Wednesday, May 14, 2008

More Great Uses for Baking Soda

Instead of purchasing chemical cleaners or increasing your waste by buying multiple products, use baking soda from your pantry for a variety of uses.

1. Tile & grout cleaner – make a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water

2. Autos – remove dead bugs with a paste of 3 parts baking soda and a few drops of dishwashing liquid to one part water

3. Insect bites & stings – applying a paste of baking soda and water removes pain and irritation

4. Foot Smoother – massage with a paste of baking soda and water

5. Foot bath – soak your feet for 10 minute in a solution of 4 Tbsp. baking soda per quart warm water to relieve tired feet and soften calluses

6. Clean the inside of your refrigerator with a solution of 3 Tbsp. of baking soda dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water.

7. Exfoliate your skin. Apply a soft paste made of three parts baking soda and one part water. Massage gently with a circular motion, being sure to avoid the eye area; rinse clean.

8. Remove burned-on food from a pan by letting the pan soak in baking soda and water for 10 minutes before washing.

9. Clean sterling silver jewelry with a paste of baking soda and water. Use a soft cloth to wipe away all tarnish.

10. Think you have a lot to cleaning to do? More than 100 tons of baking soda were used to clean the Statue of Liberty’s inner copper walls during its 1986 restoration.

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