Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda has several uses in the smoker's household. Just a small pile of baking soda strategically placed can trap odour, reduce fire risk and clean the mess left behind.
Baking soda is an alkaline which is known for its odour stopping abilities. Filling the bottom of an ashtray with baking soda helps to eliminate smoke smells from a room. The layer of soda traps the smoke from the ashes and discarded butts.
Baking soda also has an excellent reputation for putting out fires. Baking soda will put out fires on clothing, fuel, wood, upholstery and rugs. A layer of baking soda in the bottom of ashtrays aids in completely extinguishing cigarettes.
Although baking soda has a light fluffy appearance, it is in fact a dense powder. Pouring a layer of baking soda in the bottom of an ashtray will add weight to the ashtray and help prevent nasty spills.
Baking soda is a cleaning agent. Using baking soda in ashtrays aids clean-up in two ways. First the ashes and butts are laying on top of the soda and are easily dumped out. Baking soda also makes a mildly abrasive, odour eating paste. Simply sprinkle a dirty ashtray with baking soda, add a drop of water and scrub with a wet rag.