Baking Soda Uses:
Baking soda is super effective at absorbing odors, non-toxic & safe to use everywhere.
There are so many uses; we thought we'd include a bag in your box.
Make Your Own baking powder: stir and sift together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar/ 1 part baking soda/ 1 part cornstarch.
1.) Fire Extinguisher: for cooking, clothes, and rug flames.
Mix a solution of one teaspoon baking soda with one pint water in a plastic spray bottle. When a fire gets too high, spray at the base of the flames.
Sprinkle on anything needing to be refreshed; sprinkle on the carpet & vacuum.
Air Freshener: mix baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts. Put the mixture in small sachet bags. Place a box in the refrigerator or freezer to contain odors.
Moisture: such as cupboards under sinks, place a bowl of baking soda to help control humidity. Occasionally stir the powder for a maximum effective life.
-Countertops, plastic containers, cutting boards, ovens, floors, coffee and teapots, pots and pans, furniture, carpet spills, walls, baby bottles, shower curtains, tiles, bathtubs, sinks, your hands.
-Toilet: add a cup of baking soda and leave it for an hour, and then flush.
-Crayon marks from walls: sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and rub gently with warm water
-Clogged drain: Mix ½ cup with vinegar and cover your drain for 1 hour. Flush down with hot water.
4.) Washing Dishes:
Dish Soap: add 2 heaping tablespoons baking soda (along with your regular dish detergent) to the dishwater to help cut grease For cooked-on foods, let them soak in the Baking Soda/detergent water first, then use dry Baking Soda on a
clean damp sponge or cloth as a scratchless scouring powder!
5.) Fruit and Vegetable:
To clean just sprinkle on a clean damp sponge, scrub, and rinse.
Digestion problems? Sprinkle a teaspoon baking soda in the water when you soak beans.
Meat Tenderizer. Rub baking soda into the meat. I let the meat sit in the refrigerator for about 3 hours, rinse it off.
Fish Odors- The process is the same as tenderizing, but let it sit for about 1 hour.
Yeast Substitute- Combine equal parts of Vitamin C powder & baking soda.
When scalding a chicken, add 1-teaspoon baking soda to the boiling water. The feathers will come off easier & flesh will be clean & white.
Add baking soda to water to remove the “gamey” taste from wild game.
Make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.
Sprinkle some in your veggies crisper, cover with a cloth or paper towel for crisper veggies that last longer.
A dash of baking soda into a tomato-based sauce (or other highly acidic food) will reduce its acidity.
Fluff up Omelets- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for every 3 eggs used.
A pinch of baking soda in a gallon of freshly-brewed iced tea prevents cloudiness.
Add 1⁄2 cup of Baking Soda to your laundry – boosts detergent
1/2 cup of Baking Soda in with your laundry detergent or a 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle for deodorization!
Cloth diapers, dissolve 1⁄2 cup of Baking Soda in 2 quarts of water & soak. Instead of 1 cup Bleach- add 1⁄2 cup of Baking Soda with a 1⁄2 cup of bleach
Oil & grease-put on garage floor/BBQ grill & soak up oil and grease
For burned on food-soak with baking soda for 10 minutes
Water rings on your finished wood tables? Mix together a paste of baking soda & toothpaste. Dip a soft cloth in the paste, rub the water spots away.
Stains on porcelain sinks, toilets, and plastics can be removed by applying a layer of baking soda and then using a damp sponge.
Mix a paste of baking soda and vinegar & apply with a pot scourer
Perspiration and other stains?
Pre-treat clothes with a paste – 4 tbsp baking soda & 1/4 cup warm water. For example, rub it into shirts to remove perspiration stains; for really bad stains, let the paste dry for about two hours before washing. Rub out tar stains by applying the paste and washing in plain baking soda. For collar stains, rub in the paste and add a bit of vinegar as you’re putting the shirt in the wash
8.) Dental Hygiene:
Safely clean dentures, partials, and other dental apparatus. Gargle with 1/2-teaspoon baking soda in one-half glass of water.
Mouthwash & canker sore pain - mix with water and gargle.
Toothpaste - mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part salt and enough water to make a paste. Spoon into a small, refillable squeeze bottle.
Soak toothbrushes in a baking-soda solution overnight.
Facial Scrub- One part baking soda mixed with two parts of ground oatmeal makes a great scrub for your face. Just mix together the two ingredients and add enough water to make a paste. Gently rub the paste onto your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave the facial on for a few minutes. Then, gently remove it with plenty of cool water and a washcloth. Your face will feel noticeably soft and smooth!
Foot Scrub- put some nice warm water in your footbath; add some lemon juice, and about a tablespoon of baking soda. Soak for about 20 minutes and your feet will feel fresh and tingling.
Skin Softener- 1/2-cup or more of baking soda to your bath water to soften your skin.
Deodorant- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon & rub into the armpit area.
Elbows: Rub a baking-soda paste onto your elbows to smooth away rough skin.
Clean fingernails and toenails by scrubbing them with a nailbrush dipped in baking soda. This also softens cuticles.
Shaving: 1 tbsps. baking soda in 1 cup water makes a great pre-shave treatment or a soothing aftershave rinse
Acne: Make a thick paste of baking soda/water & apply it to breakouts. Let it sit overnight and wash off in the morning
10.) First Aid
Poison Ivy, sumac, measles, or chickenpox: add 1⁄2 cup of baking soda to a bathtub full of warm water. Soak the entire body to help relieve the itching &irritation.
Sunburn: use a paste of baking soda & water.
Bug bites use a poultice of baking soda & vinegar.
Bee sting: use a poultice of baking soda & water.
Windburns: moisten some baking soda & apply direct. or
Acid Reflux, Indigestion, heartburn: Dissolve baking soda in 5oz. of water, drink.
Diaper rash: 2-tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to relieve irritation.
Stuffy nose: add a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.
Constipation or loose stools: mix 1/2 teaspoon to a glass of water, drink.
Splinters: make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the bottom of a
bandage, and apply that overnight to easily remove the splinter.
Burns: quickly pour some baking soda into a container of ice water, soak a cloth or gauze pad in it, and apply it to the burn. Keep applying the solution until the burn no longer feels hot. This treatment will also prevent many burns from blistering.
Cradle cap: make a paste of about 3 teaspoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon water. Apply it to your baby’s scalp about an hour before bedtime and rinse it off the following morning. Do not use with shampoo. You may need to apply it
several consecutive nights before the cradle cap recedes. (You can also treat cradle cap with baby oil.)
Dandruff: wet your hair and then rub a handful of baking soda vigorously into your scalp. Rinse thoroughly and dry. Do this every time you normally wash your hair but only use baking soda, no shampoo. Your hair may get dried out at first.
But after a few weeks, your scalp will start producing natural oils, leaving your hair softer and free of flakes.
Athlete’s foot: First, try dusting your feet (along with your socks and shoes) with dry baking soda to dry out the infection. If that doesn’t work, try making a paste of 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon water and rubbing it between your toes. Let it dry, and wash off after 15 minutes. Dry your feet thoroughly before putting on your shoes.
Spilled battery acid: neutralize spilled battery acid with a handful of baking soda.
Car battery cleaner: Use a soft brush and a baking soda and water paste to clean efficiency-killing grease and grime from your car’s battery.
Bad battery connection: make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water and brush onto corroded battery posts and cable connectors. Rinse and dry. Coat with petroleum jelly to keep terminals trouble-free.
12.) Pest Control -
Ants and cockroaches: mixing up equal parts of baking soda and salt & sprinkle
the mixture wherever you see the intruders coming in at.
Roaches and silverfish: place a mixture of equal parts baking soda and sugar infested area. Bugs are attracted to the sugar and will consequently eat too much baking soda.
13.) Home Improvement-
Nail holes in a plastered wall? If you don’t have any spackling handy, you can simply mix together some white toothpaste and baking soda. Fill the holes in completely & allow the mixture to dry.
Clean air-conditioner filters-Clean washable air-conditioner filters each month they’re in use. First vacuum off as much dust and dirt as possible, then wash in a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 quart (1 liter) water. Let the filters dry
14.) Plants and Garden:
If you’re not sure whether the soil in an area is acidic or not, then perform this test: mix up a quarter of a cup baking soda with two cups of water. Then, stir in a cup of the soil. If the mixture foams up, then the soil is acidic.
Scatter baking soda around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from eating your veggies.
Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your plants.
Get rid of crab-grass patches in your lawn by sprinkling them with baking soda.
Keep weeds out of cement cracks-Looking for a safe way to keep weeds and grasses from growing in the cracks of your paved patios, driveways, and walkways? Sprinkle handfuls of baking soda onto the concrete and simply sweep
it into the cracks. The added sodium will make it much less hospitable to
dandelions and their friends.
Use as plant food-Give your flowering, alkaline-loving plants, such as clematis, delphiniums, and dianthus, an occasional shower in a mild solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda in 2 quarts (2 liters) water.
15.) For the Kids
Clay. You will need a bowl to mix this in and a plastic zip bag to store it in. Mix
together, 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup cornstarch with 1 1⁄2 cups water. This clay is completely nontoxic & children love to play with it. They can mold it, let it dry & paint their creations.
Science experiment: Fill a clear, glass container with 3 parts water & one part vinegar. Sprinkle in 1 tsp of baking soda very slowly, wait for the bubbles to settle, add a second teaspoon. Once those have settled, add a few drops of food
coloring & watch how they move. Then, drop in small kitchen items like raisins, grains of rice, halved grapes, pieces of veggies & spaghetti to demonstrate how different kinds of matter have different levels of buoyancy.
Fishing gear - use baking soda solution to clean rods, lines, hooks, and buckets.
16.) Septic Tank:
Instead of using chemicals, a cup of baking soda down the drain once a month is a much better way to maintain the right pH balance for the septic tank to work at its best level. The tank can turn over the contents faster and in the long run reduce backups and the need for pumping the tank.