15 Foods You Can Use Around the House

Ah, food, glorious food. If you are not in our stomachs or getting eyed scandalously on Instagram, what are you good for? Turns out, food has a lot more uses than just consumption. Outside of the kitchen, there are ways to get more out of your groceries than you may have thought possible. This saves you money but also saves the planet, because everything is natural.

1. Baking soda

Funny thing, before I knew baking soda was actually used for baking…I thought it was solely a cleaning product. I was legitimately appalled when I saw someone pour the very baking soda my mother used for tile cleaning into a cake recipe.

So, yes, baking soda has a bounty of uses. The first is indeed to bring out the shine of tiles. Simply take two gallons of water and half a cup of baking soda. From there, scrub the tiles with the solution. Easy cleaning.

Another use for baking soda is for unclogging sinks and drains. Pour some baking soda into the drain after removing the cover. Then take some regular vinegar. The fizzing will work down into the drain to help break up whatever is clogging it.

Other uses for baking soda include:

  • Exfoliation. Mix 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water then rub in a gentle circular motion across the skin. Wash off and be wowed.
  • Relieve skin irritation. Adding baking soda to bathwater will soften the skin and ease irritations, like insect bites, burns, and more. This also comes in handy for when your baby has diaper rash.
  • Deodorizer. This is probably the most famous use for baking soda. Simply sprinkle around the house and let it sit before vacuuming or sweeping up to get rid of lingering odors. You can even put an entire box in the refrigerator for several months to absorb odors that would otherwise affect the flavors of the stored food. This also works in trash cans, cutting boards, litter boxes, toilet bowls, and anything else that gets rank.

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