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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Cleaning the House with Baking Soda

Baking soda is another inexpensive and versatile product. It can be used for so many things around the house. These are a few of my favorites.

Diaper Rash Soother: Put a half cup of baking soda in a warm bath. Soak for around 10-20 minutes. Let the skin air dry after the bath, and the diaper rash will be a lot better. By the next day, it's gone!

Carpet Deodorizer: If your carpet smells a bit musty or has an unpleasant odor, sprinkle on some baking soda and let sit over night. Vacuum it up the next day. The odor should be gone and you won't have that long-lingering commercial carpet deodorizer smell.

Use baking soda as a fabric softener. You can add it to the wash cycle but for best results, add it to the rinse cycle. It can be made into a thicker substance by mixing in some water and placing in a fabric softener ball. It removes all the soap and softens the clothes.

Baking soda is the best for cleaning tea and tomato sauce stains from glass or plastic bowls or pitchers.

Shoe Odor Remedy: Sprinkle a generous amount into sneakers to help absorb odors. You don't even have to clean it out, just refill as necessary.

Mosquito Bites: Mix a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply to the bites. In about 1 minute the itching stops and in about one hour the redness and swelling will disappear.

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