Baking soda has been in everyday use since the days of the ancient Egyptians. To avoid using chemicals, we use natural baking for many household jobs and personal care products. There are so many uses I couldn’t list them all but these 7 household uses for baking soda will get you started.
Household Uses For Baking Soda
Is Baking soda natural?
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 quickly that day! She reached for a 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 cleaner since the time of the ancient Egyptians. In our modern day of convenient cleaning products, most people don’t use baking soda anymore. Those of us who are attempting to run a chemical-free household know the benefits and versatility of baking soda.
When you need a quick cleaner, like for your stovetop or drain rack:
- Squeeze hydrogen peroxide (3%) onto the soiled area
- Sprinkle it with baking soda and let it sit a couple of minutes
- Scrub and rinse.
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.
I like to garden without my gloves. This often leaves my hands with stains and odors soap doesn’t remove. Since friction is responsible for killing germs in hand washing I like to use baking soda.
- Wet your hands
- Pour some baking soda into the palm of one of your hands and rub vigourously
- Rinse, pat dry, and moisturize your hands
We have used baking soda and hydrogen peroxide as our only toothpaste for years now. Our gums are healthier and our teeth are whiter.
- Put a little 3% hydrogen peroxide in your mouth and add a little baking soda.
- Brush as usual.
- I keep a glass jar in our bathroom cabinet with baking soda in it. 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.
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 use white vinegar and baking soda. Our clothes come out smelling fresh and clean.
- Add white vinegar to the laundry softener cup
- Add 1/2 cup baking soda to the tub of your washer and baking soda to the detergent cup.
- If I’m doing whites, I also add 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide to the detergent cup and fill the bleach cup with it. We get sparkling white whites.
Who hasn’t placed a box of natural 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?
As always, I’m here to help.