Hack Household Problems with Baking Soda

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From time to time, minor inconveniences occur in our home. These are the types of things that do not require a hammer or screwdriver to fix, but need our attention nonetheless. The type of thing you might have to address on occasion might be a pest problem or unpleasant smell. While you cannot fix these things with conventional tools, there is something simple you should add to your arsenal that can help with minor house repair and/or prevention of issues that might otherwise arise, that being baking soda.

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There are a lot of home issues a bit of baking soda can fix. Smells, for example, are easily quashed by baking soda. If you have smells emitting from drains, toss in some baking soda along with a little bit of vinegar. In addition to taking care of the smell, this will help prevent clogs. Putting baking soda in the fridge will prevent odors in there as well. If you have a library in your home or even a series of books on a bookshelf, those can also begin to smell. This problem can be solved by sealing musty books in a bag with baking soda for about a week. Your books will emerge fresh and the area in which you keep them will no longer be plagued by stale odor. A sprinkle on your mattress allowed to sit then vacuumed up has a freshening effect, too!

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Baking soda also has stain removing and cleaning properties as well. If you have stained carpet or even stained clothing, sprinkle some baking soda on trouble areas. Let it sit for about an hour and agitate gently with a brush, then vacuum away in the case of floors or launder in the case of clothing. A little bit of baking soda in the wash cycle won't hurt; in fact, it will help clean your clothes as well as your washing machine. You can also clean your shower with baking soda by applying it to a damp sponge and wiping. Outdoor grills, too, can benefit from baking soda; a sprinkling left overnight then wiped with warm water will remove built up grime. When you're done with all this, you can wash your hands with baking soda, too!

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A few other uses for baking soda include:

Putting out fires: sprinkle baking soda on the source of the flames to douse fires in your home or workshop.

  • Kill pests: mix baking soda and sugar in a bowl and set it out. It will attract roaches and dispatch them.
  • Moisture absorption: place an open box of baking soda in cabinets or elsewhere that moisture is present to keep that moisture as well as rust away.
  • Tackle tough tape residue: make a paste with water and baking soda, then apply to tape residue, agitate, and wipe excess away.
  • Toilet cleaning made easy: pour baking soda in the bowl and let it sit for an hour, then flush away smells and stains.

A box of baking soda is an economical way to tackle things around your home, be they small repairs or preventative measures. Do you use baking soda in your home? Tell us how in the comments!

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