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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.

baking soda face mask

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.

baking soda clean produce

Clean Produce

Mix baking soda with water and use the paste to scrub produce from the supermarket clean. (Bye-bye, dirt and pesticides.)

baking soda air freshener

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.

baking soda bug bites

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.

oil baking soda

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.

baking soda toothpaste

Clean Your Teeth

In a pinch, mix baking soda with water to create a paste and brush away.

baking soda carpet

Deodorize Your Carpet

Best trick for dog owners: Sprinkle baking soda on the rug and let it sit one hour before vacuuming.

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