Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday Tip: Baking Soda

The many uses of Baking soda. You can do more than cook with it!

Do you have some old baking soda you don't want to cook with or is no longer useful at sucking in yucky odors in your fridge?
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (01170) 
Use it to clean off all the corrosion on your car battery terminals. One day I walked out to the parking lot after a long day's work - alas, my car would not start. I popped the hood and saw that my battery terminals were showing signs of excessive corrosion. My wife came to the rescue with some warm water and some baking soda. We dissolved the baking soda in the warm water and then slowly poured the mixture over my battery terminals. Once clean, a solid electrical connection was possible, and my car started right up.

Use it to kill mushrooms on your lawn. When we moved into our new house we discovered after an especially rainy spring that a huge patch of mushrooms had grown into our lawn. Apparently, an old tree had been cut down years ago, but the root system was still underground providing ample food for mushrooms. A little baking soda sprinkled on them took care of that problem.

Use it down your drain to eliminate smelly odors. Just like in your fridge, drop it down your drain and let it dissolve into the water in the trap to eliminate some odors and neutralize any acidic decomposition.

Disclaimer: I use Arm & Hammer Baking Soda products like the one pictured.

1 comment:

  1. If you run out of dishwasher detergent, you can use some baking soda with only ONE drop of liquid dish soap.



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