77 responses

  1. fauna smith
    August 6, 2012

    In addition:
    1-when you have burned something in a pan, while it is all still hot and fresh; douse it with baking soda: it performs a chemical release on the burn and you can wipe it right out with a scrubber and cool running water(after it cools a bit)!

    2-combined with vinegar it gets crazy stinky smells out (like rotten meat): thoroughly clean the stinky area with a disinfectant solution and then coat it with baking soda. Pour vinegar onto the baking soda and allow to dwell for at least 10 minutes. If you are dealing with a “spoiled” refrigerator or freezer I would leave it for an hour or more.
    Refrigerators and freezers often have porous tubes that have been absorbing the stinky media so this is tricky. When I have been able to get to the unit before the tubes have been contaminated I have been able to save them. (Sometimes to the tune of a 5,000 dollar unit or more). I have not tried replacing the tubing so I don’t know if that would help or not. Don’t forget to disinfect then treat the door linings also. When you have a particularly spoiled unit you might want to treat it a few times. It is definately worth your time in order to save your refrigerator/freezer!

    3- A thick paste of baking soda
    (1 Tablespoon soda with a few drops of water to make it adhere to the skin) on a “wasp or bee bite” can be very therapeutic. Within a few seconds the pain will be alleviated.

    4- in my recipes I use baking soda in 1/2 the proportion of baking soda (1 teaspoon baking powder = 1/2 teaspoon baking soda)

  2. Rebecca
    August 6, 2012

    I use baking soda as a shampoo (mixed with distilled or soft water, not hard water) it is great at taking oil and residue out of your hair. (And then rinse with an apple cider vinegar rinse). I also use it in my toothpaste but not just mixing it with peroxide. I use baking soda, powdered STevia, coconut oil, pepperming and spearming essential oils.

    It also helps cleaning the microwave… boil a cup of water in a coffee mug (or other unbreakable container) for about 8 minutes. Then, get a mixture of baking soda and water and wipe down the walls and ceiling of the microwave. It cleans so easily!! And you can use the same mixture in the fridge, but I use hot water mixed with baking soda for that job.

  3. Rose
    August 6, 2012

    Great…Love these kinds of recipes. Gives good insight to everyday living as well as emergencies. Keep it up. Thank you.

  4. Gerald
    August 6, 2012

    Wow I had no idea that there were so many uses. I thought it was for cooking only.

    Great info!

  5. Penny Bushman
    August 6, 2012

    mixing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to the consistency of a paste and applying it to cookie sheets with burned on grease and letting sit for a little while will make
    them clean easily. Works on the glass on your oven door too.

  6. David
    August 6, 2012

    For slow drains, pour in a 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by a 1/2 cup of vinegar. After 20 minutes pour in some hot/boiling water to flush. This is a good alternative to the harsh commercial products.

  7. Patricia
    August 6, 2012

    Remember, baking soda soaks up odors and moisture. I’ve used it to freshen a wool rug that got wet and smelly after being in the garage. I sprinkled it with the soda, rolled it up and left it a couple of weeks—when I unrolled it, fresh as new–the baking soda was brown like sand, it had soaked up the odor and helped to dry the rug.
    Also an excellent thing for storing a tent–especially if it’s been a bit damp—sprinkle liberally with baking soda and the next time you use it, —shake it out, and it will smell fresh, not stale.

  8. Bubba
    August 6, 2012

    Holy wow! I think I’m going to start stocking up on Baking Soda!

  9. fauna smith
    August 6, 2012

    31. Neutralizer
    I learned in my High School chemistry class to use baking soda to neutralize harsh acids that dripped or spilled on my skin – very important first aid treatment.

    32. Burn remover from cookware
    When you burn your food in cooking, quickly douse the ruined ingredients with Baking Soda. Allow to dwell for a few minutes and then rinse with cold water and while doing so, wipe out. The Baking Soda performs a chemical release on the burn and allows a simple wipe out instead of hours of painful scrubbing and scraping.

  10. howard
    August 7, 2012

    to repair plastic items. cover break with super glue and add baking soda and more super glue.

  11. Coco
    August 7, 2012

    I sprinkle it in my kitty litter boxes. Even tho I use the scoopable litter, it does make a difference with helping control any odors.

  12. Tom
    August 7, 2012

    Oh,, and don’t forget , It cures CANCER, Dr. Tulia Simoncini ( an oncologist ) was curing cancers in 2 weeks with a solution of distilled water and pure baking soda ( no impurities), and injecting it in the tumors. His book; ” CANCER IS A FUNGUS”. Cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment ( eat more organic vegetables ) Italy revoked his medical license because he wasn’t following “protocol”

  13. Deb
    August 7, 2012

    Another way to deoderize your refrigerator is to place some baking soda on a plate and top lay a few pennies on top of the soda (about 5 or os). It removes odors from your refrigerator even better than an open box.

  14. Bruce
    August 7, 2012

    I just found this one. Turn baking soda into washing soda for making your own laundry soap and such.
    http://www.pennilessparenting.com/2011/01/homemade-washing-soda.html#

  15. Patty
    August 7, 2012

    I had an oil fire in my oven and it went out immidately when I threw a handful of baking soda on it.

  16. Caroline
    August 7, 2012

    If you have coffee or tea built up stained in your coffee or tea cups, add some baking soda with a smidge of water to make a paste, rub around the inside of the cups and rinse. It will remove the stained look.

  17. dottie
    August 8, 2012

    Since childhood, I have soaked in a tub of warm water, 1 quart (or more) of apple cider vinegar & 1 box (or more) of baking soda to relieve a sunburn or allergy rashes. The severity of the sunburn &/or the rash, determines how much vinegar & baking soda one may need. Also, it takes the sting, burn &/or itch out of the burn or rash & with a sunburn, it leaves you with a nice tan that doesn’t peel.
    Once when my son was about 5 years old he fell into the neighbors cactus garden. I immediately had him soak in the vinegar & baking soda in the tub and the needles did not fester & itch. Every time the cactus needles began to surface again, I put him in the tub to soak once more. It made the needles soft & much easier to pull out with tweezers and reduced the pain considerably for him. He soon was telling me, “Mom, I gotta soak again!!!” By having him soak right before going to bed & sprinkling his sheets with baking soda, he was soon able to sleep most of the night without the pain of the needles still surfacing, causing him enough pain to wake him up.

  18. HockeyGuy
    August 8, 2012

    got to love the fact that of all thirty uses…

    not one is BAKING!!!!

    ha

  19. Bubba
    August 8, 2012

    Besides the last one HockeyGuy …

  20. Bea
    August 11, 2012

    I am extremely allergic to bee stings, and have found that baking soda is very effective on drawing the poison out. However, if baking soda is not readily available, another very effective…and usually available…paste can be made from a little dirt and water. Works for all kinds of stings…just be sure the stinger (if a bee) is removed first. Works like magic…just a little messier.

  21. JeannieC
    September 4, 2012

    I found it a little amusing how many people repeated a use that was already on the list :-). And @ Bea – for a bee sting, a little dirt and water (mud) applied to the bee sting and allowed to dry will draw the stinger out in most cases. I got into a nest of sand hornets when a small child, and my even younger brother plastered me with mud immediately. It was allowed to dry and each stinger stuck to the mud and fell off with it. Just be gentle removing the mud.

  22. Deborah
    March 23, 2013

    I always carried a tube of fluoride toothpaste with me, and still keep one in my emergency kit in the car. Dab it on stings and it takes away the pain. Note: remove stingers first. Scrape off with a credit card or something with a hard edge. DON’T grab bee stingers as the poison sac is attached and you will pump more venom into the wound.

  23. Momma
    March 23, 2013

    My son used to get sinus infections all the time. So the doctor told us to make a nasal rinse using water, picking salt (not table) and some baking soda. The salt gets rid of the infection and the baking soda keeps the sinus membranes moist so his nose didn’t dry out. This stuff really works well and is a lot cheaper than the saline sprays you can buy in the store.

  24. Janice
    March 23, 2013

    My mother dabbed baking soda (dry) on cancer sores in my mouth when I was a child. Relieved the pain and dried them up.

  25. Janice
    March 23, 2013

    Sorry — I meant CANKER sores not CANCER sores!

  26. Ronda
    May 1, 2013

    Bruce is off base. It is NOT baking soda that you use to make that product, it is WASHING SODA, which is soda ash – totally different.

  27. Michelle
    May 1, 2013

    I use it instead of shampoo. It works great, cleans your scalp nicely and then I rinse with apple cider vinegar in water. No need for shampoo due to the baking soda and no need for conditioner because apple cider vinegar is a natural conditioner.

  28. Ella
    May 1, 2013

    I use it all the time in suitcases before storing.

  29. Kathy
    May 7, 2013

    Another thing that baking soda can be used for ( I was a hairdresser) and when we had a customer that had alot of hairspray in their hair and even water would not penetrate, we took the box of baking soda and shook it on to the hair mixed with shampoo than rubbed it in all over and to the ends of the hair. The hair became soft, pliable and rinsed all the gook out, leaving the hair completely manageable!

  30. Cheryl
    May 8, 2013

    Ronda, the link Bruce posted was actually correct. If you’d checked out that link – it’s instructions for how to convert BAKING soda, to WASHING soda so that you can make DIY laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent. From your comment, it seems as if you thought the link was to the detergent recipes, which it’s not. I have been making washing soda from baking soda for a while now, and using it in my homemade laundry and dish detergents. It’s all I’ve used for quite a while. Quite effective and cheaper! :) I just fill a cookie sheet with baking soda, and keep it on the bottom rack of my oven, stirring every now and then and switching out washing soda for fresh baking soda once I can tell it’s all converted(I bake bread @ 400 degrees so can easily convert my baking soda with current use of my oven). Bonus: I find that the pan of baking/washing soda works as a diffuser in my oven, and my baking actually turns out better! :)

  31. Chantal
    June 2, 2013

    I use Baking Soda in my cooking water to cook my chick peas. This cooks much faster. And also all other dried beans.

    And also as a kids play putty. Baking Soda, a bit of water and food coloring. you have a funny paste that looks wet, but yet hard to the touch. Kids can play hours on a table or a plastic table cloth.
    Have fun!

  32. Jenny
    June 15, 2013

    I regularly use it to get rid of thrush. I make a strong solution, soak a tampon in the solution, insert it and leave it for a few hours. Its a lot cheaper and just as effective as thrush creams and pessaries from the chemist

  33. Sue
    June 17, 2013

    I have a horse. Use it after cleaning the barn/stall. Won’t even know a horse lives there!

  34. Sandy
    June 19, 2013

    I take water aerobics about 5 times a week. The pool water is extremely hard on bathing suits. I rinse them at the pool with plain water, bring them home and soak them in the sink with about 1/4 cup of baking soda and small amount of cool water (about 2 ins). Seems to neutralize the chlorine. The fabric has no chlorine smell at all after about 15 to 20 mins. Oh yes, then I rinse the suit w/towels from the day in the washing machine!

  35. Susan
    July 18, 2013

    I use it to destroy fire ant hills. I pour 1 part baking soda to 2 parts vinegar on top of the mound. My kids enjoy the volcano reaction as well.

  36. ammy
    July 19, 2013

    I do a lot of natural remedies for myself an family. One of my best natural cures with baking soda is…cure for bladder infection. Save you on a big bill from hospital. Small glass one part vinegar one part lemon drop in one full teaspoon baking soda then chug an I mean fast. If you can hold it down ..cause it don’t taste like something you would drink on purpose, it will cure you an the pain

  37. ammy
    July 19, 2013

    Second dose sometimes needed later in day depending on if needed.

  38. KIM
    July 20, 2013

    I have used baking soda to clean my granite sink.I used it to clean my Son’s white leather running shoes after he went to a bush party, they were so bright and white afterwards. My Mom gave me some vintage needle work that had yellowish brown stains on them,I made a paste of baking soda and liquid detergent,let it sit in cold water while I went to work it was bright and clean when I got home.My kitchen sink/drain had a nasty smell so I poured baking soda down it followed with vinegar.

  39. Cindy
    July 31, 2013

    Here is another use I came up with. Before applying Mascara rub baking soda on your fingers then tap lashes with it and it doesnt matter if you use a little or alot they make your lashes thicker and stronger and look amazing after the mascara is applied, dont believe me try it.

  40. Genie
    July 31, 2013

    Don’t forget to use it in swimming pools instead of those deadly pH correctors, it elevates the pH of the pool without being toxic! My pool is crystal clear, I buy big boxes of it. Thank you for sharing all those tips, I will be trying new ones.

  41. gail lucas
    August 7, 2013

    I also use half and half baking soda and talcum powder in a shaker container to deodorize carpets. Works really well too. Especially if you have got animals.

  42. B SOYARS
    August 25, 2013

    I USE BAKING SODA WITH WATER ON A SPONGE TO TAKE THE SURFACE SCRATHES OFF MY CAR. WORKS GREAT!

  43. Sakina
    October 17, 2013

    I use baking soda -soda bi-carb on my teeth. They become sparkling white. No need to go to dentist to scale the teeth.
    Keeps my gums healthy. So 74 I have all my teeth. !!

  44. Jeanne Savage
    October 27, 2013

    Want to make 1/3 amount of laundry soap. What size is the washing soda box I should buy. The price could vary greatly between the super market, health food store, discount store. Thank you.
    Many thanks for the “formula” for toothpaste. I had read of one with salt added, not bleach. My dentist said to avoid SLS. After reading the about the negatives of all the chemical junk they put in products, I don’t want any part of them. I have had a chronic, now acute problem with my gums. Where the hell was the AMA when they started poisoning our food, everyday products and environment?

  45. seandette
    October 27, 2013

    Yes, I would like to thank you for share with us about this info “30 amazing uses for Baking Soda” that I learning something new to me.

  46. Liz
    November 9, 2013

    This is for the person who destroys ant hills with baking soda and vinegar. And her kids love the volcano affect!!!

    WTF is wrong with you!!!

    Half the reason people use baking soda for sooooo many things is that it doesn’t harm the environment the way most cleaners do. Any you kill with it!!!
    And you’re teaching your kids to kill nature?!!!!
    Way to go – the planet is in peril from human behavior, yeah let’s bring up yet another generation to think that humans are the be-all end-all species!!!!
    NO! I’ve never had a fire ant infestation – but that would be IN YOUR HOUSE – not outdoors where they live.
    Try figuring out a way to live WITH nature, not against it.

  47. Queen LAmour
    November 9, 2013

    After being treated with a ten day supply of antibiotic therapy.With no Gud result.I applied the dry baking powder to skin around ,a difficult- to -heal infected finger.Amazing results in days.My objective was to keep the area dry.But it seemed to have enhanced the healing process.So we can add antiinflammatory to it s usage.#truestory#comingfromanurse

  48. Aleen
    November 18, 2013

    I use it when I make foods that are gassy. Example: stuffed cabbage, beans, broccoli. Just a pinch and then add your salt to taste because it does add saltiness.

  49. Padre King
    November 26, 2013

    Dear Liz,

    Fire ant’s do invade houses, they are dangerous creatures which GOD gave man dominion over. So yes, it is right to kill anything that can harm you including snakes. And as we have seen in so many posts, baking soda does not harm the environment. So have a blessed day.

  50. Anna
    November 26, 2013

    Use baking soda in a paste on baby’s cradle cap, let set then comb out and massage in a little olive oil. Works well on tougher scabby bits.

  51. Tracey Mundy
    November 26, 2013

    A paste of baking soda & water works wonderfully as a drawing ointment to draw out infection!

  52. Lauren
    November 30, 2013

    Ever since I started adding baking soda along with a tablespoon or so of vinegar to the prewash basket in my dishwasher, the glasses and plates come out much cleaner and almost perfectly spot free. I do not use a brand name detergent.

  53. Ruby
    November 30, 2013

    Ammy, For bladder infection, Small glass one part vinegar one part lemon drop in one full teaspoon baking soda then chug an I mean fast. What is the Lemon drop? Lemon juice? Extract?

  54. Arnay
    December 4, 2013

    Thank you I certainly picked up some great tips here.. I got to test the burned pot as I was reading here & forgot I had a pan on the stove, gotta say cleaned up a beauty.. Thank you to everyone for leaving such great comments; I personally swear by the stuff.. If you suffer from constipation take 1 teaspoon in a glass of water, be warned does not take long & bam you are clearing…:)

  55. marki
    December 5, 2013

    Liz, until you have lived with fire ants don’t be condemning people who kill them. They are very aggressive, poisonous and can kill a full grown cow with their venom. So yes, bravo to Susan for teaching her kids how to kill fire ants without using chemicals that would be harmful to the environment before the fire ants causes an allergic reaction to one of her children. And a fire ant bite is no fun.

  56. Bev
    December 5, 2013

    Baking soda is amazing! I buy it in the big box & use for everything – it’s a GREAT “shampoo”.
    I will definitely be trying it on the fire ants in my yard.
    Marki, you’re absolutely correct. Fire ants can be dangerous. I have NO hesitation in killing everyone I come across. If you ever experienced their bites & suffered with the festering, burning pustules the bites cause covering your feet & ankles, then you would know what we mean. They are to the ant world what the Africanized bees are to the bee world.

  57. Terry F
    December 5, 2013

    Fire ants, has anyone tried the natural repellents like pouring vinegar coffe grounds or peppermint spray around where their next is and areas of house where they enter?
    Fire ants are not only painful but can be deadly to some and can see doing what you can from entering your home although they are living creatures and if you kill should do it with the least amount of suffering as possible. People are getting to insensitive to the suffering of others including Gods creatures. That’s regarding true suffering not whining attention seekers.
    God gave us domain that means ” responsibility ” for them not to do what ever we want. When you end a life it may not mean anything to you but it does thst life who may be just starting out, a life thats trying to find away to live among the most deady creature.. us. Most creatures are part of the environment that work togeather with it.
    If we forget that we one day may see ourselves on the extinction list out of pure stupidity.
    We as humans the ones who are supposed to be the smartest have become selfish are now the greatest threat to the environment.

  58. Kay
    December 5, 2013

    CAUTION: Baking soda is an abrasive so use with caution/sparingly on precious surfaces like teeth silver plate, and other and plated/decorated goods.
    *Dentists advise not to use baking soda on teeth more than a few times a year because it abrades tooth enamel.
    *Washing silver/gold plate with baking soda will definitely wear away the plating (and other applied meaterials). I ruined many lovely items (silverware, plates/cups with gold trim, copper plated goods, etc) before I noticed the wearing away, to late.

  59. Benjamin
    December 5, 2013

    Warning: Please be careful taking ( ingesting ) baking soda on a regular basis in you have or suspect you have high blood pressure.

  60. Tracie
    December 5, 2013

    Hard boiled eggs. Fresher eggs don’t peel as easily, but if you add several Tblsp. baking soda to the cooking water, it helps the membrane pull away from the cooked egg easier when peeling. I boil for 15 minutes at a low boil, then run cold water over the eggs until cool. Crack the egg, roll it around in your hand to break up the peel and loosen it from the egg while running under water. The peel will usually come off much easier.

  61. Mona
    December 20, 2013

    Thank you for the Baking soda uses! I have another way to stop ants using baking soda! Add about equal parts powered sugar and baking soda then scatter it around the out side of the house and where ever ants are a problem! Safe for kids and pets!

  62. Joyce
    January 23, 2014

    I clean and polish my stainless steel kettle and toaster with a soft cloth that is very damp then dipped in to baking soda and rubbed all over the item, you then polish it off with a soft cloth, they look like new again

  63. Sharon
    January 23, 2014

    Baking soda takes the acid out of home made tomato sauces, and no sugar added!

  64. Chris
    March 3, 2014

    Baking soda is great to sprinkle on a burn where the skin is not broken
    It takes away the pain in minutes and stops any blistering
    Make sure the skin is dry before you aply the baking soda

  65. Pete
    April 1, 2014

    I’ve seen a post saying that baking soda can absorb radiation and heavy metals and it didn’t say how to use it, and its not even listed above. If its true, then how do you use it to absorb radiation or heavy metals? If the fish I catch that may have radiation, like from Fukushima, I’d like to know how to use it.

  66. joanne
    May 1, 2014

    very interesting information
    thank you

  67. poverty
    July 15, 2014

    I used it so get the mildew off my bathroom walls above the shower. Make a paste and just scrub with it. I used my finger and it worked really well

  68. poverty
    July 15, 2014

    To*

  69. JESS
    August 30, 2014

    great news. would like more.

  70. Roberta
    August 30, 2014

    the laundry detergent that I make (and LOVE) uses primarily washing soda, baking soda and some borax and then I use white vinegar for both bleach and fabric softener…. I have a recipe for fabric softener that uses water, vinegar and a certain brand of hair conditioner… which I kinda like but I need to play with the recipe as I’m not totally satisfied and have just reverted back to using just the vinegar… and the clothes do not end up with a vinegary smell…

  71. Roberta
    August 30, 2014

    Oh, and the toothpaste I make is a base of coconut oil, baking soda and sea salt -about 4 parts coconut oil, 1 part baking soda and 1/4 part sea salt… it should be a kinda runny paste and taste salty and won’t hurt you if you swallow it…. Also do not put water on the toothbrush until completely done and do not rinse the mouth – you want the healing properties of the ingredients on your teeth, gums and tongue…

  72. Kay
    August 30, 2014

    I have used vinegar as a fabric softener for years and love the way it works and is so much cheaper than commercial softeners!

  73. sandy
    September 1, 2014

    Someone, once posted a wonderful baking soda, I do believe part dawn dish washing liquid and one other ingredient, I think it was vinegar….If someone remembers this recipe, or, it can be found in past posts….please, please, send it to me directly, or, just post the recipe again, please. It works, really, really, works. I moved into a house, and who ever lived here, had a small dog that peed on the carpeting. Not that it smelled, they just couldn’t get that stain out. When I found the recipe, I used it, on one of the pet pee spots….it really works, and it didn’t take the color out of the carpet. Not that the stains smell, I know they tried to clean it….but, I’d really like to get rid of the stains. Thank you very much for your time, and, I hope someone can
    remember, or find the proper mix. I had it, but, the computer, or the cloud ate the information.

  74. Augustellie
    September 3, 2014

    If you put baking soda at the base of your dogs fur, it soaks up oils and neutralizes odors. Plus, it fluffs up its fur and untangles it, giving it a freshly groomed look.

  75. Sandy
    September 20, 2014

    Baking soda and vinegar , great to remove red wine from carpet….

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