I have 100 pounds of baking soda in my pantry. No joke.
For most people, I suppose that would last a life time, but for me? Well, I do expect 100 pounds to last for quite a while, but I’m guessing we go through it a lot faster than the average person.
So what do we do with all that baking soda?
First, I use it to wash diapers – and I wash diapers a lot.
Secondly, did you know that goats eat baking soda? Yup. It helps balance out their PH level. And we currently have five goats.
But you don’t have to live on a farm, or use cloth diapers to get a lot of use out of the stuff. Baking soda is an amazing, natural cleaning agent. It can take the place of a lot of harsh chemicals to help you live a more natural, healthy lifestyle.
Here’s a list of 30 ways you can use baking soda no matter where you live:
30 Household Uses For Baking Soda
- Make modeling clay using equal parts baking soda and cornstarch and enough water to make a dough
- Make play dough. Baking soda playdough is a favorite with us!
- Cuticle care: Exfoliate dead skin cells and soften your hands with a baking soda paste.
- Use it as a facial scrub the same way you would the cuticle exfoliant.
- Use as an antacid. Gabriel does this regularly. Baking soda is very alkaline, so it helps balance out the PH in your gut.
- Use as hair wash You can read about my experience with this here.
- Deodorant. Love using baking soda deodorant. Good stuff!
- Make Toothpaste by mixing baking soda with peroxide to make a paste. You can add peppermint oil if you prefer your toothpaste to taste good.
- Use on itchy insect bites and rashes.
- Boost your laundry detergent. As I said above, I do this regularly – especially with diapers.
- Use to wash baby laundry. When Garrett was a baby, he had this rash that just wouldn’t go away, so I switched to washing his laundry with nothing but baking soda. The clothes came out sparkling clean!
- Use as a deodorizer – refrigerator, trash can, cutting board, drain, etc.
- Extinguish Fires. What I read is that as the baking soda heats up, it gives off carbon dioxide, smothering the flames.
- Keep brushes and combs clean by washing them with a solution of 1 tsp. baking soda to a cup of water. Rinse and dry.
- Clean crayons off the walls. Apply baking soda to a slightly wet cloth and rub lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
- Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in the vase. I’m excited about this one!
- Produce wash Mix a quarter of a cup of baking soda in a sink full of water, add fruits and veggies, rub vigorously, and rinse.
- Add to bath water to soften skin.
- Add to water vaporizer to clear sinuses.
- Put it under sinks and along basement windows to repel cockroaches and ants.
- Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.
- When boiling a chicken, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Feathers will come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white. this is great for those of us who occasionally process older chickens.
- Soak dried beans in a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.
- Remove the fishy smell from your fillets by soaking the raw fish in a baking soda solution for an hour inside the fridge.
- Make fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs used.
- Reduce the acid content of your tomato-based recipes by sprinkling them with a pinch of baking soda.
- Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and used it to scrub enameled cast iron and stainless steel.
- Use to remove cradle cap
- To remove perspiration stains, make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub paste into the stain, let it sit for an hour, and then launder as usual.
- To remove stains from your coffee and tea cups, wipe them with a damp sponge dipped in baking soda paste.
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