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Sodium Bicarbonate or Baking Soda has many uses:
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is one of the safest and most versatile substances around; it's useful not only for baking but for countless medicinal and household purposes.
Baking soda is useful for treating minor ailments like sunburn and insect bites, it works as a natural deodorant and toothpaste, and it can be used for cleaning virtually every room in your home.
How to Kill Fleas with sodium Bicarbonate?
To effectively kill the adult fleas only that are living inside your home using soda, a vacuum cleaner and a good scrub brush.
Follow the instructions below, in exact order:
NOTE - To remove the remaining larva as they develop into adult fleas repeat again in seven and fourteen days.
Liberally, you will need to sprinkle the soda across all of your carpets in an even pattern.
Make sure to cover every inch of the carpets, even under furniture and inside the corners of the room to prevent the fleas from escaping. Next important step is to brush the soda into the carpet. This helps push the soda deep into the carpets where fleas and their eggs will likely be hiding.
When soda is properly in place, let it sit in your carpets for a day or two but no longer.
Avoid walking through or inhabiting areas that are being treated as your legs, or the legs of your pet give an escape route for the fleas.
Now (1 day later) vacuum over your carpet to remove the soda. You will vacuum up fleas and larvae. Remove the vacuum bag immediately from your home.
Repeat in 7 - 14 days to be sure to kill any late hatching eggs or larvae.
Sodium bicarbonate is a chemical compound with the formula NaHCO₃. It is a salt composed of sodium ions and bicarbonate ions. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder.
It's useful for countless medicinal and household purposes such as:
Bathing, Combating Odours, Carpet Cleaning (Shake & Vac on Carpets), Insect Eradication, Teeth Cleaning and as a general house cleaner.
A paste made from sodium bicarbonate and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution can be used
as an alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpastes.
You can also just dip your toothbrush with toothpaste into sodium bicarbonate for an extra boost.
Freshen Your Mouth
Put one teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse.
Odours are neutralized, not just covered up.
Use as a Facial Scrub and Body Ex-foliate
Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub.
Make a paste of 3 parts sodium bicarbonate to 1 part water.
Rub in a gentle circular motion to ex-foliate the skin. Rinse clean.
This is gentle enough for daily use.
Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin
For insect bites, make a paste out of sodium bicarbonate water and apply as a salve
onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some sodium bicarbonate into your hand
and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.
Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener
Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odours
on hands with a paste of 3 parts sodium bicarbonate to 1 part water or 3 parts
baking soda to gentle liquid hand soap then rinse clean.
Help Your Hair
Sodium Bicarbonate has its place in the shower too.
Sprinkle a small amount of sodium bicarbonate into your palm along
with your favourite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly–sodium bicarbonate
helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner
and more manageable.
Clean Brushes and Combs
For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean.
Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs
and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in a small
basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.
Make a Bath Soak
Add 1/2 cup of to your bath sodium bicarbonate to neutralize acids on the skin
and help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft.
Can be used with Kleen Green Enzymes.
Soothe Your Feet
Dissolve 3 tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate in a tub of warm water and soak feet.
Make a Surface Soft Scrub
For safe, effective cleaning of bathroom tubs, tile and sinks–even fibreglass
and glossy tiles–sprinkle sodium bicarbonate lightly on a clean damp sponge and scrub as usual.
Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. For extra cleaning power, make a paste with sodium bicarbonate,
course salt and liquid dish.
Remove dirt and grime (without unwanted scratch marks) from no wax and tile floors
using 1/2 cup sodium bicarbonate in a bucket of warm water–mop and rinse clean
for a sparkling floor. For scuff marks, use baking soda on a clean damp sponge, then rinse.
You can make a or you can clean and remove marks (even crayon) from walls and painted
furniture by applying baking soda to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly.
Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
Boost Your Liquid Laundry Detergent
Give your laundry a boost by adding 1/2 cup of sodium bicarbonate to your laundry
to make liquid detergent work harder. A better balance of pH in the wash gets clothes cleaner,
fresher and brighter.
Remove Oil and Grease Stains
Use baking soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage
floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle sodium bicarbonate on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.
Use sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to clean your car lights, chrome, windows,
tires, vinyl seats and floor mats without worrying about unwanted scratch marks.
Use a sodium bicarbonate solution of 1/4 cup sodium bicarbonate in 1 quart of warm water.
Apply with a sponge or soft cloth to remove road grime, tree sap, bugs and tar.
For stubborn stains, use sodium bicarbonate sprinkled on a damp sponge or soft brush.
Remove Odour From Carpets
Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long as possible up tp 48 hours.
Sweep up the larger amounts of sodium bicarbonate and vacuum up the rest.
(Note that your vacuum cleaner bag will get full and heavy.)
Remove Odour From Vacuum Cleaners
By using the method above for carpets, you will also deodorize your vacuum cleaner.
Add 1/2 cup of sodium bicarbonate to the rinse cycle for fresher sheets and towels.
Deodorize Your Wash
Gym clothes of other odoriferous clothing can be neutralized with a 1/2 cup
of sodium bicarbonate in the rinse cycle.
Freshen Stuffed Animals
Keep favourite cuddly toys fresh with a dry shower of sodium bicarbonate.
Sprinkle sodium bicarbonate on and let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing off.
Sodium bicarbonate is a must-have for your next camping trip. Its a dish washer,
pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste, fire extinguisher and many other uses.