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Using Baking Soda for Odors

When I worked in construction, it was necessary for me to wear high top, steel toed, tightly laced boots. With no air circulation around the feet, a perfect breeding ground for bacteria was created. I found an effective remedy.

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We all know baking soda is an excellent deodorant and 'sweetener'. I even use it to eliminate any odor in empty gallon milk jugs I plan to use for other purposes. Bleach will do the same but it leaves a lingering chlorine scent.

I found that baking soda is as effective and as cheap a foot deodorant as one can use. I kept a salt shaker filled with soda where I dressed. A light sprinkle in my shoes each morning prevented any odor on my feet or in my shoes.

Baking soda will absolutely stop and prevent foot odor. There is a down side though. If too much is used, it will cause profuse sweating of the feet. When my feet were squishing in my shoes, I decided I should use a bit less.

Now, I use the soda a little differently and it still works great. Rather than the sprinkling ritual every morning, I simply add baking soda to the final rinse water when I wash my socks. I don't measure, but a teaspoon per gallon of water sounds about right. If you're a lady who doesn't wear socks, a very light, daily sprinkling in the shoes might be the best method for you.

This works so well, I add soda to the final rinse water when washing shirts I will be wearing while gardening all day in hot sun. I prefer this over body powders. For me, no smell is better than smelling like a baby or somebody's maiden aunt.

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October 14, 2005

Want to keep your whole house smelling sweet, especially closets, bathrooms, garage, laundry room, etc.? I keep approximately one half cup of baking soda in a container.

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February 6, 2009

How can I use baking soda to get rid of milk odors in my car?

Meryem from Nevsehir, Turkey

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February 6, 20090 found this helpful

If it's in the carpet or upholstery cover the area with baking soda(it takes quite a bit) and let sit overnight. Vacuum the next day. If the smell is throughout your car put an open bag of charcoal in your car/trunk for several days. Good luck, I know from experience what a sickening odor that is!

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February 6, 20090 found this helpful

I had a gallon of milk (all of it) spill on the carpet of my car. I tried everything to get the odor out. Finally i remembered that white vinegar will remove just about any protein odor. I emptied a 1/2 gallon of the vinegar onto the carpet (I was desperate...it was summer) swished it around a bit, rolled down all the car windows and waited. The next day...no odor! and the carpet was dry by that evening.

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August 24, 2011

Is cleaning with a baking soda and water combination to prevent odor a proven method?

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August 26, 20110 found this helpful

Baking soda is a good deodorizer. It works well in fridges and in many other places. It is not foolproof, and may not work on horrible odors like sour milk in a car left in the sun. Or rotten fish. But it is a good place to start. What are you cleaning?

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