Other Uses for Baking Soda

It’s time to pull that little box of sodium bicarbonate out of your kitchen cabinet and consider all the other things you can do with it besides baking. This natural, environmentally safe and inexpensive powder could be the most versatile product in your house, if only you knew the secret powers that it held. To that end, here are some other uses for baking soda.

Use it to eliminate strong odors from your hands by rubbing them with baking soda then rinsing with water.

Sprinkle a little in your shoes to eliminate odor.

Mix a ¼ cup with one quart of warm water to wash almost any household surface. Wipe with the solution and rinse. For dirtier surfaces just use more powder.

Add a cup to your bathwater to act as a skin softener.

Use it as an occasional substitute for toothpaste to keep your teeth white. You can also soak dentures and retainers in a cup of water mixed with two teaspoons of baking soda to keep them clean.

Sprinkle it on small grease or electrical fires to put them out.

Once a week pour ½ cup down your drains followed by hot water to keep them clean.

Remove burned-on food from a pans and skillets by soaking them in a baking soda solution before washing.

Add water to make a paste and use it as a facial scrub.

Make a paste with water to polish chrome and stainless steel.

Use a ½ cup of baking soda as an alternative to bleach when washing your clothes.

Put an open box in the refrigerator to absorb odors.

Mix a teaspoon with a glass of water and drink to sooth heartburn.

Sprinkle some on your carpet or upholstery, wait a few minutes, and then vacuum to cut down on various odors, including those left by pets.

Make a paste to relieve itching from insect bites, rashes and pain from bee stings and sunburn.

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  1. I put baking soda in the drain followed by hot vinegar (from cleaning the coffee maker). Cleansing and entertaining (I don't get out much). Makes a good substitute for shampoo, too. I buy by the 50 # bag at the feed store for under $13! (it's labelled "Rumen Normalizer") Also good for smelly dogs: sprinkle on and rub into coat then either brush or rinse out.

  2. I just used the baking powder in our basement because it got wet down there. We only have the pool room painted so the other side can stink when it gets wet. Well, I used this hint tonight and it worked great! It made the smell go away. Keep up the good and useful posts! Love ya!

  3. The subject is uses for baking powder....not baking soda....There is a difference.....

  4. Thanks for the comments. I accidentally put “Powder” in the title instead of “Soda.” The subject is actually baking soda. Sorry for any confusion.


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