15 Surprising Uses of Baking Soda
While the idea of baking soda dissolved in water is not new, and often a remedy that your mother or grandma may have made for you when you had an upset stomach, there are many more uses for it!
1. It neutralises acid
As baking soda is an antacid, it can neutralize the acid in your stomach. Drinking baking soda dissolved in water helps to neutralize the hydrochloric acid and dulls the pain of heartburn and acid reflux, and relieves bloating and gas as well.
2. Balances pH
Although acidity is necessary for the digestion of food, too much of it can cause problems, and promote diseases such as osteoporosis, cancer, and arthritis, which thrive in an acidic environment.
Drinking baking soda dissolved in water helps to balance pH and promotes general well being and energy. Have a glass when you’re feeling heaty or under the weather, you’ll find yourself refreshed.
3. As relief from UTI
Sodium bicarbonate can help you overcome a urinary tract infection. It does so by reducing acid in the urine. If you are prone to these infections, try drinking baking soda and water. Note that baking soda is not a cure for UTI, but simply to help allieviate some symptoms.
4. To reduce Inflammation
Mix baking soda with water into a paste and put it over any affected areas to reduce redness and itch. Put it in your baby’s bathwater to relieve diaper rash. Adults can use it too to relieve symptoms of heat rash, or just as a pampering treatment for dry skin or feet. Baking soda is great for exfoliating skin too. Use 3 parts baking soda to one part water, and you’ll find it makes for a gentle exfoliant to wash away dead skin cells and leave your body feeling refreshed!
5. As a deodorant
Sprinkle just a bit on your ‘pits, or soak your feet in it, and voila! Smells be gone.
6. As a deodorizer
An open box in your refridgerator will help neutralize odours, but remember to replace it every 3 months or so. To keep rubbish cleans from smelling, sprinkle some baking soda to the bottom of your trash can once every 2 weeks or until the smell returns.
For stinky shoes, pour some baking soda into each shoe and cover the soles and let it sit overnight, then shake it all out the next morning.
If you have a pet and they’ve accidentally used your carpet as their toilet, clean the pee first then sprinkle baking soda over the area. Leave it overnight and vacuum up the rest the next morning.
This works for kitty litter boxes or indoor artificial grass pee pads too! Cover the bottom of the pan with baking soda, then fill with your litter, or cover the grass back as usual. To freshen between changes, sprinkle baking soda on top of the litter or grass patch.
7. To freshen your breath and polish your teeth
Bicarbonate is the key ingredient in many commercial whitening toothpastes that make your teeth pearly white. Instead of buying the more expensive paste, you can add some to your existing toothpaste and create your own boost!
For a breath freshener, Mix 1 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water, and gargle away!
8. As a Brush cleaner
Baking soda is great to help naturally remove oils, build up, and residue on your combs and brushes – including your make up brushes! Just mix 1 tsp of baking soda to a cup of water, soak your brushes inside overnight, and leave it out to dry the next morning! You can also add a little bit of liquid soap if you wish for extra cleaning power.
9. To clean your floors
This is great for tile floors: Use 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water to help mop and clean floors.
10. To clean grease off the pan or your microwave
Just add a scoop of baking soda to your normal dish soap and let soak for a while. Baking soda helps cut grease and make it easier to scrub that pan clean!
For microwave cleaning action, sprinkle some baking soda on a damp cloth and use it to clean your microwave. Instantly, all the grease and bits will melt away, and leave your microwave smelling fresh again.
11. To clean your walls
If you have kids and God forbid, they colour all over them in crayon, have no fear! Baking soda will do the trick. Sprinkle baking soda onto a cloth and rub your walls lightly. It should come off, easy peasy.
12. To polish silver
With a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, rub this onto your silver flatware with a clean cloth or sponge, then rinse and dry it. Now bask in that glow!
13. To unclog drains
Forget the drano and try this recipe:
1/4 – 1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 – 1 cup white distilled vinegar
1/2 – 1 gallon of boiling water (8 – 16 cups)
First, pour the baking soda down, and really push it down. Then, pour ½ of the vinegar down the drain, and cover the drain with a plug until the fizzing has stopped. Once its stopped, pour the rest down as well. Cover the drain again and leave it for 15 – 30 minutes. Use this time to boil a gallon of boiling water. Then when time’s up, pour the entire gallon of boiling water down, slowly and evenly. You may have to repeat this process 2-3 times depending on the severity of the clog, but trust us, this works!
14. As a produce Wash
To wash away pesticides from your produce, mix 1/4 of a cup of baking soda in a sink full of water. Wash your fruits and vegetables in the solution, then rinse with clean water.
15. To keep Ants Out
Instead of spending time to squash the trail of ants, mix up equal parts of baking soda and salt together. Sprinkle the mixture wherever you see the ants coming in.
There are so many uses for baking soda that the possibilities seem almost endless. Who knew that such a common household item could be so useful? If you like these tips, be sure to check out our other article 6 THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH USED TEA-BAGS and stay tuned for next week’s article for more household hacks with everyday items you can find in your fridge!