12 Terrific Uses for Baking Soda Few of Us Know About
Britt-Marie, a character in a book by Fredrik Backman, couldn’t live without baking soda. She believed this substance could help in any difficult situation. Yes, the possibilities of this product are almost limitless. Read this article to see how you can use it any way you want.
Bright Side invites you to get acquainted with some surprising uses for baking soda and try them today.
12. Getting rid of leg swelling
After 30 years of age, people start experiencing leg swelling. As a rule, this happens because of an excessive amount of salt in the body’s tissues. Baking soda helps to get rid of swollen legs.
Mix 1.5 tsp of baking soda with 1 cup of boiling water.
Put cotton socks in this warm solution, wring them out, and put them on. Apply plastic food wrap over your feet. Put dry socks on. You may leave them for the whole night. In 8 hours, you’ll definitely see results.
11. Making an exfoliant and a contender against blackheads
Yes, that’s right. That good old box of baking soda deals with blackheads just great. Baking soda helps to neutralize your skin’s pH, so it’ll start producing less oil, and eventually, your blackheads will go away.
So you’ll have to:
- Mix the baking soda and water to form a paste.
- Splash your face with warm water to open up your pores.
- Apply the baking soda paste to your face, concentrating on the blackhead areas.
- Then massage the paste into your skin and leave it on for a minute.
- Rinse off the paste with warm water and splash your face with cool water to constrict the pores.
10. Removing stubborn stains
- To remove yellow sweat stains, mix 2 tbsp of baking soda, 4 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide, and 1 tsp of liquid detergent. Apply the mixture to the stain and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Be careful with thin fabrics like linen. Don’t use this substance too often as the fabric can get ripped.
- Grass and blood stains on jeans can be removed with baking soda dissolved in a small amount of warm water. Rub this mixture into the fabric using a brush and leave it for 30 minutes. Then wash and rinse the item.
- Baking soda also deals well with greasy stains on down jackets made of polyamide or polyester. Before washing your clothes, moisten the stains with water and rub baking soda into them. Wait 15 minutes and then wash your down jacket as usual.
9. Keeping cooked broccoli bright green
To keep broccoli bright green while cooking, add 1 tbsp of baking soda to the pan with water. Your vegetables will look really tasty.
8. Making a modeling compound
Baking soda and corn starch form a great modeling compound that becomes really solid. To get it, mix 1 tbsp of baking soda and 1/2 cup of corn starch in a bowl. Add 3/4 cup of warm water. Stir the substance to get rid of lumps and put it in a pan over medium heat. Keep stirring the substance while “cooking.” When it gets thick and forms a clump, take it off the cooking panel and cool it down. That’s it, well done!
Unfortunately, potato starch isn’t suitable for this purpose since it sticks to hands like dough.
7. Repairing cracked ceramics
If you mix baking soda and PVA glue (1:1), you’ll get a paste that deals great with cracks in tile and other ceramic surfaces.
6. Making dishwasher tablets
To make dishwasher tablets at home, you’ll need 1 tbsp of baking soda, 1/2 cup of salt, and 1/3 cup of citric acid. Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl and add 2-3 tbsp of a dishwashing liquid. Mix the substance well again and leave it for 1.5 to 2 hours. When the substance stops growing, push the mixture into silicone ice cube molds and let it dry.
5. Getting rid of white stains on the blackboard
To get rid of white stains on the blackboard, you’ll need to rub it with a wet sponge soaked in baking soda.
4. Removing pesticides from vegetables and fruits
To remove pesticides and the wax from fruits and vegetables, put them in a warm baking soda solution (1 tsp of baking soda and 33 fl oz of water) for 15-20 minutes.
3. Softening fabric
Your clothes will become softer if you soak them in a baking soda solution for 24 hours before washing. You’ll need 1-1.5 tbsp of baking soda for 170 fl oz of water. You’ll see that your clothes become cleaner as baking soda doubles the effect of the detergent.
2. Making shoe soles white again
Mix 2 tbsp of baking soda, 1 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide, and 1 tbsp of water. Gently apply the mixture to the soles with a small brush to clean them.
1. Taking a recovery bath after a workout
A baking soda bath can relieve muscle pain after a good workout. Pour 1/2 pack of baking soda into boiling water and wait till it dissolves. Then add this solution to the water in your bath. A 20-minute soak will help you relax and smooth your skin.
Were any of these recipes useful? Do you have your own baking soda tips?
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