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Is there really a powerful product sitting in the back of your fridge? Many common cooking ingredients have other uses aside from cooking; baking soda is one great example. A very versatile product that can deodorize, neutralize and clean without the toxic mess of commercial products. It is a natural cleaner, it is a toxic-free product, and IT IS CHEAP. Here are five uses of the powerful baking soda:

1. Mouthwash

Many people replace their mouthwash with baking soda. Some studies show that baking soda provides antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help freshen up your breath.

The recipe for baking soda mouthwash is very simple.  All you need is a half-cup of warm water and ½ tsp. of baking soda.

Now, you have a very cheap but great and natural mouthwash.

2. Deodorant

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Because of the antibacterial properties of baking soda, it may help eliminate the smell of sweat in your armpits. Try patting baking soda onto both sides.

Say goodbye to smelly armpits.

3. Laundry Whitener

Using baking soda is an expensive way to clean and whiten your laundry. Baking soda is an alkali (a chemical compound that neutralizes) that can help remove stains and dirt. Just add ½ cup of baking soda to your regular amount of laundry detergent. When baking soda is dissolved in water, it will interact with stains and remove them.

See your laundry gleam!

4. Garbage Odor Eliminator

Baking soda helps eliminate garbage odor because often, odors are acidic. Baking soda can interact with the odor molecules and neutralize them. Just spread baking soda at the bottom of waste bins.

That awful garbage odor will be gone in no time.

5. Fruit and vegetable cleaner

Many people are scared of pesticides on their food, but recent research found that soaking vegetables and fruits in baking soda wash is the most effective way to remove them. You only need to soak the items for 12-15 minutes.

You cannot get healthier than this.

The bottom line is baking soda is a very versatile ingredient. It seems like there is no limit on how to use this product. It helps with cleaning, eliminating odors, and as a substitute for personal care items. It’s inexpensive but great.