The baking soda chronicles (part two)

There isn’t a chance in hell that I would successfully encapsulate all things baking soda in one single post. The stuff is far too incredible in regard to its nature and all of the ways in which it can be used to contain its subject matter in one minuscule blog post; instead, I thought I might make a multi-part, continuous conversation concerning baking soda and the different ways it performs.

I recently read that adding a small amount of baking soda to water can help the body retain hydration and said water for longer and heighten the already incredible benefits of water. Is there anything baking soda can’t do at this rate?

Again, this information comes from

“6. Whitening agent for laundry

Baking soda is an inexpensive way to whiten and clean your laundry.

That’s because it’s an alkali — a soluble salt — that can help remove dirt and stains. According to older research, an alkali like baking soda works by interacting with acids in stains when dissolved in water (13).

To try it out, add 1/2 cup (110 grams) of baking soda to your regular amount of laundry detergent. It also helps soften the water, so you may need less detergent than usual.

7. Kitchen cleaner

The versatility of baking soda makes it a great kitchen cleaner. When mixed with an acid like lemon juice or vinegar, it may also help control the growth of harmful microorganisms, including mold or bacteria (14).

To use baking soda in your kitchen, make a paste by mixing baking soda with an equal amount of lemon juice and a bit of water. Apply the paste to the desired surface with a sponge or cloth and scrub thoroughly.

Here are a few kitchen appliances, items, and surfaces that you can clean with baking soda:

  • ovens
  • stained coffee cups
  • stained marble
  • grease stains
  • kitchen tiles
  • clogged drains
  • tarnished silver
  • microwaves
  • countertops

8. Garbage odor eliminator

Full trash bags often have a putrid odor because they contain decaying waste. If it’s particularly foul, this smell can spread to your kitchen and other areas of your home.

Fortunately, baking soda can help eliminate garbage smells by neutralizing acidic odor molecules.

In fact, research notes that spreading baking soda at the bottom of waste bins may reduce garbage odor by 70% (12Trusted Source),” the web page explains.

Come back tomorrow for more uses for this magical substance.

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