Uses for baking soda

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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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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