Baking Soda, what can’t it do? Baking Soda is one of those products that has been around forever or at least it seems like it has been. In fact it’s so popular, you see it show up in other products like toothpaste, carpet cleaner, laundry detergent and even air freshener. So what is Baking Soda? Without going into the specific chemistry behind Baking Soda, I will leave that to Wikipedia – Baking Soda, it is Sodium Bicarbonate. If you’re not familiar with Sodium bicarbonate, I would suggest reading it if you have time and see all the useful applications this has. I know you didn’t come here to read the history of Baking Soda, so let’s jump into the Top 10 Uses For Baking Soda (even though there are hundreds of uses).
Top 10 Uses For Baking Soda
10Use as an Antacid
We have all had those times where we regret what we ate a little while before and are now feeling the effects in our stomach. I have to laugh at this one because all this means is I am getting older. When you younger you regret heavy drinking. Now that I am older, I regret what I ate. Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn. I mix a little in a glass of water, but you should always read the back of the box for correct directions.
9Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin
I have never tried it on insect bites like mosquitoes, but I have used it plenty of times for bee stings. All you have to do is a little bit to a bowl with some water and make a paste. Apply this paste to the bee sting area. I can’t say it does much for the pain, but it does help make sure the stinger comes out. To ease an itch, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.
8Gently Clean Baby Clothes
We all know babies have very sensitive skin. Well we found out the hard way when one of our son starting getting red blotches over his body. We switched to a gentle detergent and sometimes even just used baking soda. We kept his cloths clean and smelling fresh, while protecting his skin. For tough stains add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your liquid laundry detergent, or a 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle for deodorization.
7Deodorize Your Refrigerator
This is the one thing I remember my mom did when I was a kid. There was always a box of Baking Soda sitting in the back of the fridge. I have to say it always worked. However don’t do what I did in college. I moved into my apartment, put a box in the fridge and left it there for two years. After a couple months, you should always change the box.
Wow this is an important one especially if you have kids and have to worry about stinky diapers. We always put a little in the bottom of the trash can. Every new bag we put in, we add a little to the bottom of the bag. I can’t say it works on everything, but most of the time it does a great job.
We have old drains that tend to smell. We have tried everything to clean them and keep them from smelling bad. Baking Soda does seem to be the trick. While it doesn’t last long, it is helpful to add at night or time periods when no one will be using the sink for a while. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water–it will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain.
Who doesn’t have stinky shoes? OK I know most people don’t, but this is a great trick to remove the orders in our kids shoes. Just shake a little power in the shoes and say goodbye to that smell. Works on most shoes, but sometimes there is that really bad smell that nothing will get rid of. Just make sure you shake out the power before wearing them, well unless it your kids and you want to play a joke.
Because baking Soda has so many uses, it is a must have for any camping trip. Use it to brush your teeth, stop the itches from the bugs, clean your dishes, clean your hands and use in your tent to stop that funky smell.
2Clean Coffee and Tea Pots
We all know how hard it is to remove the stains from our coffee pots or favorite coffee mugs. Now I am not saying this is the cure all to all the stains as you still need elbow grease to clean them, but it does do a great job. Use 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water.
OK, maybe this one is to straight forward, but come on, what else would you expect.
Funny thing about this list is that this is only a fraction of things you can do with Baking Soda. What did I miss, let me know below.