When stocking up in preparation for a disaster, one of the first things you should add to your cache is baking soda. Lots of it. If supply lines to your community are cut off, this item will disappear from the grocery store shelves as quickly as canned goods.
The reason is its versatility. Baking soda can be used for all types of cleaning, deodorizing, and other miscellaneous needs. Here are the top 20 benefits of baking soda.
1. Clean fruits and vegetables
Sprinkle some baking soda on a sponge, wipe fruits and vegetables clean, and rinse them off.
2. Wash dishes, pots, and pans
Adding a couple tablespoons of baking soda to your dishwater can help remove grease and food from your dishes. If the food is cooked on, let it soak first then use some dry baking soda on a cloth to scrub it away.
3. Clean your oven
Sprinkle baking soda in your oven and spray with water, then let it sit overnight. The next day, scrub the oven and scoop out the baking soda.
4. Clean tubs, tiles, and sinks
Pour some baking soda on a damp cloth or sponge and scrub away. Rinse and dry. You’ll be surprised how well this works.
5. Mop floors
Just add a half cup of baking soda to a bucket of warm water and mop away. You might still need a cloth or sponge to get up scuff marks.
6. Clean grease and oil stains
Pour baking soda on the spot and scrub it with a wet brush.
7. Clean walls and furniture
Any painted surface can be cleaned with some baking soda on a damp cloth or sponge. Rub lightly and dry with a clean cloth.
8. Clean your car
A half cup of baking soda in a half gallon of warm water is the perfect solution for cleaning tires, windows, floor mats and vinyl seats.
9. Keep your refrigerator smelling good
This is the most common usage. Just place an open box in the door. Bad smells are neutralized.
10. Deodorize sinks and trash cans
For the sink, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm water. For the trash, sprinkle some on the bottom of your trash can and in your trash occasionally.
11. Deodorize carpet
Most of those powder carpet deodorizers you see in the store are a rip-off. Just sprinkle some baking soda and let it sit overnight before sweeping/vacuuming it up.
12. Deodorize the litter box
If you have a cat, you understand what a nuisance the smell of the litter box is. Sprinkle baking soda in the box before and after you add the litter.
13. Keep clothes and shoes smelling fresh
Keep an open box of baking soda with your clothes and sprinkle some into your shoes when you’re not wearing them.
14. Deodorize yourself
A little baking soda patted onto your underarms can go a long way toward cutting down on body odor.
15. Brush your teeth, freshen your breath
Toothpaste can be made with baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution. For fresh breath, put a teaspoon in some water, swish it in your mouth and spit it out.
16. Make soap
The formula is three parts baking soda to one part water. Rub it on your face and body, then rinse off.
17. Use it as an antacid
Baking soda is great for indigestion, heartburn and sour stomach. Add half a teaspoon to half a glass of water and drink it. Make sure the baking soda is completely dissolved before swallowing.
18. Rinse your hair
Add a little bit of baking soda to your shampoo then wash and rinse as usual. Baking soda helps remove residue from shampoo and styling products so your hair is cleaner.
19. Relieve itchy skin and insect bites
Mix water and baking soda into a paste and apply to the affected area.
20. Put out fires
If you don’t already have a fire extinguisher, then you should keep an open box of baking soda in every room. Baking soda works for normal fires, electrical fires and grease fires. Smother the base of the flame.