Feb 022012

A while back, we discussed various uses for vinegar, illustrating why it should be included in your preps. Today we’ll do the same thing with baking soda.

Many if not most people probably have a box of baking soda in the fridge to help reduce odors. That’s great but there are dozens of other uses for it.

Fire retardant — dump it on small grease fires in the kitchen to smother the flames. Never use water to douse grease fires.

Antacid — mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water and drink.

Bad breath — gargle the heartburn mix to freshen breath.

Pain and itch reliever — make a paste with water and baking soda and apply to sunburn, rashes, or insect bites to reduce pain and irritation. Adding a couple tablespoons to a baby’s bath will help with diaper rash as well.

Washing dishes — add a spoonful of baking soda to your dish water to help with scrubbing dishes.

Toothpaste — while it may not taste minty fresh, you can use it in place of toothpaste.

Baking powder substitute — if you run out of baking powder, mix together one part baking soda, one part cornstarch, and two parts cream of tartar.

Cleaning a chicken — when scalding the bird, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the boiling water. The feathers will come off easier and the flesh will be white.

Modeling clay — give the kids something to play with. Mix two cups baking soda, one cup cornstarch, and 1 1/4 cups water.

Reduce odors — sprinkle in shoes, coolers, anywhere else you want to eliminate odors. Sprinkle some on your hands when washing them after cleaning fish or some other smelly task.

Any other uses come to mind?

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