The Many Uses For Baking Soda

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Baking soda is inexpensive and can be used for so many things. I keep a big box of it on hand at all times

History of Sodium Bicarbonate

Sodium bicarbonate, or what we call baking soda in the United States, is a chemical compound NaHCO3. It has been around for centuries and has been known by many names. The Latin title sal aeratus means aerated salt and was was used in the 19th century. It is also called cooking soda, bread soda and bicarbonate of soda.

The ancient Egyptians used the natural version, natron. It was a mixture of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate. They used it as a cleaning agent. In 1791, a French chemist named Nicolas Leblanc invented soda ash made from sodium carbonate. In 1846, New York bakers, John Dwight and Austin Church, established the first factory developing baking soda from sodium carbonate and carbon dioxide.

Health and Beauty

Baking soda on its own does not taste very good, so I don't like using it to brush my teeth. You can, however make your own toothpaste and it takes some of the bitter taste from it. Mix 4 teaspoons baking soda with 1 teaspoon of salt. Add a teaspoon of glycerin and mix it all together until it looks like toothpaste. Add a few drops of your favorite flavoring such as peppermint or cinnamon. Store in an airtight container.

Soak dentures, retainers, mouth guards in a solution of 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a glass of warm water. Stir to dissolves.

Freshen your breath using 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small glass of water. Swish the mixture around your mouth then rinse. Do not swallow.

My husbands aunt keeps baking soda in a powder puff container and uses the puff to powder her underarms. Great deodorant alternative.

Smooth rough heels of your feet by rubbing them with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water.

Soak your tired, hard working feet in warm water and baking soda.

For razor burn relief, dab on a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart of water.

Use as a dry shampoo. Sprinkle baking soda at the roots and shake or blow dry it out. It will take the oil with it.

Add a quarter size amount of baking soda to the amount of shampoo you use. When you wash your hair, the baking soda will help clean out impurities.

Add baking soda to honey and dab on your acne. Let it set for 15 minutes then rinse.

Recipe for All-Purpose Cleaner

I love this recipe. The house always smells fresh and clean.

1 teaspoon borax

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons white vinegar

1/4 teaspoon Dawn dish washing liquid. I always use Dawn

2 cups hot water

Put mixture in a spray bottle and use where needed. I also will mix this into a bucket to clean my floors.

Clean House and Other House Care Tricks

To clean walls, combine 1 cup ammonia, 1 cup baking soda, and 1 gallon water. Scrub gently. Rinsing is not needed.

I like to keep baking soda in a recycled parmesan cheese container. Add a little oil of essence of your favorite scent and use as a gentle scrubbing agent. Label and keep away from children.

I keep another recycled parmesan cheese container for carpet freshener. Mix 2 cups baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 4 to 5 bay leaves, crumbled, 1 tablespoon cloves. Label and keep away from children. To use, shake the container and sprinkle the mixture liberally over the carpet. Let is sit as long as possible, overnight is best, keeping kids and pets off. Vacuum.

Remove odors from mops by soaking them in a mixture of baking soda and hot water.

Make a paste of baking soda and water. Scrub wooden cutting boards to clean and deodorize them.

Add baking soda to smelly garbage.

Pour baking soda and white vinegar in a clogged toilet to help break down the clog before plunging.

Pour baking soda into a slow draining or clogged sink. Let the volcano effect last for a few minutes and then pour boiling water into the drain. This also removes any lingering negative odors.

Laundry Care

Add 1/2 cup baking soda to your laundry detergent to enhance the cleaning power of the detergent.

Use 1/2 cup baking soda in the rinse cycle instead of fabric softener.

Sprinkle baking soda in the laundry hamper if the clothes are smelling rough before laundry day.

For perspiration stains, make a paste of baking soda and water. Scrub it into the stain and let set for one hour. Then wash as normal.

Footnotes and Extras

Basically, if it smells bad, deodorize with baking soda. Sprinkle it into smelly shoes, on pet bedding, and into litter boxes. I sprinkle it on mattresses when I turn them, then vacuum. There are so many uses for baking soda and I was excited beyond belief when I discovered the big boxes in the laundry section of my grocery store.

In the winter, use baking soda as ice melt on your steps and sidewalks. Gentler to the little paws than salt.


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I have wanted to write for years, but life of wife and mother got in the way. I am a widow and my kids are grown so now is my time. I am a professional genealogist, a writer of ghost stories

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author avatar Val Mills
12th Jan 2015 (#)

We sometimes forget that these old fashioned cleansing mixtures are available to us. Enjoyed being reminded of this.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Cakes with a t spoon.

@ spoons in warm water to cure a cold....

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th Feb 2015 (#)

Thanks for the great tips on using baking soda.

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