4 Reasons for Keeping Baking Soda Around the House

Most people, by now, know that baking soda isn’t just for baking: It’s also a fantastic fridge deodorizer. (If you didn’t know that, rename the title of this article “6 Reasons to Keep Baking Soda Around the House.”) But did you know that baking soda has about a bazillion other uses?

To save us both some time, we narrowed down the uses we focus on to just four. Here they are, in all their glory.

1. Use Baking Soda as Toothpaste

We know, we know – putting powdery baking soda straight into your mouth sounds like one of the least appealing things, ever. Hear us out: Just dip the tip of your toothbrush bristles into some baking soda, and start brushing those soon-to-be pearly whites. Baking soda whitens and brightens your smile like crazy.

If you’re really having a hard time stomaching the flavor, you can always drop a bit of mint into your baking soda for something a little more toothpaste-like.

2. Use Baking Soda to Soothe Your Skin

Ever been stung by a bee or a wasp? There aren’t many things that hurt like that hurts.

Baking soda can actually relieve the pain from stings. Take out the stinger first, and then apply a baking soda paste (mixed with water) to the wound.

This home remedy also works for itchy bug bites and even sunburn.

3. Use Baking Soda as Elbow Grease

Pans can be a pain in the pot to clean. Cooked-on food is basically human Kryptonite. Your mother always told you that everything can be cleaned with a little bit of “elbow grease,” but if you haven’t been hitting the gym lately, sometimes your “grease” is on short supply.

That’s where baking soda comes in. Using a paste similar to the skin-soothing remedy, you can remove stuck-on food like you have, in fact, been hitting the gym.

Bonus feature: Baking soda also makes stainless steel pots extra shiny.

4. Use Baking Soda to Clean Your Bathroom

Sure, that name-brand spray cleaner gets the job done in your bathroom, but have you ever stopped to think what kind of chemicals are in there? What kind of chemicals you’re breathing in every time you clean your porcelain throne?

Skip the poison shower, and just use baking soda. It’s not just good for porcelain – it also cleans tile, counters, faucets and other stainless steel fixtures. If you want things fizzy clean, spray everything with vinegar first. Adding baking soda to the mix will fizz away all the grime, eliminating the need for the “elbow grease” we talked about earlier.

You want your house to be spotless when showing it to prospective buyers. If you need more tips on how to make your home sparkle before you sell it, give us a call.

Tips for Creating a Small Home Gym for the Minimalist

Minimalism is a trend that we hope sticks around for a while. It not only declutters your home, but also it makes budget decorating that much easier. Every item has to be carefully considered for its design and utility.working out in home gym

If you want to create a home gym using minimalism as a guide, these five tips are just for you.

1. Invest in dumbbells

Depending on your fitness goal, you may feel obligated to get a giant set of weights for your home gym. They will not only be expensive and difficult to move in and out, but also they’re pretty unnecessary.

Instead of the heavy weights, invest in some dumbbells. You can purchase them in many different weight classes. To gain strength, try going for more reps with smaller weights. These dumbbells will also take up less space in your home gym.

2. Stretch your budget with bands

If you’re trying to take your weight-less workout to the next level, you should think about getting some stretchy bands. They position your body in such a way that you’re almost using yourself as a “weight.” These bands take up such little room that you can easily hide them in the closet – or, if you don’t have one, tuck them under your exercise ball.

3. Toss in an exercise ball

For the ab workout of your dreams, you don’t need any of the bulky, infomercial loungers. All you need is a squishy – but firm – exercise ball that’s less than two feet in diameter. Just sitting on this ball is great for core strength (that’s why you see so many people sitting on them instead of rolling chairs at your office), and it will barely take up space in your home gym at all.

4. Look into (getting) a mirror

Get a mirror for your minimalist home gym. It not only creates the illusion that the room is much larger than it actually is, but also it can help you reach your fitness goal. Looking into a mirror while lifting weights, practicing balancing exercises and doing body-only workouts can improve your form and, therefore, your results.

5. Set up a TV

This may sound counterproductive, but you can really lose time in your home gym by watching TV while you work out. You can also flip the channel to watch group exercises and get some creative ideas on the many ways you can work out in your home gym. Adding a TV is a small way to make your home gym a “luxury” gym without sacrificing the minimalist feel.

Pro tip: If you’re going to do TV group exercises, you should also consider getting a yoga mat. Even non-yoga workouts involve yoga mats these days.

A minimalist home gym isn’t just great for exercise and utility. It also shows prospective home buyers the many things they could do in your home if they bought it. For more ideas, reach out to us.