Uses For Baking Soda

on Saturday, 02 April 2016. Posted in Cleaning Tips and Advice

Tips in using baking soda in cleaning, cooking, home remedies etc.

CLEANING:

 Recipe for scouring powder

1 cup #baking soda

1 cup borax

1 cup salt

Remove ink marks from food price stamps on counters with a little baking soda and water paste. It also removes many stains left from tea bags, mustard etc.

Deep clean cutting boards. Use baking soda over surface then sprinkle with vinegar. Let the bubbles do their job.

Clean and shine a toaster oven with baking soda and warm water.

Clean a blender by first filling it half-full of water.  Take 1 t. baking soda and 1 drop detergent.  Replace lid and turn on blender.  Rinse clean.

After washing dishes then soak your dishcloth or sponge in baking soda and water. Clean the sink with the solution and everthing will be sweet and odor-free.

Remove hard water stains on faucets with a paste of toothpaste and baking soda.  Scrub with toothbrush and rinse.

When leaving on vacation pour some baking soda down your kitchen drain and diposal.

Keep any coffeemaker clean by brewing up 1 quart warm water and 1/4 cup baking soda.  Do on a regular basis and your coffee will always taste great.

For a great bathroom cleanser.  Combine:

16 oz box baking soda

2 T. dishwashing liquid

1 cup warm water

After well mixed pour into a squeeze bottle.  Shake well before each use.  Instead of the dishwashing liquid you may substitute 1/4C ammonia (if you can stand the smell).

Apply a paste of baking soda and white vinegar to stained marble.

To make fiber glass shower stalls clean without scratching sprinkle baking soda on a sponge and scrub.  Don't forget to rinse and wipe dry.

For a fresh smelling and clean toilet bowl liberally sprinkle baking soda into the bowl and scrub with a brush.  Let set for awhile then flush.

Use baking soda on a wet sponge to remove crayon stains from washable walls. Scrub gently. 

Remove wine or grease stains from carpet.  Sprinkle the area immediately with baking soda.  Dab it up and add a little more if nenecessary.  Once wine or grease has been absorbed, vacuum any residue that is left. 

If you have carpet and want to create a great fragrance, mix a box of baking soda with a few drops of your favorite potpourri oil or a little cinnamon or powdered clove and sprinkle on carpet (if you don't have a shaker use a flour sifter). Let sit then vacuum.

HOME REMEDIES:

For a sore throat melt 1 aspirin in 2 t. hot water.  Add a t. baking soda and an additional 1/2c. hot water and mix gently.  Gargle to ease sore throat pain.  Repeat as needed. 

To clear a stuffy nose try a mixture of 1/4 t. and 1T. water.  Place a drop or two in each nostril. Chest congestion add a teaspoon to your vaporizer (check manufacture's direction) and the baking soda will help keep it clean at the same time.

Bee sting or bug bite?  Make a paste of baking soda and pat it on bee stings and itchy insect bites for instant relief. Leave it on to dry and repeat as needed.

To soothe a rash from chicken pox or poison ivy, soak in a warm bath with 1/2 c. of baking soda.

Treat burns by quickly applying cold cloths dipped in ice water with baking soda added until the burn has no heat.

Deal with sunburn discomfort by mixing 1/4 c. of baking soda with 1/2 c. of cornstarch in a tub of tepid water and soak as long and as often as you can manage. 

To help ease the pain of blisters from shingles apply handfuls of baking soda to blister, making a paste while bathing in tepid water.

COOKING:

Give chocolate cake a darker texture by mixing 1t. baking soda with the other dry ingredients.

To keep icing moist and no cracking add a pinch of baking soda before spreading it on a cake.

Blackberries tart?  Try adding 1/2t. before adding sugar. Great in pies or cobblers.

To make a fluffy omelette, add 1/2t. baking soda for every 3 eggs.

To fluff your mashed potatoes add a pinch of baking soda during mashing

Does your gravy tend to separate?  Use a pinch or of baking soda and voila.

Tenderize a tough piece of meat by rubbing it with baking soda.  Let stand for several hours before rinsing and cooking.

To make pork chops extra crispy rub baking soda into the fat surrounding the chop.

Soak raw fish for at least a 1/2 hour in 2T. baking soda and 1 Qt. of water.  Rinse and pat dry. No fishy taste.

The above method works well on wild game meat. Soak over night in your refrigerator.

Add 1t. baking soda to the water when you cook cauliflower to keep it snowy white and helps cut the cooking odor.

Don't like the bitter taste of turnips or mustard greens?  When cooking add 1/2t. baking soda to the water.

If you can't afford the price of organic then try washing your fruits and vegetables in a large bowl of cool water to which you've added 2 to 3T. of baking soda.  Many feel this helps remove pesticides as will as dirt.

To cut down on the acidity of any tomato based sauce add a pinch of baking soda.

If you add too much vinegar to your recipe, add a pinch of baking soda to counteract the excess acidity.

Get more from tea bags by adding a pinch of baking soda to the teapot while steeping the tea, and the tea won't cloud.  This works for iced as well.

A pinch of baking soda added to any boiled syrup will prevent crystallizing.

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