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100 Amazing Uses for Baking Soda – Detailed Descriptions

100 Extraordinary Things You Can Do With Baking Soda

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Detailed look at ways to solve 100 common problems using baking soda

Baking soda is a must for everyday life, and in many situations it can be of great value to preppers and survivalists looking for ways to deal with extraordinary events that disrupt their lives. The U.S. military has even suggested it for use in case of a nuclear war.

It of course has numerous applications for everyday life as well, which I’ll show you in this article.

The primary property of baking soda is its alkalinity, which helps to break down proteins and neutralize acids. This is why it can be used in such a wide variety of ways, from quickly eliminating heartburn to being a leavening agent in baking.

And it’s also why its most known use of being an effective deodorizer for the refrigerator and other things. Almost anything that needs to have pH balanced, baking soda can be used for.

Since it is a nontoxic fungicide, it can also be used safely in a wide variety of garden applications as well.

In this article we’ll look at the numerous ways baking soda can be used across many different categories. For prepping and survival, it’s one of the most inexpensive and practical items we should have ready for use. Of course in normal times it also helps to have it handy too, as it’s a cost-effective way to take care of many different circumstances and situations that arise.

When you’re done reading each section, you’ll know exactly how to use baking soda in that particular scenario. This is far more than just a list of baking soda uses, it describes to you how to successfully apply it.

After reading its many and various uses, you’ll want to grab baking soda in bulk. If only a few uses apply to your needs or circumstances, there are smaller baking soda options to buy as well.

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1. Nuclear war and radiation

In the past the U.S. military has recommended that in the case of a nuclear war, those exposed to radiation should take baths with 2.5 kg of baking soda included. The idea is to protect kidneys and other organs from being damaged, or further damaged. The absorbent property of baking soda is what’s in mind here.

Another thought is if there is no access to water in the home, going to a place where you can get water and fill a small, portable swimming pool like we used for our children or grandchildren to swim in. Even a barrel that is waterproof would be a good alternative. Just remember to add the baking soda if you’re exposed to radiation.

I’ve never heard it talked about, but it would seem this would be a good idea after having an x-ray as well or radiation treatment related to cancer or other diseases.

2. Deodorize your kitchen or other rooms

Another lesser known use for baking soda in regard to deodorizing is with smells in rooms outside of the fridge and kitchen. Under those circumstances just put your baking soda in bowls in the desired room and let them sit out overnight. That should take care of all foul odors.

If there is odor in larger open spaces, it’s likely coming from a localized area that shouldn’t be too difficult to find.

3. Leavening with baking soda

Maybe more than any other use, baking soda used for leavening is the most common.

A couple of things to consider are the reaction to baking soda in the dough or batter is immediate, so if you wait too long you will have a recipe that falls flat.

Also important is, baking soda has a shelf life of approximately 18 months. Check a small sample of your recipe if you’re not sure whether or not it’ll generate the desired result.

4. One of the best bug out products to have

Probably outside of water and food, baking soda may be the most practical and valuable product to include if you face a prolonged emergency situation.

If you want to try a practice run, which I recommend if you’re not the type to do a lot of camping, take a camping trip with friends and family, including enough baking soda to meet your various needs. Not only will this give you confidence in the product, but it’ll give you valuable experience if a challenging situation unfolds in the future.

Among the many things it can to is be used as a personal deodorant, for washing hands, cleaning pots, washing dishes, toothpaste, putting out a small fire, and many other things. We’ll look more into those individually as we go along. I only wanted to show that we need to think beyond an individual or small set of uses.

Finally, it may be the best preventative health item you have in your possession if you can’t reach a medical facility for a prolonged period of time.

5. Toothpaste

I just mentioned toothpaste as a good alternative to tooth care, so let’s take a look at that. Some people have made a paste of baking soda and mixed it with a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution as a substitute for non-flouride toothpastes.

You can of course try different ingredients to make it more palatable to your taste. Some people will simply wet a toothbrush and brush with baking soda, while others will use regular toothpaste and dip it into raw baking soda.

Either way, it’s a great way to care for your teeth under any circumstance. My wife has used baking soda as part of taking care of her teeth, and I wish I had followed that practice as she did.

She partook in more of a hybrid version, dipping her toothbrush with toothpaste on it into the baking soda to increase its effectiveness.

6. Body deodorant

There are a lot of deodorant uses for baking soda, and among them on the human side is for underarm deodorant. There have been some concerns about the safety of many deodorants, so using baking soda is a very safe and effective alternative.

If you’re not certain about this in social situations, just give it a try at home and see how it works when you’re busy throughout the day. It could be tried with essential oils or another fragrance-enhancing product to add a nice smell.

7. Acid reflux or heartburn

This is one I can vouch for myself, as I’ve used this numerous times to take care of heartburn or acid reflux, indigestion, etc., and I’ve never had a better result than all the other solutions I’ve tried.

All I do is take a half teaspoon or so of baking soda and put it in a glass of water and stir. If it’s especially bad, I may add a little more to ensure it fully works.

Never have I had something work so quickly and with perfect results. It goes away in a relatively short period of time.

The reason it works so well is sodium bicarbonate neutralizes stomach acid, relieving symptoms.

8. Make you mouth and breath fresh

Since the taste of baking soda in and of itself isn’t that great, it seems counter intuitive that it is a great way to freshen your breath; and yet it does a great job.

The way to think of it is in terms of it not just being a solution that masks or covers up your breath, but one that neutralizes it. Mints or similar breath fresheners only temporarily deal with the issue because it doesn’t help with halitosis, which is the source of the problem.

Just put some baking soda in a half glass of water and swish it around in your mouth for a bit, and also gargle it. Afterwards just spit it out and rinse, and you’re good to go.

9. Deodorize a hamper

As you’ll hear over and over again concerning different uses, baking soda is a great way to deodorize almost anything; it’s a matter of thinking through what needs to be neutralized, and figure out the best way to apply or use baking soda to take care of it.

In the case of a bad-smelling hamper, all you need to do is sprinkle some baking soda into the bottom of the hamper, or if you have clothes in the hamper, over the clothes, which will help maintain a fresher smell until you’re ready to do the laundry.

Whether it’s odor associated with the smell of dirty clothes permeating the hamper over time, or the immediate need of odor relief from dirty clothes in the hamper, baking soda will take care of it.

10. Clean pesticides off of fruits and vegetables

Commercial pesticides are still a big part of agriculture, and for those that have to buy fruit or vegetables with pesticides on them, baking soda can be used to scrub off the pesticide residue.

Normally one part lemon juice and two parts baking soda mixed in water will do the trick. I don’t want to use specific amounts because the number of fruits and vegetables being cleaned could vary widely.

What is most efficient is to place the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it on the fruit or vegetables you’re cleaning. Spray and let sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it off completely using a paper towel.

11. Insect bites and itchy skin

Whenever those insect hatches come about, we get the usual invasion of pests that bite, and in many cases, leave the secondary symptom of itching.

To deal with the initial bite or sting, make a paste from water and baking soda, and apply it to the area of the skin that needs it. In the case of itching, you can leave off the paste part and just take some loose baking soda and put it in your hand and rub it over the infected area. This should be done after you take a shower or bath.

If you need some quick relief, just apply some water to the skin and sprinkle the baking soda on the wet area.

12. Getting rid of odors in the refrigerator

Now let’s look at what is probably the most well known and used application for baking soda, and that is to remove strong food odors out of the refrigerator. Almost everyone I know uses baking soda for odor control, and for good reason – it works!

Not only does it generate a nice smelling fridge, but it keeps odors from mixing with others and changing the flavor of some foods.

Just open the box and put it in the back of the fridge.

13. Cleaning oral appliances

For those that have dentures, retainers or mouthpieces, baking soda is a great way to clean them by soaking them in a dissolved solution.

Add a couple of teaspoons of baking soda to a container of warm water and let it dissolve with the particular appliance you’re cleaning. As usual, the baking soda neutralizes odors, and in this situation, helps removes particles.

Similar to regular teeth, you can brush your appliances with baking soda to make them cleaner and brighter.

14. Chicken Pox

If you or a loved one ever has to endure chicken pox, a good way to relieve the itching is to put a half cup of baking soda in a warm, but not overly hot, bath.

Another option is to put one-half of a tablespoon of baking soda in water, and then take a washcloth made of a soft fabric to apply the solution directly to infected areas. After applying the solution, give it time to dry; don’t wipe it off right away.

15. Cleaning grout

Most of us have grout areas that get dirty over time, and we know how hard they can be to get clean. Using baking soda, make a paste by mixing it with water, and apply it to the grout with a toothbrush. After that, use the toothbrush to scrub the dirt away.

To further enhance it, some people mix in vinegar with the baking soda to make what they consider a superior paste. Others will spray a mixture of water and vinegar on the paste after it is applied to the grout, which causes it to bubble up and clean easier.

If the grout still stubbornly resists your efforts, mixing in hydrogen peroxide should be able to deal with it effectively.

16. Unclogging drains using baking soda

One thing to keep in mind when using baking soda for anything is, it’s environmentally friendly. So when considering it as an alternative to chemical cleaners, it’s a no-brainer from that point of view. The question is: does it clean as well? The answer is: yes.-

Something to keep in mind is when your baking soda gets to the end of its use in the fridge, it can be recycled for other uses, such as unclogging the drain or using it as a preventative to build-up.

If you already have a clogged drain and that’s not an option, that’s no problem. But if you have a clog and remember the baking soda in the refrigerator has been in there for a long time, you can use that while replacing the one in the refrigerator for ongoing odor management.

The first thing to consider when unclogging a drain is it’s best to do it at night before going to bed, as you can led things sit while you’re sleeping to get the best effect.

There are several things people do to unclog a drain using baking soda, including one method where you pour a cup of baking soda down the drain and chase it with a cup of vinegar. Some people heat up the vinegar with a microwave before pouring it in.

If the drain hasn’t been cleaned for a while and is really clogged up, it may take a couple of times before it loosens up.

Also effective for cleaning drains is to pour a cup of baking soda and a half cup of salt down the drain. This way will work better if you let it sit longer; preferably at least several hours. Using this method works better if you can allow it to stand over night.

17. Helps remove splinters

Splinters are one of those things that confirm that fact if one part of the body hurts, all the members suffer. To me, there’s nothing worse than a splinter I can’t immediately get out. While baking doesn’t help normally in the immediate relief category, it does help speed the process up for those with a little patience.

The best way to do this is to make a thick paste from water an apply it onto a bandage. Then place the bandage with the paste directly onto the area the splinter is located. Let it sit for about a day and then take the bandage off.

What this does is encourage the splinter to come to the surface of the skin, making it easier to pull out with tweezers. For those hard to get splinters, you may have to repeat the process for another day. By that time almost all splinters are ready to be extracted.

This works better for most people that prefer a less painful experience. Some would rather endure some short-term pain than allow the splinter or splinters to remain in their skin.

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18. Baking soda and carpet odor removal

Like with most odors, baking soda is terrific for removing odors from smelly carpets. There a few things to consider though, which will help to get the most success out of the process.

Having owned a cleaning business in the past, it’s common knowledge to be sure to vacuum a carpet before dealing with other remedies. The reason for that is the dirt in the carpet, if only mixed in with the baking soda, will eventually break through the neutralizing effect of baking soda, which will allow the odor to return quicker.

Also important is if you have a busy house with lots of foot traffic, it may be better to treat a section at a time so the baking soda isn’t removed by heavy traffic.

Finally, when everything is ready, cover the entire carpet with baking soda. Be very liberal here or you’ll get an inferior result; probably having to do another treatment to remove the odor if it’s strong.

As for ease and effectiveness of application, you could use a sifter or larger shaker in order to more evenly distribute the baking soda on the carpet. Again, the key is to cover all of the carpet.

After waiting for at least several hours, and better yet, a day, then lightly brush the baking soda into the carpet. If you have longer carpet fibers, you should take a little more time to get the maximum effect.

If concerned about ruining the carpet fiber, use something less abrasive than a scrub brush or sponge. Even an old t-shirt would do fine.

After working it in and letting it sit overnight, vacuum it up. One thing to be sure of in order to make your job easier, is not to spill any liquid on the carpet once the baking soda is applied. It’ll make it harder to vacuum.

Take your time when vacuuming because it will take awhile to get it all up. Also know your vacuum will bag will get heavy.

If after doing this a little odor remains, simply repeat the process.

19. Get rid of smelly garbage and odor with baking soda

Being the great odor absorbent it is, baking soda works great for managing garbage can odor. In most cases it involves nothing more than sprinkling some baking soda on the inside of the can and letting it sit and do its job. A couple of tablespoons should be enough to do the job. If you have a small garbage can, it could get by with half that amount.

If you have just started a new bag and it’s a little stinky, you could toss some baking soda directly into the make to eliminate the smell.

For those with trash cans made of different material like metal or wicker, you can put the baking soda in a bag or bowl and place it in the bottom of the can.

Once you take your garbage out for the week, you can mix baking soda with vinegar and/or lemon juice to clean it.

20. Using baking soda to clean microwave

For an easy clean of a microwave, by which I mean one that doesn’t include baked-on residue that has been sitting for a long time, put some baking soda on a clean, slightly wet sponge, and softly clean the interior and exterior of the microwave. Afterwards, rinse with water.

IF it requires a little more work, mix baking soda in water, and put in a microwave-safe container. After heating it up for several minutes, the inside of the microwave will have some damp, hot moisture all over it, which loosens up he baked on food and makes it much easier to clean.

There shouldn’t be much scrubbing involved at all with that method, and in most cases a paper towel or soft cloth will be enough to get the job done.

If there are any odor problems afterwards, you can leave some baking soda in the microwave in the same way you do the refrigerator to get rid of the smell.

21. Cleansing and softening hands

Many people use baking soda to clean their hands, and there are a number of ways to make a solution to get the best results. I’ll share a couple here.

The first is to simply make three parts baking soda to one part water paste, or if you prefer, three parts baking soda to one part liquid soap. Just apply it to your hands and scrub gently.

Another fairly popular way to do it is to add some drops of the antibacterial essential oil you use the most, to baking soda. Have the baking soda in a container you can close in order to shake it up and evenly distribute the oil throughout.

Some users like to put in a shaking container like is used for Parmesan cheese, in order to shake out the amount they want to use in a controlled manner. Always remember to rinse.

What should be thought about when using baking soda in contact with the skin in any way, is a small amount of people may be sensitive to it, and either shouldn’t use it, or use it sparingly in a milder form. In other words, use less baking soda when putting it together if your skin can handle it, and you prefer a natural and inexpensive way of cleaning your hands.

22. Patio cushions

Since patio furniture can cost hundreds, and even over a thousand dollars, it’s definitely worth knowing they can be preserved and cleaned under almost any circumstance.

There are a couple of things to consider when cleaning patio cushions. One is to prevent odors from occurring during the long winter storage period, and second is, what to do when it rains on the cushions, and stains and odors are the result.

Assuming you’ve prepared your cushions for winter storage by cleaning them, all it takes to ensure they don’t develop an odor over the winter is to get large plastic bags and put the cushions and baking soda in them. Sprinkle the baking soda on and seal the bag. That’s all it takes.

During a prolonged period of rain and humidity, your patio cushions can develop mildew stains and odors. Nobody wants to sit on them then.

Rather than throwing them away because you think they’re a lost cause, use baking soda to clean them up. This includes the furniture itself if it develops stains and odors.

Use about one part baking soda to five parts water, making sure to have enough to clean everything that needs to be cleaned. Simply take a heavy duty sponge and scrub the furniture. After you’re through, be sure to rinse the cushions and furniture to remove the residue.

23. Cleaning the oven

The next area to look at, cleaning the oven, is one that most people love to hate, but with a few changes using baking soda, it can actually turn into a fairly pleasant job; or at least one that is quick and tolerable.

The worst of the job is in removing baked-on drippings. It seems few products, if we don’t mind using the strong chemicals, perform as expected. The result, even after spraying the oven, is almost always accompanied by heavy scrubbing that wears our arms out.

The process of preparing for an easy oven cleaning is a simple one. Just sprinkle a decent amount of baking soda on the floor of the oven, and then spray it with water until it’s very damp. Let it sit for at least several hours.

In the vast majority of circumstances you should be able to come back and wipe off the oven bottom with minimal effort. In the case of the walls, you can make up a paste and liberally apply it.

When done wiping the oven off, be sure to rinse it with vinegar in order to keep a white film of baking soda residue from remaining.

24. Remove dead skin from body and face

Another terrific benefit of baking soda is in its use as an exfoliant, or product used to remove dead cells from the skin. There are a couple of ways to approach this, including a simple, general scrub, and one that is more customized for your specific skin type.

In the case of the general scrub, a light paste can be made and applied to remove the dry skin using a circular motion. Rinse afterwards. Most people, including those with sensitive skin can do this without irritation. There are exceptions, but it works for most people.

Having said that, there are ways to customize the paste according to whether your skin type is sensitive, dry, oily, or prone to acne. The best way to do that is to add oil conducive to your skin type.

For dry skin, the best oil to use is Lavender and Ylang Ylang. Some people choose Clary Sage as an alternative. Essential oils to use on oil skin or skin prone to acne, are Lavender and Tea Tree Oil. Sensitive skin will respond best to Lavender and Roman Chamomile. Those are of course general guidelines I’ve found most people use. There could be different oils others used that better complement their skin type. For a body scrub, add more oil.

If you’re not sure how your skin will respond, do a patch test on your inner wrist or elbow and wait for half a day to see if there are any reactions. If there are, rinse it off right away and no longer use it.

For the most part you’ll want a thin paste, so blend it with the baking soda at about a three or four to one ratio.

25. Coffee pot and mug stains using baking soda

In this part we’ll look at cleaning coffee and tea pots, along with cups we drink them in that result in hard to get rid of stains. When talking about pots here, it needs to be understood I’m not talking about the coffee maker itself. If you attempt to clean out the system itself, it could make it worse.

For cleaning the pot or carafe, just add about a quarter cup of baking soda to a quart of warm water and wipe away the stains. For tougher stains you can add some dishwasher detergent and let it sit for at least several hours. Doing it and letting it sit overnight is even better.

After, dampen a sponge and add a little baking soda and wipe away the stains. Always remember to rinse when you’re finished.

For mugs you can do something similar, placing the baking soda in first, and then adding some hot water and letting it sit for a minute or two. Use a scrub brush to scour it until the stain is gone. Do it again if the stain doesn’t all go away.

26. Removing tea stains with baking soda

For tea stains, clean the cup out first to get rid of anything that may be in it before starting the rest of the cleaning process. When that’s done, go ahead and get the inside of the cup a little wet or damp, using warm water. This is for the purpose of having a surface the baking soda can cling to.

Then sprinkle the banking soda into the cup. It shouldn’t take any more than half a teaspoon to get the job done. You’re only making a little paste to do the cleaning with.

Use a soft cloth to rub on the stain to remove it. You’ll identify it by a thin film covering parts of the cup. Don’t be afraid to apply some pressure to clean the cups out.

As always when cleaning with baking soda, rinse out the cup with warm water to remove the residue.

27. Use baking soda for a foot soak

There’s probably nothing much more satisfying after a day on your feet to treat yourself to a foot soak. One the best and most natural ways to participate in a foot soak is to use baking soda in warm water.

Interestingly, people can get quite elaborate with baking soda foot soaks, adding vinegar or essential oils to create their own desired concoction that works best for them. All of those will work great, depending upon how much effort you want to put into the foot treatment.

For me, I just want to get add it and feel the immediate relief of putting my feet in a warm water, baking soda solution. Fill warm water in a basin and add about 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Just soak your feet in from 15 minutes to half an hour, or until you want to quit pampering yourself, or the soreness or itch is relieved.

If you want to do more than one thing during the foot soak, before you finish give yourself a massage on rough foot calluses in order to smooth them out.

Another benefit is it helps to remove foot odor if that’s an issue. For that and other reasons, some people choose to add essential oil to the water, or in some cases vegetable oil, or even whole milk. The vegetable oil or milk is used to help incorporate the oil into the water. Using your hands to mix it up is the most effective.

After the foot soak, just rinse your feet off and wipe them, and you’re good to go.

Doing this on a fairly consistent basis will help get rid of foot fungus, infection, odor, and soreness. It’s definitely something you should try.

28. Baking soda can help manage fires and flames

In almost any situation where a fire starts, baking soda can be used as an extinguisher to put out the fire and flames. Bear in mind I’m talking about smaller fires, not fires that have already gotten away from you.

Baking soda is good if you’ve caught the fire before it takes off. It does this by releasing carbon dioxide which helps to smother the fire. If the fire is too strong, it can pull in more than enough oxygen to offset the effect of carbon dioxide released from baking soda.

Let’s look at flame management first. If a flame gets higher than you feel comfortable with, you can sprinkle a little baking soda on it to shrink its size. This is usually done when enjoying a cookout using coals.

As for grease fires, the solution is different. In that case, if the fire is small enough, throwing on a significant amount of baking soda can quickly snuff it out.

Before trying that though, if a fire breaks out and you’re close at hand, first turn off the burner and then put a lid over the pot or pan. Be sure the lid is one that is made of metal and can cover the entire pot or pan; you don’t want oxygen able to seep in and give further life to the fire.

A fire triggered by grease is the result of cooking oil turning too hot. The process is it starts to boil, then smoke, and finally it will catch on fire. If using lard or an animal fat, it’ll start smoking at about 375°F. With vegetable oils it’s higher, at about 450°F.

Best practices for grease fires is to be in the room while it’s heating up. Any acrid smell or sign of smoke should be responded to by turning down the heat, or quickly removing the pot off the burner. If there is smoke, it’s not necessarily a sign of imminent fire, but it tells you it’s not far away from catching on fire.

Again, the steps if a grease fire starts is to turn off the burner, place a lid over the pan or pot, and if that’s not available or a small fire slightly spreads, quickly and liberally throw some baking soda on the fire. This isn’t a time to think or act in terms of being frugal.

29. Baking soda for garden pest control

Baking soda has a wide variety of uses for gardens, and one of the more valuable is pest control; both of the small and large type.

For example, it can ward off spider mites, aphids and ants, while at the same time protecting against pesky rabbits that can be so devastating to a garden if we aren’t aware of, or ready for them.

Being nontoxic, it can get rid of a variety of pests without doing any harm to the plants; although direct contact with unmixed baking soda in its raw form can do damage if applied directly on plants.

Like in other mixtures, people use different ingredients with water and baking soda. One of them includes one gallon of water, two tablespoons of baking soda, several drops of liquid soap, and a tablespoon of olive oil.

It’s mixed and placed in a spray bottle spritz on the plants for most effective use. Do it every three days or after a rain.

As for the mixture itself, some people choose to go with a gallon of water and several tablespoons of baking soda.

30. Baking soda and healthy hair

There are two basic ways to use baking soda to improve your hair, with one of them being to add it to your favorite shampoo. Those choosing this method are motivated more by retaining the preferred shampoo, while helping to eliminate the residue left behind by most hair products. It results in cleaner and shinier hair.

The method would be to place a little baking soda in your palm while adding shampoo to it. From there just go through your usual shampoo routine, being sure to pay attention to rinse your hair thoroughly.

Other people want a more complete organic solution, so choose to mix baking soda, water and apple cider vinegar together to achieve the best results.

How they shampoo under that method is to first use the baking soda mixture, which is normally comprised of one tablespoon of baking soda in one cup of water. From there they shampoo their hair with it.

After that, apple cider vinegar is mixed with water using the same measure above, and then used in a similar way a conditioner would be used after a regular shampoo.

I haven’t used the above method, but those that do are extremely happy with the sense of their hair feeling much cleaner than when using other methods. The smell of the apple cider vinegar also leaves after the hair dries.

If you’ve never done something like this before, it’s different than a regular shampoo that generates a lot of lather in your hair. The experience is similar to just pouring water over your head.

That’s important to understand, first, psychologically in regard to your hair being cleaned without the usual accompanying lather, and the fact you still need to work it into your scalp in the same way you would with the lather, even though there seems to be nothing much there.

Also important is to not prejudge the results immediately. According to practitioners, your hair doesn’t feel the same as it does when doing a regular shampoo, and it feels a lot better after it dries.

Keep in mind that everyone’s amount of hair oil is different, so each person will have to experiment with different mixtures of baking soda and/or apple cider vinegar to get the best results. If your hair is more oily after washing, add more baking soda to the mix. If it’s too dry, decrease the amount.

One thing almost everyone says, is their hair is much shinier cleaning and treating it this way.

31. Ridding sponges of odor

One of the easier, but still important uses of baking soda is in the removal of odor from used sponges.

Using a quart of warm water as the size of the mixture, add 4 tablespoons of baking soda to it. This could be downward or upward adjusted depending on the size and number of sponges being cleaned.

Just soak the sponge or sponges in the mixture to get rid of the odor. Think in terms of at least several hours, but a usual, doing this in the latter part of the day and letting them soak a little longer through the night works the best.

32. Cleaning concrete with baking soda

Anything that can help with a thankless job like cleaning concrete is a godsend to most, and once again, baking soda plays a prominent role in ridding concrete of all types of dirt, including grease. Part of the reason is its slight abrasiveness, along with ability to cut through grease and clean it up by dissolving it.

Under normal conditions, concrete can be cleaned directly with a mixture of baking soda and water. Usually about a half-cup to a gallon of water is the normal rate of mixture, although that will depend upon the size of the area you’re cleaning, and in some cases, its porousness.

For dirtier, more porous concrete, adding an equal part of salt to the mixture can help in cleaning the tougher areas.

Also used to finish the cleaning by many is to spray the concrete afterwards with a vinegar solution in order to remove the residue. This can produce a chemical reaction of carbon dioxide gas and water, which is harmless.

To scrub the concrete, use a brush with stiff bristles for best result. Dip it in the solution and start working. I would also use rubber gloves for the job.

Another concrete cleaning option is to mix 3 parts baking soda to two parts bleach, using the same method of cleaning mentioned above.

33. Better laundry with baking soda

Baking soda works great for any condition of the laundry, meaning from slightly dirty to heavily soiled clothes.

Under normal cleaning conditions, adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to the wash will help to brighten up the clothes and make them smell fresher. If the laundry represents heavy play or work and needs some extra attention, adding a cup of baking soda should handle most difficult jobs.

If the stains are extra tough to get out, you can make a paste from water and baking soda and manually work it into the stain. You could use a tooth brush if you need a little leverage. After working it in, than wash the laundry as usual after allowing it to dry. The stain should be removed in the wash.

34. Cleaning stainless steel with baking soda

Stainless steel is very desirable for many people because they like how it looks and it’s very durable. It’s an iron alloy that includes more than 10 percent chromium. It’s used in numerous appliances, cookware, and kitchen decor, among other uses.

While the chromium is the reason for the hard coating we all recognize with stainless steel, after some wear and tear on it, an item or object can start to lose the protective coating, and that exposes it to typical corrosion associated with regular steel.

For that reason, when we clean stainless steel, we need to use a cleaner that is low in abrasiveness, and baking soda fits that category very well.

Even with the tendency for some things to get burned into or stuck on stainless steel, the properties inherent in baking soda can remove them without damaging the exterior of the item being cleaned.

The first step in cleaning stainless steel is to clean the surface with water to get rid of any dirt, grime or food from it. Mild soap and water could be used to clean if you wish. The reason for this is partly to not have any residue on the surface that could be rubbed into the stainless steel while applying the baking soda cleaning process. That has the potential to possibly secondarily scratch the surface.

Baking soda under that circumstance could be blamed for scratches, when it was the lack of cleaning the surface beforehand that caused it when pressure was applied.

There are two ways of taking the next step, with some preferring to sprinkle baking soda over the wet area just cleaned with water, or soap and water, or choose to apply warm vinegar by spraying it on the item until it’s damp. Then it’s left to sit for a few minutes. If there are larger or tougher spots to clean, it could be wet more and then left a little longer to give it time to work.

After that, baking soda can be applied liberally to the areas being focused on, and then taking a sponge that includes vinegar and baking soda, the area can be cleaned to satisfaction.

As mentioned earlier in a different use, the combination of vinegar and baking soda together produces a foam-like chemical reaction that is harmless but effective in dissolving the grime or dirt. The foaming itself isn’t harmful to the skin.

After scrubbing the area, rinse it off with warm water and your job is done.

As always, if the dirt is extra tough to remove, repeat the process.

Once its clean, add some mineral to the stainless steel surface to help bring out the shine once again.

35. Baking soda and acne

There are a couple of ways baking soda helps to reduce pimples and acne, and we’ll look at those before we get into the remedies themselves.

One thing little known about baking soda is its amphoteric quality allows to act as a base or an acid. What that means is it works to neutralize pH balances, including those on the skin, which is the main source of acne.

When using baking soda on the skin, it also dries it out, which eliminates a lot of the extra oil that produces blackheads, which is a catalyst for breakouts. The anti-inflammatory property of baking soda also aids in the reduction of the size of pimples.

There are four basic ways to use baking soda to manage acne. One is to make a paste and apply it to specific areas the acne is located. A mask can also be made of baking soda, water and lemon juice, which can be applied and left on for up to 15 minutes before being washed off.

Skin can be exfoliated using baking soda and water. When finished, rinse your face. Finally, for acne on larger parts of your body, you can make a baking soda bath and stay in the water for about 20 minutes or so.

For the spot treatment, use two parts baking soda and two parts water to make a paste that can be applied directly to specific areas. First wash the area and then apply the baking soda paste to the pimples.

Once in place, allow the paste to sit for about 15 minutes, and then rinse off. Some people trying to accelerate the process leave the paste on through the night; but that can make the skin very dry, and probably shouldn’t be done in that way.

After rinsing your face or other areas, moisturize them.

For the face mask, use two tablespoons of baking soda to two tablespoons of water. That’s just a general guideline. If you need more, don’t hesitate to customize it to your specific requirements. Also, add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the mix.

Once your face has been cleaned and dried, after that apply a light layer of the paste to your entire face. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. With a face mask, always moisturize afterwards.

For an exfoliant, use the same amount to make the paste as mentioned above, including the lemon juice. The citrus in the lemon juice, because of the acid, also helps to dry the skin out and remove a lot of the oil, which will work to dry out the pimples.

After lightly dampening your face with warm water, apply the paste to your skin. Softly massage it in using circular motions. Don’t try to scrub too hard, as it won’t help the process.

Again, use warm water and a washcloth to wash your face when done. Finish off with a moisturizer.

For the bath soak, put about a half cup of baking soda into the water. Only use warm water, don’t add anything else to the water during the treatment. Use your hands to stir it in. Remain in the tub for about 20 minutes, being sure the area with acne on your body is covered with the treated water. When finished, take a shower to quickly rinse of the residue.

This will help to reduce or eliminate acne breakouts and the amount of blackheads on the areas you’re prone to get them.

This is an excellent way to manage acne and pimples, but the treatment shouldn’t be done every day because it can upset the pH balance of your skin because baking soda is alkaline.

Also be aware if you have really oily skin, the treatment will need to be done more often. If your skin is only slightly oily, it should be done only 2 to 3 times a week. Balancing of the pH is what you want, but you don’t want to overdo it.