Yesterday, I had a bit of indigestion and I remembered one of my family’s home remedies. My grandmother used to mix a some baking soda (a teaspoon) and a bit of vinegar in a glass of water and have us drink it if we had an upset stomach. It always worked. Last night, wanting to verify its usefulness and safety, I did a quick Google search and found the Baking soda Book. Here, they recommended mixing a teaspoon of baking soda in warm water and drinking this mixture. I tried it and it worked perfectly.
Baking soda is a wondrous substance and using baking soda, vinegar and a mixture of baking soda and vinegar you can clean, disinfect and freshen up anything in your house. Not only is it usually a cheaper alternative, it is also environmentally friendly and nontoxic. In other words, you do not have to buy “green” products to clean your home if you have baking soda and vinegar.
Here are some of the numerous ways you can use baking soda that I have found in the Baking soda Book:
- Toilet bowl: You can make a paste (a thick paste) of baking soda and vinegar to scrub the inside of your toilet to clean while you are freshening it;
- Unclog drains: rather than using commercial products, try pouring some baking soda and vinegar down a drain that is clogged. Pack in one cup of baking soda in the clogged drain then add one cup of vinegar. Let it sit for a few minutes. Pour in another cup of vinegar, then pour down the drain a kettle of boiling water. This should clear out the drain and is environmentally safe;
- Clean tubs: make a thick paste of baking soda and vinegar to clean tubs and remove stains;
- Air freshener: fill a bowl with baking soda and add a few drops of scented oil and leave in a bookcase or shelf in you home and this will clean odors and create a nice scent for your home;
- Freshen carpets: To freshen your carpets without the work, mix up a half-cup of cornstarch, and a half-cup of baking soda. Sprinkle this over your carpets and let it sit over night. Vacuum up the next morning and you will notice all of your odors are gone;
- Tiles and grout: You can scrub tile and grout through out your home with an old toothbrush and a thick paste of baking soda and water. The toothbrush will help you reach into small areas while the baking soda goes to work on the dirt;
- Sink cleaning: You can clean out your sink using a half-cup of baking soda, a cup of vinegar and a cup of water. Wiping the inside of your sink down with this mixture with a soft cloth will leave a sparkling clean that will also freshen your drain as you rinse it down;
- Fresher shoes: Freshen your shoes by sprinkling baking powder on the insoles. This also helps keeps moisture from your feet while deodorizing your feet at the same time;
- Healthy drinks: You can make this sports drink that will quench their thirst. Boil a quart of water, add one tablespoons of salt, one teaspoon of baking soda, five teaspoons of sugar, and one package of sugar free kool aid or similar type children’s drink. Mix this together, pour into a container, and refrigerate until cool. You can put this in a sports bottle just like any other sports drink you would buy at the store but it costs so much less;
- Insect bites: Get relief from an itchy bug bite by mixing baking soda and water into a thick paste. Spread this over the itchy area and let it sit for a few minutes;
- Allergic reaactions: If you are having an allergic reaction to foods or a medication you can get relief from the hives. Using two cups of baking soda in your cool bath, and then rubbing additional baking soda over your body where the hives are affecting you, will bring you relief fast;
- Sun stroke: If you are too hot from a day out in the sun, taking a cool bath with two cups of baking soda in the water will cool your body down;
- Razor burn: You can get fast relief from razor burn by dabbing on a thin baking soda and water paste to the affected area;
- Acne: You can get relief from acne by using a baking soda and water paste applied to the pimple area and letting it dry out for about ten to fifteen minutes. This is a mild facial scrub that you will want to rinse away without actually scrubbing and irritating your face;
- Hair conditioner: You can give your hair a quick pick me up removing buildup from shampoos by mixing two tablespoons of baking soda in one teaspoon of your shampoo and wash as usual.
The Baking soda Book has hundreds more uses for baking soda and almost all of them will be cheaper and more environmentally safe than the hyped commercial alternatives. I will have to check to see if I can buy both vinegar and baking soda in bulk at Costco 😉