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Baking soda is being used since ages. Our grandmothers have been passing a lot of nifty little tricks that we can do with this magic ingredient, so one can say they have been passed through generations. It is cheap and above all its always available and that is why it is so handy.
But before we dive into the many little tricks of baking soda, let’s know a bit more about baking soda.
What is Baking Soda?
Baking soda is a homely name for sodium bicarbonate, also known as bicarbonate of sodium. It is an alkaline white powder that has been used since 1860 and was made in John Dwight’s lab by his team. Made popular in the 1920s, baking soda is now a staple for households around the globe.
Isn’t Baking Soda the same as Baking Powder?
As their name suggests both are used in baking as they help the baking goods rise. But they are definitely not the same.
In order to activate baking soda, you need both an acidic ingredient and a liquid. This mixture helps the goods rise.
On the other hand, baking powder has both, sodium bicarbonate and acid which help the baking goods rise. Cornstarch is also typically present in baking powder as it stops the sodium bicarbonate and the acid present to react with each other.
Is Baking Soda Safe?
Baking soda is mostly safe but overuse of anything can be harmful.
- Applying baking soda to your tooth for a long stretch of time can weaken the tooth enamel.
- Baking soda can cause problems like diarrhea if taken in higher doses.
- Very high consumption of baking soda has also resulted in serious problems like kidney failures in a few cases.
This is only true for overconsumption though. You should have an idea of how much is too much and not go overboard with the usage of baking soda.
However, for applications other than on or inside human body, baking soda is perfectly safe.
Here are 56 Must-Know Uses of Baking Soda:
Personal Hygiene Uses of Baking Soda
1. As a Shampoo
So let’s talk about the magic shampoo I mentioned earlier. Baking soda can be used as a shampoo in case you have an itchy scalp or you just ran out of shampoo and need a quick fix.
How do you do that? It is pretty simple, just one tablespoon of baking soda and a hundred ml of water. Make sure that it is completely mixed if not, then add some more water. Apply the mixture to your scalp and leave it in for a few minutes then wash off.
The results are breathtaking. The baking soda shampoo will even get rid of dandruff and results are seen just after the first 2 washes. If your scalp gets too oily then you may also add your regular shampoo to the mixture to make sure your hair is properly cleaned.
2. As a Tooth Whitener
There are various ways to use baking soda as a tooth whitener.
- Baking soda mixed with water – use a little bit of baking soda mixed with water so it has a thick consistency. Brush your teeth with a finger or use a brush. Rinse your mouth with water and you are good to go.
- Baking soda and lime juice – this work much better than baking soda and water. As lemon also helps to eliminate tooth discoloration. Just mix some baking soda with few drops of lemon juice. Again you can use either your finger or a brush to apply this paste on. Rinse as usual.
- Make a mouth rinse using baking soda and apple cider vinegar – Mix these two ingredients and it makes a great mount wash. Use it after normally washing your teeth.
- Just add some baking soda to your toothpaste – Use your normal toothpaste and add some baking soda( maybe a pinch of it) brush as usual. Rinse.
- Add baking soda to hydrogen peroxide – This works like a charm but, make sure you use 3% solution peroxide just as a precaution and rinse well after that. Check out hydrogen peroxide home hacks.
3. Make Your Skin Glow with Baking Soda
Mingle some orange juice and baking soda, make sure that the quantity of baking soda is half than that of the orange juice. Apply the mixture carefully on your face and neck and leave it for 10 minutes. Wash it off with cold water (you can also use a cotton pad to wipe it off).
Glowing radiant skin awaits you. You can witness the results in just one wash.
4. Baking Soda as a Scrub
Baking soda is an excellent exfoliant mixed with honey (which has its own beauty properties) and sugar makes it a great scrub.
Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with some Honey and sugar. Increase the quantity if you want to use this mixture as a body scrub accordingly.
5. Eliminate that Body Odor
I don’t know about you but the first impression that I have of someone is based on how they smell. I truly think how a person smells says a lot about their personal hygiene.
So if you are conscious like me about how you smell then I have just got the thing for you. Baking soda is very effective in eliminating body odor. And if that is something put together a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda and apply it to body parts where you sweat the most like inner thighs or underarms.
The antibacterial properties of baking soda kill the odor-producing bacteria and keep you fresh all day.
6. Pamper Your Feet with Baking Soda
Our feet go through a lot. Pamper them with some love and baking soda. Pour 2-3 tablespoon of baking soda in a bucket of warm water put some salt too. Soak your feet in the water.
Now I do not know what magic happens in this pool of baking soda and salt. But after a long day of walking in heels/comfortable shoes when you soak your feet in this water, it feels like the water soaks away any pain you might be feeling. It is really a bliss.
Now use a skin scrubber or a loofah to gently scrub your heels this will get rid of any dead skin. This can also help to get rid of any stinky feet situation. Cheers to your softer feet.
7. Lighten Your Elbows, Knees, and Underarms
Elbows, knees, and underarms somehow get darker than the rest of your skin tone (I never understood how but many women can feel conscious about it). Baking soda can help lighten them easily.
You can do this as you take a shower. So all you need to do is put together a mixture of baking soda, granulated sugar, and water. The consistency should be that of a scrub. Scrub your elbows, knees, and underarms with the mixture and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
Rinse it off when you shower. Use it at least twice a week to see fast results. Baking soda can be a little dry, so do not forget to moisturize afterward.
Another way is to slice up a potato and sprinkle some baking soda on it. Rub the slices on your knees, elbows, and underarms. Rinse it off.
8. Blemishes and Dark Spots
Fash your face as usual. Now apply a blend of baking soda and lemon juice on it. You can also use honey especially if you have dry skin since honey is a natural moisturizer. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Use an ice cube or cotton pad dipped in cold water to wipe your face again.
9. Get those Pink Lips
So this is what I do as a daily night routine (look at me talking about routine as a fully functional adult). Apply some petroleum jelly on your lips before you go to bed.
After you wake up before brushing, run your finger underwater and then dip it in baking soda (I have a small jar of baking soda just for this near my basin). Now use that finger to gently scrub your lips. And Voila! You got softer and moisturized lips.
10. Deodorize your Shoes
Take a tissue paper and pour a tablespoon of baking soda on it. Tie a knot so that it looks like a pouch. Put this pouch inside your shoes for a few hours and that’s all. Your shoes will smell fresh just like baking soda :).
11. Banish those Pimples Using Baking Soda
Simply mix water and baking soda to make a thick paste. Wash your face to get rid of any dirt. Apply the mixture on pimples.
Do not leave it on for more than 2 to 3 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Rub an ice cube on your face this helps close your pores. If you have dry skin or if your skin feels dry after this, apply some moisturizer.
Uses of Baking soda in Your Garden
12. Get Rid of Crabgrass
Digitaria commonly known as crabgrass can take over your garden. Sprinkle some baking soda on the patch and shovel it away. Baking soda will prevent it from regrowing.
13. Keep those Houseplants Clean
Dip a lint-free cloth in a mixture of baking soda and water. Keep the consistency of the solution thin. Wipe the leaves of your houseplant clean.
14. Make that Marinara Naturally Sweeter
If you enjoy some backyard gardening and have grown some tomatoes but they do not taste sweet. Here is a great hack. Sprinkle baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants and you will be rewarded with much sweeter tomatoes.
15. Clean Up Your Patio Furniture
So spring is around the corner and you will be taking that sweet sweet vitamin D as you sit in your backyard but spring also means springtime cleaning.
Here is a nifty way to clean your backyard furniture. In a spray bottle marry some baking soda and water. Shake it well before use. Now spray some on your furniture and wipe it with a clean rag.
If your furniture seems too dirty add in the solution dishwashing soap too. And there you go a homemade cleaner that will keep your furniture ready for the spring.
16. Rejuvenate Your Garden
So some plants aren’t doing so well you noticed. Here is what you need to do next. Put together 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of clear ammonia, and 1 teaspoon of ammonia. Make sure they are mixed properly.
Use this on your dull looking plants and witness them come to life in just a few days.
17. Eliminating Slugs
Noticing the slow slugs crawling in your backyard and want to get rid of them. Just sprinkle some baking on them.
18. Help those Plants
Mix a tablespoon of baking in your watering can and use it to water your plants. Baking soda helps the plants bloom and you will be left with a lush green garden.
19. Get rid of Weeds
Weeds are a nightmare of anyone who loves gardening. Baking soda can help you get rid of them. Just sprinkle some baking soda where you see them. Baking soda burns the foliage of weeds and prevents future weed invasions.
20. Test the pH of Your Soil
Take a sample of soil from your garden and add water to it. Now add in some baking soda, if the soil bubbles it is acidic. Ok, not exactly pH but a good way to know if the soil is acidic or alkaline.
21. Now Make the Soil Less Acidic
We know baking soda is alkaline in nature. If you tested your soil and it turns out to be acidic, then use baking soda to control the pH of your soil. Sprinkle it in your garden daily on its own or mixed with water. Since baking soda is also known to kill weeds you will have a better yielding garden.
22. Prevent Fungal Diseases
Nothing makes my heart ache more than seeing my plants fall prey to mildew and other fungal diseases.
Baking soda always comes to my rescue in these situations. Put together baking soda, liquid soap, and water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on infected plants. You can also do this for other plants to prevent fungal growth.
23. Cleaning Bird Baths
So we all can agree that a birdbath is one of the most beautiful accessories to have in your garden. But these beauties get dirty very quickly.
Make a thick mixture of baking soda and water. Dip a traditional scrub in this mixture and scrub off the stains and dirt that your birdbath has collected in all this time.
24. Keep Your Compost Fresh
Compost piling up in your backyard can lead to a very strong foul odor and before you know, you are disturbing your neighbor’s backyard without any intention of doing so.
To avoid this keep spraying a mixture of baking soda and water on your compost to get rid of the odor.
25. Keep Flowers Fresh for Long
So I got some orchids on my birthday but they looked lifeless even before my birthday party was over. Baking soda can keep your flowers fresh for longer even in a vase.
Just add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in your vase and make your flowers last longer.
26. Treat Tomato Plants
Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 crushed aspirins into 2 gallons of water. Mix well and spray over the tomato plants to prevent fungal diseases.
Use the solutions once a week to prevent any future fungal attack on your tomatoes.
27. Eliminate Anthills Capturing Your Garden
Bait ants with a mixture of baking soda and powdered sugar in the ratio 1:1. The sweet sugar of the mixture will attract the ants and they will carry the mixture to their nests.
The baking soda will kill them. It may take some time to kill the ants with this method but it will eliminate the ant hills without using any chemical ant repellent.
28. Getting Rid of Caterpillars
Mix flour and baking soda in the ratio of 1:1 and keep the mixture in a powder dispenser. Apply the mixture on the affected plants every day for a week.
The intake of baking soda will kill caterpillars within that time. Without the use of any harsh pesticide.
Use of Baking Soda in the Kitchen
29. Unclog that Sink
Clogged sinks can be very irritating. Here is how you should use baking soda to unclog any sink and even clogged bathroom drain.
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 100ml of water. Pour the mixture over the clogged area and let it sit for some time. Pour warm water over the mixture to rinse it out. And there you have an unclogged sink.
30. Clean Your Produce
Fruits and vegetables have a coating of wax, pesticides, and dirt over them. You can use store-bought cleaning liquid to clean them properly or clean them at home using baking soda.
Mix slightly warm water and 3 teaspoons of baking soda. Use this mixture to cleaning your produce properly. It will also keep your produce fresh for longer.
31. Clean Your Microwave
Use a sponge dipped in a solution made of 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 100 ml vinegar. It is a little time consuming but also better than harsh chemicals to clean your microwave.
32. Tenderize Meat
Struggling to understand why your meatballs don’t taste as good as they should (no one likes rubbery meatballs). Or struggling because of weird cuts of meat. Here is how you make any meat taste tender with the use of baking soda.
Rub baking soda generously on the meat and let it set in the refrigerator for 3-5 hrs. Rinse carefully before cooking. And there you have tender meat without any sweat.
33. What Smells Fishy, Oh It is Fish!
I love seafood but as sensitive as I am towards any bad odor. Cleaning a fish or any seafood can be a pain.
Here is how you eliminate the fish stink and still enjoy making and eating it. Mix 200 ml of water and 1 tablespoon of water in a deep dish. Let the fish soak in the solution for an hour. Rinse the fish before cooking.
34. Reduce the Level of Acids in Recipes
Baking soda can be used in many recipes like tomato-based sauces to reduce their acidity. Simply sprinkle a pinch of baking soda over the sauce or recipe while cooking.
35. Fluffy Omelets
Okay, so this one I came across through Instagram. I was tired of seeing these fluffy omelets videos on Instagram and craving them in the middle of the night. Turns out the fluff is the result of our very own kitchen all-rounder baking soda.
For every three eggs, omelet mix add to them half a teaspoon of baking soda. Whisk well and make your own scrumptious omelet. Don’t forget to post it on Instagram and make others crave too.
36. There is Such a Thing as Too Much Vinegar
And it can ruin your dish. One of the simplest ways to cut out that overwhelming vinegar flavor is to sprinkle a pinch of baking soda on your dish.
I must warn you to not put too much baking soda since when baking soda reacts with vinegar the mixture results in foaming.
37. Make Beans Non-Gassy
Baked beans or beans gravy no matter how you like your beans they tend to come with after reward that is not so pleasant. To avoid this add a little baking soda to your beans. The alkalinity of baking soda will control the gas-producing properties of the beans.
38. Deodorize Your Garbage Bucket
Garbage especially wet garbage can leave a very long-lasting smell. Baking soda is well known for its deodorizing properties. use it to deodorize any odor from your garbage bin once in a while. Dip a wet paper towel in baking soda and use it to clean the garbage bucket. Let it sit for some time then rinse out with warm water.
39. Give More Power to Your Dishwashing Liquid
Mix baking soda with dishwashing liquid to increase its strength. It will make get rid of grease on your dishes easier.
40. Clean Up Your Automatic Coffeemaker
Brew a pot of 1 cup of water and add ¼ cup of baking soda to it. Brew another cup of clean water to make sure that no baking soda residue is left. Do it twice a week to keep your coffee maker clean.
You can also clean your thermos using the same solution. Just pour the solution into your thermos and keep it overnight. Rinse well the next day.
41. Cleaning a Cast Iron Cookware
Cleaning a cast iron cookware is a hassle. Its a day of arm workout if you have cooked something oily. Baking soda can help you remove even the most stubborn of the greasy remains.
Boil the solution of 1-quart water with two tablespoons of baking soda in your iron pans this will loosen the grease. Throw off the liquid and scrub with a traditional kitchen brush if needed add some liquid soap for easier cleaning.
And you will have those cast iron pans looking like you bought them yesterday (maybe not yesterday, but you get what I am saying).
42. Clean Your China
Long use of china can leave them blackened. Use baking soda to get rid of these marks. Simply dip a wet scrub in baking soda and use it to scrub off the markings.
43. Eliminate Stains and Grease from Stovetops
Our stovetops go through a lot and get some stubborn stains along the way. Wet the stained area with water and cover it with baking soda. Let the baking soda sit for 1-2 hours and wipe it off with a sponge or a rag later.
Uses of Baking Soda Around the Home
44. Cleaning a Brick Fireplace
Cleaning up a brick fireplace is tricky because if you use harsh detergent old bricks facings can start to crumble. Baking soda is great because it is not harsh.
45. Cleaning Vinyl Sliding Tracks
A lot of gunk can get stuck in Vinyl sliding tracks. Pour baking soda in the corners of the track and let it sit. Use an old toothbrush to reach the corners properly and scrub.
46. Eliminate Odor from Ashtrays
Marry together some white sand and baking soda. Put this mix on your ashtrays. This mix will soak the smell of cigarettes and leave the ashtrays smelling fresher.
47. Musty Books
Humidity can leave books musty and smelly. And they lose their old book smell. Trickle some pages of your musty smelling books with baking soda to keep them fresh.
48. Clean Those White Sneakers
White sneakers are so in trend and everyone seems to love them. But with time when those white sneakers turn yellowish in color, they do no look that flattering anymore.
Mix together toothpaste and baking soda. Use an old brush and clean your shoes using that. Toothpaste and baking soda together will make your sneakers look like new.
49. Clean Off Watermarks from Wood Surfaces
Let it be a party where a guest forgets to use a coaster and there you go a nice water ring on your sweet wooden coffee table. Mix water and baking soda into thick consistency paste. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe off with a dry sponge or cloth
50. Cleaning the Bathtub
Put together baking soda and bleach. Use a scrub dipped into the mixture to clean any grime on your bathtub.
51. Sticky Label Leftover Glue
Labels and stickers often leave glue remains. Dip a sponge in the mixture of baking soda and warm water. And gently rub it off.
Baking Soda as a Freshener
52. Deodorize Carpet
Sprinkle generously over carpets and leave it for a few hours. Finally, vacuum over the carpet.
53. Mattress Freshener
When cleaning out your sheets don’t forget to freshen up your mattress too. Sprinkle some baking soda on top of your mattress and leave it under the sun for a few hours. Dust off the baking soda later.
54. Keep Any Bad Odor Out of Your Refrigerator
Clean out the refrigerator. But how do you keep it smelling clean? Take a bowl filled with baking soda and keep it inside the fridge. This will soak up any bad odor.
55. DIY Some Air-freshener
In a spray bottle put together 2 cups of warm water, half a cup of baking soda, and half a cup of rose water. Shake Shake Shake and spray to make the room smell fresh as a rose.
56. For Stinky Luggage
As any trip passes have you noticed luggage getting stinkier day by day. Here is how you freshen up your luggage after you are home. Sprinkle some baking soda inside and let it sit for a day. Vacuum it up afterward.
If you want to keep your luggage fresh on the go. Wrap baking soda in a tissue paper and keep it inside. It will not let any odor set in your luggage. Make sure the pouch doesn’t tear up when inside.
Baking soda is a true miracle and works wonder around your house. From your garden to your personal hygiene baking soda has so many hacks. These were some of the nifty ways in which you can use baking soda and make life easy.
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