Baking soda: is there something it can’t do? Labeled as sodium bicarbonate on the shelves here in Ireland, it’s the unpretentious ingredient that’s probably used more around the house than in any recipe. Unsurprisingly, it’s been the subject of a lot of research online and new research from Dr Oetker has highlighted the most googled uses for the substance.
Despite its reputation as a kitchen cleaner, the most popular research is on how baking soda can whiten your teeth, with Google searches on the topic up 200%. For a homemade whitening toothpaste, mix a teaspoon of baking soda with two teaspoons of water and brush your teeth. It’s a popular experiment on TikTok, but the dentists in the app warn that it can wear down your enamel and cause sensitivity, so if you choose to try it, do so sparingly.
A few months ago, we tested the viral hack to clean a washing machine with a dishwasher tablet and the second most popular search promises similar results. Some proud people of the house have cleaned their washing machines with a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar and the results seem to be effective. If you ever notice a damp smell coming from clothes coming out of your washing machine, add a cup of baking soda to the drum with white vinegar and set it on a warm wash to remove the dirt that is causing the odors. .
A stain on a mattress can be difficult to remove, but the trusty baking soda is again the key. Make a paste of baking soda and water, spread it over the stain and let it dry. When you brush off the dry powder, the stain should be absorbed.
Even jewelry can be gently cleaned with baking soda. Although it is mild, baking soda can safely remove tarnish from silver. To transform your jewelry, dissolve a few tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl of lukewarm water and drop your silver items in the bowl. Soak them for 15 minutes before checking to see if the tarnish will go away. Let the silver soak longer if the tarnish is slow to move.
Another room that benefits from the powers of baking soda is the bathroom, especially the shower head. These can quickly build up with calcium deposits, which are difficult to remove and can lead to a loss of water pressure in your shower. A deep clean can help make things better: make a paste of baking soda and water and rub it in the shower head. Let sit for a while before rinsing.