Sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), or baking soda, is a very common substance that is widely applicable. It is easy to find, and very affordable. It is used in the kitchen, but at the same time it can be used for many other purposes.
The natural form of sodium bicarbonate is nahcolite, which, for example, can be found in the Green River Basin. Some companies sell nahcolite as is, without processing it, while others heat it and treat it with chemicals before selling it. The good thing about it is that it is not harmful to the environment.
Here are 23 possible ways of using baking soda in your household. They are very practical, and they can help you save a significant amount of money. Baking soda is highly appreciated help in every home for a reason.
Baking soda as a pot and pan scrubber – A combination of baking soda and water is all that you need to clean your pots and pans. Soda mixed with water will help you clean your charred dishes without damaging their surface.
No-fume oven cleaner – Oven cleaners are pure chemicals. You can tell it only based on their smell. They can be dangerous to your health. Luckily, baking soda is a natural alternative. Use the mixture of 4 tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of water once per month in order to have a clean oven constantly.
Fridge deodorizer – For a fresh fridge, put a bag of soda in it (freezer as well). Change the bags every month.
Ant and cockroach repellant – Baking soda can solve your problem with ants and cockroaches invading your house. Just scatter some soda around the place from where they appear.
Fruit and veggie wash – For clean fruits and veggies, all you need is some of the baking soda powder on a wet sponge and a little bit of light scrubbing. Rinse after that, and your fruits and veggies are ready.
Baking soda as an omelet ingredient – If you add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to every 3 eggs, you will get very tasty and fluffy omelet. Everyone will love it.
Healthy sports drink – Mix 4 cups of water with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of sea salt, 2 tablespoons of raw local honey and 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice and use this drink as a natural replacement for energy drinks.
Affordable homemade toothpaste – For natural homemade paste, mix baking soda, food-grade hydrogen peroxide, a drop of cinnamon essential oil and a little bit of water. You will be amazed! It is cheap, and works as any other commercial toothpaste.
Insect bite remedy – The inflammation and irritation after the bite of an insect can be treated with a paste made of baking soda and water.
Soothe tired feet – Relax your feet after a long day by soaking them into the warm water with 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and your favorite essential oil.
Drain cleaner – Drain cleaner doesn’t have to be a dangerous mixture of chemicals. You can use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. If your drain is clogged, first pour a quart of boiling water down the drain, then pour a 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar. Cover the drain and leave it for about thirty minutes. After that time, remove the cover and pour hot water down the drain for about 5 minutes. Repeat the process if necessary.
Stainless and chrome polish – A paste of baking soda and water can be used as a polish for all stainless and chrome surfaces.
Fishy taste buster – A mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of sea salt to a gallon of cold water can help you to eliminate the strong fishy taste. Plunge the fish in the mixture and leave it in the fridge for about 8 hours. After that, remove the fish from the solution, rinse it with cold water, and dry it. Your fish is ready.
Gas suppressor – Prevent stomach gases by mixing the juice of 1 lemon, 4 ounces of water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Stir the mixture, wait until the foam disappears, stir again and drink.
Meat tenderizer – Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of baking soda on 1 pound of raw meat, rub it in with your hands, and leave it for an hour. Then, rinse the meat well and dry.
Laundry booster – Adding a ½ cup of baking soda to your laundry detergent helps its performance in reducing bacteria and loosing stains.
Window cleaner – For clean windows, wash them with a sponge dipped in baking soda, and rinse with another wet sponge. Dry them after that.
Dry shampoo – When there is no time for a wash, a quick solution is a 1/8 cup of baking soda. Flip you hear upside down, try to cover as much hair as possible, but don’t put too much on the scalp, then flip back, and brush.
Metabolism booster – Unbalanced pH, apart from causing you to feel fatigued and ill, slows down fat burning, by storing excess acid in your fat cells. Three compounds of green tea, catechins, theanine and caffeine, are believed to help in weight loss by blocking fat storage enzymes. Using green tea mixed with baking soda helps balance natural body pH (7.2) and speeds up burning body fat. Add a ¼ teaspoon of baking soda to an 8-ounce cup of green tea, and drink every day.
Clean hair brushes – In a bowl of warm water, add 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and soak your combs and brushes in the solution, then rinse and leave to dry. This removes the oil buildup and product residue, which is important for shiny and healthy hair.
For a thorough toothbrush cleaning, leave them overnight in a mixture of ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of water.
Facial cleanser – Using a mixture of 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of warm water to wash your face every morning will help you to keep your skin cleansed, but without removing natural skin oils and protection. Just rub the mixture on your skin, and then rinse with warm water.
Non-toxic deodorant – Mixture of 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 10 drops of lavender essential oil makes a natural deodorant powder that not only keeps your skin smelling fresh, but is also healthy. Adding some coconut oil to it can give a creamy mixture, if desired.
Fingernail stain remover – By mixing baking soda and peroxide and scrubbing it on your nails, you can get rid of stains like nail discoloration after using dark nail polish, or stains caused by exposure to rust, paints, nicotine, varnishes…
Don’t forget – this is not the final list of creative ways to use baking soda. There will always be some new, practical application of this cheap and natural substance.