The baking soda chronicles (part four)

Aaaaaaand we’re back.

Today marks the fourth installment in my baking soda saga, and as I stated in yesterday’s post, I’m not entirely sure how long this theme will continue. I figure because baking soda is so versatile in its uses, these posts are beneficial for just about everyone, hence why this subject has been thoroughly explored here on my blog.

If you’re at your wits end with all things baking soda, though, please let me know. I’ll try my best to tone it down.

This information comes from

“13. Scorched pot cleaner

It’s easy to inadvertently scorch the bottom of a pot while cooking.

These can be a nightmare to clean, but you can save a scorched pot easily with baking soda and water.

Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the bottom of the pot, and add enough water to cover the burnt areas. Bring the mixture to a boil and empty the pan as usual.

If stains or burnt food particles remain, grab a scouring pad, add a small amount of washing liquid, and gently remove them.

14. Oil and grease fire extinguisher

Interestingly, some fire extinguishers contain baking soda.

These types, which are known as dry chemical fire extinguishers, are used to extinguish oil, grease, and electrical fires. Baking soda reacts with the heat to produce carbon dioxide, which smothers the fire.

As such, you can use baking soda to extinguish small oil and grease fires (18).

However, don’t expect baking soda to extinguish larger house fires. These fires draw in more oxygen and easily neutralize the effects of baking soda.

15. Homemade weed killer

Weeds often have deep roots, making them hard to eradicate without using chemical weed killers.

Notably, baking soda makes a cheaper, safer alternative. That’s because baking soda is high in sodium, which creates a harsh environment for weeds.

Sprinkle a few handfuls of baking soda over weeds in areas like the cracks of your sidewalk or driveway. However, avoid using baking soda to kill weeds in your flowerbeds and gardens, as it may harm your other plants as well.

16. Shoe deodorizer

Baking soda is a great remedy for freshening up smelly shoes. That’s because it may counteract foul-smelling odors.

Pour 2 tablespoons (9 grams) of baking soda into 2 cheesecloths or thin pieces of fabric. Secure the cloths with a rubber band or string and place one in each shoe.

Remove the baking soda bags when you want to wear your shoes,” the web page says.

And the list continues.

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