Thursday, April 19, 2012

Did You Know? ~ Tidbits on Baking Soda


How much do you know about using Baking Soda in your everyday life?  Here are some interesting tidbits I found while researching natural cleaning products.  Take them and use them to your little heart's content! 


  1. Mix baking soda with water and clean your glasses.
  2. Soak in a bath with baking soda to soothe sunburn, skeeter bites and even chickenpox.  (Bet our Mom's knew this!)
  3. Make a paste and put on bee stings and skeeter bites.
  4. Sprinkle on carpet 8-10 minutes before vacuuming to freshen carpet.
  5. Toss on small electrical or grease fires to put them out.  (Hint: large fires require a call to 911...we are not professional firefighters!)
  6. Baking soda is a natural substance.
  7. The largest deposit of baking soda is found in Wyoming.  It is called trona.  From trona, washing soda and baking soda are created.  The U.S. is the largest producer of baking soda today.  I'm all for "Made in U.S.A." products/substances!
  8. Since baking soda is a naturally formed material, using it for cleaning will not harm the environment
  9. There ~ off you go... to clean, clean, clean! 
Did your Mother or Grandma pass on the secrets of Baking Soda, or have you been as clueless as me?  There are so many uses for this substance - which ones do you use?


Huge Green Hugs,
Pat

26 comments:

  1. Dump baking soda and vinegar down your drains once a month. Just a bit. Make them fizz...it cleans them out!

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    1. Tonya - Great tip! I plan to try that this week! Thx for the follow, too! Always nice to see a friendly face!
      Huge green hugs,
      Pat @ Thrifty Frog Blog

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  2. Good to know!!! I've heard a few of these before, but not all! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. Kassi - Thanks for hopping by! I'm happy to know my tidbits were new to you! Come back for more little gems as I find them!
      Huge green hugs,
      Pat @ The Thrifty Frog

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  3. Hi! Thanks for hopping over to my blog and becoming a follower! I appreciate it and I will return the favor.

    I have another tid bit to add. I also do home staging, and when I am removing artwork from the walls of a home, I use baking soda mixed with a slight bit of water...to fill the holes. It melts into the wall and you can barely tell when the hole is. It's faster than using spackle and paint. For larger holes it won't work, of course. But - I always keep some handy in my car. It's a lifesaver!

    Cheers...

    Linda

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    1. Linda - Oh, great one! I am always finding my spackle dried up and having to add water anyway, but this is better! Thank you so much for sharing!
      Huge green hugs,
      Pat @ Thrifty Frog Blog

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  4. Great tip. Congrats on your new blog. Looks like we are both juggling two now. xo P.S. I share some things you might like here-http://katherinescorner.com/2011/05/06/spring-cleaning-goes-green/

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    1. Katherine - Thanks! Yes, it is a juggle, but so far I am on track! I'll take a peek at your green post, too.
      Huge green hugs,
      Pat @ Thrifty Frog Blog

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  5. Great tips Thanks for sharing :)
    Visiting from Voice Boks

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    1. Bev - Thx for stopping by! I'll be paying you a visit soon! I can't wait to meet other bloggers at VoiceBoks!
      Huge Green Hugs, Pat

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  6. My parents were big baking soda users. They even had my sisters and I use it on our teeth if we ran out of toothpaste! It's a very cool little product! Thanks for the tips. What a fun site, I'm now happily following you. So glad I found you on voiceBoks! I look forward to reading more!

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    1. Kathy - I have never tried that, but my kids have. Now following you, too! Thx!
      Huge green hugs, Pat

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  7. I love baking soda, such a useful product.
    Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I am happily following you.

    Have a great day.

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    1. Tina - Happy you hopped by to visit! Thanks for taking a minute to let me know you were here!
      Huge green hugs,
      Pat @ The Thrifty Frog

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  8. I still haven't figured out how to comment on your blog posts!
    So here's my reply to today's post:

    Target has recycling bins where we can drop off plastic bags, glass and plastics in addition to cans and paper - better news for those of us with limited recycling options!

    I use baking soda to clean thermoses - soak them with hot water & baking soda all closed up overnight to remove the accumulated staining. I keep a spray bottle of diluted vinegar (1:1 portions with water) to use for general kitchen cleaning instead of commercial spray cleaners.

    To quickly clean a copper bottomed pan, sprinkle salt on the pan and 'scrub' with a cut lemon - instant shine!

    See ya Monday!
    Barb

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    1. Barb - Thanks for adding to my list! We can't have tooooo much information when it comes to greening our lives!
      Huge green hugs,
      Pat @ Thrifty Frog Blog

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  9. oh yes...baking soda is a staple in out house!! keeps the drains clear the fridge odor free and teeth sparkling!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    thanks for the tips!

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    1. momof8 - I now buy the 12 lb bag in the swimming pool section of Walmart! Thanks for following - I hope you visit often! I'll be checking out your blog in a minute!
      Huge green hugs,
      Pat

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    1. Annmarie - thank you for stopping by! I hope you will follow and keep tabs on what's up around here!
      Huge green hugs,
      Pat

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  11. This is great stuff! I have been finding things on Pinterest that is helping me around the house, I love the green safe stuff, not only for the environment, but for my children and pets as well. I found you on Moms Monday Mingle blog hop and I'm a new follower. You can visit me back at http://todaywiththetennerys.blogspot.com

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    1. Tricia - Wecome and thanks for following! I love the safe homemade stuff, too. This is waking me up to how much we breathe and ingest chemicals and it is scary! I'll be over to see you shortly!
      Huge green hugs,
      Pat

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  12. Well, I have only actually used to brush my teeth, but now thanks to your tips here I have many more uses for it. Happy to be your newest follower. Found you through the link up.

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    1. Thanks for following and welcome to my blog! I hope to see you often! I am still finding more uses for baking soda...it's wonderful the things we can do with it!
      Huge green hugs,
      Pat

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  13. I use baking soda for everything - except when I set something in the kitchen on fire.. I tend to panic and forget what I'm supposed to do!! My grandmother told me to fill a container and keep it by the stove to sprinkle on grease fires :) Visiting and following from the Mom's Monday Mingle :)
    Kristen @ Trial & Error Homemaking

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    1. Kristen - Welcome and thanks for following! I'll be hopping over to see you in a few. Your Grandmother was smart...we should all have some close by when cookiing!
      Huge green hugs,
      Pat

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