Bicarbonate of Soda by it’s very nature has some pretty serious non-baking related applications. This could lead to some significant cost savings by using this natural cooking ingredient in place of some of the more expensive, purpose specific stuff with some pretty dramatic claims that do nothing except push the price up. No more lavender bush, musky mule or lemon fresh smelly stuff to hide what’s really there. Use bicarbonate of soda instead and have real fresh clean air enjoying the run of the house.

For instance:

Cleaning the Oven – Sprinkle a liberal amount of bicarbonate of soda on the floor of the oven and spray it with water until it’s nice and damp. Leave for a few hours and then wipe it all out and rinse with vinegar. The vinegar will clean up any baking soda residue which will otherwise leave a little white film across the floor of your oven.

Carpet Deodorizer – Bicarb absorbs odours as opposed to covering them, liberally sprinkle the stuff over a carpet and leave overnight. Sweep as much as you can up the next morning before getting the vacuum cleaner on it.

Itchy Insect Bites - Make a paste with baking soda and water, apply it to the itchy bite and it will soothe the pain. If you’ve got some serious itchiness add 1/2 a cup of bicarb to a warm bath and soak.

Fruit & Vegetable Wash – Soak your fruit & veg in a bowl of cold water with some bicarb, this will loosen up any dirt, grime or the like that is clinging on to your fruit & veg. Then give them a little scrub and it’ll all come off. Personally I think I’ll stick with a quick rinse, I’m still alive aren’t I.

Dirty Dishes – Got some tough spots to clean, dunk them in soapy water and then sprinkle bicarb on the tough spots and leave to soften. You could even add a dash of the stuff to your dishwasher for a boost in cleaning power and fewer funky smells.

Deodorise Takkies – Got some funky takkies, wrap a few tablespoons of bicarb in a tissue, tie it up and shove it in. It will absorbs the odours.

Filling in the Cracks – Got a small crack or hole to fill in the wall and don’t want to buy a whole tub of pollyfiller, mix some bicarb with white toothpaste, apply and you won’t see the difference.

Bright Smile – Bicarb is already a common toothpaste ingredient but you can give you teeth a little boost by gently scrubbing them with a paste of baking soda and water between brushing. It is abrasive enough to scrape off coffee, wine and other yellowing substances before they penetrate your teeth.

Doggie Dry Bath – Okay this isn’t going to clean the dog but it will take care of any nasty aroma’s that dog’s invariably find. Rub some baking soda into your dogs coat, leave for a few minutes and then brush it out.

Cat Litter Odours – So you don’t have a dog but you do have a cat, sprinkle some bicarb into the litter to cut down on the nasty kitty odours.

Adapted From Eco Salons Stephanie Rogers Baking Soda Household Tips