Baking soda has been around forever. It’s non-toxic. It’s cheap. And it does everything! Here are 45 life changing uses…
Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, a chemical compound with the formula NaHCO₃. It’s all natural and non-toxic. Listen to your Grandmother on this one. Everything she taught you about this miracle substance is true!
- Wastepaper cans and recycling bins. This is one that most people know – just shake about 1-2 TBSP into the bottom of the can.
- Dishwashers. Like the first one – a few shakes and let it deodorize.
- Refrigerator. Open a small box and replace every 30 days.
- Closet. Open a small box and replace every 30 days.
- Kitty litter. Sprinkle on bottom of box before adding litter.
- Gym bags. Sprinkle onto bottom of empty gym bag.
- Air freshener aka Febreze. See the DIY here.
- Shower soap scum. Mix together a paste of baking soda and water onto the walls, scrub, and rinse.
- Toilet. Pour 1 cup into the toilet and let it stand for 30 minutes. Scrub with a toilet brush and flush.
- Floors. Add 1/2 cup to one bucket warm water and mop to clean.
- Carpet. Sprinkle liberally onto carpet, let stand for a few hours, and vacuum.
- Greasy pans. Use a generous sprinkle onto greasy pots and pans along with your dish detergent, let sit for a few minutes, and wash with hot water.
- Tea kettle. Soak your tea pot over night with baking soda and water to clean and remove stains. Rinse well.
- Coffee pot. Soak your coffee pot over night with baking soda and water to clean and remove stains. Rinse well.
- Walls. Sprinkle a little onto a damp sponge to remove marks and crayon from walls (test a small area first).
- Kitchen counters. Sprinkle on surface, scrub and wipe with a damp sponge.
- Silver. Mix three parts baking soda, one part water, rub onto silver, let sit for 20 minutes, rinse off with water.
- Microwave. Add a sprinkle to a damp sponge or rag and wipe clean.
- Jewelry. Mix with water to form a paste, clean jewelry with the paste and a toothbrush. Rinse with water.
- Oven. Sprinkle onto bottom of oven. Mist with water. Let sit overnight. Scrub and rinse in the morning.
- Stove top. Sprinkle onto greasy stove top. Mist with water and let sit for 30 minutes. Scrub and rinse clean.
- Burned bottom pan. Boil two inches of water into the pan and add 1/2 cup baking soda. Let sit overnight. Scrub and rinse clean in the morning.
Around the Home
- Unclog drains. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain and follow with 1 cup vinegar. Let sit for 30 minutes and flush with hot or boiling water. (Bonus points if you use that 30 day old box from your fridge!)
- Clean fruits and veggies. Sprinkle a little onto a veggie brush and scrub with water and rinse.
- Fresh flowers. Add 1 tsp to the water in the vase to help them flowers last longer.
- Pest control. Sprinkle around pipes and your basement to repel ants and “poison” cockroaches.
- De-ice. Sprinkle onto an icy porch or steps to melt ice.
Clothes and Laundry
- Stinky shoes. Sprinkle a little inside to absorb odors.
- Laundry detergent. See the DIY here.
- Laundry #2. If you don’t make your own laundry detergent, add 1/2 cup into your laundry with your regular detergent.
- Laundry stains. Check for color and fabric fastness first in a hidden spot. Use a mix of 6 TBSP baking soda and 1/2 cup warm water to make a paste and rub into the stain.
Beauty & Health
- Face. Mix 1 tsp baking soda with 1/2 cup water and wash face for a gentle exfoliant. Rinse with water.
- Feet. Add 1 TBSP to water for a foot bath.
- Itch remover. Add to water to make a paste and rub onto affected skin.
- Remove splinters. Soak area in baking soda and warm water twice a day.
- Hair and makeup brush cleaner. Combine 2 TBSP with 1 cup water and clean. Rinse with water.
- Toothpaste. See DIY here.
- Freshen breath. Mix 1 tsp baking soda with 1/2 cup water and swish around mouth and spit.
- Antacid. Sodium bicarbonate is alkaline based which will help to neutralize stomach acid.
- Dentures and retainers. Sprinkle on a toothbrush and brush retainers or dentures then rinse under water.
- Diaper rash. Add to baby’s bath water to help relieve diaper rash.
- Dry shampoo. Sprinkle a little bit onto your roots and brush.
- Deodorant. Use on underarms.
- Razor burn. Mix 1 TBSP baking soda with 1 cup water and apply to affected skin.
- Bath time. Add 1/2 cup to your bath for detox and soothing skin.
Warnings for Internal Consumption:
Using baking soda on the skin or body is safe and nontoxic. Consuming orally is also safe, but don’t exceed the recommended dose. Too much baking soda can upset the body’s acid-base balance. In severe cases, it can overload circulation and lead to heart failure. People who consume too much have reportedly developed blood chemistry imbalances and heart malfunction. If you have edema, liver disease, kidney disease or high blood pressure, you should avoid taking baking soda internally. You should also refrain from consuming baking soda if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not allow children under the age of five to consume baking soda. If you are on prescription drugs, consult your doctor before consuming baking soda, and make sure you speak to your doctor about drinking baking soda if you are on a sodium-restricted diet. Some products that may interact with baking soda include aspirin and other salicylates, barbiturates, calcium supplements, corticosteroids, medications with a special coating to protect the stomach, lithium, quinidine, and diuretics. (from https://draxe.com/)
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