10 Awesome Baking Soda Life Hacks

– [Voiceover] If you wanna get to the top, (dramatic orchestral music) you gotta know the tricks of the trade. Brains over brawn, mind over matter. You don’t come this far
without setting a few fires. Take a seat. It’s time you learned my secrets. (dubstep music) Let’s talk about baking soda. No, no, no, not like that.
(upbeat pop music) I mean the magical powder
that you keep in the pantry. We’ve put together an awesome
list of baking soda uses that’ll compel you to pull
it from under the sink and bring it into primetime. Wanna make a more natural air
freshener that smells great? Pour yourself two cups of
water into a spray bottle. Bust out your finest lemons, oranges, or limes and do a little slicing. We’re gonna want about
half a cup of citrus juice, which is usually two to three fruits. Squeeze it off carefully and pour it right into your spray bottle. Now, add about one
tablespoon of baking soda to your bottle, add the top,
and give it a good shaking. Spray it in stinky areas
for a long-lasting, more natural approach to
pleasing your olfactory senses. Baking soda, being the
scientific marvel that it is, can also be a crowd-pleaser
at your next party. Simply take together
four parts powdered sugar and one part baking soda. Mix it all up good. Dump it into a container
that can handle a lot of heat and add about one part
rubbing alcohol to the powder. Next, we’re gonna light it. We’ll be dealing with a chemical reaction, so safety is of the utmost importance. Eye protection should be worn and a fire extinguisher nearby. Grandpa, wanna see something cool? – Sure! – If you’re a minor, make sure you have adult supervision. As the mixture burns, the baking soda is going to create a
lot of carbon dioxide, which in turn fluffs up the burnt sugar, forcing it out of the container
as it continues to grow. What you’re left with resembles a burnt marshmallow, but don’t eat it. Now, how about a different
kind of reaction? I’m talking about surprise. By adding a single tablespoon directly into a ketchup bottle, the groundwork is laid
for a shocking surprise. Now, I don’t recommend trying
this, but theoretically, if you were to lightly
flip the bottle over to hide the powder inside and then maybe put it back in the fridge, it’s entirely possible,
theoretically, of course, that an unsuspecting victim might grab it and kick off the chemical reaction. The movement and shaking of the bottle will cause the baking soda to react with the vinegar that’s in the ketchup. All the contents in the
bottle will quickly spray out, leaving behind quite a cleanup job. Now, that’s saucy. The human foot has over
250,000 sweat glands, glands that leak into
your shoes and cause odor. Let’s get rid of that odor. Grab a paper towel and
sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda into the center. Now, fold it over itself a couple times to fit in your shoe to leave overnight. Baking soda stabilizes the
pH levels of acidic odors. Most foot odor is acidic, which is why it can smell
like vinegar or even cheese. But rest assured, after
a baking soda treatment, your shoes will be back to their questionable-smelling selves. Now, this is the time of year
when our grills get neglected and the thought of cleaning
’em seems overwhelming. To make this an easy task,
mix three parts baking soda and one part hot water into a container. Stir and blend until you
have a nice paste form. Dip in a grill brush and
spread the mixture around before moving into some quick scrubbing. The caked-on material will come right off in a matter of seconds,
leaving you with a grill that’s ready for action. If you do a lot of cooking, you know that sometimes
things don’t go as planned. If you run into a grease fire, there isn’t a lot of time to react. But if you keep baking soda around, you can safely stop the fire in its tracks by pouring it over the flame. While this does ruin your food, it also saves you a visit
from the fire department. Feet and pets hit our
carpets on a daily basis, and after a while, they
need a good refresh. You can make your own carpet powder that’s more effective
than store-bought versions by grabbing one cup of baking soda and a small bottle of essential oil. Put the powder in a bowl and add about 25 drops of
your favorite scented oil. Mix it up good and work
out all of the clumps. For easy storage, I cleaned
out a Parmesan cheese bottle and added the carpet powder. You simply sprinkle it
on your affected areas and then let it sit for 15 minutes. After that, vacuum it all up and enjoy a fresh-smelling and clean carpet. Now, here’s a quick way to
deal with clogged drains without harsh drain cleaners. Simply pour a cup of baking soda right into the jammed-up drain and, once settled, follow it
up with a cup of vinegar. The reaction between the two substances will help unclog and even
freshen up your drain. Many of us experience heartburn
when eating spicy foods. Generally, you grab a
Tums or some acid reducer. But let’s say you ran
out or you can’t find it. Baking soda to the rescue. Add half a tablespoon of your
magical powder to a glass, followed up with a cup of water. Make sure to stir it well and then fire it down your eager gullet. It doesn’t taste great, but it will nullify your heartburn and let you get back to
cleaning up your dishes. Plastic containers are notorious for getting food stains stuck inside. Washing and scrubbing
doesn’t always do the trick, leaving you with discoloration
on your lovely Tupperware. To beat those hard stains, sprinkle baking soda inside the container, making sure to cover
all the exposed areas. Add a small amount of water that leaves the mixture a bit thick and shake it around like a madman until the inside of the
container has a nice coating. Set it aside and let it sit overnight. After several hours in the mixture, pop off the lid and give it a good rinse. The stains’ll be gone and
your plastic container will smell great and look like new. We hope you enjoyed unlocking
the secrets of baking soda. And if you liked this video, make sure to check out the
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