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How to Clean with Baking Soda

Watch more Housekeeping Tips videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Use baking soda, aka sodium bicarbonate, to clean everything from your kitchen to your teeth. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Remove stains Get rid of stains on countertops, sinks, bathtubs, and any nonporous surface you can think of with a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Apply the paste to a damp sponge, scrub away, and rinse. Tip Baking soda works well on metallic surfaces, like chrome or stainless steel. It won't scratch the surface, but it's abrasive enough to remove residue and leave the metal shining. Step 2: Reduce odors An open box of baking soda in the refrigerator or a cupboard will absorb odors and excess moisture. A sprinkle in shoes and socks helps reduce foot odor. To combat a stinky carpet, drizzle with dry baking soda and vacuum it up after 15 minutes. Tip Using a bowl instead of an open container is more effective because more baking soda is exposed. Step 3: Deter ants Ant infestation? Sprinkling equal parts baking soda and salt near high-traffic ant areas will keep them in their place. Step 4: Unclog drains Pour half a cup of baking soda into a clogged drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar. Let the solution bubble for a few minutes, and then flush it down with plenty of hot water. This method won't clear heavy-duty clogs, but it works well for minor ones. Step 5: Keep laundry bright Add a half-cup of baking soda to a load of wash along with your regular detergent. It helps keep clothes brighter, longer. Step 6: Wash brushes and combs To remove oil and dirt from hairbrushes and combs, first remove excess hair; then soak in a tall container of warm water with a teaspoon of baking soda. Step 7: Reduce bug-bite itch To reduce itching, mix baking soda with just enough water to make a paste, and apply it with a cotton swab to the bug bite. The paste can also help relieve a painful sunburn. Step 8: Whiten your teeth Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto a wet toothbrush to clean and whiten your teeth naturally. Practice this method sparingly, as it will wear down your enamel if used too often. Did You Know? In 2007, a company unveiled a process that converts harmful carbon dioxide emissions from smokestacks into consumer-grade baking soda.
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