I have recently fallen in love with my orange box of baking soda. It’s like discovering you can’t live without the boy next door neighbor who you have known since kindergarten. I mean, come on, that little orange box has been in my life forever.
Every six months you are supposed to change the box in the back of your refrigerator. Now that I know all the amazing things that baking soda is capable of, I can’t believe I threw away one ounce.
Since discovering the power of the white powder, I have done the following TEN amazing things with baking soda:
- Cleaned my toaster oven door. A thick paste of baking soda and water. I covered the inside of the glass and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then I scrubbed it with a mesh bag that had held lemons. Like magic, the baked on crud came off. Couldn’t believe how easy it was. NOTHING I have ever used in the past worked at all. Amazing.
- Brushed my teeth. Baking soda and peroxide.
- Cleaned the coffee stains from my mugs. Sprinkle a bit of baking soda in a wet mug. Use fingers to wipe away the stain.
- Took the scratches off my white plates. Gentle finger scrubbing removed scratches.
- Polished the silver faucets on my bathroom sink. A little paste rubbed on the base of the faucets took off the minerals that had gathered there and left a super shine.
- Cleaned my drains. Baking soda and white vinegar. Let sit in the drain for up to 20 minutes and then flush with water.
- Removed the gray streaks from my porcelain sink. Sprinkle baking soda on damp sponge. Scrub sink. Scratches disappear.
- Kept my refrigerator smelling fresh. Put an open box of baking soda in the fridge to absorb odors.
- Cleaned my silver. See my post on how to clean silver with tin foil, baking soda and salt.
- And, of course, made chocolate chip cookies.
I can’t believe all I have done with my 50 cent box of baking soda. Instead of being relegated to some far off corner of a cabinet, it now sits proudly right next to the sink where I can grab it for every cleaning chore. I know that I have only just begun to discover the wonders of this super cheap natural cleaning power house.
Perhaps you have some baking soda sitting around and are wondering if it is still any good. The way to test to see if your baking soda is still effective is to pour a few tablespoons of white distilled vinegar into a bowl. Now add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. It should fizz a lot. If it just sits there with no reaction, then it is no longer good for baking or making volcanoes.
Have you fallen in love with baking soda?
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