7 Surprising Uses for Baking Soda
From face masks to cleaning produce
Let’s chat baking soda. Chances are you probably have a box chilling in the back of your fridge. But the white stuff can do so much more than just absorb odors. Here are seven uses.
Make a Face Mask
Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of baking soda with the juice from half a lemon and a squirt or two of honey. Apply the mixture to your face, let it sit for about 15 minutes, rinse and say hello to a glowing complexion.
Mix baking soda with water and use the paste to scrub produce from the supermarket clean. (Bye-bye, dirt and pesticides.)
Freshen the Air
Mix 2 cups of water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 15 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oil--like lavender or eucalyptus oil--for a custom room spray.
Treat Bug Bites
Create a paste with water and dab it on bug bites and bee stings to ease pain, itching and swelling. Bonus: This also works on sunburns.
Sop Up Oil Spills
No matter if it’s in the garage or on your favorite pair of pants--sprinkle baking soda on the spot to help absorb the oil.
Clean Your Teeth
In a pinch, mix baking soda with water to create a paste and brush away.
Deodorize Your Carpet
Best trick for dog owners: Sprinkle baking soda on the rug and let it sit one hour before vacuuming.