Did You Know – Baking Soda

Did you know that Baking Soda is not just for baking? Baking soda is good for immediate relief from occasional acid reflux. Adults can dissolve 1/2 tsp. in 4 oz. of water and sip it slowly.

Baking soda can be used to polish your silver utensils. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of baking soda into an aluminum foil lined container that is filled with the tarnished silverware. Pour boiling water over the silverware, just until covered, and let it soak until your silverware is clean.

Baking soda can make it easier to remove a deep splinter. Combine baking soda and a little water to form a paste and place it on the skin where the splinter is. Cover it with an adhesive bandage and in a day or two the skin should be soft enough to coax the splinter out with tweezers.

Make a homemade saline solution to irrigate your sinuses to help reduce extra mucus and allergens. Mix three parts iodine free salt with one part baking soda and add distilled or boiled (and cooled) water. Using a Neti Pot or syringe, tilt your head and pour or squeeze the solution into each nostril.

If you run out of deodorant, do this to help control odor. Make a thin paste of baking soda and water and spread it under your armpits.

Baking soda is a great deodorizer. Use it for odors in your refrigerator by placing an open box on a shelf. Use it in the house by making your own air freshener. Place a half cup of baking soda and a few drops of essential oil into a small jar. Cover the jar with a thin, pretty cloth and set it in a room.

One last tip for using baking soda. You can use it for bug bites too. Apply a mixture of three parts baking soda with one part water on the bug bite to relieve pain, swelling and itchiness. It can even be used, not only on insect bites but, on bee stings and poison ivy too.

Do you have any other uses for baking soda other than for baking? Leave one use in the comments.


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  1. Thanks for all these tips, Diane!

    I learned in the last year that baking soda is also great to tenderizing beef. Include it in the marinade for super tender beef stir fry!

    • I saw that about the beef but I have never heard of that before and was leery to add it to the post. Thank you for letting me know it works! You’re welcome Ab!

  2. Baking soda paste was what my mother applied to our bug bites and poison ivy. It worked well! We also used to use baking soda for heartburn. And, of course, to whiten teeth! Who knew???

  3. Baking soda dissolves coffee stains in coffee pots, especially thermal pots. Pour in baking soda, add hot water, and listen to it sizzle. Oddly satisfying.

  4. My word … I can’t believe that baking soda can be used for so many things! I think I understand better now why there was always such a big box of baking soda in my grandmother’s pantry 😉.
    Here’s something else you can do with baking soda: If you’ve walked a long way and your feet are tired, fill a bowl with lukewarm water and mix in a handful of baking soda. Sit on a chair and soak your feet in this for a while … your feet will feel much better afterwards! Guaranteed – I’ve done it many times on our Camino’s 😄.

  5. I didn’t know about removing splinters or putting it on bug bites, so I learned something again Diane. I have used baking soda for brushing my teeth … not instead of toothpaste but kind of like a mild abrasive like Pearl Drops Tooth Polish used to do. Not every day, just once or twice a week as it may wear down your tooth enamel.

    • OMG I remember Pearl Drops Toothpaste! They still sell it on Amazon. I tried brushing my teeth with baking soda when I was a kid and I almost threw up! So needless to say I never tried it again. lol

      • I didn’t know that they still sold it – I loved Pearl Drops and used it all the time. I bought a lot of items at F&M and I was crushed when F&M went they went bankrupt and closed down. I don’t really care for the baking soda, just used it as a poor substitute for Pearl Drops. I remember going to my grandmother’s house and she used Pepsodent Toothpaste and it was in a metal can with holes and you poured it onto your toothbrush. I’d never seen that before.

  6. My partner did tell me about its use for hyperacidity.

    Makes sense: acid + base = salt + water (in this case, + gas). That is, NaHCO3 + HCl = NaCl + H2O + CO2! Acid neutralised! Then you burp the CO2 heh 😁

  7. Thanks, Diane. These are nice to know, especially the one about polishing silver. Sounds like a real time saver.
    I use baking soda instead of scouring powder to scrub sinks and bathtubs. It doesn’t scratch the porcelain, and as always, it deodorizes. (And no chlorine smell. 🙂 ) It also works on non-stick pans that sometimes do stick.

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