Monday, December 8, 2008

Oh, The Many Wonders of Sodium Bicarbonate

This little orange box does wonders so I've decided that today -it- will be my feature. Here are just a few of its many uses:
  • Throw it on a grease/electrical fire to put it out.
  • Open the box. Leave it in your fridge to reduce odors.
  • Sprinkle it liberally on the carpets before vacuuming to deodorize the room (this one is especially great for pet owners).
  • Sprinkle some over the kitty litter every time you finish cleaning it.
  • If you run out of toothpaste (think of some survival scenario here) wet the toothbrush and use baking soda in place of paste. It will be insanely salty but it does work in a pinch.
  • Add 1 c to the baby's bath for severe diaper rash. Do a sitz bath with it, meaning just let the babe sit & soak before drying them off. Don't use the water for an actual bath. This bath is also useful for chicken pox episodes.
  • Make bath bombs.
  • Add 1/2 c to the laundry to give it a "boost."
  • Make a paste with water- can be used for scrubbing & cleaning most surfaces (not aluminum though) as well as a topical solution for bug bites and such.
  • Mix it with vinegar as a fun kid's volcano experiment. C'mon, you remember what I'm talking about.
  • Try A Year of CrockPotting's instructions on how to use your crockpot as an air freshener with only baking soda & water!
And, perhaps to the point of why I'm writing this list in the first place, dissolve 1/2 t in a 1/2 cup of water & sip to relieve hangover-related nausea. Thank you wikipedia.

Update: Now that my stomach is back to rights, I figured I'd go ahead and add that this is in no way a regular occurrence for me- which explains why I needed to wiki it in the first place. My first hangover had the fortunate result of reminding me of why I reserve alcohol for special occasions only. Ugh. -_-;

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