Tips & Tricks: Using Baking Soda Around the Home

Tips & Tricks: Using Baking Soda Around the Home

Andie Powers
Jan 26, 2012

Baking soda is an absolute miracle. I'm in cleaning rehaul of my condo ever since Seattle was snowed in for a week, and then consequently, plumbers and flooding abounded. It's old news the Baking Soda is used as a cure all (I whiten my teeth with it after too much coffee), but after some research, I realized just how many amazing things it can be used for.

There is such a wide range of household baking soda tricks from drain cleaning to paint preparation, but here are a few of my favorites. Feel free to add your own ideas!

Carpet cleaning

• Sprinkle baking soda over smelly/dirty carpets, let sit overnight, then vacuum. Removes smells and freshens!
• Clean up Fido's accident by scrubbing baking soda into the carpet with warm water and a brush. Vacuum after it is dry.
• Add baking soda to the vacuum bag to combat odors.

Glassware & Silver

• For stubborn water stains on wine glasses and crystal, fill your dishwasher's soap container with baking soda and turn on a normal, hot wash. Glass will come out sparkling!
• Using three parts baking soda, and one part water, rub silver pieces thoroughly, rinse and buff with a dry cloth. (This tip is also useful for gold and silver jewelry).

Laundry & Textiles

• Add a fourth of a cup to a warm wash to combat stains and odors. This works best with whites.
• Sprinkle stale, winter blankets with soda, roll and set for several hours. Then fluff in a cool dryer. Store blankets like this throughout the summer as well!
• After a vacation, put an open box of baking soda into your empty suitcase to keep fresh for your next trip.

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