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Baking soda is easily one of the most common household items in any part of the world. And although most of us are aware that there are one or two ways in which we can use the brilliant item, you probably don’t know that there are actually dozens of uses for this one simple product. And what’s even more amazing is that baking soda is extremely accessible and affordable, making it the perfect item to have on hand. From its ability to treat heartburn to actually managing to put out small fires, these are the many incredible reasons why always having baking soda around is a no-brainer.
1. Always Keep Your Flowers Fresh
Believe it or not, but you could actually use baking soda to extend the lifespan of your favorite flowers. How many times do we get a wonderful bouquet that inevitably gets old and sad with time?
Well, resolve that by placing a teaspoon of baking soda in a vase full of water. You might also want to add an ice cube to give it that extra boost.
2. Use It To Whiten Your Teeth
This one might not come as a surprise to most of us, but it’s still worth a reminder. If there is one affordable item that you should definitely use if you’d like to whiten your teeth, then that item is baking soda.
Baking soda can help to remove plaque build-up in your teeth, and also the surface stains that appear with time. After brushing your teeth with toothpaste, just brush them with some baking soda and you’re good.
3. You Can Use It As Dry Shampoo
You have probably heard about the hype around dry shampoo. It’s easy, it keeps your hair clean on the go, and it allows you to feel as presentable as possible on busy days.
But did you know that instead of buying from expensive brands, you could use baking soda? Just sprinkle some baking soda into your hair and rub it in gently. That will allow you to easily remove the excess oils from your scalp.
4. Deeply Wash Your Fruits And Veggies
If you would like to properly remove pesticides and other chemicals from your food then baking soda is your friend. In fact, research has shown that baking soda is one of the most effective ways to properly wash your produce.
All you have to do is add a spoonful of baking soda to the water and let the vegetables sit for about 15 minutes. Then rinse it, dry it, and you’re good to go!
5. Freshen Your Trash Cans
With time, trash cans can get pretty smelly, especially if you don’t clean them often. So in order to help those odors get absorbed, use some baking soda on your trash can.
All you have to do is sprinkle a good amount of soda onto the bottom part of your trash can, and that should help with freshening not only the trash can, but the entire kitchen.
6. If You Have Heartburn, Treat It With Baking Soda
Heartburn can often be extremely uncomfortable, especially if it is a recurring symptom. Since baking soda is a natural antacid, you could use it to neutralize your stomach acid and help with heartburn almost instantly.
Simply dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda into a full glass of water and drink it all very slowly. Hopefully, the heartburn won’t last much longer.
7. Clean Up Your Batteries
Now here’s another incredible use of baking soda. If you own a car, then you’ll probably know that the car’s battery’s lifespan can be reduced if there is too much build-up on the engine.
To avoid that, clean your battery grime by using a mixture of water and baking soda, which should create a liquid paste. Then, disconnect the battery and brush it with a regular toothbrush.
8. Say Goodbye To Foot Odor
Amongst many other benefits, baking soda has essential anti-microbial properties that may help you eliminate that annoying foot odor. You can just grab a bucket and pour some water with baking soda, and soak your feet in it to eliminate the odor.
For your shoes, sprinkle some baking soda and let it absorb overnight. You should never have a problem with smelly shoes again after this.
9. Relieve Yourself From Bug Bites
Bug bites can be a total pain. If you do get bitten and you don’t have bug spray in the house, no need to worry. A baking soda and water paste can easily relieve you from the pain caused by the bite. Just apply some paste in the affected area and let it dry.
10. Clean Your Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor patio furniture does not only get consistently dirty, but it can also get way too much wear and tear. You could remedy this by wiping all of your sets with some baking soda and water helping them stay clean, especially during the hot summer months.
When you store the furniture away during winter, place some baking soda in different places of the storage to keep everything fresh.
11. Clean Up Coffee Stains
Nothing like an unwanted coffee stain to take that excitement from drinking coffee away. So just get some baking soda and clean those stained coffee cups. All you have to do is sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into the cup, and leave it soaking for a few minutes.
Afterward, dip a cloth into some cold water and scrub the entire inside of the cup.