30 Amazing Uses for Baking Soda

Written by The Ready Store

Part of being prepared is being resourceful and using items for more than one purpose. It’s important to be able to know how to use items like Baking Soda again and again to help you in different regards.

Baking soda is a great tool in your multi-use arsenal! You can use it for cleaning, cooking, refreshing, maintaining and more! Here are a few ideas!

1. Make toothpaste
You can combine baking soda with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution to create a non-fluoride toothpaste.

2. Facial scrub
Instead of going to an expensive spa, make your own facial scrub! Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use.

3. Deodorant
Pat baking soda under your arms to neutralize body odor. It’s a great alternative to harsher deodorants.

4. Use as an Antacid
Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach and/or acid indigestion. Refer to baking soda package for instructions.

5. Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin
For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a salve onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.

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6. Make a Bath Soak
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft. Epsom salts are pretty miraculous for the bath too.

7. Soothe Your Feet
Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak feet. Gently scrub.

8. Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener
Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or 3 parts baking soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean.

9. Freshen Sponges
Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid of the mess (4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water).

10. Polish Silver Flatware
Use a baking soda paste made with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for shining sterling and silver-plated serving pieces.

11. Clean Shower Curtains
Clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda directly on a clean damp sponge or brush. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse clean. Hang it up to dry.

12. Boost Your Liquid Laundry Detergent
Give your laundry a boost by adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry to make liquid detergent work harder. A better balance of pH in the wash gets clothes cleaner, fresher and brighter.

13. Gently Clean Baby Clothes
Baby skin requires the most gentle of cleansers, which are increasingly available, but odor and stain fighters are often harsh. For tough stains add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your liquid laundry detergent, or a 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle for deodorization.

14. Remove Oil and Grease Stains
Use baking soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.

15. Clean Batteries
Baking soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers, etc. because its a mild alkali. Be sure to disconnect the battery terminals before cleaning. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, apply with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion from the battery terminal. After cleaning and re-connecting the terminals, wipe them with petroleum jelly to prevent future corrosion. Please be careful when working around a battery–they contain a strong acid.

16. Deodorize Your Refrigerator
Place an open box in the back of the fridge to neutralize odors.

17. Deodorize the Cutting Board
Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.

18. Remove Odor From Carpets
Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long as possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger amounts of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest. (Note that your vacuum cleaner bag will get full and heavy.)

19. Remove Odor From Vacuum Cleaners
By using the method above for carpets, you will also deodorize your vacuum cleaner.

20. Camping Cure-all
Baking soda is a must-have for your next camping trip. It’s a dish washer, pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste, fire extinguisher and many other uses.

21. Extinguish Fires
Baking soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen fires, because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. For small cooking fires (frying pans, broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can safely do so. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame to help put out the fire–and call the Fire Department just to be safe.

22. Septic Care
Regular use of baking soda in your drains can help keep your septic system flowing freely. One cup of baking soda per week will help maintain a favorable pH in your septic tank.

23.  Fruit and Vegetable Scrub
Baking soda is the food safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.

24. Clean the Microwave
Baking soda on a clean damp sponge cleans gently inside and outside the microwave and never leaves a harsh chemical smell. Rinse well with water.

baking soda25.  Relieve Diaper Rash
Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.

26. Fresh Flowers
Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.

27. Repel Rain
Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.

28. Music Fruit Relief
Soak dried beans to a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.

29. Spot-Treat Acne
You can make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply the paste to surface zits. It probably won’t work as well for deep blemishes.

30.  Obviously, Cooking
Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.

Thanks to care2.com for contributing to this article.

What ideas do you have? Comment below to tell us what you’ve used baking soda for!

 

Updated August 3, 2012

75 Comments

  1. fauna smith wrote:

    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)

    August 6th, 2012 at 11:44 am
  2. Rebecca wrote:

    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.

    August 6th, 2012 at 1:06 pm
  3. Rose wrote:

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

    August 6th, 2012 at 1:23 pm
  4. Gerald wrote:

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

    Great info!

    August 6th, 2012 at 2:34 pm
  5. Penny Bushman wrote:

    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.

    August 6th, 2012 at 2:55 pm
  6. David wrote:

    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.

    August 6th, 2012 at 4:42 pm
  7. Patricia wrote:

    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.

    August 6th, 2012 at 5:40 pm
  8. Bubba wrote:

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

    August 6th, 2012 at 5:47 pm
  9. fauna smith wrote:

    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.

    August 6th, 2012 at 12:11 pm
  10. howard wrote:

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

    August 7th, 2012 at 1:37 am
  11. Coco wrote:

    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.

    August 7th, 2012 at 2:17 am
  12. Tom wrote:

    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”

    August 7th, 2012 at 11:54 am
  13. Deb wrote:

    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.

    August 7th, 2012 at 12:57 pm
  14. Bruce wrote:

    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#

    August 7th, 2012 at 3:32 pm
  15. Patty wrote:

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

    August 7th, 2012 at 7:01 pm
  16. Caroline wrote:

    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.

    August 7th, 2012 at 7:24 pm
  17. dottie wrote:

    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.

    August 8th, 2012 at 12:05 am
  18. HockeyGuy wrote:

    got to love the fact that of all thirty uses…

    not one is BAKING!!!!

    ha

    August 8th, 2012 at 7:20 pm
  19. Bubba wrote:

    Besides the last one HockeyGuy …

    August 8th, 2012 at 7:31 pm
  20. Bea wrote:

    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.

    August 11th, 2012 at 2:04 pm
  21. JeannieC wrote:

    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.

    September 4th, 2012 at 8:11 am
  22. Deborah wrote:

    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.

    March 23rd, 2013 at 9:42 am
  23. Momma wrote:

    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.

    March 23rd, 2013 at 11:03 am
  24. Janice wrote:

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

    March 23rd, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  25. Janice wrote:

    Sorry — I meant CANKER sores not CANCER sores!

    March 23rd, 2013 at 5:01 pm
  26. Ronda wrote:

    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.

    May 1st, 2013 at 3:54 pm
  27. Michelle wrote:

    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.

    May 1st, 2013 at 5:04 pm
  28. Ella wrote:

    I use it all the time in suitcases before storing.

    May 1st, 2013 at 8:22 pm
  29. Kathy wrote:

    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!

    May 7th, 2013 at 10:33 am
  30. Cheryl wrote:

    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! :)

    May 8th, 2013 at 11:50 am
  31. Chantal wrote:

    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!

    June 2nd, 2013 at 1:40 pm
  32. Jenny wrote:

    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

    June 15th, 2013 at 9:22 am
  33. Sue wrote:

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

    June 17th, 2013 at 2:12 pm
  34. Sandy wrote:

    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!

    June 19th, 2013 at 2:43 am
  35. Susan wrote:

    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.

    July 18th, 2013 at 11:09 pm
  36. ammy wrote:

    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

    July 19th, 2013 at 12:49 pm
  37. ammy wrote:

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

    July 19th, 2013 at 12:54 pm
  38. KIM wrote:

    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.

    July 20th, 2013 at 1:54 pm
  39. Cindy wrote:

    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.

    July 31st, 2013 at 1:26 pm
  40. Genie wrote:

    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.

    July 31st, 2013 at 3:00 pm
  41. gail lucas wrote:

    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.

    August 7th, 2013 at 4:52 am
  42. B SOYARS wrote:

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

    August 25th, 2013 at 10:20 am
  43. Sakina wrote:

    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. !!

    October 17th, 2013 at 10:02 am
  44. Jeanne Savage wrote:

    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?

    October 27th, 2013 at 9:06 am
  45. seandette wrote:

    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.

    October 27th, 2013 at 2:21 pm
  46. Liz wrote:

    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.

    November 9th, 2013 at 9:15 pm
  47. Queen LAmour wrote:

    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

    November 9th, 2013 at 10:12 pm
  48. Aleen wrote:

    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.

    November 18th, 2013 at 4:25 pm
  49. Padre King wrote:

    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.

    November 26th, 2013 at 1:35 pm
  50. Anna wrote:

    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.

    November 26th, 2013 at 1:41 pm
  51. Tracey Mundy wrote:

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

    November 26th, 2013 at 9:14 pm
  52. Lauren wrote:

    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.

    November 30th, 2013 at 2:27 pm
  53. Ruby wrote:

    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?

    November 30th, 2013 at 8:29 pm
  54. Arnay wrote:

    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…:)

    December 4th, 2013 at 8:26 am
  55. marki wrote:

    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.

    December 5th, 2013 at 8:36 am
  56. Bev wrote:

    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.

    December 5th, 2013 at 10:57 am
  57. Terry F wrote:

    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.

    December 5th, 2013 at 11:31 am
  58. Kay wrote:

    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.

    December 5th, 2013 at 1:51 pm
  59. Benjamin wrote:

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

    December 5th, 2013 at 4:55 pm
  60. Tracie wrote:

    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.

    December 5th, 2013 at 8:08 pm
  61. Mona wrote:

    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!

    December 20th, 2013 at 8:13 pm
  62. Joyce wrote:

    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

    January 23rd, 2014 at 12:28 am
  63. Sharon wrote:

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

    January 23rd, 2014 at 6:47 am
  64. Chris wrote:

    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

    March 3rd, 2014 at 1:26 am
  65. Pete wrote:

    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.

    April 1st, 2014 at 8:37 pm
  66. joanne wrote:

    very interesting information
    thank you

    May 1st, 2014 at 4:43 am
  67. poverty wrote:

    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

    July 15th, 2014 at 7:42 am
  68. poverty wrote:

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    July 15th, 2014 at 7:43 am
  69. JESS wrote:

    great news. would like more.

    August 30th, 2014 at 7:34 am
  70. Roberta wrote:

    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…

    August 30th, 2014 at 8:57 am
  71. Roberta wrote:

    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…

    August 30th, 2014 at 9:01 am
  72. Kay wrote:

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

    August 30th, 2014 at 2:13 pm
  73. sandy wrote:

    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.

    September 1st, 2014 at 8:16 am
  74. Augustellie wrote:

    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.

    September 3rd, 2014 at 7:01 pm
  75. Sandy wrote:

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

    September 20th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

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