For Home Sweet Home
Baking Soda is excellent for removing coffee cup stains. It's safe on most surfaces and can be used to clean counter tops, bath tubs, fiberglass, and other sealed surfaces. If in doubt, always spot check in an inconspicuous location.
It's also a great all-purpose cleaner. Mix 1 cup ammonia, 1 cup vinegar (white) and a 1/2 cup baking soda in 1 gallon very warm or hot water. This works great on most surfaces that you use all-purpose cleaners. This can also be used to clean hand-prints and other dirty spots from walls, used to clean your woodwork bathroom and shower. This solution also works for getting out stains in carpet. Be sure to do a spot test first due to different manufacturers dyes and materials that may bleed or lighten.
Great Oven Cleaner. Mix 1 cup salt, 1/2 cup borax, and 32 ounces of baking soda. Add a small amount of water to make into a paste. Spread in the oven and allow to set for 30 minutes. Then use 2 cups white vinegar to wipe clean. I like this better than using harsh cleaners
For Personal Use
Baking Soda can be used as a toothpaste substitute.
Add some to the washing machine for cleaner and softer laundry.
To clean your drains, pour 1/2 cup baking soda, then a 1/2 cup vinegar (add in vinegar a dash of salt to cut grease if needed). Wait 30 minutes then flush well with water. If done weekly, this helps to keep your pipes clean. For septic tank users, pour a cup of baking soda once a week in the drain or toilet and this will help balance the pH and help encourage the good bacteria.
For sunburns, mix water with baking soda to make a liquid solution to use as a wash.
Add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath for a refreshing and skin softening bath. You can add baking soda to bath salts to feel refreshed and soft.
For Man's Best Friend
If you have a dog, then I'm sure you know what I'm talking about when I say 'doggy-smell'. You have company coming over on Friday, your mother-in-law is visiting for the weekend or some other event. And you don't have the time for a full bath, your groomer is booked, and the house is a wreck. What can you do? Use baking soda.
Baking soda is used in carpet deodorizers, great for absorbing those funny odors in the refrigerator, and it works great on 'Fido' too.
Make sure your pet is dry, then sprinkle (liberally) with baking soda. Be sure to work it into the fur and down to the skin. Wait a few minutes (if he'll cooperate), then brush out with a soft-bristled brush.
This is great for those last minute emergencies and those in-between bath and grooming times. I work with a lot of stray animals that haven't been bathed for some time (sometimes years or never) and they are usually beyond the 'doggy-smell'. This works great every time. And this is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your favorite pooch and strengthen your bond and share some love.