Baking soda is one of the most common household remedies. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, this compound is non-toxic, earth-friendly, and relatively cheap. But do not mistake it for something that has no use at all. In fact, you can use baking soda in more than a dozen ways. Its natural composition makes it safe to use in cooking, cleaning, personal care, and even plumbing and industrial use.
Albeit the fact that baking soda is 100% all natural and safe to use in the home, there are still many things for you to consider in making sure that you are using baking soda safely. Here are some of them:
- In putting out fires. Baking soda has the ability to extinguish fires. Carefully scatter baking soda powder over the fire and it eliminates the oxygen in the fire as it burns. Be aware that you should only administer this on small fires. Do not use this technique for fires started by cooking oil and the like, as the fire may just get bigger. For fires like these, it would be best to call the fire department.
- As an odor eliminator. Baking soda has the ability to eliminate powerful odors. While you can easily put a box of baking soda in your shoe closet, care must be given in placing a box of baking soda in the fridge. It would be best to put the box in a safe corner where it will not tip over and spread on some of your food. Baking soda is still a chemical compound, and it may trigger different reactions should it be in contact with other food. Also, take precaution in scattering baking soda on pet areas to eliminate odor. Consult your veterinarian first for possible reactions from inhalation.
- In general household cleaning. Baking soda is perfect for household cleaning, but there is a proper way of using it safely. The best way to clean with baking soda is by making a paste out of it with some water or vinegar. Do not just scatter baking soda powder on a surface to clean it. Inhalation of large quantities of baking soda powder may cause coughing and sneezing. It would be best if this method were avoided, especially in households with members suffering from respiratory ailments like asthma.
- As an antacid. Baking soda is safe to ingest so as to treat a hyper-acidic stomach. However, it should not be ingested directly and should be mixed well with a drink. Directly ingesting it will make it work in an instant and make you feel nauseous and pass gas often.
- As a metal cleaner. Apply some baking soda on your chrome faucets and bath fixtures. Let it set for a while, then buff with the shiny side of aluminum foil. You will notice that there is a reaction between baking soda and aluminum, so never use baking soda on your aluminum fixtures.
You will be saved from unnecessary expenses just by keeping a box of baking soda at home. However, you should know how to use it safely to be spared possible implications to your health and belongings.