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Kitchen Tip: The Many Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda isn’t just for baking. Read on to learn about the many uses for baking soda in this kitchen tip!

Baking Soda is such an amazing thing.

There are so many uses for it beyond it’s most common use as a chemical leavener in baked goods.

So I thought I’d that for this week’s kitchen tip I would share share some of my favorite uses for baking soda.

Take my advice and don’t fuss with buying a small box of baking soda next time you’re out.

If available in your area, a 13 lb. bag of baking soda (purchased at my Costco) is much more cost effective.

Thinking “what could I possibly need 13 lbs. of baking soda for?”

Think again!

Baking Soda is a great household product for all sorts of reasons.

the many uses of baking soda

My Favorite Uses for Baking Soda (besides in baking)

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Deodorizing

Baking soda is great to help get ride of bad smells.

A few of my favorite ways to deodorize with baking soda are:

  • For a stinky refrigerator, place a bowl of baking soda on one of the shelves.
  • For Trash cans, liberally sprinkle baking soda on top of the smelly trash.

Personal Hygiene

Baking Soda works well as a substitute for several other personal hygiene products.

  • For a gentle facial exfoliant, keep a small tupperware of it in your shower for radiant skin.
  • Swish and gargle 1 teaspoon with a glass of water to freshen your breath and relieve canker sores.
  • Use as a toothpaste substitute. It also helps remove stains and whitens your teeth naturally.
  • Relax and enjoy a detox bath using baking soda. Learn How to Take a Detox Bath and try this recipe for Lavender Eucalyptus Green Tea Detox Bath Salts

Laundry Additive

For brighter, fresher clothes, I always add 1/2 cup of baking soda to my laundry.

Adding baking soda to laundry really helps keeps whites looking whiter and brights looking clean and fresh.

It also helps remove grease stains and bad odors from clothing, plus it is a natural fabric softener!

Dirty Dishes

Baking soda helps get the job done when you’re faced with really dirty dishes.

  • Sprinkle the broiler pan with heavily with baking soda, then top with a wet paper towel. Let soak for 30 minutes, then clean as usual. This also works well on BBQ grills.
  • Sprinkle the bottom of your dishwasher with baking soda and then run as usual to reduce odor build up.

Homemade Baking Powder

Out of baking powder?

Make your own using 2 parts cream of tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part cornstarch

From My Friends

I asked a few of my friends what their favorite uses for baking soda were because I knew they’d think of some good ones that weren’t on my list.

Here’s what they had to say:

Shaina: Making volcanoes and soda bottle rockets with the kids. Put it on insect bites. Underarm Deodorant.

Cheryl: Scouring my sink. I also make a paste with vinegar and put it on insect bites.

Kristan: I only like baking soda to bake…I’m so boring. (you are NOT)

Jamie: To absorb carpet spills…for example, if someone spills soda we blot up the area, spray with water, and shake on baking soda. It will lift the stain, once it dries, you simply vacuum it up and rub the area a bit.

What are some of your favorite uses for baking soda?

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Linda Kamau

Sunday 8th of February 2015

DEODORANT! Yes it works. Now I would never say use it every day. I'm a person that sweats a lot, I cant help it. It's embarrassing, I'v had this problem all my life. Do'not use this with in 24 hours of shaving, It will burn you. Do'not use if you have any cuts. The pain is not right away. If you have the problem that I'm talking about, and tired of being embarrassed then you'll understand. I can now wear strapless dresses.

JR

Sunday 4th of January 2015

Love all the kitchen tips keep them coming!

CHARRINE

Saturday 26th of October 2013

My husband and I occasionally work on vehicles and many other things around the house. he could never get the grease off of his skin and under his nails. I finally showed him to use a drop of dish soap and a teaspoon of baking soda. His hands have never been so clean AND SOFT! :) He said "gee next thing you'll be bathing me in it.... " then laughed. I said " Don't laugh to hard!" lol ;)

Jilly

Sunday 24th of February 2013

I use baking soda with coconut oil for a facial scrub every other day. Leaves skin smooth and soft and reduces size of pores.

Alicia Topor

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

Homemade remedy for upset stomach & tastes delicious .

1 glass cold water. I use 1/2 to 3/4 of a glass

1 tsp. whit sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar in water

1 Tbsp white vinegar

Stir all ingredients together .

Next step I do over the sink as the fizzing can get strong. Add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp baking soda to mixture. Mix & drink It tastes great & it works!