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mzteris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-10 10:37 AM
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Twenty Uses For Baking Soda
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"A while back I wrote about the many ways I use vinegar in our home. And Ive been saying over and over again that you only need vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and soap for the majority of your cleaning. Well, several people have asked me what I use baking soda for its high time I gave baking soda its due!

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3. Air Freshener & Deodorizer. Brilliantly easy, all you need to do is open up a box of baking soda, or dump a pile of it into a bowl, and leave it in an offensively smelling area your fridge, your closet, your pet area, you car, wherever! (Change it out every 3-6 months.)

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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-07-10 01:08 PM
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1. A few issues:
I wouldn't use it in powder form in cat litter. Cats lick their paws after they've been scratching around in the litter box and that baking soda can upset their delicate acid-base balance. Just not a good idea. Change or scoop that litter, instead.

It doesn't work by itself to clear a drain. It needs that vinegar. The combination works almost as well as concentrated sulfuric acid does and without the danger, stink, or damage to the pipes.

The water softening properties only work east of the Rockies, where water is more acid than alkaline.

The shampoo idea would work only if your hair isn't oily. If you have hair like mine that slithers into strings, you'll need some sort of soap to shift that oil off it.

The deodorizing properties have been exaggerated. However, washing appliances out with it does seem to leave them a bit fresher.
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