Uses For Baking Soda

white-roseBaking soda is useful for so much more than baking; let’s look at some of those other uses.

Add baking soda (1/2 cup amounts) to loads of laundry, diapers, etc. to help clean them.

Add baking soda to your bath water to soften skin and relieve skin irritations.

Apply baking soda and water paste to insect bites, rashes, sunburn, bee stings, etc. to relieve discomfort.

Baking soda is said to relieve symptoms of the following ailments: urinary tract infections, heartburn, acid indigestion, etc.

Clean and freshen sponges, washcloths, etc. be soaking them in a strong baking soda solution.

Clean dirt off of fresh fruit and vegetables by scrubbing with a damp sponge sprinkled with baking soda, before rinsing.

Clean your house with baking soda and vinegar, but be careful for the reaction when they are mixed!

Clean your refrigerator with a damp cloth sprinkled with baking soda then leave a container of baking soda in it to absorb odors.

Deodorize trash cans by sprinkling baking soda in them.

Drink a half glass of water with a half a teaspoon baking soda to relieve indigestion or heartburn. Gargle with the same solution to freshen the mouth.

Fill drywall cracks and nail holes with a mixture of baking soda and either white glue or toothpaste. Press the mixture into the hole and allow it to dry before painting over it.

Lift fresh stains out of carpets by spraying with water and shaking on some baking soda. Vacuum up the soda once it is dry, and the stain will come with it.

Make deodorant with baking soda and coconut oil.

Polish silverware by rubbing each piece with a damp cloth sprinkled with baking soda, then rinse and dry.

Remove strong odors from skin by scrubbing them with a damp solution of baking soda and rinsing.

Repel cockroaches, ants, etc. by sprinkling baking soda around sinks and windows, etc.

Scatter baking soda over a fire (grease, electrical, car, clothing, fuel, wood, etc.) to put it out safely.

Scrub grout with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and an old toothbrush to clean it.

Scrub nails and cuticles with a paste of baking soda and water to soften cuticles and brighten nails before applying polish. Also this will help to kill nail fungus.

Soak brushes and combs in baking soda water to clean them.

Sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda onto a food-encrusted pan and dampen it with water. Let it soak overnight before scrubbing clean.

Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of a litterbox, before filling with litter, to combat odor.

Sprinkle baking soda on your dog and then brush it out of their fur to remove wet dog odors.

Sprinkle soda on and in shoes, socks, boots, etc. to eliminate odor.

Surround a dog’s food bowl with baking soda to keep pests from invading it.

Unclog a clogged drain with baking soda and hot water.

Use a baking soda and water paste to polish stainless steel, chrome, enameled cast iron, etc.

Use baking soda as a gentle facial exfoliator, with or without honey to moisturize skin.

Use baking soda to brush your teeth (or retainers and dentures).

Use baking soda with water as a shampoo, or add a tablespoon to a handful of shampoo on occasion to reduce product buildup on hair.

Wash baby bottles with baking soda and water then rinse with warm water.