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Thursday, May 20, 2010

It may not take as long as I thought!

I'm sorry. It's just been sitting there starring at me, so I had to do something.
Yes, it's the 13 lb. 2.0 oz bag of baking soda!
I've been really good at not mentioning it hardly at all this week week but I am looking at this bag and thinking, "What was I thinking?" and "Seriously what am I going to do with it all?"And then the little yellow light bulb appeared over my head and I said to myself, "Self, you have a computer sitting right in front of you, do a search on baking soda." And so I did. And because I know that many of you rushed out to buy your own honkin' bag of baking soda and are now stuck with it starring at you as well, I will post my findings right here for you all to see.

I love saying honkin'. It's just so fun to say and it creates that sweet red squiggly line under it.

Sorry moving along.
Here are just some of the things you can do with your 13lb bag of Baking Soda.
I am going to print this out and cross off all the ways I used my Baking Soda and because I know you'll want to know, I'll tell you about it. I'll also tell you when I finish the bag. That is if I'm still blogging 3 years from now! Hee! Hee!

60 Uses for Baking Soda!
(I don't expect you to read all of these right now but you might benefit from printing them out for later use!)

1. To make your own baking powder, stir and sift together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part cornstarch.

2. Be sure to keep an extra box of baking soda by your stove in case of grease or electrical fire. Scatter the powder by the handful to safely put it out.

3. Keep a container of baking soda in your garage as well as in your car to put out a fire. It won't damage anything it touches.

4. Baking soda will also put out fires in clothing, fuel, wood, upholstery and rugs.

5. Clean vegetables and fruit with baking soda. Sprinkle in water, soak and rise the produce.

6. Soak and wash diapers with baking soda.

7. Wash garbage cans with baking soda.

8. Oil and grease - stained clothing washes out better with soda added to the washing water.

9. Clean your fridge and freezer with dry soda sprinkled on a damp cloth. rinse with clear water.

10. Deodorize your fridge and freezer by putting in an open container of baking soda to absorb odors. Stir and turn over the soda from time to time. Replace every 2 months.

11. Soda absorbs kitty litter odors. Cover the bottom of the kitty box with 1 part soda; then add a layer of 3 parts kitty litter on top.

12. Always add 1/2 cup soda to your washing machine load.

13. Clean combs and brushes in a soda solution.

14. Wash food and drink containers with soda and water.

15. Wash marble-topped furniture with a solution of 3 tablespoons of soda in 1 quart of warm water. Let stand awhile, then rinse.

16. Clean formica counter tops with baking soda on a damp sponge.

17. Wash out thermos bottles and cooling containers with soda and water to get rid of stale smells.

18. To remove stubborn stains from marble, formica or plastic surfaces, scour with a paste of soda and water.

19. Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not aluminum) in a soda solution ( 3 tbsp. soda to 1 quart water).

20. Run you coffee maker through its cycle with a soda solution. Rinse.

21. Give baby bottles a good cleaning with soda and hot water.

22. Sprinkle soda on barbecue grills, let soak, then rinse off.

23. Sprinkle soda on greasy garage floor. Let stand, scrub and rinse.

24. Polish silverware with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rub, rinse and dry.

25. For silver pieces without raised patterns or cemented-on handles: place the silver on aluminum foil in an enamel pot. Add boiling water and 4 tbsp. baking soda. Let stand, rinse and dry.

26. Reduce odor build-up in your dishwasher by sprinkling some soda on the bottom.

27. Run your dishwasher through its cycle with soda in it instead of soap to give it a good cleaning.

28. To remove burned-on food from a pan: let the pan soak in soda and water for 10 minutes before washing. Or scrub the pot with dry soda and a moist scouring pad.

29. For a badly-burned pan with a thick layer of burned-on food: pour a thick layer of soda directly onto the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle on just enough water so as to moisten the soda. Leave the pot overnight, then scrub it clean next day.

30. Rub stainless steel and chrome with a moist cloth and dry baking soda to shine it up. Rinse and dry. On stainless steel, scrub in the direction of the grain.

31. Clean plastic, porcelain and glass with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rinse and dry.

32. Remove that bad smell from ashtrays with soda and water.

33. Sprinkle a bit of dry soda in your ashtrays to prevent smoldering and reduce odor.

34. Clean your bathroom with dry soda on a moist sponge - sink, tub, tiles, shower stall, etc.

35. Keep your drains clean and free-flowing by putting 4 tablespoons of soda in them each week. Flush the soda down with hot water.

36. Soak your shower curtains in water and soda to clean them.

37. To remove strong odors from your hands, wet your hands and rub them hard with soda, then rinse.

38. Sprinkle baking soda on your wet toothbrush and brush your teeth and dentures with it.

39. Sprinkle soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots and slippers to eliminate odor.

40. Add 1/2 cups or more of baking soda to your bath water to soften your skin.

41. Putting 2 tbsp. of baking soda in your baby's bath water will help relieve diaper rash irritations.

42. Apply soda directly to insect bites, rashes and poison ivy to relieve discomfort. Make a paste with water.

43. Take a soda bath to relieve general skin irritations such as measles and chicken pox.

44. Take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn.

45. Gargle with 1/2 tsp. baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. Freshens and cleans your mouth.

46. Used as a mouthwash, baking soda will also relieve canker sore pain.

47. To relieve sunburn: use a paste of baking soda and water.

48. Bug bites: use a poultice of baking soda and vinegar.

49. Bee sting: use a poultice of baking soda and water.

50. Windburns: moisten some baking soda and apply directly.

51. Making Play Clay with baking soda: combine 1 1/4 cups water, 2 cups soda, 1 cup cornstarch.

52. Use soda as an underarm deodorant.

53. If your baby spits up on his shirt after feeding, moisten a cloth, dip it in baking soda and dab at the dribbled shirt. The odor will go away.

54. When scalding a chicken, add 1 tsp. of soda to the boiling water. The feathers will come off easier and flesh will be clean and white.

55. Repel rain from windshield. Put gobs of baking soda on a dampened cloth and wipe windows inside and out.

56. Add to water to soak dried beans to make them more digestible.

57. Add to water to remove the "gamey" taste from wild game.

58. Use to sweeten sour dishcloths.

59. Use dry with a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.

60. Use to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from toaster. Dampen cloth and make a mild abrasive with baking soda.

Have a most excellent day my friends!!!



  1. I. HEART. BAKING SODA. I've got one of those ginormous bags, too, and I most often use it (with vinegar) for deoderizing my sink drains - and LOVE it. I used it for an abrasive cleaner on my stove yesterday and it did a lovely job. Great post!

  2. I use baking soda in my kitchen sink drain but instead of just hot water, I use vinegar. I pour dry baking soda down the drain then pour vinegar over it. It foams and bubbles and gets rid of that greasy build-up as well as freshens the drain.

    This is a great list!

  3. These are great! I am definitely printing them out and putting them on my fridge!

  4. Baking soda is absolutely one of the unsung housecleaning heroes...and with all these ideas, you'll be out before you know it, right? ;)

  5. Hmmm...have only done about 6 of those! But you did not mention that it can be used for shampoo (I'm still doing that!)! I just saw baking soda at Smart & Final. They had a 10 lb bag of a different brand for $4.49 I think. I might have to go get it - LOL!

    Big I-knew-you-could-not-resist-another-baking-soda-post hugs to you! Have a fabulous day my friend!!! :)

  6. As soon as I saw the title, I knew it was about that "honkin" bag of baking soda!! LOL

    This list is amazing. I will definitely be trying some of them.

    Big hugs to you

  7. WOW! Great list! I was going to ask if you were going to do a giveaway for 1/2 cups of baking soda or something. LOL!

  8. Oh that is too funny! I really had to laugh about the "when scalding a chicken". I'm sorry, but there are some things I never plan to do in my lifetime ;)

  9. Kim,

    So are we googling a funny for tomorrow's Friday Funnies on Baking Soda? You know there just has to be one there somewhere. These are some great suggestions!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  10. What a honkin amount of information you have shared with us today!!! Thanks ~ I am going to copy and print this for future reference :)

    You are the best my friend

  11. Re #1... but how do you make your own baking SODA?! That bag wouldn't last all that long around here. I use it for everything... well, a lot. 8-}

    Love ya loads, sweet thang!
    Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

  12. I'll bet you made these up. Just kidding, lol! I knew some of these things but not all of them.

    I've used baking soda and vinegar to remove rust stains. It works and it's fun to watch! Love ya!


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