The majority of the population has or has had baking soda in their home at some point. We use it for baking, cleaning and of course middle school volcanoes, but there are so many other uses for Sodium Bicarbonate. Here are some of the more uncommon uses. How many have you tried or heard of?
10 Uncommon Uses for Baking Soda
Splinter Removal – Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with a couple drops of water to make a paste. Spread on the splintered area and cover with a band-aid for 24 hours. Use tweezers to easily remove the splinter.
Freshen Your Sponges – Dish sponges can smell rather funky if they sit long enough. Use baking soda to freshen them up by soaking sponges in a solution of 5 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart hot water.
Put out a Fire – When it comes to grease fires, baking soda is a blessing in a little orange box. Sprinkle it on the flames and watch them extinguish.
Heal the Itch – Create a paste of baking soda and water and rub it on insect bites & jelly fish stings to take out the sting and itch.
Get Smooth – Ditch the expensive scrubs and cleaners and use 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 teaspoon of water. This will exfoliate and leave your skin soft and touchable.
Save the Books – Get rid of and prevent mold growth (this causes that old, yucky book smell) on books by storing them in Ziploc baggies sprinkled with baking soda.
Fill the Holes – Fill in nail holes and other small wall imperfections without buying Spackle by mixing equal parts of toothpaste with baking soda. Use to fill holes, once the mixture dries it will be hard and stay in place.
Bathe the Pooch – Wet dogs stink. There, I said it. Freshen up Fido by rubbing their skin and fur with a generous amount of baking soda. Brush the baking soda out and you have no more stinky furniture or soaked clothes.
Clean your Hair – Get rid of the product build up by rubbing your scalp and hair with a handful of baking soda. Rinse and shampoo as usual.
Make Invisible Ink – Take 5 tablespoons of baking soda and 4 tablespoons of water – mix them together. Use a paintbrush or toothpick to write your message and hold it up to a light. Voila!