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Baking soda may be a common ingredient to use for baking and you can usually find it in the pantries of most houses. But did you know that there is more to baking soda than just being a baking ingredient? Baking soda is almost like a miracle because of all the things it can help you do. Here are the 15 surprising things you can do with baking soda:

Clean Your Brushes – All you got to do is mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with a small tub of water and proceed to soak your brushes and combs in the solution. Rinse, dry and you’ll have squeaky clean hair brushes/combs that’s free of oil build-up.

Have Odour Free Sponges – Does your kitchen sponge reek of a stale stench? Mix 1 quart of warm water with 4 tablespoons of baking soda, and soak the sponge in. If you want it disinfected, chuck it in the microwave.

Deodorize Your Car – After a few months of using your new car, that new smell goes away and is replaced with all sorts of scents. Your car can smell especially unpleasant if you smoke in the car. All you got to do to get rid of that unwanted smell is place a box of baking soda, but be sure to poke holes on the top of the box. Leave in the car overnight.

Clean Oven – Dust some baking soda on the bottom of the oven and spray some water until baking soda is damp. Leave the mixture until the next morning, scrub, wipe clean with damp cloth or sponge and rinse.

Have Sparkling Floors – Sometimes a simple floor detergent is just not enough to remove the stubborn grime on floors. So, mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with warm water and mop. Once you’re done mopping, rinse clean with water and you’ve got yourself a sparkling floor!

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Photo: Pinterest

Clean Yourself – Want clean and silky smooth skin? Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath and soak yourself.

Deodorise Your Refrigerator – Sometimes fridges can have a pungent smell due to all the food that’s stored in them. All you have to do is put an open box of baking soda in the back of your fridge to get ride of the smell.

Deodorise Your Bin – By now you should know that baking soda helps neutralise any bad scent. So, if you want to keep stinky scents at bay, sprinkle some in your trash can.

Get Your Carpet Smelling Nice – Just sprinkle baking soda all over your carpet, leave it for as long as your can and then vacuum! Ta-da!

Clean Your Produce – Sprinkle some baking soda on your sponge and you can clean your veggies and fruits without worry!

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Photo: renegadehealth.com

Have Fresh Smelling Closet – Place a box of baking soda on the top shelf or somewhere it won’t spill to keep your closet smelling fresh and clean.

Ease Bites and Such – Got bitten alive by mosquitoes? Make a paste out of baking soda and water, then apply to affected area.

Rid of Body Odour – Ran out of deodorant? Pat some baking soda on to your armpit to have neutral smelling pits.

Clean Your Microwave – Sprinkle some baking soda onto damp sponge and get scrubbing. You can clean the inside and outside of your microwave. Remember to rinse.

Have Clean Shower Curtains – Same as above. Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda on to damp sponge and scrub off the grime from your shower curtain and then rinse.

Emma Mallaburn
Emma is a writer, dancer and Lucky Charms lover. She enjoys baking muffins, completing puzzle sets and eating both. Her idea of the good life includes pretending she's Amy from The Big Bang Theory and throwing martinis in the faces of those who scorn her. She can be found on Twitter: @emallaburn