How handy is baking soda, you ask? Well, what I'm about to share with you is an list of things you can use baking soda for besides baking. And I promise, I am sure I have missed a few! But I am hoping you will see why you might want to start hoarding this stuff!!! No seriously!! Baking soda is one item everyone has and should have more of. Baking soda really is amazing stuff........
- The Refrigerator – Place an open box in the back of the fridge to neutralize odors.
- Trash Cans - Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your trash can to combat stinky smells.
- Drains - pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water. (This a great way to reuse the baking soda that was in your refrigerator when it is time to change the box.)
- Carpets Odor - Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and let it set overnight or as long as possible. Vacuum up. You may have to clean your vacuum filters after doing this as the fine powder will collect in them.
- Vacuum Cleaners - By using the method above for carpets, you will also deodorize your vacuum cleaner too!!!
- Cat Box- Sprinkle the bottom of the litter pan with baking soda and fill as usual.
- Pet Bedding - Eliminate odors from your pet’s bedding by sprinkling baking soda. Wait 20 minutes and vacuum up.
- Shoes - Shaking baking soda into them when not in use. Shake out before wearing.
- Stuffed Animals - Sprinkle baking soda on and let it sit for a while before brushing off.
Personal Care Items
- Toothpaste - Make a paste from baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution. Great alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpastes.
- Mouth Wash - Put one teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water.
- Body scrub – This is good for every inch of your body. Just make a paste with a ratio of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water.
- Deodorant – If it is good at soaking up smells in your fridge, why not your underarm! Just pat some on.
- Hair – Give you favorite shampoo a boost by adding a small amount of baking soda. Just put some baking soda in your hand before you squirt out the shampoo and then scrub away.
- Surface Scrub - For a safe yet effective cleaner, sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub. Rinse and wipe dry. Great for just about any surface you need to clean, be it in the bathroom or kitchen!
- Dishes and Pans - Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda, along with your regular dish detergent, to water to help cut grease and left on food. For baked-on food, let the pan soak in the baking soda and detergent water for a while, then use dry baking soda on a clean damp sponge as scouring powder.
- Floors - Remove dirt from no wax and tile floors using 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water….. mop and rinse
- Boost Laundry Detergent - Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry to make liquid detergent work harder.
- Antacid - Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid. Got heartburn, sour stomach and/or acid indigestion? Just add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in an 8 oz glass of water (more if your my hubby) and drink. Just know, you will burp!
- Insect Bites and Bee Stings - Make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply to ease the itch.
- Sunburn - Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to lukewarm bathwater, then soak in the tub for relief. When you get out, let your skin air dry.
- Splinter - Make a paste and apply it to the area with the splinter. When the paste dries the tiny end of the splinter will be stuck in the paste. When you remove the past, it should pull the splinter out far enough to grab with tweezers.
- Remove Oil and Grease Stains - Use baking soda to clean up light oil and grease spills on your garage floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.
- Polish Silver - Use a baking soda paste made with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth and rinse thoroughly.
- Clean Car Batteries - Baking soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on car batteries. Disconnect the battery terminals first! Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and use a toothbrush to scrub corrosion from the battery terminal.
- Remove tape residue - Make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub the paste onto the bits of tape that are stuck, then wipe clean.
- Extinguish Fires - Baking soda can help in the initial handling of MINOR kitchen fires. When baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. Do not use baking soda when dealing with a grease fire as it may make it splash.
- Clogged Drain - Pour in 1 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup hot vinegar to unclog a drain.
- Book Odors – Seal musty-smelling books in a plastic bag with baking soda sprinkled inside to eliminate mildew and odors. Leave book in bag for a few weeks.
- Flowers – Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon of baking powder to the water in the vase.
- Cooking an Omelet – Make an omelet fluffier by adding ½ teaspoon baking soda for every three eggs
- Soil acidity tester - To check the acidity of your soil, mix ¼ cup baking soda with 2 cups water. Then add 1 cup of your soil. If it foams, your soil is acidic.
- Wall Repairs – To fill a small nail holes in a plastered wall mix together some white toothpaste and baking soda. Fill the holes in completely, and then allow the mixture to dry
Okay so I didn't list a million and one things, but I think our little friend baking soda is kind of impressive, don't you? So what did I miss? What do you use baking soda for around your place?
**Homestead Tips on Tuesday is a weekly series where we help you learn skills, tips, and trick to help you on your journey of homesteading. Many places post list of things you should/could do as far as homesteading skill, but I feel lists are at times overwhelming and can make people give up before they even start. So every Tuesday I share one thing for you to try or consider. I hope you join us every Tuesday and I would love to hear about your adventures with each weeks topic.**