10 Bi-Carb Soda hacks that'll change your life

Gillian Wolski
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

The humble pantry staple, Bi-Carb Soda, has many more uses than just making sure your yummy cakes rise in the oven.

Think brightening your beloved white kicks, deodorising smelly pet bedding or creating a hair mask to rejuvenate your mane.

And best of all, at under $3 and without the eye-watering chemicals, it’s both wallet- and enviro-friendly.

Here are 10 handy hacks for making the most out of this wonder powder from the household name behind those distinctive blue-and-white boxes of Bi-Carb Soda, McKenzie’s Foods.

  1. Beautifying hair mask

Remove unwanted styling product build-up from your hair by washing weekly with one tablespoon of Bi-Carb mixed with your regular shampoo. Rinse thoroughly, then condition and style as usual.

  1. Clean Makeup Brushes

To clean makeup brushes, soak in Bi-Carb solution overnight. Rinse well and dry.

Bi-Carb can keep your kicks looking fresh. Photo: Getty Images.
  1. Shoe whitener and deodoriser

Make your white sneakers like new again. Combine 1tbs of hot water, one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of Bi-Carb. Mix and then use an old toothbrush to lather the mixture onto the canvas areas of your shoes. Sprinkle a small amount of dry Bi-Carb into your shoes to remove smells. Shake out well before wearing.

  1. Deodorise Refrigerator

Place a small open container of Bi-Carb in your fridge to eliminate unwanted food odours. Replace monthly.

  1. Cleaning Silver Jewellery

Soak in a solution of 1⁄2 cup of vinegar and two tablespoons of Bi-Carb for two hours. Buff with a soft cloth.

  1. Deodorising Smelly Pet Bedding

Sprinkle Bi-Carb onto dry bed. Leave for at least 15 minutes, then vacuum. See how simple it is in this video.

Spruce up Fido's stinky bed with Bi-Carb. Photo: Getty Images.
  1. Freshen New Towels

Wash new towels with 1⁄2 cup of Bi-Carb to increase fluffiness.

  1. Remove Stubborn Stains on Carpets or Rugs

Sprinkle Bi-Carb over the stain, then moisten it with a little soda water and rub gently. Do not over-wet the carpet or rug. Allow to dry, then vacuum clean

  1. Clean Baby Bottles

Safely clean baby bottles by placing two teaspoons of Bi-Carb into the bottle, pour in hot water, leave to soak then rinse well.

  1. Fruit and Vegetable Scrub

For a safe way to effectively clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables, sprinkle a little Bi-Carb on a clean cloth or vegetable brush. Scrub and rinse.

What is the difference between Bi-Carb Soda, Baking Powder and Baking Soda?

If you’re anything like us, you’re a bit stumped when it comes to knowing the difference between Bi-Carb Soda, Baking Powder and Baking Soda.

We asked the experts at McKenzie’s Foods to explain.

Bi-Carb Soda

Also known as: baking soda, sodium bi-carb or bi-carb soda

What it does: it liberates carbon dioxide when in contact with acid

Use: it is commonly used as a raising agent in baking

Bi-Carb Soda, Baking Powder and Baking Soda: what's the difference? Photo: Getty Images.

Baking Powder

What it is: a mixture of baking soda, starch, and at least one slightly acidic compound such as cream of tartar

What it does: it works as a leavening agent in baking by releasing carbon dioxide when mixed with a liquid, such as milk or water

Use: like Bi-Carb Soda, it is also used as a raising agent in baking but they are used under different conditions depending on the mix of other ingredients within the recipe

Can you use Baking Powder instead of Bi-Carb soda?

Yes, you can use Baking Powder instead of Bi-Carb soda but you will need to use more and it can sometimes change the taste of the end product.

You cannot, however, use Bi-Carb Soda in place of Baking Powder.

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