Baking Powder is one of the things that most people have in their pantries, but only on certain occasions, for example when a cookie recipe requires it. The thing is, it can (and should) be used for so much more than just baking.
If you do not already know, baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, a basic chemical compound that works well for baking and cleaning the way it reacts with acid. Since baking soda is slightly alkaline (its pH is between 8 and 9 ), it is often used to neutralize odors, which typically have an acidic pH. Its abrasive texture is ideal for scrubbing hard-to-clean items such as mortar or a dirty oven. And these qualities also make it a great tool for everything from maintaining dental hygiene to preserving the garden.
From now on, to make the most of your baking soda, start incorporating these hacks into all aspects of your life. 1
"Baking soda is really satisfying when you clean the shower," says Kirsten Horton, inventor of  Organized Charm . "You can immediately see how the mortar turns white," she adds. Wherever grout or tiles are laid, baking soda can be very useful.
To use it in this way, you must do the following: baking soda, lemon juice and water. "Mix them together until they form a paste and remove stubborn stains with a toothbrush," she says.
However, most experts do not recommend using baking soda on marble as it may actually be too abrasive. 19659010] 2. Use it to polish cutlery.
Combine a tablespoon of baking soda and a cup of boiling water. Soak your silver in it for about a minute, then wipe it dry. You will be shiny like new! While Horton has not had a chance to try this method himself, is a well-known trick and many people swear by it. Just skip this for your antique silver, as it may be too abrasive for that.
. 3 And remove stains.
Baking soda dissolves stains in the same way as dirt and is great for cleaning plastic storage containers that still smell after yesterday's lunch. It will not stain your laundry, but it will boost the process, especially with things like red wine and bloodstains that need a lot of help. A trick I've used many times: Mix a few tablespoons of soda with just enough water to form a paste, rub in the stain, let it rest for an hour or two, and throw it into the laundry. The whitening properties of baking soda will help restore the original condition.
. 4 This also means that it is a great complement to homemade laundry detergents.
Because it helps remove stains and odors, baking soda is good for home-made laundry detergents. Make a covenant, pack it and give it away. Get a simple home-made detergent with baking powder recipe here .
. 5 And also an excellent oven cleaner.
Cleaning bloggers love to use baking soda to wipe their stoves . Because it absorbs odors and removes stains, it's the perfect tool to make your stove look brand new (and smell it). How to use it for this task can be found here .
. 6 It can deodorize your fridge.
Horton says she always keeps an open box of soda in her refrigerator to absorb bad odors and preserve freshness, and I can confirm that this method works perfectly. After just one hour in the fridge it will smell better.
. 7 And your cat toilet!
Thanks to the odor-absorbing properties of soda, you can also use it to stink your cat's litter box says Horton. Just sprinkle a thin layer on the underside of the cat litter box to absorb odors – if you place them on it, the smell can affect your cat.
. 8 He can make the soil more plant friendly.
"The pH of soils is important to plants because it alters the amount of nutrients and their survival," says Thania Avelar, education coordinator at South Coast Botanic Garden SELF. "There are few plants that can survive in acid soil," she continues, "but adding baking soda can reduce the acidity of the soil."
To know if your soil is too acidic, you should plant your thoughts. If the leaves change color, it could mean that the soil is in trouble. If you are really not sure if you are just looking at it, she says you can also purchase pH litmus papers at your local home and garden shop (or online here ). "They are very easy to use and give you a clear indication of how your floor is going," she explains, and there are usually packaged instructions that are easy to follow.
Avelar says the pH of the soil should be balanced All you have to do is sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda directly over it. (Generally use about 1 teaspoon of baking soda per plant.)
9. And prevent your plants from getting sick.
Avelar says if you notice that your plant has a fungal infection, a bit of baking soda may help the plant to recover. She says that you can detect an infection if your plant has a dusty white powder on the leaves that looks like chalk. In some cases, you may also notice that a plant has developed very dark spots that look almost black.
If you are to use baking soda to recover from an infection, you simply need to make a solution with one teaspoon of baking soda and one gallon of water, and pour it into a spray bottle so that you apply it evenly to the affected leaves can.
Avelar adds that this may also help to keep away aphids (insects that feed on plant sap).
10th You can also make homemade toothpaste from it.
Kenneth Allen DDS says that baking soda is used to brush your teeth, for sure and it actually has properties that make it excellent for dental care. "It has a granular texture and an alkaline pH," he explains, "thus providing a lightweight abrasive on the tooth surface as well as stain-releasing elements." You've probably noticed that many toothpaste brands contain baking soda as an ingredient, but you can also mix it with water to make your own toothpaste.
. 11 Or use it as a quickie breath freshener.
Because baking soda absorbs bad odors, it's a great, home-made quickie breath freshener. Just mix a teaspoon with half a glass of warm water. Then swirl it like mouthwash and spit it out. Dr. Allen points out, however, that it does not have a long-lasting refreshing effect, as bad breath depends on a number of factors, such as tooth decay. So it works in an instant, but you may want to see a dentist and find a permanent solution if your bad breath persists.