Baking soda isn't just for indoor use. Baking soda is an absolute 'must have' if you’re a backyard gardener who wants to save a buck. Besides every day indoor household uses, use baking soda (bicarbonate soda) in your every day lawn and garden maintenance.
If you want to go green.. baking soda is your number one ingredient besides vinegar for your daily green household and garden kit. Killing weeds, cleaning ovens, freshen carpets and pet beds to stripping paint and cleaning toilets and teeth!,
Besides a refrigerator deodorant, did you know that baking soda is also an inexpensive yet most effective teeth whitener, facial/body scrub, jewelry cleaner and deodorant? Don’t get me started – Exasperation!
Here are four ways to use every day, inexpensive baking soda in your garden. Be sure to share this with other folks not only to save money but, to help save the planet from nasty chemicals that tend to get into ground water, damage plants, hurt birds and effects people’s breathing particularly in children under 12 years of age.
2. Sprinkle Baking Soda on Cabbages (and other Brassicas) to Thwart Caterpillars, Aphids, Ants, Silver Fish and Roaches and some beetles away. Put directly onto slugs to kill them. Caterpillars can wipe out an entire crop of cabbage within a few days. Aphids can multiply so fast that a cabbage can be unrecognizable.
3. Sweep Baking Soda into Sidewalk Cracks Discourages Weeds
Simply pour or sweep a thick layer of baking soda into sidewalk and patio cracks. The baking soda will kill any small weeds that are already there, and prevent new ones from sprouting. No worries about most flowers being affected by baking soda. Baking soda can also help your PH balance in your soil.
4. Kill Crabgrass – No Match For Baking Soda!
Crabgrass can take over a lawn. Once you begin to notice crabgrass in your lawn, garden beds, or sidewalk cracks, you can use baking soda to get rid of it for good. Simply wet it down the crabgrass or weed then pour a thick dusting of baking soda on it. The crabgrass will start dying back in two to three days. Caution Jungle Jim! Be careful where you're applying the baking soda because, too much baking soda on grass will offset the PH balance and kill common grasses. Grass is different than flower or vegetable plants.
5. Tomato Sweetener - Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda onto the soil around the plants.
6. Rabbit Deterrent - Sprinkle baking soda around your garden to keep the rabbits from eating your herbs and veggies.
7. Control Postharvest Diseases on fruits. Baking soda is more effective when combined with yeast organisms that prevent diseases from growing than expensive chemicals.
8. Clean Garden Tools - Baking soda is the perfect abrasive to clean all of the gunk and organic build-up on your garden tools. What’s good for your teeth surely good for your garden tools. Note: calling you surely is just an expression. :O)
9. Keep Seeds Dry - Keep an envelope, box, sash, or what have you of baking soda inside of your seed box to keep your seeds dry. Keep your precious seeds safe from humidity.
10. Clean Nails & Cuticles - All of backyard gardeners have at least one thing in common and that’s dirty fingernails and feet. For soft, clean nails without a trip to the manicurist, simply dip your hands and feet in a bowl of warm water mixed with baking soda. Baking soda is cheaper and easier to come by Epsom salt.
*For clean and exfoliated feet and hands, scrub with baking soda and your favorite soap. This will leave nails and cuticles cleaner and softer than water alone. Baking soda is good for the entire body. Instead of buying expensive exfoliators or sugars, use baking soda and a dab of liquid soap or your favorite bar soap. You’ll figure out how much is good for your body type. Be sure to moisturize afterwards. You’ll see how moisturizer just glides over your skin. Shh… don’t tell anyone. This is a $100 tip of the day beauty secret.
*Also works to even discolored armpit skin which is usually caused from deodorant or bacteria.
20. Flowers and planting pots - Coat clay and terra cotta pots with a thin layer of baking soda when transplanting plants but before adding the soil. This helps keep the dirt fresh and resistant to fungus. If you have cut flowers, dip them in a solution of baking soda and water to keep water clear and to lengthen cut flower’s life. A pinch in your pickle jar of sun iced tea will also keep the water clear and keep the tea from getting milky. No worries, you won’t taste a thing and a pinch is enough for a gallon and tasteless.
*21. Brighten and Whiten Toenails and Fingernails!
Mix two parts baking soda and one part (2-1) hydrogen peroxide. Rub paste onto toe nails and fingernails. You're going to thank me for this tip. Once you try it.. you'll use this tip at least once a month. Backyard gardeners are working with soil, vegetation, water, etc. all which can dull or stain toe and fingernails.
Really rub in into your nails, underneath your nails and into the creases around your nails. You are going to be amazed! You're welcome :O)
*22. Remove labels from garden pots and garden decorations - There's nothing worse than buying a beautiful ceramic garden pot, pretty patio accessories or dishes for your next bar-b-que and you can't seem to remove that pesky price tag or manufactures label. Here's a homemade sticker remover that will save you money from having to buy a professional adhesive goo remover. Mix 1/3 cup baking soda and 2/3 cup of vegetable oil. It works every time. Give it a try.
**I hope these garden-related baking soda tips come in handy. Buy baking soda in bulk for extra savings. Don’t throw away expired baking soda.. it’s still good perhaps not for baking but, it’s still good for household and garden use. Feel free to add your own. Cheers ~*Emma