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How can I use baking soda to control odors?

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Most bad smells come from either strong acids (think sour milk) or bases (like spoiled fish). When you add baking soda and change the pH balance, the odors in your fridge or your carpet come into a neutral state. Try it for yourself: Put an open box of baking soda in your fridge. Sprinkle it over the layers of garbage in your trash can or toss it into the bottom of your dishwasher.

From: Baking Soda Dos and Don’ts WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Science Buddies: “Acids, Bases, & the pH Scale.”

PubMed Health: “Sodium Bicarbonate (Oral route, Intravenous route, Subcutaneous route).”

Sara Haas, dietitian, chef, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Mayo Clinic: “Insect Bites and Stings: First aid.”

TeensHealth: “Bug Bites and Stings.”

FDA: “Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Plants.”

Putt, M.S. , 2008. The Journal of Clinical Dentistry

Mitchmarderdds.com: “5 Natural Ways to Neutralize Bad Breath.”

Oconto County, University of Wisconsin-Extension: “Baking Soda - The Everyday Miracle.”

Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification: “Using a Natural Odor Eliminator for a Green Alternative.”

Schwalfenberg, G. , published online Oct. 12, 2011. Journal of Environmental and Public Health

National Cancer Institute: “Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects; Mouth and Throat Changes.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

Science Buddies: “Acids, Bases, & the pH Scale.”

PubMed Health: “Sodium Bicarbonate (Oral route, Intravenous route, Subcutaneous route).”

Sara Haas, dietitian, chef, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Mayo Clinic: “Insect Bites and Stings: First aid.”

TeensHealth: “Bug Bites and Stings.”

FDA: “Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Plants.”

Putt, M.S. , 2008. The Journal of Clinical Dentistry

Mitchmarderdds.com: “5 Natural Ways to Neutralize Bad Breath.”

Oconto County, University of Wisconsin-Extension: “Baking Soda - The Everyday Miracle.”

Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification: “Using a Natural Odor Eliminator for a Green Alternative.”

Schwalfenberg, G. , published online Oct. 12, 2011. Journal of Environmental and Public Health

National Cancer Institute: “Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects; Mouth and Throat Changes.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

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