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Why baking soda is a motorist's best friend

The white stuff can be used for a multitude of car hacks – here are our top ones.

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BAKING SODA IS a hero product when it comes to car hacks and tips. It can do everything from eliminating odours to polishing chrome and removing stains. So here are a few hacks to keep you car like new just using baking soda.

Shake and vac – sprinkle the white stuff all over cloth car seats and carpets. Leave on for as long as you can, overnight is best, and then just vacuum it up. This will eliminate odours so all evidence of that sneaky takeaway will be gone!

To keep your car smelling fresh by filling your ashtray with baking soda and leaving it there. This will act as a car air freshener – no more unseasonal Christmas trees hanging from your mirror.

Mix three parts baking soda to one part water to make a paste. Rub this paste onto corrosion on battery terminals. Wipe off with a damp cloth.

Use the same paste method to remove stains from upholstery and carpets. Apply the paste to the stain and leave it to set for a while. Then take a brush, rub off the paste and just vacuum up the residue.

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You can also use this paste to get your rims gleaming by rubbing the paste over your wheels with a damp cloth and then rinsing off with warm water. Watch as the dirt and grime disappear.

Use dry baking soda on a damp cloth to polish any chrome on your vehicle. Just rub over and rinse off with water and buff with a dry, soft cloth. You can also use this method to make mirrors, lights and licence plates sparkle.

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