Usage of Bicarbonate of Soda


 

There are countless uses of bicarbonate of soda.  Every mom needs a tub at home:

 

  1. Children

1A.  Bed wetting

Sprinkle mattresses of the young with bicarbonate of soda before you put the sheet back on their bed. This helps cut down on smells left behind from bed wetters.

 

1B.  Stuffed animals

Keep stuffed animals smelling fresh by putting them in a pillowcase, sprinkling them with bicarbonate of soda, and then shake them around a bit.

 

1C.  Baby bottles

To clean out baby bottles, getting rid of sour smells, soak them overnight with water and a few tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda in each.

 

1D.  Toys

To keep toy boxes clean and fresh, wipe the insides of them out about once a month with a quart of warm water mixed with a cup of bicarbonate of soda and a cup of vinegar. This will cut germs while it deodorizes at the same time.

 

1E.  Baby clothes

Using a cup of bicarbonate of soda with your liquid laundry detergent on baby clothes will keep them from getting rashes as often.

 

 

  1. Personal Use

2A.  For personal use – Makes a deodorant

To make 8fl oz / 225ml you will need:

  1. i) 4 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  2. ii) 8 fl.oz / 225ml rubbing alcohol

Combine the above in a small mixing bowl, then pour into a spray bottle and use as an all-over spray after a bath or as an underarm deodorant.

 

2B.  For personal use – Makes a great hand cleanser

Scour away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands using a paste of 3 parts bicarbonate of soda to 1 part water. Scrub and rinse clean.

 

2C.  For personal use – Makes a whitening toothpaste

Mix one part bicarbonate of soda and one part salt; add water to make a paste. Spread this one your tooth brush and brush as normal. This will remove plaque as well as whiten teeth. Do not swallow. Use every other day.

 

2D.  For personal use – Insect bites

Get relief from an itchy bug bite by mixing bicarbonate of soda and water into a thick paste. Spread this over the itchy area and let it sit for a few minutes.

 

2E.  For personal use – Allergic reactions

Get relief from the hives by using two cups of bicarbonate of soda in your cool bath, and then rubbing additional bicarbonate of soda over your body where the hives are affecting you, will bring you relief fast. This is not a cure for your allergic reaction though.

 

2F.  For personal use – Neutralizes breath odor

If you have recently been eating onions or peppers you can put 1/8 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in your mouth and wash it around with a little water to neutralize this smell and taste.

 

2G.  For personal use – Tired feet

If you suffer from tired feet soak your feet in a tub of hot water and one cup of bicarbonate of soda. This is a great relaxing soak that will also prevent foot odor and it will soften your feet at the same time!

 

2H.  For personal use – Smelly feet

If you suffer from foot odors or itchy feet when your feet sweat in the hot summer months, you can sprinkle your feet with a little bicarbonate of soda before putting your socks on for the day for a fast relief that will last all day long.

 

2I.  For personal use – Less gas

Sprinkle a little bicarbonate of soda on foods that make you feel gassy and bloated for a great meal that you can enjoy without the lasting gassy effects afterwards.

 

2J.  For personal use – Homemade mouthwash

To freshen up your breath, mix two teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda in a half glass of water. Swish this around in your mouth and gargle for a great clean and fresh breath.

 

2K. For personal use – Ulcers

If you have an ulcer but still love to drink coffee, you can add a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda per cup of coffee to neutralize the acid so that the coffee won’t harm your stomach.

 

2L. For pets – Keeps cat litter fresh with bicarbonate of soda

To combat the odor the cat litter tray gives off, sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda in the tray. Bicarbonate of soda absorbs moisture and also actually absorbs smells. It will not harm your cat in anyway.

 

 

  1. Kitchen

3A.  Removes tea and coffee stains from china cups

Sprinkling in a bit of bicarbonate of soda. With a wet soft cloth rub the soda around on the stain and watch it quickly go away!

 

3B.  Cleans oven door windows

Just make a THICK paste of water and bicarbonate of soda, and then cover the glass on the door with the mixture and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Then rinse off with water.

 

3C.  Cleans microwaves

Take about a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and put it in a microwave-safe bowl filled about half full with water. Microwave for about three minutes ONLY and the stuff wipes right off. (see warning below)

 

Warning:  It is important not to heat fluids in your microwave for long periods as they can become super heated, this can cause an irruption within the fluid even after the vessel has been removed from the microwave. This irruption can send scolding super heated fluid in your direction.

 

3D.  Cleans burnt or baked on food on dishes

Mix two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda and a little boiling water to cover the baked on mess. Leave the dish to stand and in an hour or so, the food will become loose and you will be able to wash it off easily.

 

3E.  Stops fridge smells

If you’re going to be away from home for some time, place some open bicarbonate of soda in your refrigerator before you leave. When you return, your refrigerator will smell sweet and fresh.

 

3F.  Food processors

To clean stains and foods from your blender or food processor use a cup of bicarbonate of soda and a cup of water then turn on this kitchen appliance. Simply rinsing with hot water will leave your appliance spot free.

 

 

  1. Cleaning

4A.  Clean copper

Mix bicarbonate of soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Use the paste as you would any metal cleaner. Clean with a soft cloth.

 

4B.  Clean silve

Making a thick paste of three tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda and one tablespoon of water works great for polishing silverware, especially between the lines and in little decorative areas of your silverware.

 

4C.  Clean brushes

Clean natural oil build-up and hair product residue from combs and brushes by soaking them in a solution of 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.

 

4D.  Remove rust

To remove light rust from a metallic item, take a potato, take the skin off of it and dip it in bicarbonate of soda. Keep dipping it in bicarbonate of soda and rubbing the rusted area to remove the rust fast.

 

4E.  Removs crayon stains

To remove a crayon stain from fabric, first scrape the excess away with dull blade. Then wash in hottest water safe for the fabric with detergent and 1-2 cups of bicarbonate of soda. The heat of the wash and the bicarbonate of soda will shift the crayon stain.

 

4F.  Erase crayon marks on walls

Make a thin paste of bicarbonate of soda and water, use an old toothbrush to scrub the crayon right off the wall.

 

 

  1. Cooking

5A.  Cooking Poultry

You can loosen any hairs or feathers left behind on your chicken by rubbing it with bicarbonate of soda. Rubbing with bicarbonate of soda also helps to tenderize the meat before cooking. Simply rubbing on the bicarbonate of soda and then rinsing will give you a great tender chicken.

 

5B.  Cooking Crispy meat

Rub a little bit of bicarbonate of soda on the fat of a pork chop or on the skin of a chicken before baking will make it crispier. When bicarbonate of soda makes the skin crispy it also helps keep moisture in the chicken for a great taste.

 

5C.  Cooking Vegetables

Adding two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda to a quart of water when you are boiling cauliflower or corn will keep your vegetables white and crisp.

 

5D.  Cooking Softens hard water

If you want to improve the taste of hard water, add ¼ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda per liter of water for great tasting water that the whole family will enjoy.

 

5E.  Remove chemicals and pesticides

To wash away chemicals and pesticides that are found on your fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them in a sink of cool water and a cup of bicarbonate of soda. The bicarbonate of soda will help loosen chemicals on your fruits and vegetables.

 

5F.  Cooking Scrambled eggs

If you like fluffy scrambled eggs, try adding a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda for every four eggs used. It will not affect the taste of your eggs.

 

5G.  Baking powder

Make baking powder by mixing one part of cream of tartar and one part of bicarbonate of soda along with one part of starch.

 

 

  1. Laundry

6A.  Brighter wash

To get your laundry brighter, both colors and white, add ½ cup of bicarbonate of soda per wash load.

 

6B.  Blood stains

To get blood out of clothes, soak in a cool bucket of water, with a cup of vinegar and a cup of bicarbonate of soda. Soaking overnight the bloodstain will come right out. Never soak in hot water as hot will set a bloodstain.

 

If you have a bloodstain on a light colored fabric, you can rub with a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water, rub gently into the stained area and then rinse with peroxide. This will lighten clothes that bleed easily.

 

6C.  Leather jackets

Remove scuffmarks from leather jackets, shoes or purses with a soft toothbrush and a paste made from vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. The vinegar will soften your leathers while the bicarbonate of soda cleans it.

 

6D.  Greasy stains

To remove greasy stains from your clothes; make a paste of two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda, one tablespoon of cream of tartar and a little water. Rub this on the greasy area and launder as usual to remove grease stains.

 

6E.  Ink stains

To get ink out of your purse or off your denim, make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and vinegar spread on the stained area and wash with cold water. Test this in an area not exposed when you wear it to make sure the colors won’t fade first.

 

6F.  Suede stains

You can sprinkle dry bicarbonate of soda on suede and brush it off with a lint brush for a fresh clean that will also remove dirt gently.

 

6G.  Whiter clothes

For really white clothes use a cup of lemon juice, a cup of bicarbonate of soda, liquid detergent and a cup of vinegar in your wash. Hang dry in the sun for a great bright white color.

 

6H.  White sports shoes

Make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice, rub over your white tennis shoes and let your shoes dry in the sun. Wipe down with a soft water damp cloth for a finish that is bright white.

 

6I.  Removes fresh perspiration stains

Wet the area where the stains are and then rub in some bicarbonate of soda before tossing the item in the wash to be laundered as usual. For tougher stains, make a paste of vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, apply this to the fabric and leave it sit over night. Launder as usual for a great clean.

 

 

  1. Others

7A.  Kill cockroaches

Mix one part of sugar to one part of bicarbonate of soda in a shallow dish and put it where you know the roaches will be. Roaches are attracted to the sugar, and when eaten with the bicarbonate of soda the mixture is deadly to them. This works with other crawling insects too.

 

It takes about 3 to 4 days for the treatment to work before you see a reduction in the amount of roaches. Another thing to note it that cockroaches are cannibals and they will eat up their dead, so you will not have hoards of dead roaches behind your cupboards etc.

 

Caution!  This treatment can be dangerous to children and pets.  Keep out of their reach.

 

 

7B.  Repair plastic with glue and bicarbonate of soda

Superglue or crazy glue will make an extra strong bond if mixed with bicarbonate of soda. Place a few drops of super/ crazy glue (fluid not gel) in the hole/indentation and while wet, add bicarbonate of soda. Then add a few more drops of super/crazy glue. This will set and become extremely hard. You can file, drill etc.

 

 

Information sources:

http://www.bakingsodabook.co.uk/

http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/30-baking-soda-tips.html