Top 8 Uses for Baking Soda

The top 8 uses for baking soda

Baking soda.  Sodium bicarbonate.  Call it what you will.  It is a useful little powder in many ways.

Most of you are probably (very) familiar with baking soda in your pantry.  It is commonly used in baked goods.  But are you familiar with all of its other uses? Read on to discover my top 8 uses for baking soda.  (Some of them might surprise you.)

1.  Cleaning – Baking soda, when mixed with a small amount of water, can be a great, natural, way to scrub off grime.  Not too long ago I posted a recipe for a homemade soft scrub and the main ingredient is baking soda.  I’ve also used it to absorb urine out of my daughters mattress when she had a nighttime accident.  Worked like a charm.

2.  Omlettes – Did you know adding baking soda to your eggs will result in a fluffier omelet?  Add just a little less than a 1/2 tsp to three eggs and you’ll see the results.

3.  Making Pretzels – Adding baking soda to the water that you boil your pretzels in will make them fluffier and puffier.  (Check this tip out in action in my sourdough soft pretzel post.)

4.  Toothpaste - Either made at home or bought in the store – toothpaste with baking soda claims to leave your teeth whiter and with less plaque.

5.  Deodorize - This is one you are probably familiar with.  Baking soda is a great deodorizer – an open box in the fridge, sprinkled in the litter box or used in homemade deodorant.  You can’t deny that baking soda can get the stink out.

6.  Insect Bites and Itchy Skin – Mixed with a tiny bit of water to form a paste, baking soda can cut the itch of an insect bite or the sting of a bee.

7.  Extinguish Fires – Good to have in the kitchen next to the stove, baking soda will put out a grease or electrical fire if it is thrown over the fire.

8.  Clear Drains – Mix baking soda and vinegar.  Pour the mixture down your drain. This will often help clear a clogged drain.

What have I missed?  What are your top uses for baking soda?

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  1. carolin martens says:

    I add a half teaspoon to the boiled water , for hard boiled eggs. When I didn;t do this I would loose half the egg with the shell. When they are done boiling I throw the baking soda in the water, let it sit for about 30 minutes. They came off so much easier.

  2. soaking off burned food on stainless steel pots or stove drip pans. Sprinkle baking soda on wet surface and walk away for a while. I was amazed at the results.

    Hair washing – rub a paste of soda and water into wet hair, massage in well and rinse. Follow up with a rinse of diluted vinegar and if your hair is anything like mine, you will enjoy clean, bouncy hair. I haven’t used shampoo in months.

  3. Little Mountain Haven - says:

    I just finished cleaning our kitchen and fridge with baking soda yesterday! It worked amazing. I’ve been meaning to try using it on my teeth too to get rid of the coffee stains (now if only I could give up the coffee! ;) ).

  4. Add a little to your shampoo to rid your hair of buildup of products.


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