10 Unexpected Uses for Baking Soda

We have all been using baking soda for years, for baking and I guess it started showing up in our toothpaste, but baking soda is the MOST important ingredient for your home. I guess most ladies back in the day knew this and we, unfortunately, were trained to use chemicals to clean our homes. Here are some unexpected uses for this magical ingredient. 

1. Polish Silver
Bring one liter of water, one tablespoon of baking soda and one piece of aluminum foil to a boil. Drop silver in the pot for 10 seconds (longer if it is very tarnished), remove using kitchen tongs. The results are pretty magical. If built-up tarnish persists, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and two tablespoons of water. Apply with a damp sponge, then rinse and dry.

2. Clean The Dark Spots from Your Sheet Pans
Mix ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup white vinegar with hot water in the sink. Be sure to have the stopper in and soak for 30 minutes. Using a circular motion scrub the pan with steel wool. 

3. Clean Your Hairbrushes
Remove hair from the bristles. Submerge the brush in a solution of baking soda and water until covering the bristles. Soak for at least 30 to 60 minutes, then rinse well in hot water. The residue should be gone. Particularly useful for your pricey Maison Pearsons. 

5. Use in Place of an Ant-Acid
Mix 1/2 tsp of baking soda in 4oz of water and drink. 

6. Unclog a Drain
Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly pour 1 cup of white vinegar. After about 5 minutes pour down a gallon of boiling water.

7. Exfoliate Your Skin
Wash your face, apply a paste made of three parts baking soda and one part water. Massage gently with a circular motion, avoiding the eye area; rinse clean.

8. Air Freshener
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to one cup of baking soda. 

9. Deodorize Your Cutting Boards
Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.

10. Keep Flowers Fresher Longer
Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in your vase.