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Who knew a cheap box of a white powder-like substance could make so much difference in your life? Whether or not TEOTWAWKI is knocking upon your door, there are a multitude of reasons to stock baking soda in your home and BOB. It is definitely not just for cooking anymore, although it serves that purpose well. When you explore the possible uses for baking soda and combine those uses with its cost effectiveness and the ability to store it indefinitely prior to opening, it makes good sense to have some on hand. Here\'s why:

1. If you\'ve seen a commercial for toothpaste in the last decade or so, you are probably aware that baking soda is an additive in many toothpastes on the market these days. While that is great, you can skip the commercial toothpaste and use baking soda instead. Mix it will a little bit of hydrogen peroxide and your teeth will feel the cleanest they ever have. This concoction also serves as a tooth whitener, but be warned it does not taste all that great.

2. Since you are brushing your teeth with baking soda, you might as well consider it for use on the rest of your body as well. When showering, wet your hair and then sprinkle baking soda on your scalp. Scrub and agitate it like you would shampoo for clean hair free of artificial scents. You may need to add more water as you go to get the baking soda to move throughout your hair. While this concoction will not lather like shampoo, it will definitely give your hair an odor-free clean. Baking soda can also be used for cleaning the rest of your body as well by adding it to your bath to act as a soap or even a calming agent for irritated or sunburned skin.

3. Baking soda has deodorizing properties which make it great for removing stubborn smells. Whether it is your car, a trash can, cooler, a sink or even your funky shoes that are emitting a foul odor, get rid of it by adding baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of trash cans and coolers and let it remain to absorb odors. For sinks and drains, sprinkle inside and run water. When it comes to shoes, pour some baking soda in and shake them up; this will not only help remove malodors but will aid in eradicating foot fungus. You can even deodorize a car by dusting some baking soda beneath the floor mats.

4. Clean and degrease pots and pans with baking soda by scrubbing with a wet brush and baking soda paste. Baking soda can also be used to clean many other areas of your home, such as kitchens and bathrooms. It can even be used to clean foods, such as produce, via a gentle dusting and wiping with a damp rag.

5. Baking soda can also be useful in combating illness. If you have a headache, cold, flu, heartburn, indigestion, or any other stomach malady, add a half of a teaspoon to a glass of water and stir until dissolved, then drink. It can even be used to aid in the removal of splinters as well as soothing insect bites by making and applying a paste to the affected areas.

6. We talk all the time about how to start a fire, but what about how to put one out? Well, the answer to that is by using baking soda! Whether the fire in question is a camp fire, kitchen fire, or grease fire, douse it with baking soda. With about a cup or so thrown at the base of the flame, the fire will go out.

7. Clean battery terminals on vehicles with baking soda and a little bit of water. If your terminals are too corroded to get a good connection, baking soda will dissolve the corrosion and solve that problem for you.

8. Use baking soda as a laundry detergent. When times get tough, your clothes will still need to get clean somehow, and that is with baking soda. Add cup to your current detergent to give it a boost or use more in the absence of a regular detergent. It can also be sprinkled in your dirty clothes hamper to stop smells before they become overpowering.

9. If you have a baby in your household, clean and disinfect his or her toys with baking soda. A baking soda soak will help restore toys, and in the case of stuffed animals a baking soda dusting allowed to sit for about 20 minutes will remove any odors. Be sure to shake stuffed toys free of baking soda before returning them to their rightful owners. You can also soak combs and brushes (both yours and baby\'s) in a mixture of baking soda and water at approximately a 1/2 cup to a gallon of water. Rinse thoroughly and let these items dry before returning them to use.

10. To prevent body odor from occurring, apply baking soda to your armpits. This will neutralize odors and help keep you smelling fresh as well as keeping your skin invigorated.

For the small expense it takes to purchase a box or bag of baking soda, there are many jobs you can do with it. This list is only scratching the surface as more new and interesting baking soda ideas and uses are coming to light every day. Even if you only buy a small amount for just in case, it is definitely better to have baking soda and not need it than to need it and not have it.
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