Rachel Paxton

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Forget using chemicals: here's ten different baking soda uses around the home.

Baking Soda Uses

1) Make a paste of baking soda and water and rub on insect bites to relieve itching.


2) Remove coffee and tea stains by scrubbing pots or cups with baking soda and a plastic scouring pad.



3) Add 1/3 cup baking soda to a wash cycle as a bleach booster or to the rinse cycle for cleaner smelling laundry.



4) To remove black scuff marks from floor, rub them with a paste of baking soda and water.



5) Clean fiberglass showers and tubs with baking soda sprinkled on a sponge. Sponge clean and wipe dry.



6) Soak sour smelling dishcloths and sponges in water and baking soda solution.



7) Use a solution of water and baking soda to clean and deodorize the inside of your microwave.



8) Put a few spoonfuls in a cup of water in the microwave, boil for two minutes, then wipe down the inside with a sponge.



9) Sprinkle a little baking soda into the laundry hamper to minimize odors.



10) Remove crayon marks from walls by scrubbing gently with an old toothbrush and a paste of baking soda and water.

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of the "What's for Dinner?" cookbook, a cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For recipes, tips to organize your home, home decorating, crafts, and frugal living, visit Creative Homemaking at www.creative homemaking.com.

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