60 uses for Baking soda
Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda has many different uses in the
household. Although much more expensive products have been developed
over the years to do the same jobs, baking soda can work for you
just as well, if not better. Use it in the following ways:
1. 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.
2. Be sure to keep an extra box of baking soda by your stove in case
of grease or electrical fire.
Scatter the powder by the handful to safely put it out.
3. Keep a container of baking soda in your garage as well as in your
car to put out a fire. It won't
damage anything it touches.
4. Baking soda will also put out fires in clothing, fuel, wood,
upholstery and rugs.
5. Clean vegetables and fruit with baking soda. Sprinkle in water,
soak and rise the produce.
6. Wash garbage cans with baking soda.
7. Soak and wash diapers with baking soda.
8. Oil and grease - stained clothing washes out better with soda
added to the washing water.
9. Clean your fridge and freezer with dry soda sprinkled on a damp
cloth. rinse with clear water.
10. Deodorize your fridge and freezer by putting in an open
container of baking soda to absorb odors. Stir and turn over the
soda from time to time. Replace every 2 months.
11. 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
12. Always add 1/2 cup soda to your washing machine load.
13. Clean combs and brushes in a soda solution.
14. Wash food and drink containers with soda and water.
15. Wash marble-topped furniture with a solution of 3 tablespoons of
soda in 1 quart of warm water. Let stand awhile, then rinse.
16. Clean formica counter tops with baking soda on a damp sponge.
17. Wash out thermos bottles and cooling containers with soda and
water to get rid of stale smells.
18. To remove stubborn stains from marble, formica or plastic
surfaces, scour with a paste of soda
19. Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not aluminum) in
a soda solution ( 3 tbsp. soda to
1 quart water).
20. Run you coffee maker through its cycle with a soda solution.
21. Give baby bottles a good cleaning with soda and hot water.
22. Sprinkle soda on barbecue grills, let soak, then rinse off.
23. Sprinkle soda on greasy garage floor. Let stand, scrub and
24. Polish silverware with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rub, rinse and
25. For silver pieces without raised patterns or cemented-on
handles: place the silver on aluminum
foil in an enamel pot. Add boiling water and 4 tbsp. baking soda.
Let stand, rinse and dry.
26. Reduce odor build-up in your dishwasher by sprinkling some soda
on the bottom.
27. Run your dishwasher through its cycle with soda in it instead of
soap to give it a good cleaning.
28. 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.
29. For a badly-burned pan with a thick layer of burned-on food:
pour a thick layer of soda directly
onto the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle on just enough water so as
to moisten the soda. Leave the pot overnight, then scrub it clean
30. Rub stainless steel and chrome with a moist cloth and dry baking
soda to shine it up. Rinse and
dry. On stainless steel, scrub in the direction of the grain.
31. Clean plastic, porcelain and glass with dry soda on a damp
cloth. Rinse and dry.
32. Remove that bad smell from ashtrays with soda and water.
33. Sprinkle a bit of dry soda in your ashtrays to prevent
smoldering and reduce odor.
34. Clean your bathroom with dry soda on a moist sponge - sink, tub,
tiles, shower stall, etc.
35. Keep your drains clean and free-flowing by putting 4 tablespoons
of soda in them each week.
Flush the soda down with hot water.
36. Soak your shower curtains in water and soda to clean them.
37. To remove strong odors from your hands, wet your hands & rub
them hard with soda, then rinse.
38. Sprinkle baking soda on your wet toothbrush and brush your teeth
and dentures with it.
39. Sprinkle soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots and slippers to
40. Add 1/2 cups or more of baking soda to your bath water to soften
41. Putting 2 tbsp. of baking soda in your baby's bath water will
help relieve diaper rash irritations.
42. Apply soda directly to insect bites, rashes and poison ivy to
relieve discomfort. Make a paste
43. Take a soda bath to relieve general skin irritations such as
measles and chicken pox.
44. Take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water to
relieve acid indigestion or heartburn.
45. Gargle with 1/2 tsp. baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. Freshens
and cleans your mouth.
46. Used as a mouthwash, baking soda will also relieve canker sore
47. To relieve sunburn: use a paste of baking soda and water.
48. Bug bites: use a poultice of baking soda and vinegar.
49. Bee sting: use a poultice of baking soda and water.
50. Windburns: moisten some baking soda and apply directly.
51. Making Play Clay with baking soda: combine 1 1/4 cups water, 2
cups soda, 1 cup cornstarch.
52. Use soda as an underarm deodorant.
53. If your baby spits up on his shirt after feeding, moisten a
cloth, dip it in baking soda and dab at
the dribbled shirt. The odor will go away.
54. When scalding a chicken, add 1 tsp. of soda to the boiling
water. The feathers will come off
easier and flesh will be clean and white.
55. Repel rain from windshield. Put gobs of baking soda on a
dampened cloth and wipe windows
inside and out.
56. Add to water to soak dried beans to make them more digestible.
57. Add to water to remove the "gamey" taste from wild game.
58. Use to sweeten sour dishcloths.
59. Use dry with a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.
60. Use to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from toaster. Dampen
cloth and make a mild abrasive with baking soda