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Baking Soda, Not Just For Baking

Updated on April 30, 2012

Baking soda is a very interesting ingredient that is a chemical compound composed of fine powder. When the fine powder reacts with either water or an acid, it releases bubbles of carbon dioxide. This reaction makes baking soda a good cooking agent when baking muffins, cakes, breads, and any other doughy ingredient. The baking soda creates a more soft and fluffy surface that helps with appearance and overall taste.

Cooking Uses???

Baking Soda has a lot of benefits in the kitchen that the average cook may not know about. I have compiled a few interesting uses that may surprise you!

Do you dislike the preparation of cooking a chicken?

When boiling a chicken, you can add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water before boiling. The baking soda reacts to the chicken's feathers, allowing for easy feather removal. The soda also helps provide a clean and white skin surface for cooking.

Do you like having a fish fry, but hate the fishy smell that comes with?

Well you can remove the smell from you fish fillets by soaking them in baking soda and water for an hour in the fridge prior to cooking. I have tried this and it does work. It's also great before grilling as well!

Love having omelets for breakfast before work?

Try placing a half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs cooked. This will make for a fluffier tasting omelet.

Do you struggle with having to take an antacid before eating dinner?

Well baking soda can reduce the acid content of most recipes by simply adding a dash of baking soda to the recipe.

Health Uses???

While baking soda is great in the kitchen you would be surprised with what it can be used for regarding your health. I have mentioned just a few things you can use baking soda for that is related to your health.

Live in an area where mosquito bites are an annoyance?

Baking soda can be used to relieve itch from mosquito or other related bug bites, just apply a little to the effected area.

Do you work in the automotive industry?

You can use baking soda to remove strong odor left by oil, gasoline, and solvents by rubbing baking soda and water with your hands. The baking soda will not only clean your hands but will help to remove unwanted odor.

Did you welcome a newborn baby?

If your lucky enough to experience having a child, your well aware of the troubles associated with diaper rashes. It can cause pain for the baby and cause them to stay up at night, which in return mean less sleep for you. Well, a great solution to that diaper rash is baking soda. You can either apply the baking soda directly on the diaper rash or you can put two tablespoons in your baby's bathwater to help with the irritation.

Are you prone to bad breath or canker sores?

Apply a half a teaspoon for baking soda mixed with water. Gargle mixture in your mouth for 30 seconds to freshen breath while also helping to heal unwanted canker sores.

Garden & Flower Bed Uses???

There are many things that you can do with baking soda around the garden or flower beds. I provided a few interesting uses that can help protect those flowers and delicious veggie plants year after year.

Have rabbit and rodent problems in your flower beds?

If you scatter baking soda around flowerbeds, this will help prevent rabbits and smaller rodents from eating your flowers or veggie plants.

How can I improve the taste to my fruits or vegatables?

You can sprinkle baking soda on the soil around your vegetables and fruits to sweeten the taste. Great for improving the taste of home-grown tomatoes. You can also wash your fruits and vegetables with it, which makes for healthier eating.

Cleaning Uses???

Baking soda has a ton of cleaning uses that can help keep money in your wallet. Try these cleaning uses out for yourself, and see how much you can save on potential cleaning supplies!

Can I use it in the bathroom?

YES! Cleaning the bathroom just got easier and a lot less expensive. You can use baking soda to clean your toilet. Simply place a cup in your toilet, let it sit for about an hour, and then flush. The baking soda will leave a clean toilet and also absorbs any unwanted odor. You can sprinkle on your sink, showers, plastic and porcelain shower tubs to remove soup scum and eliminate odor. Mix some baking soda in water and pour into a spray bottle to spray on bathroom walls, mirrors, and counter-tops for a clean fresh look. I have personally used baking soda in the bathtub and to clean our toilet bowl and it works great.


How can I use it in the kitchen?

Baking soda is great for cleaning in the kitchen. You can add a spoonful of baking soda to your dishwasher to make scrubbing and cleaning dishes easier. Wash dishes by hand? Place some baking soda in the sink to help fight grease from pots and pans. Great for cleaning stainless steel as well. Wash food and drink containers and also great for removing odor from thermos bottles. Washing dishes with burned on food, let sit in baking soda solution for about 10 minutes, this will make cleaning easier.

Baking soda is great for keeping your kitchen drains clean. Place 4 tablespoons of baking soda in your drain each week and flush down with hot water. This cleans and removes unwanted odor left over by food or mold.

If your a coffee drinker, you can clean your coffee maker by placing a baking soda solution into the coffee maker. This will help keep your coffee maker running efficiently.

The Greatest Thing About Baking Soda!

The greatest thing about baking soda is its very affordable to buy. For about the amount you spend on a Starbucks Coffee, you will have enough baking soda to try out a bunch of these uses. Baking soda is truly an amazing product, whether it's used for baking or to clean a dirty bathroom.

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      CookwareBliss 4 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Nora411- Thanks for the input! I hope some of the uses help you out:)

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      Nora411 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Interesting Hub! It's amazing how one product can have so many uses! I will definitley try some of them out!

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Hi Betsy thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts :)

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Kris Heeter- I plan on using it in the garden this year! Thanks for commenting and happy hubbing :)

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Rajan Jolly- Thanks for voting my hub up and for sharing with fellow hubbers :)

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Charlotte B Plum- I'm glad you took something from my hub. Its spring in Wisconsin, so I plan on using it in my garden this year :)

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      betsy 5 years ago

      never knew its good for fish and meat cleaning too!!

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Excellent tips! I've started using it (with vinegar) for cleaning but had never considered it for thing like using it in the garden or washing fruits and veggies with it!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      CookwareBliss, these are some awesome uses of baking soda. Thanks for sharing and I'm sharing this hub too.

      Voted up, awesome and useful.

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      Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

      Hi CookwareBliss!

      This is so informative! Thank you for sharing this with us. I recently bought a box of baking soda, and I am excited to try these new ways to use it!

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Sholland10- Thanks for stopping buy and commenting on my hub...I'm not sure if it cures wrinkles, but can be used as a face cleanser, if you mix with water and put on face it cleans the face and gets rid of oily and dead skin. Thanks again for the vote and share, greatly appreciated :)

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I have used baking soda a lot in many different ways, but you present some I have never heard of like using it to tame the fish smell, and I never thought about it for an antacid. Can it cure wrinkles? LOL I love the information in this hub! Votes and shares! :-)

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Talullah- Thanks for stopping by and commenting, happy hubbing:)

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      TheLastBabyBoomer- Thanks for the follow, and hope you took something away from the hub.

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Ruchira- Thanks for visiting my hub, and of course sharing what you learned.

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      barbergirl28- thanks for your recent comment I'm glad you got something out of my hub:)

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      Talullah 5 years ago from SW France

      It's brilliant stuff, and so cheap, too, compared to many commercial products. These are great tipss! Thanks for sharing.

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      Deborah Turner 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona

      Great ideas. I remember my mom using baking soda for so many things growing up!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Great tips. The itching thing was new to me. Voting it up and sharing it across.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Wow - this is amazing... this has so many different uses that I wasn't aware of... I might have to start adding it to my dishes because my husband has very persistent heartburn. And I love the cleaning uses. Well definately be trying some of these tips!

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Hi SandyMcCollum, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I hope one of these uses for baking soda peaked your interest.

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      SandyMcCollum 5 years ago

      I learned one I hadn't known before! It's good stuff, that's for sure.