If you’re like most people, you buy specialized products to do specific things. You buy facial cleansers for your face and body lotion for your body. You buy stainless steel cleaner for your fridge, toilet cleaner for toilets and bathtub scrubbers for the tub. All this product specialization creates a messy clutter of bottles, boxes and jars in cabinets and on countertops and can cost a fortune.
Why not simplify your cabinet storage and save money at the same time by using ONE inexpensive household product you probably already own?
Here’s a hint: It comes in a yellow box and costs just about nothing. It’s baking soda! Here are ten great ways to use baking soda to replace expensive specialty products:
1. Exfoliate: Mix a Tablespoon of baking soda with just enough warm water to form a paste, then add a few drops of your regular cleanser and apply to your skin in small circular motions and rinse. This incredibly inexpensive trick is perfect to exfoliate your face, knees, elbows, heels or anywhere you want to improve the texture of your skin.
2. Soften and Soothe: A cup of baking soda in a warm bath is a great way to soften your skin in wintertime, and a few tablespoons in your baby’s bath water will help ease the discomfort of diaper rash.
3. Repel: Rub a thick paste of baking soda and water in a circular motion over your car’s windshield to create a film that will repel rain like those expensive repellant products in the automotive department of your favorite store.
4. Scrub: Baking soda makes an ideal, safe scrub for bathtubs, showers, sinks and toilets. It’s even non-abrasive enough to use on Fiberglas® surfaces without scratching it. Just dip a damp sponge into dry baking soda and use it like any other cleanser, then rinse with clear water.
5. Freshen: Carpets, litter boxes, garbage cans, recycling bins, and laundry can all benefit from a sprinkling of baking soda. To freshen carpets in your home or car, sprinkle it on and let it sit for twenty minutes before vacuuming.
6. Wash: Instead of spending money on expensive produce wash, clean fruit and vegetables in a baking soda and water solution. Use your hands or a new clean sponge to apply the solution then rinse the produce well in clear water.
7. Extinguish: Baking soda is an excellent item to have on hand in kitchens, workshops, garages and in the car in case of a small fire. Because it releases carbon dioxide, baking soda puts out small fires – even electrical or grease fires –quickly. NOTE: NEVER EVER use flour or sugar on a fire, as both are highly flammable!
8. Launder: Forget expensive laundry additives. Add ½ cup of baking soda to your laundry to help boost your detergent’s cleaning power without adding harsh chemicals or fragrances to your clothing.
9. Soak: To remove hardened on food from pots and pans after your holiday meals, sprinkle enough baking soda in the pan to cover the bottom, then add a few drops of dish detergent and enough hot water to cover the bottom of the pan. Let soak overnight for easy cleanup in the morning.
10. Exterminate: Make your own non-toxic ant and roach extermination kit using equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar. Make a second identical mixture and add just enough water so it can be shaped into small pea-sized balls. Sprinkle the powdered mix along the perimeter of rooms under baseboards, in crevices, under sinks and wherever ants or roaches are entering your home. Form the moist mixture into pea or marble sized balls and place them underneath appliances and other places where you can’t apply the powder. Ants and roaches are attracted to the sugar and also ingest the baking soda as well, which kills them.