Baking soda is not only a key cooking ingredient, it can also be used for cleaning, odor control and for other household uses.
But did you know that baking soda also has a wide variety of outdoor uses? I’m going to show you 10 great uses for this multipurpose product outside your home.
- Weed killer: To keep weeds out of sidewalk, paver stone and patio cracks, you can use baking soda. That’s the solution Readers Digest suggests. Simply sprinkle baking soda on your concrete or stones and sweep it into the cracks; the added sodium will chase away the weeds.
- Pool water: eHow says you can use baking soda to regulate pH in pool water. For sure, baking soda is a much healthier, natural and chemical-free pH-balancing solution.
- Pet stains: If your dog or cat’s urinating is leaving brown stains in your green grass, sprinkle some baking soda in water on the spots as soon as possible after your dog finishes.
- Tomato plants: The Gardening Cook uses baking soda to sweeten up tomatoes. You must be careful to not get any on the plant themselves. Sprinkle some baking soda around the base of each plant. The reduction in soil acidity will make your tomatoes much sweeter (but you should test the pH of your soil before).
- Garden-safe: Install It Direct says you should sprinkle some baking powder around the perimeter of your garden to keep nibbling rabbits away. Rabbits can literally destroy your garden quickly. In addition I recommend putting a fence around and getting an outside dog.
- Patio-safe: Wash off patio furniture using a water-baking soda mix. You can also sprinkle the powder directly onto the furniture and scrub with a damp sponge and the wash it off.
- Rugs and mats: You can do the same as above to clean outdoor rugs and mats which begin to get mildewy and smelly after spring rains.
- Fire control: Many people love the ambiance of an outdoor fire all year round, even in summer. But sometimes fire pits can get a bit too heated for summertime use; having a squirt bottle filled with water and a couple tablespoons of baking soda will help tame the fire monster.
- Ice melt: Baking soda makes a great de-icer for your car, sidewalks and farm equipment. Use it in place of corrosive salt.
- Sparkling windows: You can also use a baking soda-and-water combo to clean bugs and other debris off your glass panes and windshields.