Here are some of my favorite ways to use baking soda.
Freshening the bathroom & unclogging drains
Generously pour baking soda into the drain of your sink or tub. Pour white vinegar into the drain and then follow it with boiling water. This will help dissolve sticky, stinky residue. Add baking soda, vinegar and several drops of Young Living's purification oil to the toilet bowl and let it sit before scrubbing and flushing.
Clean white porcelain sinks easily (see previous post) and unclog a drain too.
Carpet cleaning made easy
Add 5 drops of your favorite Young Living essential oil (i.e. purification, citrus fresh, stress away) to 1 cup of baking soda. Sprinkle over your carpet and let sit for 30 minutes or more, then vacuum well. Add a drop or two of essential oil to a cotton ball and put into your vacuum bag for a fresh scent as you vacuum too.
Add 5 drops of Purification and 2 drops of Citrus Fresh essential oil blends to a box or small glass jar of baking soda, leaving the lid off. Put a container in refrigerator, in closets and places where air tends to get stale to freshen the nooks and crannies.
Baking soda is gentle enough to use to polish silver and tough enough to clean an oven. Add enough water to the baking soda to make a thick paste. Add several drops of YL Lemon essential oil to the paste. Use a thinner paste to gently rub your sterling silver, then wash in soapy water. Use a thicker paste and lay it on burned spills in the bottom of the oven. Leave for several hours. Add a little vinegar to the mixture, if desired, and wipe clean.
Hair Treatment or Bath Salts
For silky hair, I add about a tsp or two of baking soda to a small amount of shampoo and rub it through my hair. Rinse, shampoo again (this time without the baking soda) and rinse, condition and aaahhhhh!
Adding a Tbsp of baking soda to homemade bath salts will help to soften skin and create a spa-like experience.
Have some fun with your children or grandchildren with two experiments that will keep them squealing.
Volcano - add 1-2 Tbsp of baking soda to a small 12 or 16 ounce bottle. Put the bottle on a tray or in a roasting pan (outside is good too). Add a cup of white vinegar to the bottle and watch the eruption. As a variation, add the vinegar to the bottle first, put the baking soda inside a medium balloon and carefully stretch it over the mouth of the bottle. Tap it to drop the baking soda into the bottle and watch it "blow up the balloon".
Fizzy Ice - Freeze vinegar in a fun shaped ice cube tray, i.e. stars or hearts. Add food coloring for variety and appeal. Put frozen shapes into a pie pan or plate and sprinkle generously with baking soda. Watch the reaction. For faster fiz, sprinkle vinegar on top after sprinkling with baking soda.