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13 Ways You Didn't Know You Could Use Baking Soda

More than cooking. More than deodorizing your fridge.

1. Dewaxing grocery store produce.

Sprinkle it onto a brush or sponge and scrub to remove.

2. Deodorizing stuffed animals.

Sprinkle it on. Let it sit 15 minutes. Brush it off.

3. Deodorizing drains.

Sprinkle 1/2 a cup into warm running water to keep pipes from stinking.

4. Preventing carpet stains.

Sprinkle it on and vacuum it up.

5. Removing coffee maker stains.

Fill stained carafe with one quart of water and 1/4 cup baking soda. If this doesn't work, add a little dish detergent and soak overnight.

6. Cleaning your hands.

Make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub!

7. De-stinking sneakers.

Fill a sock with baking soda, or sprinkle it right into the shoe.

8. As antacid.

Drink it mixed in water to soothe your tummy. Instructions here.

9. As a foot soak.

Mix it into warm water and re-he-he-lax.

10. Cleaning orthodontia.

Smelly retainer? Worry no more. Instructions here.

11. Reducing body odor.

Sprinkle it on when you need to freshen up.

12. Balancing the pH of your pool.

The secret to a pH-balanced and crystal-clear pool for less. Detailed instructions here.

13. Cleaning bathrooms.

De-grime your shower without harsh chemicals. Directions here.