Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, not to be confused with baking powder has so many genius home uses.
I can never be without baking soda at home as just like vinegar, it’s super affordable and comes in handy in so many situations. Girls, for instance, if you do not have sensitive skin, you can even use it to exfoliate. Just pour a little bit of baking soda on your hands, mix with a little bit of water and use your finger tips to rub it in a circular motion, to get rid of the dead skin. This is just one of the many uses out there like:
1. Renew silver accessories.
You know how you buy a silver bracelet or earrings and after sometime they become tarnished and less shiny, duller looking? All you gotta do is boil some water in a pot, just enough, add a spoonful of baking soda, throw in the silver accessories and a ball of foil paper, let them sit for a few minutes then take them out. They will be as good as new.
2. When you soil your underwear when you’re on your periods.
We have all been in a situation like this, your period comes unexpectedly and you go to the bathroom and find a red patch. Sometimes, even after cleaning the underwear, the patch doesn’t fully disappear. So, to avoid that, if you’re at home, pour a generous amount of baking soda on the patch, then soak it in water overnight and wash it the next day with soap and it will be as good as new.
3. Clean dirty combs.
Your combs at home are probably full of dirt residue and dandruff, right? You’re probably too lazy to clean them, but all you need to do is pour some water in a tumbler or old glass, add a spoonful of baking soda, stir a bit and drop your dirty combs in there for a few minutes, when you take them out, the dirt will have come out and if not, it will be easy to remove.
4. You got a smelly chopping board after cutting fish on it?
No problem. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on your chopping board then wash it with detergent or simply rinse off the baking soda.
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5. Smelly bins.
Does your bin smell like garbage? If so, sprinkle some baking soda at the bottom of the bin. This will keep the smell at bay.
6. Cooking is all fun and games till you have to wash dirty greasy pots, right?
If you have really dirty pots, pour baking soda in them, then add hot water and dish washing soap and let it sit for about 15 minutes then go ahead and clean them.
7. No one likes dark armpits…ladies….
If you have dark armpits, mix a little bit of baking soda with coconut oil to create a thick paste, then rub it on your armpits in a circular motion, leave it on for a few minutes then clean it out. If you do not see any results you can repeat the process a few times say twice or thrice a week.
8. Clogged pores on your face.
Simply mix a little bit of water and baking soda to create a thick paste, then apply it where the pores are clogged. Then, using an old toothbrush, brush the area in a circular motion and wipe of the residue after.
9. Whiten teeth.
This is probably one of the most common uses baking soda. Mix baking soda with lime then scoop that paste with your toothbrush and brush your teeth with it. You could also mix toothpaste with baking soda on a piece of foil paper or non-absorbent paper and fold it on your teeth for a few minutes then brush your teeth after. Do not do this so often though as it could destroy your teeth enamel.
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