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  • Baking Soda

    Seems very useful, worth the weight and space it takes up in your BOB?

    Sixty-One Uses For Baking Soda

    Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda has many different uses in the household!

    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. Wash garbage cans with baking soda.

    7. Soak and wash diapers with baking soda.

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

    9. Clean your fridge and freezer with dry baking 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 baking 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 baking soda; then add a layer of three parts kitty litter on top.

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

    13. Clean combs and brushes in a baking soda solution.

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

    15. Wash marble-topped furniture with a solution of 3-tablespoons of baking 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 baking 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 baking soda and water.

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

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

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

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

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

    24. Polish silverware with dry baking 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 tablespoons baking soda. Let stand, rinse and dry.

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

    27. Run your dishwasher through its cycle with baking 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 baking 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 baking soda directly onto the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle on just enough water so as to moisten the baking 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 baking soda and water.

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

    34. Clean your bathroom with dry baking 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 baking soda to clean them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    45. Gargle with 1/2-teaspoon baking soda in one-half 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 baking 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-teaspoon of baking 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 baking soda to water to soak dried beans to make them more digestible.

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

    58. Use baking soda to sweeten sour dishcloths.

    59. Use baking soda 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.

    61. To eliminate dog odors or just freshen up the air, sprinkle baking soda on your carpet where your dog lies and vaccuum up. Leave the soda on the carpet for half an hour. It also eliminates odor in your vaccuum after it has been vaccuumed up. A great way to freshen up your home air during the winter when everything is closed up.

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  • #2
    Definitly add it to your BOB. I use it for a bunch of reasons but the reason it has a place in my emergency kit is that it makes a basic component of both tooth paste/powder and as an electrolyte replacement drink.

    Sports Drink Mix: I have used a half teaspoon of baking soda, teaspoon of sugar, half teaspoon sea salt and unsweetened drink mix for electrolyte drink mix for some time. Cheap and helps keep you from cramping up when you are really sweating in the Texas sun. Costs nothing compared to fancy sports mixes.

    Just don't over drink while exercising and be very aware of heat prostration. It takes a lot of training to move from being a climate controlled couch potato to someone who can work outside in Texas heat. Be very aware of your core body temperature and look out for signs of nausea, profuse sweating, a sense of anxiety, and weakness or dizziness.

    It is no laughing matter and can kill you. I have suffered heat exhaustion and you feel like you are going to die, heart racing and panic. Drink lots of water but don't drown yourself. Intake and outtake should be monitored.

    All preppers need to build their TE quotient. Toughness and endurance take time and effort, better to start now than when you are faced with a hundred mile march with iron rations and inadequate protection as you and a half million others flee a disaster zone.


    • #3
      Number 44 does work

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


      • #4
        Originally posted by Rustyshakelford View Post
        44. Take 1/2-teaspoon of baking soda in one-half glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn.

        good to know!

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        • #5
          Used it many times

          Originally posted by Diesel View Post
          good to know!

          You have to careful though. Too much is not good for you. Another benefit is that if you have smelly gas, it does not cure the toots, but they don't smell. I know, not a pleasant topic, but if you are eating lots of beans, it does happen.


          • #6
            Interesting! I hadn't heard about making the poots un-smelly with BS ;) so did a little research. After perusing several sites about it, this sums it all up best (
            Perhaps the most common approach is soaking beans in water with baking soda added. This approach is often used with dried beans, but also can be used with fresh beans as well. One strategy is to place the beans in a large pot of water and bring them to a boil. This action helps to soften the capsule around the beans. After removing the beans from the heat, add in baking soda and stir the water until the soda is evenly distributed. Allow the beans to soak overnight, then drain and rinse thoroughly. Once this is done, the beans are ready for cooking.

            Along the same lines, some people understand that the best approach to adding baking soda to beans is to simply place the beans in tepid water and add the baking soda. After one quick stir, set the beans to soak overnight. A quick rinse and the beans can be cooked and consumed without any worries about flatulence.

            A different approach to the practice of adding baking soda to beans is adding the soda during the cooking process. Instead of soaking beans with baking soda before cooking, a small amount is added to the water during the cooking process. However, cooks who recommend this approach note that no more than 1/8 teaspoon should be used in a large pot of beans, as more of the baking soda will reduce the amount of Vitamin B1 present in the beans. Also, this method can leave the beans with a taste that can be described as a little soapy. However, if the beans are destined for use in a recipe where a lot of herbs and spices are employed, this will probably not be an issue. With either method, adding baking soda to beans will prevent flatulence and make it possible to enjoy the beans without after effects.

            It actually claims to prevent the poot. Either way - no poot or un-smelly poot - I'll be trying this since I have a whole-lotta-beans-inna-pantry :D.
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            • #7
              maybe its just me but thats the best part of beans, isn't it?:confused:


              • #8
                Originally posted by bart View Post
                maybe its just me but thats the best part of beans, isn't it?:confused:
                I agree....if you ain't fartin'.....they were some lousy beans.... :D
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                • #9
                  That is some really good information I think I may add a box to my bob as soon as I figure out how to get the weight down.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Big_Saw View Post
                    I agree....if you ain't fartin'.....they were some lousy beans.... :D
                    My grandson agrees with you. When I make a pot of beans, he always asks, "Did you take the farts out, Gramma?" :rolleyes:
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                    • #11
                      One more idea

                      I've used Baking Soda to get relief from muscle cramps. 1/4 to 1/3 tsp in 6 oz warm water; drink it and relax, will ease off in less than 5 minutes.
                      Again, too much is bad for you. Use only sparingly.


                      • #12
                        Great info. We always keep plenty of baking soda around, for many of those reasons! Now, I learned a few more too!!! Thanks
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                        • #13
                          Recommended dosages from the Arm and Hammer Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:
                          During the first day take six doses of half teaspoonful of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals.

                          During the second day take four doses of half teaspoonful of Arm and Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals.

                          During the third day take two doses of half teaspoonful of Arm and Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter half teaspoonful in glass of cool water each morning until cold is cured.


                          • #14
                            Great thread. I knew the stuff had numerous uses, but never saw a list like this!


                            • #15
                              I'll second that SW! Great bit of information here. Should be a sticky!
                              Thanks Diesel!
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