Using Baking Soda As a Carpet Cleaner, Foot Deodorizer, Jewelry Cleaner, and More
Baking soda is inexpensive, eco-friendly and a multi-use product. This household staple can be used as an active ingredient in common household, beauty, body and bath products. Five common uses of baking soda are:
Foot deodorizer—Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into dry athletic shoes and leave overnight. Shake excess in trash can or in commode. Or if you like, leave it in shoes to help absorb perspiration.
Jewelry cleaner—Mix 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda and enough water to make a paste in a small bowl. Dampen jewelry and lay on an old rag or towel. Dip an old toothbrush in the paste and brush jewelry. Clean, rinse and polish jewelry with a soft cloth. Your jewelry will sparkle. Note: I use the paste to clean sterling silver and gold jewelry.
Degreaser-- Dampen a sponge, add some baking soda and wipe stove tops, hood and back splashs. Rinse surface with damp or wet clean cloth. Polish stove top and hood with a soft cloth. For small crevices, I make a paste and use an old toothbrush to clean area. Wipe off baking soda residue with a damp cloth if necessary.
Oil spills—For oil leaks on the driveway, just pour a generous amount of baking soda on the leak to absorb the excess. Clean up and dispose of excess of properly.
1 medium container with lid or bowl (16-24 oz) –yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream container any one of these will do the job)
1 recycled plastic jar with large holes for sprinkling, such as plastic spice jars-(oregano, Lawry’s seasoned salt, etc).
1 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon essential or fragrance oils of your choice (e.g. vanilla, green tea, musk, lavender)
1. Place the baking soda in plastic container or bowl.
2. Drizzle oil over baking soda. Mix well. Use the back of a spoon to blend the oil into the baking soda. Wearing rubber (latex free) gloves and mixing with hand works even better.
3. Pour baking powder mixture on a piece of wax paper or sheet of paper. Fold paper with mixture in half, creating a funnel so that you can easily pour the mixture into the sprinkle container(s). This will fill approximately 2 5 inch spice jars.
If you only have one empty container, leave the remaining mixture in the plastic container or bowl. Cover & store in a cool dry place. Label your product and keep out of the reach of children and pets.
To use, sprinkle a small amount on carpet; then vacuum. You may double this recipe.
Note: You may also want to reduce the 1 cup baking soda to ¾ cup and add ¼ cup cornstarch for a different texture.