At an early age, I learned about the many uses of baking soda beyond its use in baking cakes from my American grandmother who was smart and frugal. I learned more about baking soda as I got older and read about using “natural” products.
Do you have more suggestions beyond the ones listed below?
Cleaning Agent – A mixture of baking soda and warm water is quite useful for scrubbing sinks, bathtubs, and toilets. You can use it to remove tarnish from silver, too. Pots and pans can also get a good scrub with baking soda. For laundry, baking soda can help with stains, odors, and softening clothes. In addition, you can use some baking soda to clean off dirt and residue from certain fruits and veggies.
Deodorizing – A box or a small open container of baking soda can take care of unwanted odors in the refrigerator, lunch box, closet, recycling bin, or trash can. You can also sprinkle it in shoes to freshen them up. Some folks like to use baking soda on their carpets before they vacuum, but know that it might make the bag/container heavy or clog the system. Baking soda can also be sprinkled in your garbage disposal or down the sink pipes or tub drains.
Emergencies – You can apply handfuls of baking soda to the base of small grease or electrical fires in the kitchen (but not in/on deep fryers).
Hygiene – You can use baking soda to exfoliate your skin, particularly as a face scrub. You can also use baking soda a bit like toothpaste to whiten your teeth and freshen your breath.
Medical – Baking soda can help with heartburn, as well as help relieve itching from bug bites or poison ivy.