In the Food section of the New York Times, they printed an article in May of 2007 entitled, “Having a Snack? Make It a Holiday,” and in that article they wrote that December 31st is, “National Bicarbonate of Soda Day” (The New York Times).
That same article stated that the United States has over 175 days related to awareness of food and drink. According to The Wall Street Journal, none of the food days in the United States are federal holidays.
Since today has been dedicated to baking soda, another name for bicarbonate of soda, let’s examine the many uses for the fine white powder.
The Many Uses Of Bicarbonate of Soda
We all know the principle use for bicarbonate of soda, that is using for baking. Another is placing a 8 to 16 ounce box of it in the refrigerator to absorb odors, and is replace about every three months (be sure to discard in your garden or compost bind, and do not use for baking).
Like myself, many individuals will use baking soda in the laundry. We use an all natural laundry cleaner, or as it is said a “Green Product” along with the soda.
About 1/2 cap full of liquid laundry detergent with 2 cap fulls of baking soda.
By using bicarbonate of soda as a detergent booster, you will use less detergent, and baking soda helps get your colored cloths brighter, and the whites even whiter.
Before tooth pasta was invented, bicarbonate of soda was the go to for cleaning a person’s teeth, and many still prefer using it today for such purposes.
Do you have a clogged sink? Either in the kitchen or bathroom? Pour 1/4 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar. Cover the drain tightly until bubbling stops and flush with hot water.
You could eliminate odors in your dishwasher by running a cycle without any dishes once a week with bicarbonate of soda in the soap dispenser and vinegar in the rinse-aid compartment, and shake a handful in the bottom of the dishwasher between loads, as it will reduce odors and act as an additional cleanser for the next wash.
Lemon slices with baking soda will get the stains out from the bottom of your coffee pot. When I worked as a waiter in Chula Vista, California, while living in Rosarito, Mexico – we would would put some ice in the bottom of the coffee pots with a few slices of lemon and 1/8 cup of baking soda. We hardly ever had to scrub the inside bottoms of the pots.
Sodium bicarbonate can also be sprinkled on carpets, and left left to sit for about 10 or 15 minutes, then vacuum as usual to help eliminate odors in the carpet, keeping the rooms order free. This can also work on your pets bedding and even the upholstery of your car. Soda Blasting
Sodium bicarbonate can even be used to get greasy equipment cleaned like new (video demonstrates use).
If you live in an area were it snows, you can also use baking soda for deicing your walk ways. Just open a box, and sprinkle it over the snow or ice, and within about 5 minutes, your walk way is safer to walk on.
Baking soda also helps for cleaning brass door knobs, window handles and ornaments. We even mixed vinegar with baking soda to remove hard water stains from the car wind shield, and windows on the home.
It may seem like a lot of baking soda to use, and it can be.
But consider, when buying baking soda in the bulk section of your store, it will only coast you around 25 to 35 cents a pound, and if you use about, say 3 or 4 pounds a week, that would cost you around $5.00 a month, compared to all the other products on the market that cost you even more.
Baking soda is an all natural and earth friendly cleaning agent.
The most popular brand that sells baking soda is “Arm and Hammer” and the name describes how powerful a household cleaner bicarbonate of soda can be, and no added non earth friendly chemicals.
There are many more uses for bicarbonate of soda around the home. How do you use it other than in baking? Tell us by leaving a comment below, we would all be glad to know.
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