Use Baking Soda In The Kitchen And Beyond


Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a chemical compound in a powdered form. It is mined and pulverized into a powder. It can be purchased at any grocery store or health food store. It is one of the most useful and safest substances on this Earth.

When mixed with water and an acid such as vinegar or lemon juice, baking soda releases bubbles of carbon dioxide. Baking soda is a staple in many homes for baking. It acts as a leavening agent in baked goods, helping them rise and hold their shape. Baking soda also can also be used in a multitude of ways to replace household cleaners made with chemicals. In addition, baking soda has medicinal uses, as I discussed in my last article.

Cleaning With Baking Soda

Oven cleaner

5 tablespoons baking soda
5 drops dish soap
4 tablespoons of vinegar

Mix all ingredients into a paste. Spread the paste all over the oven. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then scrub it and wipe it off.


1 tablespoon baking soda

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of baking soda on the dishes before running the dishwasher. It degreases and makes the dishes sparkling clean.

Clothes Degreaser, Whitener And Deodorizer

1 tablespoon baking soda

Use 1 tablespoon of soda along with the laundry detergent (per batch of clothing) in the washer to remove grease from clothing.

Carpet Deodorizer

Sprinkle dry soda onto carpets or over pet stains and vacuum it up.

Carpet Cleaner

1 quart warm water
4 tablespoons baking soda
4 drops of dishwashing soap

Mix the ingredients into a solution. Scrub the solution into the carpet to remove stains. Rinse with clear water and use a towel to remove the excess moisture.

Refrigerator And Freezer Deodorizer

Open a small box of baking soda and leave the whole box inside the refrigerator or freezer. It will absorb unwanted odors and will last for up to a year.

Drain Cleaner

½ cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar

Pour ½ cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar into a plugged or sluggish drain. Let it sit for 20 minutes and form bubbles. After it stops bubbling, rinse with hot water.

Here are other ways you can use baking soda to clean:

  • Clean the bathroom: Make a paste that can be put on a scrub brush or toilet brush. Clean toilet bowls, tubs and sinks with soda paste. Rinse it and wipe dry. For fiberglass, use a mixture of soda and dish soap. Wipe it on with a sponge so it does not scratch.
  • Clean the refrigerator: Use a paste on a scrub brush.
  • Clean barbecue grills: Use a paste and generously coat the grill with it. Let it sit for 10 minutes and scrub the grill with a scrubbing pad. The soda will remove baked on food.
  • Clean greasy garage floors and remove grease from anything: Sprinkle baking soda on grease spots, and it will soak up the grease. Remove it with a paper towel, then use more baking soda with a scrub brush and clean the cement. Rinse with warm, clean water.
  • Freshen kitty litter: Sprinkle baking soda in the kitty litter box to deodorize and freshen it.
  • Remove burned on food from pans: Make a solution of baking soda and water by mixing 4 tablespoons of soda to 1 quart of water in the dirty pan. Heat it up and let it set for 10 minutes then rinse it out.
  • Wash dishes: add ¼ cup soda to the wash water when washing the dishes.
  • Wash fruits and veggies: Soak vegetables in a bowl with a solution of 4 tablespoons soda per quart of water. This cleans the vegetables and removes dirt, sprays and chemicals. Rinse produce before eating.

Medicinal And Personal Care Uses Of Baking Soda

Baking soda has myriad medicinal and personal care uses, including:

  • Antacid to relieve heartburn and acid reflux: Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a small glass of water. It will bubble and fizz up. Drink it down two to three times during the day on an empty stomach, and it will neutralize the acid in the stomach and stop heartburn and acid reflux. Work up to 1 teaspoon of baking soda and ¼ cup vinegar mixed with 4 ounces of water. If it upsets your stomach, then back off on it.
  • Athlete’s sore muscles: Athletes can take 1 teaspoon baking soda mixed with 4 ounces of water to relieve them of muscular pain from strenuous physical activity.
  • Cancer: People are raising the PH level of their bodies by using baking soda. Cancer and other diseases may grow more slowly in a more alkaline environment. The healthy range for PH of the saliva and urine is 7.4.
  • Canker sores: Put a dab of baking soda paste on the canker sore and leave it there as long as you can. It takes away the pain and may help heal the canker sore.
  • Deodorant: Use straight by applying powder to underarms.
  • Insect bites: Put a dab of paste on the bite and cover with a Band-Aid.
  • Facial scrub: Mix equal parts of soda, salt and water together into a paste and scrub the face with it. Rinse it with warm water. This removes dead skin and blemishes.
  • Mouthwash: Swish a soda solution made with 1 teaspoon soda to ½ cup of water around the mouth and gargle with it.
  • Rashes, skin irritations, sunburns, bee stings: Spread a thin layer of soda paste on these. It relieves the itching and burning on contact.
  • Stuffy nose: Put a solution of soda water in a humidifier and run it all night to help clear the sinuses and relieve a stuffy nose.
  • Sore throat: Gargle with warm salt water (one cup warm water, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda).
  • Tooth decay: Taking a pinch of baking soda into your mouth and moving it around your teeth and gums with your tongue minimizes tooth decay.
  • Toothpaste: Make a paste of soda and salt in equal portions and use it as toothpaste.

Household Cleaning With ION And Baking Soda

Because ION (stabilized oxygen) kills bacteria on contact, it can be used to disinfect countertops, clean vegetables and kill germs on cuts and wounds.

Soak vegetables in the following solution in a bowl: mix 3 tablespoons baking soda and 20 drops of ION in a ½ gallon of hot water. It will kill bacteria on the vegetables. Rinse before eating.

The more I use ION, the more uses I find for it. It is one of those amazing products just like baking soda.

ION Oxygenates The Blood

I talk about ION in my articles because I believe in this product 100 percent. Baking soda and ION together will give a person a real boost to his immune system and general overall health.

I take 20 drops ION and 1 teaspoon baking soda in a cup of water or juice (except lemon juice) every day. Lemon juice is the only acid that will neutralize ION, so do not mix lemon juice and ION together.

ION floods the body with lifesaving oxygen and raises the PH to an alkaline level which boosts the immune system so the body can do the job of healing itself. When the bloodstream is fully oxygenated, it fights disease.

–Peggy Layton

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Peggy Layton

a home economist and licensed nutritionist, holds a B.S. in Home Economics Education with a minor in Food Science and Nutrition from Brigham Young University. Peggy lives in Manti, Utah with her husband Scott. Together they have raised seven children. Peggy owns and operates two businesses: One called "The Therapy Center", where she is a licensed massage therapist and hypnotherapist, and the other an online cookbook and preparedness products business. She is nationally known for publishing a series of seven books on the subject of food storage and also lectures and teaches seminars about preparedness and using food storage products. Peggy practices what she preaches, has no debt, grows a huge garden, lives off the land, raises chickens, bottles and dehydrates food and has time left over to operate her businesses. To check out Peggy's cookbooks and self sufficiency products go to her website To get a free sample of three different storable meals that have a 15-year shelf life go here.

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  • Charlie

    Thanks for your factual writings on Baking Soda,,, few doctors or dentist will tell of the many health benefits… I keep about a half a dozen small boxes in My supply roll away at all times………………………..

  • Robin Barr

    If you throw a small handful into the water when you’re boiling eggs, shells come off easier.

    Another one which I’ve used myself and it REALLY works for burns:
    Make a paste with baking soda and water and apply. For me, the pain relief was almost immediate but I kept it there about 30-60 minutes. It healed super quick, too, don’t think it even blistered. I didn’t do this but depending on your burn, you can put a plastic bag over the baking soda (to keep the baking soda wet) and put a sock over the plastic bag (to keep the plastic bag from falling off).

    And at the risk of appearing self-serving but really, just being helpful, for canker sores, if the baking soda or other home remedies don’t work, buy Canker Sores Begone Stick. It’s like a lip balm but softer, all natural. You apply some to index finger, then to canker (inside mouth). It will heal within 12-36 hours. Also very helpful for the huge cankers from chemo. Doesn’t work if canker is due to acidic food. It was in major health food stores for most of those yrs as a liquid, then recently reformulated into a balm stick, will soon be back in health food stores. In the meantime, you can order at (About the self-serving part – I’m the guilty party who developed it :)