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This chemical compound is everyone’s favorite soda. Commonly known as sodium bicarbonate or “bi-carb” for short, it is in fact, a salt. It taste just like a milder version of the salt you cook with. Baking soda has so many uses it’s ultimately the number one thing to have in the home.

What makes baking soda so good

While baking soda is merely a simple chemical compound, it has so many uses from baking powder to pyrotechnics. Did you know baking soda makes for a good cleaning agent as well?

The keys to baking soda being such a good cleaning agent are,

It kills odour – it reacts to the odour, causing a reaction which neutralises the odour. This means baking soda doesn’t disguise the smell, it actually removes the smell.

It works with vinegar – when adding vinegar to the mix it becomes the perfect natural cleaner. This is because they have an acid-base reaction . This is why it works well with unclogging drains and cutting through heavy grease.

It’s slightly abrasive – Baking soda has little granules which  help clean particles that form stains and other messes from surfaces.

10 Reasons why Every Home Needs Baking Soda

Getting rid of stubborn odors

Scrub your wet hands with baking soda (as if it were soap), then rinse in warm water. Your hands will smell nice and clean as well.

Salvage a burned pot

Scrape all food out and then fill the pan a quarter full of water. Pour in a half cup of baking soda and bring the water to a boil. Turn it off and let it sit overnight. In the morning, you can clean black gunk off with ease.

Cleanin drains

Try adding baking soda under hot running water to freshen the drain. Baking soda can even be used in combination with hot water to unclog a drain.

Get rid of smelling feet

Soak smelly feet for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse and dry. This will help cut down on odor and may also help ease athlete’s foot.

Clean chopping/cutting boards

Mix baking soda with an equal part of salt and water to make a great scrubbing paste for plastic and wooden cutting boards.

Cleaning the barbecue

Make a paste from dish soap and baking soda, and apply it to the barbecue grill. Let sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing down and rinsing.

Cleaning pet beds and musty smelling furniture

For a natural, simple clean, sprinkle some on your pets bed, let it sit for a while, then vacuum up.

Deodorize the fridge

Mix 2 cups of the special soda with 20-30 drops of vanilla, orange and lemon essential oils, and place in an open jar in the fridge. This will absorb unpleasant scents and keep the fridge air clean.

Clean the tooth brush

Don’t pass on bad bacteria to your mouth – soak your toothbrush heads in a mixture of ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ cup of water overnight and rinse the next morning.

Cleaning fruits and veggies

Mix water, baking soda and lemon juice and wipe fruits and veggies to remove wax.

There are so many more uses for this wonderful natural salt, so if you want to learn more uses, you can alos check out 36 Uses for Baking Soda.

Maybe you have some uses for baking soda that no else knows. If you do, please do share.