Baking Soda Benefits and Uses

Baking Soda aka sodium bicarbonate – what a versatile product!

I am literally blown away by the number of things for which you can actually use this powder. Most people associate baking soda with cooking or using as a deodorizer for your fridge/freezer, but there are SO MANY uses for this powder I just had to share with you, so you can actually “think outside of the BOX”! šŸ˜†Ā I picked up most of these tips from Dr. Axe and Care2.

I actually buy baking soda by the 6.12 Kg bag (that’s just over 13 lbs.), because it has so many uses it makes more sense to buy it in bulk. You could also just go to you nearest bulk food store and buy a bag there. Costco has the best price for the size bag I buy.

First, let’s get one thing straight- IT DOES NOT CONTAIN ALUMINUM! So if you are looking for an aluminum free baking powder – make your own with one part baking soda and two parts cream of tartar. Simple. Just make sure you mix it thoroughly before adding to a recipe if you make more than what a single recipe needs. I make enough to use while I’m here (or in Florida), then when I come back throw any leftover away and make a new batch. That way I always have a fresh supply of baking powder.

OK, so what else can you use baking soda for: hygiene/personal care; stomach aid for pain or upset; hair and teeth: mouth rinse for mouth issues; injuries; cough and sore throat; kills fungus, mold and parasites; home cleaning products; help fight disease; neutralizes acid; helps reduce gout symptoms; treats urinary tract infections.

Keep in mind I am not a medical professional and only make suggestions. You should always work with your medical team before proceeding with any internal uses for baking soda. Also, to give you a heads up before going any further, as baking soda has a high amount of sodium – if you have high blood pressure, liver disease, kidney disease, or edema, you should avoid using baking soda internally, Ā but there is no reason you couldn’t use it for any external purpose, and there are still lots of uses for this very inexpensive powder.

Personal Care

  • Baking soda can be used as a natural deodorant (I actually make my own deodorant that is also aluminum free and it works very well). You can also using baking soda if you sweat too much and want to protect your clothing, by simply dusting your underarms with the powder.
  • Mix some baking soda with warm water for a foot bath to help assist in the fight against foot/toenail fungus.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water to help with bug bites or itching from an allergic rash by applying the paste to the affected area.
  • For sun burn relief, place baking soda in your bath water for a soak, or add a little baking soda to your body lotion.
  • If you happen to get a splinter, mix a tablespoon of baking soda to warm water and soak the splintered area, do this twice a day for three days and the splinter should pretty much fall out.
  • Help to soften hands using baking soda and water to clean away dirt and odors.
  • Use to get rid of residue on your hair from harsh shampoos, by mixing a tsp of baking soda with your shampoo before washing your hair.
  • Keep your brushes and combs clean by soaking in a solution of 1 tsp baking soda in a basin of warm water, then rinse and allow to air dry.
  • I make my own toothpaste using 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, 1/2 tsp. sea salt, 2-3 Tbsp. baking soda, 15-20 drops peppermint essential oil, and about 1/4 tsp. water – mix well and use in place of your regular toothpaste – it will help whiten your teeth as well as remove plaque buildup on your teeth.

Natural Health

  • Do you suffer from heartburn or indigestion? If so you can use 1/2 tsp. baking soda in 2 cups of water an hour after eating.
  • If you have a pH imbalance, baking soda can be used to help restore normal pH and help the immune system for those who have cancer.
  • Because it has the ability to absorb lactic acid that builds up in muscles during vigorous workouts, it’s a good method to delay fatigue and help enhance your athletic performance – by adding a teaspoon in a glass of water and consuming before your workout.
  • Baking soda can help improve kidney function by buffering acids in the body, keeping the pH balanced aiding the kidneys when removing acid from the body.
  • If you suffer from ulcers, baking soda can help neutralize stomach acid by drinking a glass of water with 1-2 tsp. baking soda to help relieve symptoms.
  • Some doctors recommend using baking soda to treat yeast infections.

Home Uses

I’ve been slowly getting rid of all my store bought “chemical laden cleaners” and have been making my own natural cleaners. I know there are a lot of “green” cleaners out there, but I still don’t know what’s actually in them. So for about a year now I’ve been on the hunt for DIY cleaners.

  • Pots and pans cleaner using baking soda and dish soap – it really works well.
  • Cleaning your ceramic stove top is a breeze using baking soda with a damp cloth – rub the baking soda into the stains until they disappear, then wipe with a clean cloth – you may want to use vinegar to wipe up any residue and to get a really nice shine.
  • If you need a natural kitchen scrub sprinkle baking soda on the surfaces in your kitchen and use a sponge or rag to scrub. If you want a really nice clean smell add lemon, lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree or peppermint essential oil.
  • If you have carpets in your home, use baking soda to give it a good clean instead of the chemicals found in mass produced products. It’s better for you, your family and pets. Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet, let sit for 15-20 minutes, then vacuum it up.
  • Use in your laundry instead of fabric softener by adding a cup of baking soda to your laundry load.
  • Make a natural fruit and vegetable scrub using a teaspoon of baking soda to water to help remove bacteria.
  • Clean your microwave oven (if you have one) using a teaspoon of baking soda to a damp rag to wipe away food and grime easily.
  • One of my favorite uses for baking soda is to clean my drains in the bathrooms. Add 1 Tbsp. of baking soda to a dry drain and pour a cup of vinegar down. Let sit for about 30 minutes, then run hot water to clean the drain. If one treatment doesn’t work, do it again. I find I usually only need one treatment.
  • To remove grease and grime from dishes, add baking soda to your dishwasher cycle.
  • Freshen your sponges in a solution of 4 Tbsp. baking soda dissolved in a quart of warm water.
  • Have you ever had a fire in your kitchen? Did you know that using baking soda will extinguish that fire by stifling the flames instantly.
  • Smelly shoes? Get rid of the smell using baking soda – it will clear within minutes.
  • I’ve often used baking soda to clean the stains in my metal coffee travel cups – just add a heaping teaspoon of baking soda to warm/hot water and let sit for a few hours. It can also be used to clean your coffee pot or tea pot but use 1/4 cup to a quart of warm water.
  • Use as a sterling and silver-plate flatware polish, mixing 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub into the flatware with a clean cloth or sponge and rinse thoroughly. Then dry with a soft cloth.
  • Need an oven cleaner – sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the oven, spray with water and let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub and scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge/cloth and rinse.
  • Stained shower curtains – rub baking soda on the stains, then add a little water and the stains should disappear.
  • Use a mixture of 1/2 cup baking soda to a bucket of warm water to mop your floor and rinse clean. If you have scuff marks use baking soda on a clean damp cloth or sponge, then rinse.
  • Make a solution of 4 Tbsp baking soda and a quart of warm water to help clean and deodorize smelly sports equipment. You can also sprinkle baking soda into golf and gym bags to deodorize them.
  • Clean golf clubs using a baking soda paste so it doesn’t scratch the surface (3 parts baking soda to 1 part water). Use a brush to apply and rinse thoroughly.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on oil/grease spots on your garage floor or driveway and scrub with a wet brush to remove the spots.

DeodorizingĀ 

  • I’m sure you already know to place an open box of baking soda in your fridge to help keep it smelling clean and to neutralize odors.
  • Cutting boards can be deodorized by sprinkling baking soda over the surface, scrub then rinse.
  • Trashcans need deodorizing regularly as well – just sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the trashcan to help keep it smelling “better”.
  • Clean your recycling containers using baking soda and a damp sponge once in a while.
  • Pour some baking soda down the drain of your garbage disposal while running warm water to help neutralize acid and basic odors.
  • If you use lunch boxes, you might want to use baking soda between uses to help keep odors at bay.
  • Freshen your closets using an open box of baking soda on a shelf to help keep the closet smelling fresh.

Miscellaneous

  • Keep your septic system flowing freely by using baking soda in your drains. One cup a week will help maintain a favorable pH in the septic tank.
  • Cat owners should use baking soda to help keep your cat litter smelling fresh, by covering the bottom of the litter box with baking soda first before adding the kitty litter. When you clean out the litter, add a sprinkle of baking soda on top.
  • Those who appreciate camping will appreciate taking baking soda along to use for dish washing, pot scrubbing, hand cleaning, toothpaste, fire extinguisher, for insect bites, and sunburn.

Wow, there are a lot of tips here, most of which will be very helpful both at home and away. I hope there are a few tips you haven’t already thought of yourself.

Have a wonderful day and week ahead.

Blessings,

Louise