Christina’s Household Hints: Baking Soda

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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