Baking Soda – It’s Not Just For Cooking

If you’re even the least bit familiar with cooking and baking, then you already know that baking soda (otherwise known as bicarbonate of soda) is a common ingredient in many recipes. You might be unaware, however, that baking soda can be used for so much more than just a recipe ingredient. It can also be used to clean and freshen around your home, as well as a health and beauty aid. Below are five household tips and uses for baking soda that we hope you find useful.

1. Baked On Stuck On Food

If you have a pan that has baked on, stuck on food that’s hard to get off, don’t waste time scraping and scrubbing. Put your elbow grease away and put baking soda to work instead.

Sprinkle some baking soda in the pan and fill it with a couple inches of boiling water. Let it sit for a couple of hours then pour the mixture down the drain. Any stuck-on food should wipe right out. If the mess is bad, bring the water/baking soda mix to a boil for a few minutes before dumping it out.

You can use this tactic on your stovetop, too. Sprinkle baking soda on a messy stovetop, spray with hot water, let it sit for a while, then wipe clean.

2. Microwave Cleaner

No one likes cleaning their microwave, but it has to be done. To make the chore easier, add two teaspoons of baking soda to a bowl of water. Place the bowl inside your microwave and heat it for 3-5 minutes. When the timer stops, leave the microwave closed to allow the moisture from the heated water to work its magic.

After five minutes, remove the bowl and use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe away the grime. The moisture/baking soda combination loosens stuck-on food and freshens the inside of the microwave at the same time.

3. Drain Cleaner

If you have a slow-moving drain in your kitchen or bathroom, you can get things moving again using a combination of baking soda and white vinegar.

Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar. Immediately plug the drain with a sink stopper and allow it to sit for at least a half hour. When the time is up, remove the stopper and pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to flush it out.

You can do this once a month to keep drains clear and smelling fresh.

4. Toothache Pain Relief

Relieve the pain of a toothache using baking soda in a couple different ways. Wet a cotton swab than dip it in baking soda. Swab around the sore tooth until pain subsides. Create a mouthwash using a heaping teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a cup of warm water. Swish around the offending tooth as needed to relieve pain.

5. Heartburn Relief

This tip actually appears on the baking soda box itself, but in case you missed it, here it is. Relieve heartburn quickly by adding one-half to one teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water. Sip slowly for a couple of minutes. There’s no need to drink the entire glass of water but be prepared. Drinking this concoction will cause you to burp loudly, which will help relieve your heartburn. Baking soda has a high salt content, which isn’t recommended for people with certain medical conditions. Pregnant women should not attempt to relieve heartburn using baking soda.

Baking soda is a great tool to have around the house for many reasons. Not only is it a common ingredient in cooking, it makes a great household cleaner and health aid as well.