If you are living on a tight budget or environmentally friendly and looking for alternatives to today’s modern chemicals, baking soda has so many different uses that sometimes even work better than its chemically produced counterparts.
Add a little apple cider vinegar with some baking soda and apply to your hair. You can either add it to your shampoo or use it completely on its own. You will find that you wash your hair less and your hair will look healthy and have a natural shine to it. Chemicals in shampoo can strip your hair and make it dull.
Make a bath soak
Add ½ a cup of baking soda to your bath to wash away excess oil and neutralise acids on your skin. Your skin will feel very soft after. You can even dissolve 3 tablespoons in a tub to soak and scrub your feet after a long day.
Apply under your arms to keep them dry and keep body odours at bay
A paste made from baking soda , sea salt, 1 drop of peppermint, clove or cinnamon and a few drops of water applied to you toothbrush makes a natural alternative to chemically produced toothpastes.
Place an open box of baking soda at the back of your fridge or sprinkle baking soda at the bottom or your rubbish bin to neutralise any odours. Pour ½ a cup of baking soda down your drain with the hot water running to clean the drain. Keep your running shoes odour free when they not in use by sprinkling a bit of baking soda in them and shaking it out before use.
Treat insect bites
Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to an insect bite, it will neutralise any itchiness and even a bee sting.
You don’t have to spend a small fortune buying cleaning products. Make a paste with baking soda, coarse salt and dish liquid to wash stove tops and any tough grimy surfaces. Or just sprinkle baking soda in your bath or sink and wash with a damp sponge and rinse.
You can even use a strong baking soda solution to freshen up your sponges.
You can clean your floors as well. Use ½ a cup of baking soda in a bucket of water to floors and rinse.
Make a homemade lemon and baking soda furniture polish and also apply to walls to remove crayon marks.
Baking soda is a mild alkali so it can neutralise acid battery corrosion on car batteries. Make 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and clean with a damp cloth. Make sure you have disconnected them form the terminal first. Apply Vaseline after to prevent future corrosion.
For small cooking fires, turn off the heat source then throw baking soda over the flames. When baking soda is heated it gives off CO2 which smothers the flames.