18 September 2012

Did You Know? Baking Soda

As a SAHM now I have been looking into new ways (to me) to use different household items and help cut expenses where I can.

First test. Baking Soda!

Living where there are a million mosquitoes we tend to get eaten alive once dusk hits. Even if we spray ourselves down they manage to find an area to dig in. You can mix baking soda onto a paste with a little water and apply it to the bite as soon as possible. This helps relieve the itch and prevents it from swelling!

This paste can also work wonders for your baby's cradle cap (so can baby oil or olive oil).

Hate those pesky weeds or grass that comes in between the cement sidewalks or patios? Don't want to keep buying roundup or any other weed prevention spray that doesn't seem to last long enough? Pick the weeds out, pour some baking soda down and sweep it into the cracks! 

Have a pet with dirt or mites in his ears? Get a cup of warm water dissolve some baking soda in the water and dip a q-tip in that then clean his ears.

Microwave have nasty old food stuck inside of it? Place a cup of water with 3-4 tablespoons of baking soda and microwave it for 4 minutes. Grab a moist cloth and wipe the gunk away!

I've also heard that if you sprinkle baking soda onto the soil of your tomato plants that it will make them taste sweeter! This I will be trying next year!

Have you used Baking Soda in other ways? Please share!


  1. Great tip! I will definitely have to use this one.

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  2. I keep a carton in the fridge to de-funk it, but I think that's pretty common. I also keep a box within reach when I'm cooking- I'll rub some on my hands after peeling garlic and it helps take the smell out (and, it'll put out a small cooking fire, but fortunately, I haven't had to do that!). I also run my coffee maker with a cycle of vinegar, followed by a cycle of baking soda & water to clean it.

    Good tip about the microwave!! I'm forever cleaning messes there, so that will help out! :)

  3. I will be trying some of these tips! I don't use baking soda very much, but I do use vinegar for EVERYTHING. Before I started making my own laundry detergent, I'd add baking soda with the store detergent to help it work better. And sprinkling it on the carpet and then vacuuming it to keep it fresh. Vinegar I use to disinfect and as a fabric softener in the laundry.


  4. I make nearly all of my own cleaning products from laundry soap and beyond! If have you would like, I can email you some of the websites I use for my recipes and also share some of my favorites :) I also post a lot of them on my blog. :)

    My next one is going to be homemade reusable "Chlorox" wipes.

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  6. Awesome tips! I will definitely use these! Thanks for stopping by www.boys-oh-boys.com and swapping ads with me! :)

  7. It is amazing how many uses baking soda has. I just love it! :) I'm a new follower, thanks for following my blog as well.


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