Baking Soda Household Tips

Baking soda is super effective at absorbing odors, non-toxic & safe to use everywhere.  Baking soda is the cheapest all-around product you can buy and you can also re-use it. For example, once it has served its purpose as a fridge deodorizer you can put it down your sink to help keep your drains clear.


Make Your Own baking powder: stir and sift together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part cornstarch.


1.) Fire Extinguisher: mix a solution of one teaspoon baking soda and one pint of water in a plastic spray bottle. When fire gets too high, spray at the base of the flames.


2.) Cleaning:

-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.


3.) Washing Dishes: Food odors: sprinkle a handful baking soda on the dishes to absorb

-Dish Soap: mix 2 heaping tablespoons baking soda with your regular dish soap and add 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!


4.) Fruit and Vegetable: To clean: Sprinkle on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.


5.) Cooking: Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda in the water when you soak beans.  -Meat Tenderizer: Rub baking soda into the meat; refrigerate for 3 hours, and then rinse off.  No aftertaste.

-Fish Odors: Rub baking soda onto the fish; refrigerate for 1 hour, and then rinse off and pat dry.  No aftertaste.

-Yeast Substitute: Combine equal parts of Vitamin C powder/baking soda.

-De-feather chicken:  Add 1-teaspoon of baking soda to the boiling water. The feathers will come off easier/ flesh will be clean and white.

-Wild game:  Add baking soda to water to remove the “gamey” taste.

-Sports drink:  mix baking soda with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.

-Veggies:  Sprinkle some in your veggies crisper and cover with a cloth or paper towel for crisper veggies.

-Acidity: A dash of baking soda into a tomato-based sauce (or other highly acidic food) will reduce its acidity.

-Fluffy omelet’s: For every three eggs add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.

-Iced tea:  A pinch of baking soda in a gallon of freshly-brewed iced tea takes out bad-tasting tannins and prevents cloudiness.


6.) Laundry:


- Add ½ cup of baking soda to your laundry to make liquid detergent work harder for you and your family.

- For tough stains add 1/2 cup of Baking Soda with your liquid laundry detergent or a 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle for deodorization!

- Booster whites with less harsh chemicals that tend to damage clothes add ½ cup of baking soda with a ½ cup of bleach (instead of the usual 1 cup of bleach)

- Cloth diapers: dissolve ½ cup of Baking Soda in 2 quarts of water and soak diapers thoroughly. Soak and wash diapers with baking soda

-Stain Removers:

- oil and grease washes out better with baking soda

- put on the garage floor to soak up oil and grease, BBQ grill burned-on food, (soak for 10 minutes ) 

- water rings/water spots:  Mix together a paste of baking soda and toothpaste. Dip a soft cloth in the paste and rub the water spots away stains.

- Mix a paste of baking soda and vinegar and apply with a pot scourer to remove light rusting 

- perspiration and other stains: Pre-treating with a paste made from 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1/4 cup warm water; 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.


7.) Dental Hygiene: Safely clean dentures, partials, and other dental apparatus.

-Gargle with 1/2-teaspoon baking soda in one-half glass of water.

-Relieve canker sores when used as a mouthwash.

-Toothpaste: Mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part salt. Add 3 teaspoons of glycerin. Add 10 to 20 drops of flavoring (peppermint, wintergreen, anise, or cinnamon) and enough water to make a paste. Spoon into a small, refillable squeeze bottle.


8.) Beauty - Facial Scrub:  1 part baking soda mixed with 2 parts of ground oatmeal Mix together 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. Gently remove with plenty of cool water and a washcloth.

-Foot Scrub: add some lemon juice, a tablespoon of baking soda. Soak for about 20 minutes and your feet will feel fresh and tingling. 

Finger and toenails: Scrub with a nailbrush dipped in baking soda to clean and soften cuticles.

-Skin: Add 1/2-cup of baking soda to your bath water to soften your skin. -Deodorant:  Keep some baking soda in a small crock with a little wooden spoon. About 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon in the palm of your hand and rub into the armpit area.  -Elbows: Rub a baking-soda paste onto your elbows to smooth

-Shaving: Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 cup water for a pre-shave treatment or a soothing aftershave rinse

-Acne: Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply it to any breakouts. Let it sit overnight and wash off in the morning.


9.) Health-Poison Ivy, sumac, measles or chickenpox: add ½ cup of baking soda to a bathtub full of warm water. Soak to relieve the itching and irritation.

-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. 

-Windburns: moisten some baking soda and apply direct. 

-Acid Reflux, Indigestion, heartburn: Dissolve baking soda in 5 oz. of water and drink.-Diaper rash:  2-tablespoons of baking soda in your baby’s bath to relieve irritation. -Stuffy nose: add a teaspoon of baking soda to boiling water and sniff. 

-Constipation or loose stools: mix 1/2 teaspoon to a glass of water and drink.-Splinters: make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the bottom of a bandage, and apply that overnight. In the morning, the splinter should be much easier to remove

-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 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. Or make a paste of 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon water and rub between your toes. Let it dry, and wash off after 15 minutes. Dry your feet thoroughly before putting on your shoes.


10.) Batteries- 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.


11.) Pest Control - Ants and cockroaches: mixing up equal parts of baking soda and salt together. Then, sprinkle the mixture wherever you see the intruders coming in. -Roaches and silverfish: place a mixture of equal parts baking soda and sugar in the infested area. Bugs are attracted to the sugar and will consequently eat too much baking soda.


12.) Plants and Garden: Scatter baking soda around the garden to prevent rabbits from eating.

-Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda around your plants.

-Sprinkle crab-grass with baking soda. It dies overnight.

-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.

-Plant food: Give your flowering, alkaline-loving plants an occasional shower in a mild solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda in 2 quarts (

(2 liters) water.


13.) Entertainment: Clay:  In a bowl, mix together, 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup cornstarch, and 1½ cups water. Store non-toxic clay in a plastic bag. Children love to play with it. They can mold it, let it dry and paint their creations.


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