Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, is one of the most versatile ingredients, offering a number of uses. So, if you’re on a mission to save money and rescue your budget, you should definitely keep it on hand.
A packet of 14g baking soda cost less than R2, while a bigger 100g packet will set you back about R10.
Here are 24 incredibly useful things you can do with baking soda for under R10:
1. Do the dishes
Don’t rush off to the store the moment you are out of dishwashing liquid, you can use baking soda instead.
2. Clean your hairbrush
Soaking your hairbrush or comb in a teaspoon of baking soda and some hot water is a great way to keep them super clean.
3. Clean your braai
Next time you want to give your braai a proper clean, dampen your brush in a baking soda and water mixture before you scrub.
4. Keep it fresh
Baking soda is great for keeping your rugs clean and smelling fresh. Spread some dry baking soda on your carpets, wait about 30 minutes and then vacuum it up.
5. Clean your floors
Baking soda can be used to clean almost anything, and your floors are no exception. Simply add some baking soda to your bucket of water when washing your floors.
6. Have a spa day
Add half a cup of baking soda to your bath to have a relaxing spa day at home. The soda is great for your skin.
7. Treat sunburn
Mix some baking soda with a little water and apply gently to the burned areas. Perfect to keep in mind for this upcoming festive season.
8. Unclog drains in the kitchen
Mix one cup of baking soda with one cup of hot vinegar and use that to unclog your kitchen drain.
9. Fight dandruff
Scrub your scalp with some baking soda twice a week when taking a shower or in the bath. You can also mix some baking soda into your regular conditioner.
10. Clean your toothbrush
Let your toothbrush soak in water and baking soda for a while to make sure you keep it clean.
11. Keep insects out of your pet’s food
Sprinkle some baking powder on the ground around your pet’s food bowl to keep ants and insects away.
12. Stop weeds
Put baking soda in the cracks of your pavement to prevent weeds from growing in them.
13. Exfoliate your skin
Mix a little bit of water with a handful of baking soda to make a paste. Rub the paste onto your skin and rinse it off. Three parts baking soda to one part water will do the trick.
14. Fluff up omelettes
Make your omelettes extra fluffy by adding ½ a teaspoon baking soda for every three eggs.
15. Give your teeth a proper clean
Twice a week, dip your toothbrush with toothpaste in some baking soda to give your teeth a proper clean.
Out of deodorant? You can rub some baking soda under your arms to manage body odours.
17. Remove pencil marks from walls
Sure, you don’t want to remove your children’s artwork from the walls, but use baking soda when the time comes to do so.
18. Clean your car
You can use baking soda and water to clean things like your car lights, windows and tires.
19. Can rid of bad smells from your trashcans
Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your trashcan to prevent it from starting to smell.
20. Get rid of bad smells from the litter box
Put some baking soda at the bottom of your cat’s litter box before you fill it with litter.
21. Clean your fruits and veggies
It is perfectly save to wash your fruit and vegetables with a little bit of baking soda in water.
22. Wash your hands
It is difficult to get the smell of onions or garlic out of your hands. This can be solved by washing your hands with a bit of baking soda.
23. Keep your flowers fresh
Simply add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in the vase and your flowers will stay fresher for longer.
24. Keep ants away
Mix equal parts of baking soda and salt and sprinkle in the areas where ants are becoming a problem.