Baking Soda is a very versatile product. Here are many of the uses for baking soda.
While doing research for this article, we were amazed at the number of uses for baking soda. When one looks back in history, before we had such a huge array of different cleaning products, baking soda was one of the items most frequently used. It worked great, it was economical and best of all it was safe to use.
In fact, Grandma had hundreds of uses for baking soda,we have collected some of the most popular ones. They are time tested and they work.
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1. One of the most popular uses for baking soda is to deodorize your refrigerator. Just place an open container inside, stir every couple of weeks, replace it every couple of months.
2. After you have used the baking soda in the refrigerator, don't throw it away! Put it in the sink drain or garbage disposal. Add a cup of vinegar and let it stand overnight. Run hot water through it in the morning; it will help keep drains clean and smelling fresh.
3. One of the more important uses for baking soda: Keep a box of baking soda near the stove. In case of a grease fire, you can sprinkle baking soda on the fire to extinguish the flames. This will not damage counter tops or the pans. It is safe for use on electrical fires.
4. Baking soda will also put out fires from gasoline, burning clothes, rugs and upholstery.
5. Give your deck a weathered look by adding two cups of baking soda to one gallon of water. Use a stiff brush to spread onto the surface area. Work in the direction of the grain. Let it sit for an hour then rinse with cool water.
6. Acid burns caused by battery acid, drain openers and toilet bowl cleaners can be neutralized by immediately washing the area with cold water. Then sprinkle baking soda on the effected area.
7. With a damp cloth, sprinkle dry baking soda on it to make a great cleaner for refrigerators, freezers and fiberglass shower stalls.
8. For stains on marble, formica, or plastic surfaces, a paste of baking soda and water will clean them up quick and easy.
9. Thermos bottles can be cleaned by putting 2 tablespoons of baking soda inside. Add hot water until it is ¾ full. Put the cap on and shake for several minutes. Drain and rinse. It will be clean as new.
10. After using coolers, mix baking soda and water to wipe down the inside to get rid of odors. Rinse out, let dry and store them. Put some baking soda in a small plastic container. Put holes in the lid and store it inside of your cooler. The cooler will smell fresh for the next time you use it.
11. Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots with some baking sode. It will remove the film that builds up on the inside. It will also make your coffee taste better. Never use on aluminum coffee pots.
12. To clean the inside working area of coffeemakers: Mix baking soda, 2 tablespoons in 10 cups of water, and run it through its cycle. Dump water down the drain (yes its good for the drain). Then run one more pot of water through to rinse remaining residue from the inside of the coffeemaker.
13. Uses for baking soda and babies: To help clean baby bottles, wash the bottles with water and baking soda. Then rinse well with hot water.
14. Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to keep them fresh
15. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of baking soda to your wash detergent. It will make your clothes smell fresher, help remove stains and will make your expensive detergents go further.
16. To polish silverware sprinkle dry baking soda on a damp cloth rub, rinse, dry and enjoy.
17. Use baking soda in your dishwasher. Run the dishwasher through a cycle with the baking instead of soap. Tang is also good to keep your dishwasher clean and smelling good.
18. For stainless steel and chrome, use a moist cloth and dry baking soda to make it shine like new. Rinse and dry. On stainless steel, rub in the direction of the grain.
19. To remove strong odors from your hands, wet your hands and place a little baking soda on them. Rub them together, rinse and dry. Odor will be gone.
20. Chlorine from the swimming pool can turn your hair green. To prevent this, after swimming rinse your hair with lemon juice and a 1/4 cup of baking soda. Rinse and shampoo as you normally do.
21. To maintain proper pool alkalinity, add 3/4 lb. of baking soda for every 5,000 gallons of water. This will raise the total alkalinity by 10 ppm (parts per million). Most pools require alkalinity in the 80-150 ppm range. Proper pool alkalinity level is vital for minimizing changes in pH or when basic pool chemicals or contaminants are introduced into the water.
22. Add 1/2 cup or more of baking soda to your bath water to soften your skin.
23. Putting 2 tbsp. of baking soda in your baby's bath water will help relieve diaper rash irritations.
24. If you put baking soda in your bath water, it will help with skin irritations and will also sooth the itching from measles and chickenpox.
25. Ring around the collar can be removed using a paste made with baking soda and a little water. Apply to affected area. Rub in. Then let it sit for two hours. Rinse. For stubborn stains you may need to put white vinegar on the stain. Then wash as you normally would.
26. Lawn furniture that is resin based can be cleaned safely if you wet a sponge, dipped into baking soda. Wipe on in a circular motion, then rinse well. Your lawn furniture is back to looking new
27. Weeds growing in the cracks of your driveway, sidewalks and patio? A good safe way to help prevent them from growing is to put baking soda on them. Add a handful, then sweep it into the cracks. The added sodium will help make it more hostile to the weeds growing there. It's safe for pets and children as well.
28. For the best omelets in the world, just like the ones grandma use to make, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs that you use. Mmmmm good.
29. Icing for cakes will spread smoother and prevent the icing from cracking if you add just a pinch of baking soda as you make it.
30. Wearing a plaster cast on a broken bone can be miserable any time of the year. But it always seems to itch and rub more in the summer time when its hot and sticky. To help relive the itchiness, use a hair dryer set on the coolest setting to blow baking soda into the cast. This works best if you have some help you.
31. Take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn.
32.Sprinkle soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots and slippers to eliminate odor.
33. To remove burned-on food from a pan: let the pan soak in soda and water for 10 minutes before washing. Or scrub the pot with dry soda and a moist scouring pad.
34. Give baby bottles a good cleaning with soda and hot water
35. To make your own baking powder, stir and sift together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part cornstarch
36. Clean formica counter tops with baking soda on a damp sponge.
37. Soda absorbs kitty litter odors. Cover the bottom of the kitty box with 1 part soda; then add a layer of 3 parts kitty litter on top.
38. Making play clay with baking soda: Combine 1-1/4 cups water, 2 cups soda, 1 cup cornstarch.
39. Repel rain from windshield. Put gobs of baking soda on a dampened cloth and wipe windows inside and out.
40. Use dry with a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean
41. Oil on garage floors sprinkle baking soda on the spill to absorb the extra oil then scrub the floor with hot water and a stiff bristle brush, stains are gone.
42. To remove blood stains from clothing place them under cool running water then sprinkle on baking soda. Gently rub the fabric into itself and then place under cool water, repeat if needed.
43. Nail holes, cracks in the walls and/or ceiling can easily be repaired by mixing a little white glue with baking soda. Press into crack or nail hole let dry, then use your touch up paint to match, the nail holes and cracks have disappeared
44. Ant and roach control mix equal parts of baking soda with sugar and spread over the infested area, they love the sugar the baking soda loves them to death.
45. For beautiful more manageable hair add a little bit of baking soda in you hand size of a quarter will be enough, add your shampoo. Shampoo as you normally do, this will help remove the residue that builds from styling products that you use and will make your hair clean and shiny.
46. Add a sprinkle of baking soda when you soak dried beans it will help them cook quicker and make them more digestible
48. Stuffed toys that get old and have a stale smell can be refreshed by simply giving them a dusting of baking soda let them sit for 10-15 minutes. Pat the baking soda off and you have a fresh smelling stuffed toy again. It is safe for children and the stuffed toy as well.
49. Something smelling fishy about the fish you bought at the store. Eliminate the smell by soaking the fish in a quart of water with two tablespoons of baking soda. Keep refrigerated for an hour, pat dry before cooking.
50. Clean vegetables and fruit with baking soda. Sprinkle in water, soak and rinse the produce
51. Put 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of your favorite potpourri inside old panty hose. For odor-removing sachets, tie the top shut with ribbon and place in hampers, closets, or other areas that end up with bad odors.
52. Minimize the "oh gross" factor by cleaning and freshening retainers and mouth-guards with baking soda. Soak after every use in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda and warm water. Every so often, brush them clean with a paste of baking soda. That’ll keep everyone smiling
53. Spicy food is yummy until it bothers the tummy. Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach and/or acid indigestion, when used as directed. Always refer to the baking soda package for instructions. Learn more about how baking soda works as an antacid.
54. For locks of hair that look great, remember to shake it. Sprinkle a small amount (quarter-size) of baking soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly. Baking soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.
55. For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.
56.For sunburn use a paste of baking soda and water it will help relive the burning and will help you from peeling as bad.
57.Dissolve 3- 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a basin of warm water and soak your feet. Sprinkle baking soda in your hand and gentle massage your feet.
We will be adding more uses for baking soda as we find them.