Simple Sustainable Science – Baking Soda

Have you ever mixed hydrogen monoxide and sodium hydrogen carbonate together into a paste and brush your teeth with it? Hydrogen monoxide (H2O) is, of course, water. Sodium hydrogen carbonate (NaHCO3) is commonly known as baking soda.

Baking soda is an amazing substance. It’s inexpensive, and has many uses:

  • Add baking soda to you bath water to relieve sunburn or itchy skin. It also removes oils, perspiration, and leaves your skin silky smooth. It also helps ladies with healing yeast infections.
  • Mixed with water it makes a great cleaner for your refrigerator that not only cleans it removes that nasty refrigerator smell.
  • Pour baking soda into a clogged drain then drop in a cup of hot vinegar. After a few minutes flush the drain with a quart of boiling water.
  • If you’re having a major craving for sweets, rinse your mouth with a glass of warm water with one teaspoon of baking soda. Swish it around and spit it out. The craving will disappear instantly!
  • Add three tablespoons of baking soda to a bowl of cool water. Washing your fruits and vegetables in that water will remove pesticides, dirt and wax. Of course, you don’t need to do this if you buy organics in the first place!
  • Gasoline, cigarettes and oil can leave a persistent smell to clothes. Pre-treat those smelly garments by putting them in a trash bag with a generous amount of dry baking soda for few days before washing them.
  • Baking soda on a wet rag will remove bugs from your car without damaging the finish.
  • Baking soda acts as non-toxic and effective deterrent to insects of all types. Use it under your sink and other places where bugs are an issue.
  • Salt is effective to improve traction on front steps and other icy surfaces, but it damages shoes and rusts metal steps and the screws and nails that hold your wooden steps together. Baking soda can be used instead. It’s just as effective but doesn’t damage anything.
  • Red chili lovers note – a paste of baking soda and water removes red sauce stains from plastics.
  • Add a bit of baking soda to your shampoo to give it the ability to remove shampoo residues and get your hair extra clean.
  • Sprinkle baking soda all over your carpet and then vacuum it up. Nothing is more effective at removing carpet odors.
  • Supermarket oven cleaners are toxic and smelly. You can make your own with baking soda and vinegar.
  • Baking soda is great for cleaning car battery contacts.
  • A paste of baking soda and water provides instant relief from any bug bite.
  • Keeping a box of baking soda on your kitchen counter not only makes it handy for all these tips, it also makes it readily available for one if it’s greatest uses – a natural fire extinguisher. The worst thing you can do with a grease fire is to put water on it! Baking soda will put out a grease fire and it won’t spread the fire or damage anything.
  • Yes, baking soda plus a little sea-salt makes a very inexpensive but effective tooth paste.
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