A Girl’s [true] Best Friend

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Whoever said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend never used baking soda.

In what is likely to be the first of several installments on the wonders of the white stuff, I have included 10 uses for baking soda below.

1. Add a cup to bathwater to soften your skin.
2. Add a teaspoon to your vase to keep flowers fresh longer.
3. Put an open box in your refrigerator to remove unpleasant odors. (Change every 30 days or so.)
4. Pour a cup in the toilet, leave it for an hour, then flush. It will clean itself.
5. Use it to remove stubborn grease from pots and pans.
6. Scrub the fridge with it.
7. Clean your ashtrays with it. (Actually, on second thought, just quit smoking.)
8. Sprinkle on rugs before vacuuming to deodorize.
9. Use it to scrub sinks, bathtubs, and toilets.
10. Use it as deodorant (not recommended, but totally possible. Good luck with that!)

And the best part is, baking soda is cheap. Peace of mind and a beautiful home can be yours for under two dollars a box. (And, if you use it as deodorant, you can have that great clean, confident feeling when you raise your arms.)

Not bad. Not bad at all.


  1. Another use for baking soda: deoderizing my husband's nasty, nasty smelling. These Doc Martens have been his for over 10 years–and they're still in pretty decent condition. However, I can smell his feet on the other side of the house when he takes them off. So he packed the shoes full of baking soda (and I mean packed), let them sit for a few days, and then cleaned out the inside. Voila! No more stinky feet.

  2. Anonymous says:


    This comment was useful both for the tip and making me laugh!


    House Honcho Team

  3. I’ve been using baking soda as my only deodorant for over 3 years, and am totally convinced it’s the best thing ever. So are some of my friends I’ve shared the tip with, and we aren’t hippies, I promise! While it doesn’t stop you sweating, it works amazingly well at keeping the stinkies away.
    The trick is to mix the soda with corn starch or tapioca flour, also called arrowroot. Mix it about half and half, then rub in some lovely smelling essential oils or even a pinch of cardamom powder. Keep in a covered container in the bathroom and apply with an old hair scrunchie or a fancy powder puff if you have one.

  4. I have been using it to wash my hair! Just try it once, you will be surprised,

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