55 things to do with baking soda

Fantastic guest post from Kris at Healthy Alternatives. Healthy Alternatives are passionate about healthy eating and helping people to achieve better health. They provide a range of goods and food coaching designed to improve your overall health. Definitely worth checking them out.   
Baking soda is one of those things that everyone has in their kitchen, laundry or elsewhere in their house or if it isn’t – they should!
I haven’t tried all of these tips out, but they have been gleaned from different sources, books and magazines and bought together for you.

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  1. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a large bowl of cool water to which you’ve added 2-3 Tbsp. of baking soda.  This helps remove pesticides as well as an dirt and wax.
  2. Try adding a dash of baking soda to baked beans to eliminate gaseous side effects.
  3. Substitute equal parts of baking soda and powdered citric acid to replace yeast in a recipe.  This dough does not need to rise before baking.
  4. Give cutting boards regular, deep cleaning to keep them free from contamination.  Spread baking soda over the surface, then sprinkle liberally with vinegar.  Let the bubbles do their thing then rinse with hot water.
  5. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and rub into wood or other porous surfaces to remove onion, garlic and other food odours.  Rinse with clear water.
  6. Using baking soda as a non-abrasive cleanser for stainless steel sinks.
  7. Keep your in-use dish clothes smelling fresh by sprinkling baking soda on them and shaking off the excess in the sink before putting them away.
  8. Rid your hands of garlic or onion odour by sprinkling baking soda in the palm of one hand.  Add just enough water to make a paste then rub this between your hands before rinsing off.
  9. Sprinkle baking soda inside your rubber gloves.  They’ll slide on easily, keep dry and smell good.
  10. Create your own dishwasher detergent by mixing 2 Tbsp. baking soda with 2 Tbsp. borax.
  11. Freshen your dishwasher by adding ½ box baking soda and running the dishwasher just through a rinse cycle.
  12. Make good crystal really sparkle by giving it a short soaking in baking soda and warm water.
  13. Make a paste of baking soda to remove tea and coffee stains from cups.  Rub it on with your fingertip, a soft damp cloth or a sponge.
  14. Sprinkle baking soda in crisper bins to keep them smelling fresh.  Cover the layer of baking soda with a paper towel.  Replace this every 3 months, writing the date on the paper towel.
  15. Sprinkle the bottom tray of your toaster oven with a tsp. of baking soda to eliminate the burnt smell from drippings and crumbs.
  16. Keep a little baking soda in the shallow drip pans under gas burners. The soda deodorises and minuses any possibility of grease drippings catching on fire.
  17. Clean deep oil fryers with baking soda. The gentle abrasive action won’t damage the finish; it will absorb residual oils and neutralise odours.
  18. Remove major oven spills easily by sprinkling them with baking soda while they are still fresh. Let them set for a while. Then sponge with warm soapy water.
  19. De-grease and clean BBQ grills by applying baking soda as a paste with a wire brush.  Let it set for 15 minutes, then wipe clean and let the grill fire burn away any residue before adding food to the grill’s surface.
  20. Sprinkle baking soda directly on a half lemon to scrub away at brass and copper pieces.
  21. Bring back the shine in silver by rubbing it with a piece of raw potato dipped in baking soda.
  22. Neutralise odours in the kitchen by sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of a can before you insert a plastic liner.
  23. Add 2 Tbsp. baking soda to your bath water and you won’t have to worry about ring-around-the-tub.  Your bath water will be soft too.
  24. Sprinkle ½ box of baking soda into the toilet cistern each moth and let stand overnight before flushing. The tank and the bowl will both be clean.
  25. Safely remove crayon marks on a blackboard with a baking soda paste.
  26. Use the same paste to remove black scuff marks from linoleum floors.
  27. Add a small amount of baking soda to your vacuum bag to fight the dirty smell that vacuums can sometimes get.
  28. Place a pie tin of baking soda in the fireplace to absorb lingering soot odours, after you’ve cleaned it out.
  29. Keep musty smells out of seldom-used suitcases and trunks by sprinkling baking soda in them before you store them.
  30. Add 2 Tbsp. baking soda to the water in your humidifier to eliminate musty smells.
  31. Leave open boxes of baking soda in your home workshop to remove paint and varnish smells.
  32. Sprinkle baking soda in shoes to neutralise odours. Shoes with a strong smell can benefit from a liberal layer of baking soda left overnight. Simply tip the baking soda out in the morning.
  33. Add ½ cup of baking soda to your rinse cycle instead of fabric softener.
  34. Deodorise work clothes that you can’t wash straight away. Sprinkle baking soda liberally into the pile of clothes. When they are ready to be washed, toss them into the machine as is.
  35. Baking soda also acts as a suede clean. Rub it in with a soft brush, let it dry, and brush off.
  36. Sprinkle ½ cup baking soda into a gym bag at night. Vacuum out odours and soda in the morning.
  37. Rub a pinch of baking soda on dulled pearls to restore their original shine. Wipe clean with a damp, very soft cloth.
  38. Drop brushes and combs in the sink to soak in a solution of hot water add ¼ cup baking soda. Watch the dirt fizz away.
  39. Sunburn can be soothed by soaking in a lukewarm bath to which you’ve added a generous amount – from half to a whole box of baking soda.
  40. Try a dry baking soda paste, or baking soda mixed with your facial cleaners to make a good, mild facial scrub.
  41. Baking soda can be sprinkled or patted on as a deodorant. It contains no other chemicals so is comfortable to use even right after shaving under your arms.
  42. Use baking soda to remove permanent market stains from your hands
  43. Use a paste of baking soda to smooth away rough skin on elbows and knees.
  44. Dip a damp toothbrush in a little baking soda sprinkled into the palm of your hand.  Brush as usual. It is less abrasive than most toothpastes yet it still strong enough to clean effectively.
  45. Try regular food baths in baking soda to control persistent food odour.
  46. Make a paste of baking soda and pat it on bee stings and other itchy insect bites for immediate relief. Leave on to dry.  Repeat with a new paste if necessary.
  47. Soak in a warm bath with 1 cup of baking soda to help sooth rashes from chicken pox, or apply baking soda with wet compresses.
  48. Sprinkle baking soda very lightly on and inside a cast to eliminate odour. Blow it “in” using a hair dryer.
  49. Wash new baby clothes to remove chemical finishes by washing them in mild soap and ½ cup of baking soda.
  50. Clean a stuffed toy or fabric toy that can’t be washed, by shaking it in a bag with baking soda which will absorb the dirt and grime. Let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing, shaking and/or vacuuming the dry baking soda off.
  51. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto your dog and brush out to remove doggy odour.
  52. Deodorise bird, guinea pig and rabbit cages by sprinkling baking soda underneath their newspaper lining.  It’s harmless to your pets.
  53. Sprinkle baking soda lightly on the soil around tomato plants. It sweetens tomatoes by lowering their acidity and discourages pests.
  54. Control compost bin odour with baking soda applied directly from the box. It keeps the acidity levels down in the compost area.
  55. Dip cut flowers into a solution of baking soda and water to extend their life.
For even more great ways to use Baking Soda (445 more to be exact!), grab a copy of  Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses You’ve Probably Never Thought of.

Thanks Kris for this fantastically helpful post. I’ll be sure to keep this post for future reference. So basically anything you need to do just use baking soda!! Must go buy some more!.

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4 thoughts on “55 things to do with baking soda

  1. November 5, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Baking soda and vinegar are magic! even better because together they make an awesome volcano :D

  2. November 5, 2011 at 3:39 am

    WOW! Awesome tips! I can’t wait to try some of these, especially 3, 4 & 41!

  3. November 9, 2012 at 5:39 am

    #4 is a great one! I use this method all the time! You can also add course salt with the baking soda to act as an abrasive & after you do the baking soda treatment, use lemon juice to give it a lemony fresh scent!
    Thanks for all the ideas! Can’t wait to try them! :-)

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