Sixty Uses Of Baking Soda

Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda has many different uses in the household. Although much more expensive products have been developed over the years to do the same jobs, baking soda can work for you just as well, if not better. Use it in the following ways: 

1. To make your own baking powder, stir and sift together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part cornstarch. 

2. Be sure to keep an extra box of baking soda by your stove in case of grease or electrical fire. Scatter the powder by the handful to safely put it out. 

3. Keep a container of baking soda in your garage as well as in your car to put out a fire. It won’t damage anything it touches. 

4. Baking soda will also put out fires in clothing, fuel, wood, upholstery and rugs. 

5. Clean vegetables and fruit with baking soda. Sprinkle in water, soak and rise the produce. 

6. Wash garbage cans with baking soda. 

7. Soak and wash diapers with baking soda. 

8. Oil and grease – stained clothing washes out better with soda added to the washing water. 

9. Clean your fridge and freezer with dry soda sprinkled on a damp cloth. rinse with clear water. 

10. Deodorize your fridge and freezer by putting in an open container of baking soda to absorb odors. Stir and turn over the soda from time to time. Replace every 2 months. 

11. Soda absorbs kitty litter odors. Cover the bottom of the kitty box with 1 part soda; then add a layer of 3 parts kitty litter on top. 

12. Always add 1/2 cup soda to your washing machine load. 

13. Clean combs and brushes in a soda solution. 

14. Wash food and drink containers with soda and water. 

15. Wash marble-topped furniture with a solution of 3 tablespoons of soda in 1 quart of warm water. Let stand awhile, then rinse. 

16. Clean formica counter tops with baking soda on a damp sponge. 

17. Wash out thermos bottles and cooling containers with soda and water to get rid of stale smells. 

18. To remove stubborn stains from marble, formica or plastic surfaces, scour with a paste of soda and water. 

19. Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not aluminum) in a soda solution ( 3 tbsp. soda to 1 quart water). 

20. Run you coffee maker through its cycle with a soda solution. Rinse. 

21. Give baby bottles a good cleaning with soda and hot water. 

22. Sprinkle soda on barbecue grills, let soak, then rinse off. 

23. Sprinkle soda on greasy garage floor. Let stand, scrub and rinse. 

24. Polish silverware with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rub, rinse and dry. 

25. For silver pieces without raised patterns or cemented-on handles: place the silver on aluminum foil in an enamel pot. Add boiling water and 4 tbsp. baking soda. Let stand, rinse and dry. 

26. Reduce odor build-up in your dishwasher by sprinkling some soda on the bottom. 

27. Run your dishwasher through its cycle with soda in it instead of soap to give it a good cleaning. 

28. To remove burned-on food from a pan: let the pan soak in soda and water for 10 minutes before washing. Or scrub the pot with dry soda and a moist scouring pad. 

29. For a badly-burned pan with a thick layer of burned-on food: pour a thick layer of soda directly onto the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle on just enough water so as to moisten the soda. Leave the pot overnight, then scrub it clean next day. 

30. Rub stainless steel and chrome with a moist cloth and dry baking soda to shine it up. Rinse and dry. On stainless steel, scrub in the direction of the grain. 

31. Clean plastic, porcelain and glass with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rinse and dry. 

32. Remove that bad smell from ashtrays with soda and water. 

33. Sprinkle a bit of dry soda in your ashtrays to prevent smoldering and reduce odor. 

34. Clean your bathroom with dry soda on a moist sponge – sink, tub, tiles, shower stall, etc. 

35. Keep your drains clean and free-flowing by putting 4 tablespoons of soda in them each week. Flush the soda down with hot water. 

36. Soak your shower curtains in water and soda to clean them. 

37. To remove strong odors from your hands, wet your hands and rub them hard with soda, then rinse. 

38. Sprinkle baking soda on your wet toothbrush and brush your teeth and dentures with it. 

39. Sprinkle soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots and slippers to eliminate odor. 

40. Add 1/2 cups or more of baking soda to your bath water to soften your skin. 

41. Putting 2 tbsp. of baking soda in your baby’s bath water will help relieve diaper rash irritations. 

42. Apply soda directly to insect bites, rashes and poison ivy to relieve discomfort. Make a paste with water. 

43. Take a soda bath to relieve general skin irritations such as measles and chicken pox. 

44. Take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn. 

45. Gargle with 1/2 tsp. baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. Freshens and cleans your mouth. 

46. Used as a mouthwash, baking soda will also relieve canker sore pain. 

47. To relieve sunburn: use a paste of baking soda and water. 

48. Bug bites: use a poultice of baking soda and vinegar. 

49. Bee sting: use a poultice of baking soda and water. 

50. Windburns: moisten some baking soda and apply directly. 

51. Making Play Clay with baking soda: combine 1 1/4 cups water, 2 cups soda, 1 cup cornstarch. 

52. Use soda as an underarm deodorant. 

53. If your baby spits up on his shirt after feeding, moisten a cloth, dip it in baking soda and dab at the dribbled shirt. The odor will go away. 

54. When scalding a chicken, add 1 tsp. of soda to the boiling water. The feathers will come off easier and flesh will be clean and white. 

55. Repel rain from windshield. Put gobs of baking soda on a dampened cloth and wipe windows inside and out. 

56. Add to water to soak dried beans to make them more digestible. 

57. Add to water to remove the “gamey” taste from wild game. 

58. Use to sweeten sour dishcloths. 

59. Use dry with a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean. 

60. Use to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from toaster. Dampen cloth and make a mild abrasive with baking soda.

SIMPLE FIXES FOR COMMON SLEEP PROBLEMS

Have you ever had one of those nights where you just can’t fall asleep, no matter how tired you are? Or, what about when the quality of your sleep is so poor, it feels like you never even shut your eyes? Well, there’s help. Here are a few simple fixes for the three most common sleep problems, from CNN.

• The first sleep problem: night waking. This is when you fall asleep normally but a few hours later you’re wide awake. There are a couple of solutions here. First, look into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to learn some relaxation techniques. You can find a Behavioral Therapist at NACBT.org. The easiest fix is just taking that alarm clock with the bright red numbers off your nightstand. Even a small amount of brightness is strong enough to enter your retina when your eyes are closed, and that sends a signal to your brain that upsets your internal clock and tells you it’s time to be awake. An eight-week study in Finland found that sleep quality improved after just six days without an illuminated alarm clock.

• Next sleep problem is getting up too early. This is when you wake up at four in the morning and are exhausted by dinner time. It can be a vicious cycle, but breaking it is simple. Decide on a morning wake up time, then count backwards eight hours to get your bedtime. Then stick to those times like glue, even on weekends! Getting your body on a regular sleep schedule will increase your energy and make you feel more alert!

• Third common sleep problem: constant worrying. You feel like you just can’t turn your brain off. Stress and insomnia are related, and scientists believe that, in insomniacs, the area of the brain that controls stress is more active at night. So, you need to calm your brain down. Try distracting yourself by concentrating on your breathing, as you do this, your mind calms and you fall asleep.

… If you’re having trouble sleeping on a regular basis, you might have a serious sleep disorder like sleep apnea. So, contact your doctor and describe your symptoms. Know that you’re not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation about 30 million people are suffering with you!

A Big Oops!

At a clothing store, a young sales clerk — her first day on the job — was determined to give customers her unvarnished opinion. One day, when a man emerged from a fitting room, the sales clerk took one look at him and shook her head. “No, no,” she said. “Those jeans look terrible on you. I’ll go get you another pair.” As she walked away she heard the customer mumble, “I was trying on the shirt.”

Phobias

Maryann gave away tickets to the Hi-4H Haunted House this week. Listeners had to guess the #1 Phobia. (Winners also guessed # 10 & #5)
Just in case you want the to know the complete list, here it is:

TOP TEN REAL PHOBIAS

10. Dentist

9. Dogs

8. Flying

7. Thunder and lightning

6. The dark

5. Heights

4. Other people, or social phobia

3. Spaces. In other words, any place we fear of escape might be difficult: elevators, sporting events, bridges, etc.

2. Spiders

1. Snakes

HOW TO LIFT THE STRESS OUT OF YOUR MORNING

Another morning. Another day begins. You get up too early, stumble into the shower and in somewhat of a haze try to get things together and get work or school on time. But by applying a few simple tips you can make not only the morning but the whole day more relaxed and smooth.

Plan the night before
Choose the 2-3 most important tasks and put them on a to-do list. By choosing just the most important stuff instead of a dozen things you are less likely to start procrastinating or realize at the end of the day that you filled it with less important tasks.

Pack your bag the night before
This very simple habit can alleviate quite a bit of stress in the morning. If you pack your bag before you go to bed then you don’t have to run around in your house half panicked tomorrow while looking for your books or some important papers.

Make your lunch the night before
Pack the leftovers of your dinner in a container and put it in the fridge. Just don’t forget to put it in your bag in the morning. You may even want make an extra serving so you can quickly heat up dinner when you get home from work/school. Doing this the night before will save you a bit of time and possibly a bit of money.

Don’s forget to just relax
You can’t get much done if you never get any rest and revitalization. Well, you can for a while but soon you’ll start to feel run down, stressed out and fill up with all kinds of negative emotions pretty much all the time. So take some time to just relax. Meditate in one way or another. Take a warm bath. Take a walk in the woods. Listen to relaxing music. Have some fun with friends and/or family. Release pressure, stress and tension that can come from a hard day’s work so you don’t carry all of that into the following morning.

Get enough sleep
It’s tempting to stay up a bit longer and let the “morning-you” take care of the problems – I do for example become more likely to revert to old behavior patterns such as negativity and being easily stressed – that come from lack of sleep. But be good to yourself at least some days during the week. Go to bed a bit earlier and catch up on your sleep.

Use a morning routine
What you do early in the day often sets the context for your day. We have a tendency to want to be consistent with what we have done before. So if you have the time – or are willing to get up a few minutes earlier – then a nice morning routine can be a great way to start a day. I do for example get up and drink a glass of water, pull the blinds from my windows to let in the sun, eat breakfast and drink a cup of green tea, brush my teeth, make my bed and declutter for a few minutes. Read more about my morning routine and the routines of many of the readers right here.

Keep everything in its place
If everything has its own place then it is whole lot easier to keep your home reasonably ordered and decluttered from day to day. And to find the keys as you are heading out the door.

Here are some things you maybe didn’t know yesterday.

Maryann gives her input in italics after each.

*Research indicates plants grow healthier when they are stroked.
(and kids grow healther when they are cuddled!)
 
*During your lifetime, you grow about 590 miles of hair.
(you notice I said YOU, because I CERTAINLY don’t!! My hair has been the same length for 45 years!)
 
*Cleopatra married two of her brothers
(This gives the term:sibling rivalry, a whole NEW twist.)
 
*A passionate kiss will burn up to 6.4 calories per minute
(Who needs the gym, this sounds like a lot more fun!!)