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water and then rinse your mouth out with the solution. Spit it out and by the time you finish, your craving should be completely gone.
94. Eliminate that Musty Book Odor
Old books tend to have that musty odor that can even come off on your hands but you can get rid of it without damaging the book. Simple sprinkle the pages of the book and the binder with baking soda and let it sit for a couple of days, then shake it out.
95. Discourage Weeds from Growing in Sidewalk Cracks
Do you have a problem with those pesky weeds growing up through the cracks in your sidewalk or driveway? Try sprinkling some baking soda in-between the cracks to discourage new weeds from growing. It’s hard for new growth to occur through the baking soda.
96. Make Cut Flowers Last Longer
Freshly cut flowers are very beautiful and they smell great, too. By adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the water, you can make your freshly cut flowers last longer. Remember to add the baking soda each time you change the water.
97. Enhance Exercise Routines
Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water and drink before exercising. The baking soda will help enhance your performance and delay fatigue. It works by absorbing the lactic acid that builds up in your muscles when exercising vigorous.
98. Clear Ice from Your Sidewalk
Sprinkle baking soda on your sidewalk, porch and steps to melt the ice away. It works in the same way salt does but it’s not as corrosive. Therefore, it’s a great alternative for keeping you safer when you venture outside on those icy winter mornings.
99. Get Rid of Pesky Bugs
Mix a cup of baking soda and a cup of sugar together and place it in the infested area. Leave a dish of water nearby. The sugar attracts the bugs and the baking soda kills them when they drink water after ingesting it.
100. Keep Camping Gear Smelling Nice
Camping gear will usually start smelling musty after it’s been packed up for a little awhile. You can eliminate that nasty smell by sprinkling baking soda on your tent and other camping gear before putting them in storage. They’ll smell fresh and clean when you pull them out again.
101. Clean Tarnished Jewelry
Bring that dull, old looking jewelry back to life with baking soda and water. Add water to the baking soda to make a paste and then apply it to the jewelry with a soft cloth. It will eliminate the tarnish and leave your jewelry clean and shinny again.
It’s amazing how this ordinary product has so many different uses. Now that you know all the different things that you can do with baking soda, it’s time to stock up!