15 Uses for Baking Soda

(ref: armandhammer.com, about.com)

How many of these money saving applications do you already know about ways to use ordinary baking soda?

  1. Causes dough to rise in recipes (making it lighter and more porous)
  2. Deodorize a wastebasket, garbage can, or sink
  3. Make a homemade modeling clay (with addition of corn starch, water, and food coloring)
  4. Use as a fabric softener
  5. Make your own water color paints (with addition of flour, sugar, dry drink mix, and water)
  6. Clean greasy dishes
  7. Make your laundry detergent go farther and clean better
  8. Polish silver
  9. Use as a fruit and vegetable scrub
  10. Freshen upholstery
  11. Use as a personal deodorant
  12. Freshen your breath
  13. Relieve heartburn
  14. Deskunk a dog (with addition of hydrogen peroxide and dish soap) [Editor note: we have much personal experience with this one!]
  15. Take care of a carpet spill

FYI: There is a difference between baking soda, washing soda, and baking powder. Baking Soda is made of 100% Sodium Bicarbonate. Washing soda is made of 100% Sodium Carbonate. Baking powder is around 30% baking soda with the addition of an acidifying agent (usually Cream of Tartar) and a drying agent (usually starch)


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