Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Baking Soda

Today I am going to share the many useful things that Baking Soda can be used for...

It's a wonderful 'green' cleaner, plus it's safe for human use and the environment.

I'd love to hear more uses, if you know any!

  1. Remove Tarnish from sliver: Mix a thick paste of B.S with weather, apply to the silver with a damp sponge, rub, rinse, and buff dry.
  2. Boost the strength of liquid laundry detergent: Add one-half cup of B.S, with the usual amount of detergent, to your regular wash.
  3. Clean a fiberglass bathtub or shower, stainless steel sink, tile, a microwave oven...
  4. Maintain your septic tank: Flush one cup of B.S down the toilet once a week. B.S helps maintain the proper pH and alkalinity, controlling sulfide odors.
  5. Deodorize cloth diapers: Mix one half B.S in two quarts of water, and soak diapers in solution.
  6. Deodorize a trash can: Sprinkle liberally with B.S
  7. Deodorize garbage disposal, sink drains, dishwasher, carpet, cat box, and food containers
  8. Soothe poison ivy rash, insect bites, sunburn, windburn, prickly heat, and tired feet
  9. Take a refreshing bath
  10. Brush your teeth and wash your mouth
  11. Use as deodorant
  12. Remove crayon marks from walls or wallpaper
  13. Remove conditioner and styling gel buildup from hair
  14. Refresh stuffed animals
  15. Clean baby bottles, nipples, and bottle brushes
  16. Whiten socks and dirty clothes, boost bleach
  17. Clean chrome bumpers and hubcaps
  18. Degrease and clean barbecue grills


  • Baking Soda has an almost unlimited Shelf Life.

  • A box of B.S can be found in 9 out of 10 refrigerators.

  • B.S was used to clean the Statue of Liberty for the 1976 Bicentennial celebration.

  • B.S was promoted as a key ingredient in 25% of all toothpastes sold in 1994.

  • *The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Navy's Civil Engineering Lab have jointly developed an inexpensive method of using baking soda to decontaminate soil laved with halogenated organic chemicals.*

  • *Baking soda can restore lakes damaged by acid rain.

  • *Baking Soda has been used to increase the effectiveness of sewage treatment plants.

  • *Baking soda has been used to reduce air pollution in factory smokestacks.

  • It was invented in 1846 by John Dwight.


  1. Thanks for that! I am going to try some of those tips. :)

  2. i don't think i saw this one--mix with water to make a paste and rub into burned areas in pans. let rest for a while, then rub. repeat. most burned pans can be restored doing this. also, try soaking a burned pan with warm water and dissolved baking soda to get things started.

    use as a deoderizer in your fridge and freezer--just open up a box and put it in the back! (you don't have this on your list though it is listed in the facts so it may not count...)

    add a shake or two to the kitty litter box to keep it fresh

    add about a teaspoon to water in a vase to keep flowers fresh longer

    dissolve a 1/4 tsp. in 1/2-1 cup of water and drink to settle your tummy.

    (my grandmother used baking soda for everything)

  3. wow, I didn't know about it helping your tummy, though it makes sense. And the flowers, I have to try that one! :)

  4. We love the baking soda around our house. And I love it even better now that we can call it BS!!!

  5. I would love to be featured! So here is my very lengthy list that I found. I don't think I'm repeating any - hopefully!

    ~Puts out grease or electrical fires
    ~Clean vegetables and fruit with baking soda. Sprinkle in water, soak and rise the produce
    ~Clean your fridge and freezer with dry baking soda sprinkled on a damp cloth. rinse with clear water
    ~Deodorize your fridge and freezer by putting in an open container of baking soda to absorb odors. Stir and turn over the baking soda from time to time. Replace every 2 months.
    ~Soda absorbs kitty litter odors. Cover the bottom of the kitty box with 1 part baking soda; then add a layer of three parts kitty litter on top.
    ~Clean combs and brushes in a baking soda solution
    ~Run your coffee maker through its cycle with a baking soda solution. Rinse
    ~To remove burned-on food from a pan: let the pan soak in baking soda and water for 10 minutes before washing. Or scrub the pot with dry soda and a moist scouring pad.
    ~For a badly-burned pan with a thick layer of burned-on food: pour a thick layer of baking soda directly onto the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle on just enough water so as to moisten the baking soda. Leave the pot overnight, then scrub it clean next day.
    ~Soak your shower curtains in water and baking soda to clean them
    ~Add 1/2-cup or more of baking soda to your bath water to soften your skin
    ~Putting 2-tablespoons of baking soda in your baby's bath water will help relieve diaper rash irritations
    ~Used as a mouthwash, baking soda will also relieve canker sore pain
    ~To relieve sunburn: use a paste of baking soda and water
    ~Bug bites: use a poultice of baking soda and vinegar
    ~Bee sting: use a poultice of baking soda and water
    ~Making Play Clay with baking soda: combine 1 1/4 cups water, 2 cups soda, 1 cup cornstarch
    ~Repel rain from windshield. Put gobs of baking soda on a dampened cloth and wipe windows inside and out
    ~Add baking soda to water to remove the "gamey" taste from wild game

  6. 1. Use it as an antacid.
    2. Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.
    3. Mix half a teaspoon with peroxide paste and use it as toothpaste.
    4. Use it as a face and body scrub-- this is really great, but watch the eyes!
    5. Add a cup to bathwater to soften your skin.
    6. Relieve skin itch from insect bites and pain from sunburn.
    7. Remove strong odors from your hands by rubbing them with Baking soda and water.
    8. Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.
    9. Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritations.
    10. Take a Baking soda bath to relieve skin irritations.
    11. Heartburn? Take a teaspoon of Baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water. This helps! I had terrible indegestion during both my pregnancies and this helped a ton!
    12. Freshen your mouth by gargling half a teaspoon of Baking soda mixed water.
    13. Relieve canker sore pain by using it as mouthwash.
    14. Use it to relieve bee stings.
    15. Use it to relieve windburns.
    16. Apply it on jellyfish sting to draw out the venom.
    17. Unblock stuffy nose by adding a teaspoon of Baking soda to your vaporizer.
    18. Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.
    19. Put out small fires on rugs, upholstery, clothing, and wood.
    20. Put an open container of Baking soda in the fridge to absorb the odors.
    21. Sprinkle it on your ashtrays to reduce bad odor and prevent smoldering.
    22. Sprinkle it on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foul odor.
    23. Turn Baking soda into modeling clay by combining it with one and 1/4 cups of water and one cup of cornstarch.
    24. After feeding your baby, wipe his shirt with a moist cloth sprinkled with Baking soda to remove the odor.
    25. Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.
    26. Improve the smell of dishrags by soaking them in Baking soda and water.
    27. Suck it in with your vacuum cleaner to remove the odor.
    28. Freshen the air by mixing Baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts. Put the mixture in small sachet bags.
    29. Restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a cup of Baking soda.
    30. Put it under sinks and along basement windows to repel cockroaches and ants.
    31. Scatter Baking soda around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from eating your veggies.
    32. Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling Baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants.
    33. Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.
    34. Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to deodorize their fur and skin.
    35. Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.
    36. Wash fruits and vegetables with it.
    37. When boiling a chicken, add a teaspoon of Baking soda to the water. Feathers will come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white.
    38. Soak dried beans to a Baking soda solution to make them more digestible.
    39. Remove the distinctive taste of wild game by soaking it in a Baking soda solution.
    40. Make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.
    41. Remove the fishy smell from your fillets by soaking the raw fish in a Baking soda solution for an hour inside the fridge.
    42. Make fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of Baking soda for every three eggs used.
    43. Reduce the acid content of your tomato-based recipes by sprinkling them with a pinch of Baking soda.
    44. Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.
    45. Use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs
    46. Spray it on walls, mirrors, and countertops.
    47. Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.
    48. Remove grease from pots and pans.
    49. Dry clean carpets and upholstered furniture by sprinkling Baking soda over the fabric and gently brushing it. Leave it for an hour or overnight, then vacuum.
    50. Boost your laundry detergent’s cleaning power by sprinkling a handful on dirty clothes.
    51. Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.
    52. Remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls.
    53. Clean your shoes with it.
    54. Clean garbage cans with it.
    55. Use it to wash diapers.
    56. Clean the fridge with it.
    57. Soak brushes and combs in a Baking soda solution.
    58. Mix it with water to wash food and drink containers.
    59. Put three tablespoons of Baking soda to a quart of warm water, then use the mixture to wash marble-topped furniture.
    60. Absorb it with a damp sponge, then clean Formica countertops with the sponge.
    61. Use it to get rid of stale odors from cooling containers and thermos bottles.
    62. Run your coffee maker with a Baking soda solution, then rinse.
    63. Combine with hot water to clean baby bottles.
    64. Sprinkle it on barbecue grills, then rinse it off.
    65. Scatter it on your greasy garage floor, scrub the floor, and rinse.
    66. Remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a Baking soda solution for 10 minutes before washing.
    67. Clean your ashtrays with a Baking soda solution.
    68. Keep your drains clean by putting four tablespoons of Baking soda in them each week. Flush it down with hot water.
    69. Clean your shower curtains by soakng them in Baking soda and water
    70. Put it on a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.
    71. Use it to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from a toaster. Sprinkle Baking soda on a damp rug, then use the rug to clean the toaster.
    72. Use it to clean your retainers and dentures.
    73. Make a thick paste of Baking soda and water, and used it to scrub enameled cast iron and stainless steel.
    74. Mix four tablespoons of Baking soda with a quart of warm water, and use it to clean the inside part of an oven.
    75. Use it to unclog gas stoves.

    Her are some uses!

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