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Smart baking soda tips are all over the web these days but do they really work? I don’t know about what other blogs say but the 13 smart baking soda tips I’m sharing below work. How do I know? Even SHTF dads like me do housework from time to time.
Why so many Smart Baking Soda Tips Everywhere?
I was wondering the same when I noticed how this ‘miracle powder’ has been gaining popularity lately, and its small wonder why. Baking soda has been known as a sort of miraculous white powder for a while because of the wide array of things you can use it for. It doesn’t matter how small or how daunting the issue is, be it at home, the garden or the kitchen – baking soda saves the day!
Wait, I may have gone too excited about that! Anyway, here’s SHTF Dad’s 13 smart baking soda tips for your home.
Smart Baking Soda Tips for the Home and Kitchen
1. Freshens Crisper Bins
If your refrigerator’s crisping bin have an unpleasant smell, just sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on it to take care of the odor problem. You can also place the baking soda on a paper towel, fold it like an envelope and change every 2-3 months for a crisping bin which smells fresh all the time!
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda – With Resealable Box & Measuring Cup (14.5 lbs: Best Value)2. Cleans Up Greasy BBQ Grills
And it does that like a boss! If you are into summer grilling, you’d know the worst part of grilling is dealing with your grill after all the delicious grilling adventures.
To clean the grill up, simply make a baking soda paste, apply it directly on the messy grill, wait 15-30 minutes and wipe the grease and mess away! If there’s any residue, just let the grill burn it up when you’re grilling another batch of your grilling adventures.
3. Homemade Scouring Powder
This is one of my favorite smart baking soda tips! Just mix 1 cup each of coarse salt, borax and baking soda and use it to scour whatever needs to be scoured away. Simple and effective!
4. Cleans the Microwave in a Jiffy
Well, if you hate cleaning up the kitchen, especially the microwave, you’d love smart baking soda tips to help you do that and here’s one.
Mix up 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water and use it to wipe the insides of your microwave. Not only is it safe and non-toxic, it’s the perfect cleaner for when SHTF or if you’re simply not a fan of commercial cleaners.
5. Sanitizes Cutting Boards
A smear of baking soda paste followed by a dousing of vinegar sanitizes cutting boards and chopping boards in a snap. Just rinse with water after and you’re all set!
6. Removes Funky Odors
Ever chopped onions and garlic? You surely are familiar with the smelly-hand after-effect of that. One of the best smart baking soda tips my wife shared with me is using some baking soda to act as soap to wash your hands with. Works like magic each and every time!
7. Zaps Mineral Deposits
Boiling 4 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with vinegar cleans up mineral deposits in coffeepots and teapots. This is one of the SHTF Dad’s wife-approved smart baking soda tips and it really works!
Over-all, baking soda is a safe way to clean lots of things in the home, especially if you have babies or expecting like we are. The tips above are good anytime, SHTF or not.
Smart Baking Soda Tips for the Garden
8. Extends the Life of Cut Flowers
Dipping cut flowers in a mixture of water with some baking soda works the same way as commercial packaging solutions for keeping cut flowers fresher for longer.
365 Everyday Value Baking Soda, 16 Ounce9. Gets Rids of Ants
This is also one of my favorite smart baking soda tips. If you got an ant infestation, just find the hill, dump some baking soda on it when it’s a bit wet and follow it up with vinegar. This trick gets rid of ants for real, so your food stores and other SHTF prepping cache would remain safe.
10. Helps Produce Sweet Tomatoes
If you are more of the homesteading type of person and not really into SHTF prepping, you will love this tip. Sprinkle some baking soda on the soil around your tomato plant to lower its acidity. Not only will this sweeten tomatoes, it will also get rid of garden pests.
11. Helps Produce Magnificent Blooms
Plants and flowers which love alkaline soil will love smart baking soda tips like this one. Just water alkaline loving plants with a weak solution of baking soda and water and you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood!
12. Protects Roses from Mildew
Every gardener’s nightmare would be to have awesome flowers ruined by pests or mildew. Protect your roses and other blooms with this weak solution of baking soda sprayed lightly over them. Just mix 5 gallons of water, a dash of insecticidal soap and 7 tablespoons of baking soda to make the anti-mildew spray.
13. Gets Rid of Slugs
Are backyard slugs taking over your garden? Don’t use hazardous and expensive chemicals. Just add a sprinkling of baking soda to your yard. Your backyard will be free of slugs in no time.