20 Everyday Uses for Baking Soda
Submitted by Jen on Tue, 08/21/2012 - 09:33
Baking Soda or Sodium bicarbonate is an item that I would never be caught without. I buy the large bags as often as I need. It's very inexpensive and there are literally dozens of uses for it.
Baking soda can be used for cooking, neutralization of acids and bases, medical purposes, personal hygiene and as a cleaning agent. Since it has long been known and is widely used, the salt has many related names such as baking soda, bread soda, cooking soda, and bicarbonate of soda. In colloquial usage, its name is shortened to sodium bicarb, bicarb soda, or simply bicarb.
Sodium bicarbonate is used in a process for cleaning paint called soda blasting. It can be administered to pools, spas, and garden ponds to raise pH levels. It has weak disinfectant properties, and it may be an effective fungicide against some organisms.
Since it acts as a neutralizing agent, it can be used to absorb odors that are caused by strong acids. Because baking soda will absorb musty smells, it has become a tried-and-true method for used-book sellers when making books less malodorous.
There are many uses for Baking soda and with the help of a few other women (who gave some input) I will list several more below.
1. Cleaner/whiter teeth and fresh breath.~ Keep a box in your bathroom and dip your toothbrush in it for fresh breath and clean teeth.
2. Fresh feet~ Sprinkle in your shoes for a foot deodorizer.
3. Gas~ I drop a tsp of soda into a glass of water and drink it for relief of indegestion. Works fast!
4. Laundry~ 1 cup will do the trick for white, fresher clothes. Add it to your washer with your detergent and allow the water to fill the machine and then add laundry.
5. Canker sores~ Make a paste by mixing a little soda with water on your finger tip and dab it it right on the sore. It will sting for the first second but it will heal faster.
6. Clean sterling silver~ You will need a large pot, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon salt, 4 inch (approximately) piece of aluminum foil, tongs or something similar to get the silver in and out of boiling water.
Fill the pot most of the way with water and put the aluminum foil, baking soda, and salt in the water. Bring the water to a boil. Place your silver in the pot and boil for 2-3 minutes. After your silver is finished cleaning in the boiling water, let it cool off a bit and then rinse in clean water and dry with a soft cloth to remove the baking soda residue.
7. Gently scrub away scuff marks and crayon from walls. Just make a paste and use a sponge to wipe away marks.
8. Clean appliances without scratching.
9. Shampoo~ Mix 1 tsp. with a glass of water. Wet hair and mix thoroughly through your hair. Use a clean brush or comb just to make sure you get it on every strand and it reaches your scalp. Rinse.
10. Bath time~ Drop this into your bath water and you won't need soap. Your skin will feel remarkably clean and soft as well as rejuvenated.
11. Sprinkle into your cat's litter box to help with the odor.
12. Sprinkle some baking soda on your carpet to help deodorize especially if you have dogs.
13. Keep a box in your car.
14. Keep a box in the locker room locker.
15. Extinguish small grease fires and electrical fires. This should never be used in a fryer because it can cause the grease to splatter.
16. Cattle feed supplement~ (for those moms who keep a few cows in the back yard) Particularly as a buffering for the rumen. (this is the first division of the stomach which collects the food that has been immediately swallowed.)
17. Keep a box in the fridge for deodorizing.
18. Scrub the tub, the floors, the sinks and it never scratches.
19. I already mentioned using baking soda for relief from indigestion but you can also use it in your foods to reduce bitterness and flatulence. To reduce flatulence in your meals simply add a pinch of baking soda for every 15 ounces of food being cooked. Do this towards the end of the cooking process. Add the baking soda to the meal the second you turn the stove's heat down to simmer. When you add the baking soda you will notice foaming, especially in tomato sauce dishes. Stir until the foaming action is complete, about one to two minutes. Even if you do not see the foaming action, like in bean dishes or leafy greens, you will still want to stir the baking soda for about one to two minutes making sure there is thorough distribution. Flatulence is important but it never hurts to help reduce it.
20. A paste of baking soda and water can be applied to a diaper rash or other minor irritations to reduce skin inflammation and irritation. This works great!
You can buy the 13.5 pound bag at Amazon and it ranges in price from 12.00 to 17.00.