Alternate Uses For Baking Powder
Many people know that there are over a hundred ways to use baking soda but most don't realize that there are some good alternative uses for baking powder as well. Baking powder is basically baking soda mixed with cream of tartar. Since we mainly use small amount of it for baking, baking powder often goes bad before it can be used up. But there are ways you can use it up and keep from wasting it. Here are some of those ways:
Rubber Gloves: Like wearing rubber gloves but hate it when you can't get them off? Well sprinkle a little baking powder on your hands before you slide them on and they will slide right off.
Spilled oil - If you spill oil on your kitchen rug, don't try to sop it up with a towel you will only push it in further, instead immediately sprinkle it with baking powder and let the baking powder soak up the oil. When it dries just vacuum it up and then give it a cleaning with a good foaming carpet spot cleaner.
Smelly Sweaty Feet - Baking powder works just as good as baking soda for keeping your feet from sweating and smelling, just sprinkle some in your shoes and it will keep your feet much fresher.
Deodorant - Baking powder also works great as an emergency deodorant.
Heat Rash - When the temperature is high and someone in your family has heat rash sprinkle their sheets with some baking powder.
Stained Kitchen Counters - Both baking soda and baking powder are good for getting tough stains off of counter tops. Simply make a paste by mixing it with water, then dip a wet rag in the paste and rub on the stained area.
Clean Stainless Steel - That same paste mentioned above makes an excellent stainless steel cleaner.
Boosting Detergent Performance - If you have baking soda, it is more cost effective to use that for this but if you don't have any and you have some extra baking powder you can make that last bit of detergent go further. Just add a little to your dishwasher, your dishwater, or your clothes washer and it will boost the clean power of the detergent, 1/8 cup should do the trick.
Give a Kitty A Dry Bath - Rub a bit of baking powder on your kitty and then brush it out. It will help to pick up extra oils and dirt from their fur.