Baking soda is something of a pantry staple. It's used in plenty of recipes as a leavening agent. Many people find it useful as an air freshener and a deodorizer for refrigerators, garbage cans, shoes, and even themselves. What are some other creative ways you might use baking soda around your house?
An All-Purpose Cleaner
Finding a cleaner that's cheap, effective, and can be used on multiple surfaces can be tough. Baking soda fits the bill on all counts. When combined with enough water to form a paste, baking soda can be a great bathroom and kitchen cleaner. You can use it on surfaces such as your microwave, oven, marble, grease stains, bathroom tiles, toilets, showers, bathtubs, and bathroom sinks. Baking soda can even be used to get rid of carpet stains.
Clogged drains are annoying and inconvenient at best. If left alone, the problem will only worsen, potentially resulting in more trouble down the road. It's important to take action to unclog drains when you start to notice that there's a problem. Baking soda is one thing you can try to use to unclog a drain. Baking soda and vinegar can easily break apart organic material in your drain. Start by pouring some dish soap and boiling water down the drain. Then pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. You should hear a fizzing noise as the two mix. Finish it off with another two cups of boiling water. If it drains, you're good to go. Otherwise, you might need to repeat the process.
A Vegan Substitution for Eggs
Baking soda is often an ingredient in baking recipes. It acts as a leavening agent in conjunction with an acidic substance and liquid by producing carbon dioxide. This reaction causes baked goods to rise and become light and fluffy. Eggs also act as a leavening agent in baked goods. They work with the flour in recipes to give the final product its height and texture. If you're a vegan, however, eggs aren't a good option in baking. Try substituting baking soda and vinegar in place of the eggs. Use one teaspoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of vinegar for each egg the recipe calls for.
As it turns out, baking soda has a ton of uses. You can use it as an all-purpose cleaner. It can help unclog drains. If you're vegan you can use it in conjunction with vinegar as an egg substitute. There are so many things you can do with baking soda you may start asking yourself what it can't do instead.
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