I bet most of you have a tub of Bicarbonate of soda (or baking soda) in your cupboard right now and I’d also hazard a guess that if we all went and checked the use by date on it, at least half of them would be out of date.
There’s a good reason for that – most people don’t realise just how versatile bicarbonate of soda actually is so they buy a jar for baking and it sits in the cupboard for months on end, only being brought out when a recipe calls for a pinch of it.
But there are so many other uses for it, so why not have a look at the list below and see what else you can do with bicarbonate of soda….
- Dip your toothbrush and toothpaste into Bicarbonate of soda for an extra whitening boost when you’re brushing your teeth. This also helps to neutralise any bad breath rather than just mask it as toothpaste might do.
- Soak stale smelling sponges and cloths in a solution made up of 5 tablespoons of Bicarbonate of soda dissolved into a pint of warm water.
- Pop an open half filled tub of Bicarbonate of soda in the back of your fridge to neutralise any unpleasant fridge odours. Replace every six weeks or so.
- When hoovering your car out sprinkle Bicarbonate of soda on the upholstery and leave for 15 minutes before hoovering it up to freshen it up.
- Oil and grease stains have more chance of washing out if you add some Bicarbonate of soda to your wash.
- To clean burnt pans, add enough hot water to cover the burnt area and then stir in a couple of tablespoons of Bicarbonate of soda and leave to soak for half an hour. If it’s really burnt on, layer the bottom of the pan with a thick layer of Bicarbonate of soda and add just enough water to make a thick paste, leave overnight and you should be able to clean the pan in the morning.
- Soak your shower curtain in a mix of Bicarbonate of soda and warm water to clean them.
- Sprinkle a little Bicarbonate of soda in your trainers to neutralize that awful smelly feet smell.
- A paste made with lemon juice and Bicarbonate of soda will clean the stubbornest of stains – look at the patch on my oven door that I cleaned using this:
- And finally, you can have the most fun possible with Bicarbonate of soda by making a rocket!
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