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More Baking Soda Hacks for Your Home

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We know well the different incredible superpowers of baking soda. This common kitchen ingredient can be used to take care of seemingly everything, making it a staple inside the home. Here are other ways to use baking soda to care for your home that you may not know about yet.

Eliminate toilet odors


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Do you ever get nasty odors coming out from your toilet? To get rid of those, simply add a cup of baking soda to your toilet water and leave it there for an hour before flushing. This is also an easy way to clean your toilet!

Deodorize garbage bins


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Another item in the house that commonly emanates unpleasant odors is garbage cans. Thankfully, by sprinkling a bit of baking soda on the bottom of the can, you can alleviate those icky smells.

Neutralize other nasty smells


Baking soda in general is a great, all-natural way to get rid of irritating smells in the home. For example, you can place an open box of baking soda in the back of your refrigerator. Also, if your carpets smell bad, just sprinkle some baking soda on it and let it sit overnight. The next morning, sweep up the baking soda, and those particles that got absorbed into the carpet, you can clean with a vacuum.

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Improve laundry


If sometimes you feel that your laundry detergent isn’t quite doing the trick, get your baking soda out. Add half a cup of it to your laundry, to help soften the water further and make your clothes cleaner and fresher.

Clean microwave and oven


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To clean your microwave, sprinkle some baking soda on a damp cloth, then wipe that on the insides of your microwave. On the other hand, if you want to clean your oven, sprinkle some of the baking soda on its surface and spray it with water, then let the mixture sit overnight. When you wake up the next morning, scrub the mixture, then rinse it away thoroughly.

Clean tubs, sinks, and tiles


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Get your tubs, sinks, and tiles sparkling again by sprinkling some baking soda on their surfaces then wiping at them with a damp washcloth. You may also choose to make a paste by mixing together baking soda and water.

Get rid of difficult grease


Don’t know how to clear away the grease on your kitchenware? Add a scoop of baking soda to your dish soap, then let the items soak for a while before washing.

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Expel pesticide in fruits and vegetables


Do you sometimes worry about whether your fresh produce contains some pesticide? To make sure to get rid of the pesticides in your fruits and vegetables without having to peel them, soak them in a solution of baking soda for 12 to 15 minutes. Studies have shown that this gets rid of much of the pesticide in fresh produce!

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Bring back the shine in your silverware


Got any silverware that have dulled after years of use? Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water, then rub that over your silverware using a cloth or a sponge. Your utensils will look just the way they did when you first bought them!

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Make a DIY air freshener


Though air fresheners are great for making a space feel lovely, there are some that may actually be toxic. Make a non-toxic air freshener yourself with only some baking soda and your favorite essential oils. In a jar, mix together the baking soda and about 15 drops of the essential oil, then seal it with a piece of paper or cloth. Whenever you want to release a bit of the scent, just shake the jar a little bit.

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