Melody Teh

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Fri, 18 Dec, 2015

5 more surprising uses for bicarb soda that you’ll want to know

5 more surprising uses for bicarb soda that you’ll want to know

The uses for bicarb soda are seemingly endless; it’s such a versatile product to keep in your home. From the kitchen to the garage, here are five more things you can do using the innocuous white powder.

Scrub fresh produce

This is great if you’re worried about dirt and pesticides: Mix a little bicarb soda with water, and use the paste to give your supermarket produce a good scrub.

Make a face mask

For a glowing complexion, add one or two tablespoons of bicarb soda to the juice from half a lemon, and a dash of honey. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it there for about 15 minutes. Rinse it off and admire the glow.

Deodourise your carpet

This one could come in handy if your dogs live inside. If you find your carpets are smelling a little (or if a guest mentions it – sometimes it’s hard to pick up in our own homes), sprinkle bicarb soda over the carpet and leave it for an hour. Vacuum the carpet and you can wave goodbye to that doggy smell.

Soak up oil

If you’ve spilt oil – on the garage floor, on your favourite top – sprinkle bicarb soda on the spill to help absorb the mess.

Freshen the air

For a subtle, do-it-yourself fragrance spray, mix two cups of water, one tablespoon of bicarb soda and 15 to 20 drops of your favourite essential oil. Pour this into a spray bottle with a “mist” setting and you’re good to go.

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