Baking soda has been in everyday use at least since the days of the ancient Egyptians. We use it for many household jobs and personal care products instead of harsh chemicals. In my last post we saw that not all baking soda is alike. Of course, there are too many uses of baking soda to list them all here, but let’s take a look at a few of the most common ones.
- Putting out kitchen fires – Kitchen fires are scary, dangerous, and catch us off guard. Did you know that baking soda can be used to put out any kitchen fire. When I was a little girl, I remember my Granny Brown having a skillet catch on fire on her stove. She was a very short, very round woman, but boy did she move quick that day! She reached for her shiny metal tin and threw something on the fire that put it right out. It wasn’t until I was much older that I realized it was baking soda.
- All-purpose household cleanser – Baking soda has been used as a household cleanser since the time of the ancient Egyptians. In our modern day of convenient cleaning products, most people don’t use baking soda anymore, but those of us who are attempting to run a chemical free household know the benefits and versatility of baking soda. When I need a quick cleaner, like for my stove top or drain rack, I squeeze hydrogen peroxide onto the surface, sprinkle it with baking soda, let it sit a couple of minutes, then scrub and rinse. Jill at The Prairie Homestead has a nice recipe for a natural carpet cleaner that uses baking soda.
- Bath bombs – Homemade bath bombs make wonderful gifts as well as a treat for yourself. Mountain Rose Herbs blog has a wonderful rose and geranium bath bomb recipe. Of course you could substitute to create whatever scent you desired.
- Hand cleanser – Do you have stubborn stains or odors on your hands that soap just won’t remove? Try rubbing a little baking soda on your hands, creating a nice friction and rinse.
- Toothpaste – My husband and I have used baking soda and hydrogen peroxide as our only toothpaste for years now. Our gums are healthier and our teeth are whiter. Put some hydrogen peroxide in you mouth and add a little baking soda. Brush as usual. I keep our baking soda in a glass jar in the medicine cabinet. Sometimes I add several drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oil to the baking soda jar and mix it well, just to have a little added flavor.
- Laundry detergent – I haven’t bought laundry detergent for years. I have two large laundry magnets that stay in the tub of my washer and when I do laundry, I add cleaning vinegar to the laundry softener cup and baking soda to the detergent cup. Our clothes come out smelling fresh and clean. If I’m doing whites, I add 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda in the detergent cup and fill the bleach cup with it. We get sparkling white whites.
- Air freshener – Who hasn’t placed a box of baking soda in their refrigerator or freezer to absorb odors, or in the closets, or even under the floor mats in the car as an air freshener.
Like we said, these are just a few uses for baking soda. Could we ever really exhaust the list of uses for it? How about you? What are some of the ways you use baking soda? Be sure to share your uses and tips in the comments or send me an email.
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Safe and Happy Journey,
Rhonda and The Pack