Christina’s Household Hints: Baking Soda
by Christina Shoup
Growing up in my house there was always an opened box of “Arm & Hammer” baking soda in the back of the fridge. I now know that it was there for its odor absorbtion power. Since then, I have learned several more uses for this common household product.
Adding 1/4 cup to your regular laundry detergent helps to remove stains and odors.
For bee stings or other itchy bites, combine baking soda and a bit of water in a small dish to make a paste and spread on irritated area.
Of course, baking soda is most commonly used in baking as a leavening agent—just don’t use that same box that has been keeping the back of your fridge smelling clean.
So next time you’re making a batch of cookies, I hope some of the other uses for that fresh box of baking soda come to mind. There are many more!
My homemade toothpaste (recipe below) can be stored in a small, lidded container for up to six months, do not refrigerate.
Homemade Natural Toothpaste
2/3 cup baking soda
1-2 tsp peppermint extract
4 tsp fine sea salt (optional, just
gives extra scrubbing power)
Water to desired consistency