Baking soda…the many, many uses…

BSThis may not be news for some but, I recently discovered the many, many uses of baking soda. Baking soda is a natural salt found in mineral deposits, lake sediments and world’s oceans. It exists as an abundant natural resource but depends on a sophisticated processing to meet the purity for its many uses.

Other than the most common uses like for baking, cleaning and odor absorbing there are a few books that explain and give proportions for its other many uses.

Here are my favorites:

 Baking/cooking… 

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Freshness is very important for baking soda to do its job, to test pour a small amount of vinegar or lemon juice over ½ teaspoon of baking soda. If it bubbles use it, if not it’s too old.

  1. For baking follow recipe measurements. Sometimes baking soda is usually used in place of baking powder in recipes involving “acidic ingredients” like sour milk, buttermilk, yogurt, chocolate or molasses and as a rule of thumb ½ teaspoon of baking soda will be use for every 1 cup of those acidic ingredients.
  2. Out of yeast? Substitute equal parts of baking soda and powdered vitamin C or citric acid. This dough doesn’t need to rise before baking.
  3. To make a fluffy omelette add ½ teaspoon for every 3 eggs.
  4. Tenderize meat by rubbing it with baking soda, let it stand and rinse before cooking.
  5. Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl with 2 o 3 teaspoons of baking soda to remove wax and pesticides.
  6. Cut the acidity of some foods by adding a pinch of baking soda.
  7. If you’ve added too much vinegar to a recipe add a pinch of baking soda to counteract the excess acidity.
  8. Add ¼ teaspoon of baking soda to an 8 ounce glass of orange/grapefruit juice or lemonade and stir well to make an interesting fizzy drink. The acidity will also be cut.

 

 Cleaning…

An environmentally friendly product and recommended as an alternative to the more toxic harsher chemicals on the market.

  1. Clean counter tops with a paste of baking soda and water.
  2. Remove food odors from cutting boards, hands and other surfaces by sprinkling baking soda on a sponge and rubbing it.
  3. Open a clog drain by pouring 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar, wait a few minutes before flushing with water.
  4. Make a paste on a damp sponge to clean stainless steel surfaces, chrome, glass, brass, fiberglass. Rinse well and buff dry.
  5. Make your own dishwasher detergent by mixing 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of borax.
  6. Remove rust by making a paste of baking soda and water.

Laundry…

Baking soda will help to banish dirt, grime and unpleasant odors from soiled clothing and linens. It whitens, brightens and refreshes.

  1. Use ½ cup of baking soda per gallon of water to presoak clothes for several hours.
  2. Add ½ cup to your laundry regularly and to the rinse for softness.
  3. To remove stains make a paste 4 tablespoons of baking soda to ¼ cup of warm water, rub it on the spot and wash.
  4. Clean vinyl seats with a solution of water and baking soda.

 Hygiene…

It has a special uses for hair, skin and dental health.

  1. Use 1 teaspoon of baking soda and wash hair as usual.
  2. Add to your facial cleanser to make a facial scrub.
  3. Use as a deodorant, patted dry.
  4. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water and use as a mouth wash.
  5. Dip your toothbrush in baking soda and use as toothpaste.
  6. Sprinkle inside shoes to absorb odors.

Home remedies…

Though it is known for its antacid qualities for relieving heartburn or acid indigestion, it is important not to turn this use for baking soda into an inappropriate home remedy. Too much antacid can cause over-alkalinity problems which might endanger your health. It’s important to follow given guidelines for usage.  Always consult a physician.

  1. Antacid: mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda with ½ glass of water. Wait 2 hours before taking additional dosage.
  2. Sore throat: melt 1 aspirin in 2 teaspoons of hot water add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and an additional ½ cup of hot water and mix gently. Gargle to ease pain. Repeat as needed.
  3. Bee stings: make a paste and pat it on the sting or any other itchy insect bite. Leave on to dry.
  4. Sunburn: mix ¼ cup of baking soda with ½ cup of cornstarch to a gallon of water and apply with a cloth as often as you need.
  5. Treat burns by quickly applying cold cloths dipped in ice water with baking soda until the burn has no heat.
  6. GI drink: replaces slats lost from diarrhea and vomiting (keep refrigerated)

4 cups of boiled water

1 teaspoon of table salt

1 rounded teaspoon of baking soda

4 teaspoon of sugar

1 pack of Kool-Aid or similar flavoring drink product.

There are many, many more uses for baking soda that you’ve probably never thought of, refer to the books if you would like to know more I just listed the ones that we use the most.

Reference books: Baking Soda Bonanza by Peter A. Ciullo

Baking Soda by Vicki Lansky.

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