10 Common Uses for Baking Soda

by Rachel Paxton


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  1. Make a paste of baking soda and water and rub on insect bites to relieve itching.

  2. Remove coffee and tea stains by scrubbing pots or cups with baking soda and a plastic scouring pad.

  3. Add 1/3 cup baking soda to a wash cycle as a bleach booster or to the rinse cycle for cleaner smelling laundry.

  4. To remove black scuff marks from floor, rub them with a paste of baking soda and water.

  5. Clean fiberglass showers and tubs with baking soda sprinkled on a sponge. Sponge clean and wipe dry.

  6. Soak sour smelling dishcloths and sponges in water and baking soda solution.

  7. Use a solution of water and baking soda to clean and deodorize the inside of your microwave.

  8. Put a few spoonfuls in a cup of water in the microwave, boil for two minutes, then wipe down the inside with a sponge.

  9. Sprinkle a little baking soda into the laundry hamper to minimize odors.

  10. Remove crayon marks from walls by scrubbing gently with an old toothbrush and a paste of baking soda and water.

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of five. For recipes, cleaning tips, gardening, frugal living, holiday hints, and more, visit her site and sign up for her weekly newsletter at www.creativehomemaking.com

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