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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.

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

2. Deodorizing stuffed animals.

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

3. Deodorizing drains.

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

4. Preventing carpet stains.

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Sprinkle it on and vacuum it up.

5. Removing coffee maker stains.

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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.

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Make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub!

7. De-stinking sneakers.

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

8. As antacid.

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

9. As a foot soak.

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

10. Cleaning orthodontia.

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Smelly retainer? Worry no more. Instructions here.

11. Reducing body odor.

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Sprinkle it on when you need to freshen up.

12. Balancing the pH of your pool.

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

13. Cleaning bathrooms.

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