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How many different ways can you use baking soda?
Answered by Planet Green
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  1. There's a lot more to baking soda than just baking bread and managing odors. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate if you prefer to address it by its formal name, has many uses to help with all manner of situations in daily life. For instance, mixed with water, baking soda has been shown to be a good teeth whitener. Mixed into a somewhat thicker paste, it can also polish some metals and plastics. A mix of baking soda and toothpaste, meanwhile, can be used to clean wood, and applying baking soda to sunburns or bug bites can help soothe the pain.

    In short, baking soda is not just for baking! Here are a few other household uses for baking soda:

    • Cleaning oil spills in your garage -- Just pour baking soda on, full-strength, and sweep it up a few hours later.
    • Bringing back the shine to your sink and appliances -- Just mix it with an equal amount of bleach and twice that amount of water and apply the mixture to a cleaning towel.
    • Easing a painful sunburn or insect bite -- Just make a paste of baking soda and water and apply where, and as, needed.
    • Polishing metal -- Use a paste to bring back the shine to silverware or chrome on your car.
    • Removing odors -- Removing odors from refrigerators is a common use. Where else might you place an open box to freshen the air?
    • Removing stains on plastic -- Use a sprinkle of baking soda to help clean plastic ware.
    • Remove white rings from wood tabletops -- Just make a one-to-one mixture of toothpaste and baking soda.
    • Got an oven spill? Just make a paste with water and baking soda, apply it to the spill and give it a good scrub.
    • It’s safe to use baking soda -- an edible cleanser -- on your fruits and vegetables for an extra cleaning boost.

    If you’re looking for yet another reason to use baking soda, remember that it’s an eco-friendly product.

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