Have you ever followed a recipe perfectly and still ended up with clumpy cookies? It may be the baking soda to blame. If baking soda gets too old, it doesn’t do its job in the oven. Don’t trust the expiration date, but rather, consider the length of time it’s been sitting in your cupboard.
If your baking soda has proven itself substandard, fear not! It can still be used in other areas of the house. Start by replacing the box in the refrigerator. Everyone knows to put a box of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb that refrigerator smell, but not everyone knows that you’re supposed to change that box every month. So switch it out! Now, the box from the fridge can no longer be used in food, but it is not ready for the garbage yet. It’s ready to clean everything from carpets to laundry, nothing you’ll have to eat.
Clean the Carpets with Baking Soda
To use up the box quickly, sprinkle it on the carpet. You might want to focus on high-traffic areas that get a lot of wear. Let it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuum the room like normal. This will lift dirt and odors in a way that’s pet-friendly.
Even if the carpet does not look heavily soiled, it will benefit from a thorough cleaning. Cleaning the carpet with baking soda will make the carpet look newer for longer.
Clear the Drains with Baking Soda
Pour a quarter cup of baking soda down the drain. Make sure it all gets in there and doesn’t sit on top. Push it down with a butter knife or the back of a spoon. Next, you’ll have to pour in a half cup of white vinegar, but before you do that, make sure you’re prepared with a cup to cap it and keep the gases from escaping. Let it sit there for 15 minutes while you boil a small pot of water. Then, dump the water down the drain and follow it with hot tap water.
Make this a part of your regular bathroom cleaning to maintain flow and prevent clogs. Professional strength drain cleaner is very harmful to the environment, so you’ll want make sure your drains don’t get that bad.
Brighten the Laundry with Baking Soda
Now you just used a quarter cup of baking soda on the drain, so you probably still have a lot left. Take a half cup of it and add it to your laundry. You can put it in the wash cycle with detergent to whiten whites and remove stains. You can also add a half cup to the rinse cycle as a replacement for fabric softener.
Bleach is a harsh chemical that breaks down your clothing. Although it is greats for killing germs and brightening colors, use it sparingly as it will also reduce the lifespan of your favorite pieces if used on a regular basis. Fabric softener can lead to rashes and make your clothing extra flammable, so this might be something to consider.
Freshen the Trash with Baking Soda
Now it’s ready for the garbage – the bottom of the can, that is. Whatever is left at the bottom of the box can go into the bottom of the bin. First, wash out the sticky goop that’s already there. Then, sprinkle baking soda at the bottom before putting in a new bag to absorb lingering odors. Recycle the empty box.
Now that you’re done cleaning, go buy a fresh box of baking soda and make some cookies!