Bouquets typically last only a few days, but you can make them last a day or two longer by sprinkling 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a pinch of salt into the vase when filling it with water. The mixture feeds the flowers, keeping them fresh for longer.
If you have some stuffed animals that can't be put in the washer, throw them in a garbage bag with 1 cup of baking soda. Hold the bag closed and shake for 90 seconds. The baking soda will remove dirt from the plushies and will nix smells.
Has your best ring lost its sheen? With just some aluminum foil, dish detergent and some baking soda you can remove tarnish from silverware and jewelry. Here's the recipe for making silver polish with baking soda.
If burning your bed isn't an option after your pet sprays the mattress, don't give up hope. Baking soda will work when nothing else will to get rid of that awful smell.
Clean up where your pet sprayed, let the area dry, then sprinkle the mattress with a liberal amount of baking soda. You can sleep on the mattress while the baking soda goes to work by covering your mattress with a fitted sheet. Let the baking soda sit for around three days and then vacuum it up. Your mattress will smell fresh and clean again.
Baking soda spray is fantastic for getting rid of pet smells in fabrics and carpets, too. Mix half a cup of baking soda with four cups of warm water and pour it in a spray bottle. Clean the soiled area and then spritz it with the spray. Let the area dry. The smell will be completely gone in a couple of days.
If your dishwasher is a bit rank, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the washer, let it sit overnight and then run a normal load while the dishwasher is empty. It'll smell like new again. Here are some more dishwasher cleaning tips.
My colleague Taylor Martin has a temporary fix for a slow drain. He recommends pouring 4 ounces (113 grams) of baking soda in the drain, then half a cup (118 milliliters) of distilled vinegar and place the drain cover in the drain. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse the drain with several cups of boiling water.
If your microwave looks like a hotel room after a rock band stayed the night, you need a little baking soda magic. Put a heaping tablespoon of baking soda in a bowl of water. Place the bowl inside your microwave and run it on high for 3 minutes. The gunk stuck inside of the microwave should just wipe off.
Bonus tip: Add a slice of lemon or some lemon juice to the water before you nuke it to make your microwave smell great, too.
Don't you wish they made diapers for cars? Until that happens, you can soak up oil and grease puddles in your garage using baking soda. Cover the spot with a liberal amount of baking soda, let it sit for around 10 minutes and scrub the area with a damp brush.
If the budding artist in your family decided to turn your walls into their canvas, don't ground them for life. Instead, sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge and rub it on the crayon masterpiece. Once the drawing has faded away, rinse the area with a clean, damp rag.
Baking soda makes a good dishwasher detergent when you don't feel like running to the store. Just mix dishwashing liquid and baking soda for shiny dishes. Here's the recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent.
Baking soda works as a laundry soap alternative, too. It's also super simple. Just throw one cup of baking soda into the load. Everything will come out fresh and clean. This is a great fix for people who are allergic to regular detergent.
Make a thick paste of water and baking soda. Spot test it on a less noticeable area. If the mixture works OK with the fabric (it doesn't stain or discolor it), use the paste to lift dark spots out of the seat cushion and neck area of the chair. Just rub it in, let it sit for a few minutes and dab off with a damp cloth.
If your plastic containers have stains from your famous spaghetti sauce or chili recipe, mix a quarter cup of baking soda and a quart (just under a liter) of warm water in your sink and let the container soak. Then, clean like normal.
Get rid of gunky pans with this simple solution: Sprinkle a layer of baking soda gunk, then a layer of sea salt. Finish up by spritzing on a layer of vinegar. Let the pan soak for about 10 minutes and scrub clean with a sponge. Here are some more pan-cleaning techniques.