We mostly use baking soda in our kitchen to bake cookies, cakes, and other goodies. However, the beauty of baking soda is that it is also a safe, non-toxic substance you can use around the kitchen, or rooms of your home for cleaning.

The few times that grease from bacon flares up in the pan, or from a steak in the broiler, can be easily, and safely, extinguished with a sprinkle of baking soda. Wipe grease from your floors, or scuff marks, with a warm, damp cloth after covering the spill with a bit of baking soda.

Think about the times that someone has opened your refrigerator. From across the room, you get a whiff of something stale, spilled, or worse, emanating from your frig. Searching for the source of the odor is, of course, necessary in order to clean the mess, but the odor has an easier solution. One box of baking soda, with the top open and setting on the refrigerator door or in the corner of one of the shelves will absorb unpleasant odors and avoid embarrassment.

The same technique will work in your trash can or an ash tray. A sprinkle in the bottom and your kitchen will smell of your brilliant cooking, not yesterday’s meal. Also, your room will be free of the odor from stale tobacco smoke.

Baking soda is a handy, inexpensive helper with your laundry. Baking soda, when used with your normal additive, chlorine bleach, will leave your clothes even brighter and fresher. Eliminate the odor from your infant’s diaper with baking soda sprinkled in the hamper, to absorb that old diaper smell. Hey, if it works on trash and cigarettes, why wouldn’t it help you enjoy your family a little more?

A few other basic household chores include, naturally, the bathroom – One-quarter cup baking soda down the sink and rinsed with hot water, just once-a-week, is a trick to help avoid those annoying clogged drains in your bathroom.baking-soda

Your children’s blow-up pool – Wipe the pool out with a solution of baking soda and warm water to eliminate or prevent mildew.

Lawn furniture – Again, combine one-quarter cup baking soda in one quart warm water to wipe down your summer lawn furniture before storing it for the winter.

Lastly, if you look up anchorite, or sodium bicarbonate, baking soda’s natural form, you will discover that the HCO3 ion, or bicarbonate, is one part hydroxide and two parts oxygen on CO3, or carbonate. This compound is capable of neutralizing chemicals and absorbing moisture, which accounts for its usefulness as a deodorizing and cleansing agent. You will also learn that its hardness is 2.5 on the Mohs scale. This is significant in enabling baking soda to be used to clean your teeth, deodorize your mouth, decrease sensitivity and plaque deposits. This miracle compound can also improve enamel strength and whiten your fresh smile.

Your life has just become easier, and you are saving money .