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Uses for Baking Soda: Baby Care

Babies may be little, but the cleaning, deodorizing, and minor health challenges they present certainly aren't. Baking soda can help you deal with this bundle of challenges. As an effective and inexpensive product, it's safe for you and safe for the baby. In this article, you will see that baking soda can help from deodorizing baby bottles to cleaning up the smell and mess of diapers and baby spit-up. Let's start with baking soda's basic powers.

Cleaning and Deodorizing

Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge to wipe cribs, changing tables, baby mattresses, and playpens. Rinse thoroughly, and then allow them to dry.

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Clean and deodorize baby spills or accidents on carpeting by soaking up as much as possible. When it is dry, sprinkle with baking soda, and them let sit 15 minutes before vacuuming it up.

Use baking soda directly on metal, plastic, or vinyl strollers, car seats, and high chairs, using a damp sponge. Rinse it off, and then wipe it down.

Remove odors from cloth strollers or car seats by sprinkling baking soda on the fabric. Wait

15 minutes, longer for strong odors, and then vacuum it up.

When urine accidents occur on mattresses, sprinkle with baking soda and let the mattress dry thoroughly, then vacuum it up.

If your baby spits up on a shirt, moisten a cloth, dip it in baking soda, and dab at the spot. The odor will be controlled until you can change your clothes.

Take a small spray bottle of a baking-soda and water solution with you on outings with the baby for quick cleanups.

Rinse baby combs and brushes by swishing them in a small basin of water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Rinse the item and allow it to dry.

Toy Care and Germs

Germs and babies go together in harmony. Baking soda can help fight that germ warfare.

Toys: Clean and deodorize your baby toys using a baking-soda and water solution. Wash toys with a damp sponge or cloth. You should then rinse, and finally dry the toys.

Cloth toys can get grungy. To clean without water, sprinkle on baking soda as a dry shampoo, let sit 15 minutes, then brush off the baking soda.

Wipe vinyl toys clean with 1 tablespoon of baking soda per cup of water. Remove stains with baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge.

Baby bottles: Fill bottles with warm water, and add 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Shake the bottle, then rinse it, and finally clean as usual.

Freshen bottle nipples and bottle brushes overnight by soaking in a mixture of 4 tablespoons of baking soda per 1 quart of hot water. Drain the nipples and brushes, rinse them, and then clean them as you normally would in the morning.

Diaper pails: Keep diaper pails smelling fresh by sprinkling baking soda over dirty cloth diapers.

Line the bottom of a diaper pail with baking soda to control odors after you empty it.

Baby laundry: Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the powder or liquid laundry detergent to freshen clothes and help improve the detergent's performance on baby-food stains. With powder laundry detergent, add baking soda in the rinse cycle only.

Remove chemical finishes from new baby clothes by washing them first in mild soap and

1/2 cup of baking soda.

As you can see, baby care requires a lot of tools to do it right, and baking soda can help you tackle a variety of baby smells and messes.

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