I love using baking soda at home and love telling people about the multiple ways they can use it.
Baking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda or sodium bicarbonate (scientific term), is most commonly used in baking and pastries. Little is known about the many other startling uses of this commonly found substance. Here, you will discover a few of the common problems found at home and how we can surprisingly use baking soda as a great solution to them.
1. Easy On Your Gloves
The first surprising home use for baking soda is for your dish washing gloves. Ever had the difficult and often frustrating experience trying to put on or take off the sticky rubbery gloves? Sprinkle some baking soda into your dish washing rubber gloves each time you take them off. Not only will it absorb dampness and keep them fresh, they will also glide on and off easily.
2. Scoop Up The Vomit
Another surprising use of baking soda is to clean up a vomit mess. This is particularly effective if you have the vomit on your carpet. Put on your smooth rubber gloves quickly (thanks to tip #1), and scrape up the vomit mess. Cover the carpet area with a layer of baking soda and leave for a few minutes. Scrub from edges towards middle with a brush or sponge and moisten repeatedly in clean warm water. Sprinkle the area again with baking soda and leave to dry. Lastly, vacuum up the powder.
3. Remove Artwork From Walls
This is one truly surprising use of baking soda. Many do not realize that baking soda can be used to remove artwork from the walls. Yes, these are the artwork done by your little one with the crayons and magic pens on your newly painted wall. Do not panic. Make a solution of baking soda and warm water and wipe over those young Picasso marks on wall. For tougher stains, sprinkle dry baking soda on damp cloth and scour gently. Do note that this will work on washable walls only. You will discover how surprising this method works.
4. Ease Razor Burn
This is another amazing home use of baking soda. Have you ever suffered from the common razor burn while shaving? This uncomfortable burning sensation is surprisingly easy to subdue by just using baking soda. Make a paste of baking soda and water and dab a thin layer onto skin area affected by razor burn to get almost immediate relief from the burning sensation. For even more immediate relief, sprinkle some dry baking soda onto the skin. This is such a quick and simple solution as compared to spending on costly medication or lotion from the pharmacy.
5. Sports Drink
Many people are startled when they discover that they can surprisingly make use of baking soda to create their own sports drink at home. This is a simple recipe to replace those expensive isotonic and energy drink you can find in the supermarket aisles. For an effective yet inexpensive sports drink, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 5 teaspoons sugar and 2.25L water with a sugar-free children's drink and refrigerate it. Your homemade 100+ is ready to go!
This is another surprising home use of baking soda. We often suffer from tummy bloat especially after a hot and spicy meal. It is an uncomfortable feeling that often lasts a few hours or sometimes overnight. For a quick fix to clear up your indigestion, consider using baking soda as an effective antacid. You can sprinkle some baking soda onto your food, or simply mix it with water and drink. It will ease that bloated feeling right away after a meal. Now you got your homemade ENO ready to go! It's an unbelievably simple home use of baking soda.
7. Potato Trick
Many of us spend extra money finding chemicals from hardware stores to clean up those rust on garden tools. Some even discard them for new and shiny ones. We do not realize that the amazing baking soda we have at home can be used to surprisingly clean these rusts away leaving metal as shiny as it's intended to be. Start by cleaning up the rust using a potato and some baking soda. Peel the potato and keep dipping into baking soda and rubbing the tool until all the rust has been removed. Simple and yet shiny again!
8. Ants No More!
Ant poison is sometimes used as a deterrent to control ants infested areas. While effective, the use of such chemicals often post toxic risks to our family members especially the young. Imagine babies crawling into areas treated by ants poison and later licking away happily on their fingers. There is a surprisingly easier and safer way to do this at home using baking soda. Just simply sprinkle some baking soda on ants entrance and exit areas to help get rid of them and prevent them from getting into the house. Watch the results as ants will typically avoid areas that are sprinkled with baking soda. This is no doubt a much safer method than using ant poison as a control solution which is toxic.
9. Snow and Ice
For those in cold countries, snow and ice are sometimes a nuisance, especially if they interfere with our daily lives. Hardened ice on the pathway poses a danger as people can slip and fall walking on them. A surprisingly simple solution to this problem is to make use of the home baking soda. Sprinkle it over freshly fallen snow to help it melt quickly. Use more in case the slush freezes. To stop water from freezing overnight despite snow or ice forecast, sprinkle some baking soda generously on your concrete pavement. This will help prevent it from being frozen and thus causing accidents.
10. Soften Paintbrushes
Have you ever had the frustrating feeling of finding a hardened paintbrush before you start painting? You will be surprised to find that our home baking soda can do the trick here as well. It's an overnight remedy for those who do not clean their paintbrushes after using them. Mix together 100g of baking soda, 50g white vinegar and 2.25L hot water. Soak the brushes in this mixture overnight and by morning they will be soft and ready to be used again.
There you go! 10 surprising and little known usage of this wonderfully cheap and common baking soda we have in the house. Due to ignorance, we often rush out to buy expensive commercial products when faced with problematic situations described above. The next time you think of buying a solution from the shelf, stop and have a go at the suggestions above which will likely to save you more money while creating a safer home environment for your whole family!
yashvi on September 25, 2013:
sweeaun (author) from Malaysia on January 29, 2012:
Gosh, I didn't realize that. Anyway, don't think we can add that here. Else, will get banned!
worksmart18 on January 28, 2012:
Amazing substance. According to some spy tv series/movie, it can be used to make bomb too.