True to it’s name, most of us probably use Baking Soda for baking. You may remember your grandmother mentioning it’s other uses. Here are a few of my favorite unusual uses for Baking Soda. You might be surprised by some of these!
1. Use instead of of deodorant. Baking soda is a natural odor neutralizer. Plus you can avoid the parabens and aluminum found in many deodorants and antiperspirants. You can use it plain. Just mix 1/8 teaspoon of soda with 1/4 teaspoon of water and apply directly to skin. You can also combine it with corn starch and coconut oil for a more moisturizing option. You can get the exact proportions here.
2. Use as an antacid. Skip the over-the-counter medications and try baking soda instead. This works because baking soda neutralizes stomach acid. Just mix 1/2 teaspoon into 1/2 cup (4oz) or water. Be sure you dissolve it completely. You’ll also want to check the Arm & Hammer Baking Soda package or website for detailed instructions and dosing before using.
3. Clean your hairbrush. Easily remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue from you combs and brushes by soaking them in a solution of 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry. You’ll be on your way to more lustrous hair!
4. Put out grease fires. I sure hope you don’t need this tip! Baking Soda can extinguish a small grease fire. You’ll need a lot in order to put out a very small fire so have a big box handy and pour it on the fire.
5. Use as a bathtub scrub. When combined with vinegar, this creates a natural substitute for Scrubbing Bubbles. For the exact proportions and fresh scent ideas, check out my recipe for Lemon Lime Tub & Tile Scrub.
6. Deodorize a cat litter box. Sure you can buy pricey litter with the baking soda built in. Or buy the inexpensive kind and sprinkle the baking soda on yourself as needed.
7. Whiten your teeth. For a natural way to whiten your teeth mix baking soda with peroxide and spread the mixture onto your teeth. Mix a small amount with peroxide to make a paste. Leave it on for a couple minutes or so. Then brush your teeth and rinse. Not the best tasting but a natural whitener and very inexpensive.
8. Use as an anti-itch cream. Mix baking soda and water to form a paste. Then apply to insect bites or itchy rashes. This will help relieve itching. It can also be used on jellyfish stings to help draw out the venom.
9. Remove chlorine from hair. Ever have green hair after swimming? Well, baking soda is a wonderful chlorine remover. Add a ½ teaspoon to two cups of water. Use it as a rinse after swimming.
10. Make a gentle hand scrub – For a completely natural hand scrub, make a paste with three parts baking soda and 1 part water. Or use 1 part gentle hand soap like Seventh Generation. If you want to use it on your face, try 3 parts baking soda and 1 part Cetaphil. It’s natural, inexpensive and gentle enough to use every day.
What is your favorite unusual use for baking soda? I’d love to hear more fabulous ideas!