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Amazing Health Benefits of Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate and Its Many Uses in the Home

Updated on October 6, 2020
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Baking Soda


About Baking Soda Or Sodium Bicarbonate

All of us know about how useful baking soda is. Though it started off primarily as an agent for making the dough rise in baking, it has served well as an excellent natural cleaning agent. Not only cleaning it has a variety of uses as a deodorant, a polishing agent, an insect repellant, a grease-cutting agent, a hair shampoo and more...

The most important benefit of baking soda in all our cleaning it that it is a healthy cleaner free of dangerous chemicals that endanger our health and can therefore replace all those harsh and toxic cleaners that float around in the market today.

What Is Baking Soda?

Baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate or by its short name soda bicarb or bicarb, bread soda, cooking soda etc.

Baking soda is a white crystalline solid that is in the form of fine powder. It is one of the components of the mineral natron and has been used since ancient times. The chemical formula of baking powder is NaHCO3.

Sodium bicarbonate has a salty and alkaline taste. It is not only a very versatile substance but is very safe as well.

Some Uses Of Baking Soda

  • Baking soda is mainly used as a leavening agent in the baking batter to raise, soften and lighten batter for cakes, bread and other baked foods and to enhance their texture.
  • It is also used to make vegetables soft and render meat tender.
  • In breading for fried foods it makes for added crispness.
  • Baking soda has the property of regulating the pH of acidic or basic substances as well buffering capacity which prevents a further change in pH. This property can be used to neutralize odours in the fridge and also to maintain neutral pH in water used for washing clothes thereby increasing the power of the detergent.
  • Soaking brushes and combs in water to which a tsp of baking soda has been added removes the buildup of oil and other residues. Soak for a while and then rinse dry.
  • To shine floors add 1/2 cup baking soda to a bucketful of warm water and mop the floor with this.
  • To deodorize and keep drains clean of oil and other residues add 1/2 cup of baking soda in the drain and then pour in 1/2 cup vinegar. 15 minutes later, pour in hot water. This will help clear mild clogging and keep the drain clean.
  • Baking soda is a great cleaning agent for the toilet bowl as well.
    Sprinkle some baking soda into the toilet bowl and add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Do not disturb for about 10 minutes. Then scrub with a brush and flush.
  • Baking soda helps to remove chemical residues left in the hair by hair styling products.
    Add a small amount of baking soda to some shampoo in your palm and wash the hair with this. It leaves the hair cleaner and more manageable.

Some More Uses Of Baking Soda

  • Baking soda can be used to bring shine to oxidized silverware. Add 1 part of water to 3 parts of baking soda in a container in which a sheet of aluminium foil is soaked. Soak the silverware in this till clean. Now rub the silverware with a cloth dipped in this solution to make them sparkle. Rinse well and dry.
  • Baking soda works well to remove dirt in the grout of floor and bathroom tiles. Sprinkle some baking soda on the grout and spray some vinegar on it. This causes fizzing and loosening of the dirt. Scrub with a brush and wipe with a cloth.
  • Barbeque grill can be cleaned off the oil, grease and food material by scrubbing it with baking soda.
  • Baking soda can be used to extinguish small oil fires in the kitchen by sprinkling it over the fire.
  • Coffeemakers and dishwashers can be run through their normal cycle with baking soda and water to clean them.
  • Weed growth in cracks on driveways and walkways can be discouraged by sprinkling baking soda in the cracks.
  • To relieve grease from pots, pans and dishes add 2 tbsp of baking soda and detergent to the dishwater.
  • Baking soda repels ants and cockroaches.
  • Gargling with baking soda solution freshens the breath.
  • To provide relief to tired feet soak them in a tub of warm water to which 3 tbsp of baking soda has been added and mixed.
  • A paste made of baking soda with water can be used as a simple natural deodorant.
  • For a natural shoe deodorant, sprinkle some baking soda in your shoes.
  • To clean carpets, sprinkle some baking powder and let it stay for about 15 minutes. Then vacuum.

Some Health Benefits Of Baking Soda

  • A baking soda scrub made by mixing 1 tbsp baking soda with 1 tsp water when rubbed gently on the face prevents acne and removes excess facial oil and dead skin.
  • To kill nail fungus, sprinkle baking soda on a damp nail brush and scrub nails.
  • Baking soda douche (1 tsp in warm water) kills candida yeast and stops itching.
  • Baking soda can be used to make a chemical-free toothpaste. Add 1 part salt to 3 parts baking soda and mix in 3 tsp glycerine. Add 10-20 drops of essential oil like peppermint, cinnamon etc and water just sufficient to make a paste. Fill in squeeze bottles and use as toothpaste.
  • Add baking powder to bathwater to get relief from sunburn. Dissolve a cup of baking soda in a tub of warm water and relax for about 30 minutes in the tub.
  • To get relief from insect bites, prickly heat and minor skin issues bathe with cool water that has baking soda added to it.
  • To alkalize the body 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of baking soda can be added to a glass of water and drunk.
  • Baking soda improves athletic performance. researchers from Loughborough University in one study found that those who consumed baking soda reduced their time in the 200 meters race by an average of 1.5 seconds.
    In another study, researchers from the American College of Sports Medicine found that those who consumed a capsule of baking soda improved their running times by 2.2 seconds in the 800 meters dash.
    This has been attributed to baking soda's property of preventing a buildup of waste products like lactic acid that causes fatigue. The alkaline nature of baking soda cleans up the toxic wastes.
  • A daily dose of baking soda may help to prevent kidney damage and chronic kidney disease. A study of this effect has been reported in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).

    In the study, 134 patients with advanced chronic kidney disease(CKD) and low bicarbonate levels (known as metabolic acidosis), were given sodium bicarbonate or baking soda daily in tablet form, in addition to their normal care.

    It was noted that the rate of decline in kidney function was appreciably reduced in these patients with the decline being about 2/3 slower than in patients not given sodium bicarbonate.
    Interestingly Dr Yakoob noted that in these patients who took baking soda tablets the rate of kidney decline was similar to the normal age-related decline.
  • A 1/2 tsp of baking soda dissolved in a glass of water taken a couple of times a day for 3-4 days cures colds and flu which also neutralizes stomach acids and heartburn.
  • For high uric acid and gout; add 1/2 tsp baking soda to 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice and let it fizz and bubble till it's over. You can stir it to speed up the process. Add a glass of water to this and drink immediately.
  • Baking soda shrinks tumours. Cancer cells cannot survive in an oxygen-rich and alkaline environment. Baking soda neutralizes acid and makes the blood alkaline.
    Cancer cells are hungry for sugar. So when baking soda is mixed with maple syrup the mixture goes straight to the tumour site where it starts to destroy the tumour.
    Mix 3 parts of organic maple syrup to 1 part baking soda, stir over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes and consume @ 3 tsp per day for 1 to 2 months.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.



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    • Janellegems profile image


      5 years ago

      You have shared some great ways to use baking soda that I did not know about. Thanks for this valuable information. Awesome research.

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      Mary Wickison 

      5 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Rajan,

      It is amazing the uses it has. What I find odd is so many companies are now adding it to their products and calling it 'new'.

      Many of these things I had forgotten about. Thanks for the reminder. It is a useful list.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      This is an excellent hub Rajan. So much information provided for a common substance.

      Your information is straightforward and certainly educational.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

      zee, I have no idea where in Mumbai you can buy baking soda. You could always buy it from Amazn or ebay.

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      5 years ago

      Where do you purchase baking soda in Mumbai and which company? Thanks

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      Soumya Madhu 

      6 years ago

      Thanks a lot for the information. Will try that.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Soumya Madhu,

      You can buy it online from Amazon or eBay.

      Thanks for reading the hub.

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      Soumya Madhu 

      6 years ago

      Hi Mr. Rajan!

      Thanks a lot for the article. Was not aware of this many uses of baking soda. I have generally heard of its uses in cleaning.

      Kindly let me know where can I purchase the product in India. Can I buy it online?

      I will be really grateful for the answer.

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      Soumya Madhu 

      6 years ago

      Hi Rajan!

      Read your article about the good uses of baking soda. Till date, I knew its uses only in cleaning. Thanks a lot for the information shared.

      Can you kindly let me know whether I can purchase the product in India ( in bulk)? If yes, where and how? Hope you will reply To my query.

      Thanks in advance!


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      6 years ago

      Add Your Comment..hi Rajan!

      I am currently staying abroad but will be moving to India probably next year. I use baking soda for cleaning. Can you please let me know how can I purchase baking soda in bulk about 3-4 kgs ( Online or otherwise) in India? I might probably stay in New Delhi or Hyderabad.

      Thanks in advance!


    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Sueswan, baking soda is a very versatile product and I'm glad you found this info interesting. Thanks for reading and sharing.

      Have a great day!

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      7 years ago

      Hi Rajan,

      I use baking soda for cleaning the tea stains from my tea cup. I know it has many other purposes as you have listed. I found it fascinating to read that baking soda helps shrinks tumors.

      Bookmarking and sharing

      Voted up +++

      Take care

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Fiona, yes, baking soda works well for these problems, you are so right. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Fiona Jean Mckay profile image


      7 years ago from South Africa

      I use baking soda mainly for heart-burn - works like magic and a lot cheaper than the store-bought antacids. Have also used along with vinegar to clear out a clogged drain. Great hub - thanks

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Autumn Renee, they may look like miracles. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Autumn Renee 

      7 years ago from Midwestern US

      We use baking soda as a natural cleaner, and to balance our pool. It works great for both, but I don't think I want to ingest more than recipes call for. That section seems like "miracle" cures to me.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @moonlake- thanks for reading and sharing.

      @Dirt Farmer-thanks for the visit and sharing.

      @W1totalk-thanks for stopping by.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you. Baking Soda has all of these uses.

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      Jill Spencer 

      7 years ago from United States

      Excellent hub, Rajan, filled w/useful information. Shared & voted up.

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      7 years ago from America

      Great hub. I use baking soda for lots of things around the house. You gave me some more ways to use it. Voted up and shared.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @Thelma-thanks for reading and sharing.


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      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Rajan! With your profound research and devotion you have made us realize the importance of this white compound we call baking soda. Very nice of you.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Awesome! I have learned a lot from reading this. Thanks for sharing Rajan. I definitely try this. Voted up, pinned and shared.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Aurelio, thanks for letting me know this information has been useful. I appreciate your visit and vote.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Baking soda is a useful substance to have around the house. I knew about some of these uses, but a lot were new to me. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thanks Rose for reading and commenting.

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      rose-the planner 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great article! I use baking soda for many things. It is such a valuable and versatile product! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @zanaworld-glad you could glean useful info from this article. Thanks for reading.

      @Peggy-thanks for all the votes and shares.

      @Rasma-thank you.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and interesting. Thanks for sharing this very informative and useful hub. Passing this on.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Lol! Thanks Neil!

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      Neil Cook 

      7 years ago from United States

      Wow, that's some dedication answering all our comments LOL. Congratz! (don't feel the need to reply to this one hahahaa)

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have read in various articles the wonders of using baking soda but I don't think that I have ever read so much information about it packed into one post such as this great hub. I also learned a couple of new things. Thank you! Up votes, sharing, tweeting and pinning.

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      SA Shameel 

      7 years ago from Bangalore

      Well researched article from you JollyJi. Thanks for sharing such a useful information on backing soda. there are lot of information that surprised me!

      Another great hub from you! Voting up... and marking it as very useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.


      @Graham-thanks for visiting and leaving your comments.

      @Kathryn-glad you like the info. Thanks for appreciating.

      @Bill-thank you, my friend.

      @Sandra-thanks for reading and appreciate the sharing.

      @Joe-thanks for all the kind words. Your visit and comments are much appreciated.

      @MsDora-baking is cheap, simple and so effective. Thanks for stopping by.

      @Paula-thanks for appreciating and it's always good to see you.

      @Suzie-glad you like this natural substance that can be put to so many uses. Appreciate all the sharing and votes. Thanks.

      @Mary-you are right insect bites and stings do get relieved by baking soda. Thanks for sharing.

      @Nell-you are right, our parents used these simple yet effective remedies more than we do them now. Appreciate the read and sharing.

      @Au fait-thanks and it is always good to see you.

      @Alecia-thanks for your input and good to know you put baking soda to a variety of uses.

      @Eddy-thank you.

      @Shyron-great to learn that you are using baking soda regularly. Thanks for reading and sharing.

      @Marion-thanks for commenting.

      @Neil-thanks buddy.


      @Paul-thanks for reading and sharing.

      @Que Scout-yes baking soda works wonders in these too. Thanks for visiting.

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      Stephen Hodgkinson 

      7 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Hi Rajan

      Some interesting tips in your article. Thanks.

      I use baking soda to relieve tummy acid, usually after eating too much rogan josh lamb koftas.

      I also keep an old box of the stuff in the fridge to help absorb some smells.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      7 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is an awesome hub which is once again very well researched. I was aware of the use of baking soda for cleaning of teeth and other cleansers, but was surprised to learn how sodium bicarbonate can be used in shrinking cancerous tumors. Voted up as very useful and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting

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      7 years ago from Alabama

      I love to use baking soda around the house. I did learn a lot more reading your hub. Thanks for sharing valuable information.

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      Neil Cook 

      7 years ago from United States

      Wow! Who would've guessed! Good Stuff man

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      marion langley 

      7 years ago from The Study

      Baking Soda, Vinegar, and Salt...not much that can't be done with these three ingredients in the pantry. Very interesting, thanks for writing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Rajan, thank you for these tips, I know and use a lot of them. We, both my hubby and I take some it water because he only has one kidney (Count Down to a Miracle, tell how he lost one) I have always used soda and salt to brush my teeth, just because I like the clean feeling.

      Pinned on my Health-Healing-Heart board, shared posted on fb.

      Voted-up UAI

      Plus, it makes glass and crystal sparkle!

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      7 years ago from Carson City

      I read this and know that I commented, 2 days ago!.......Oh well, I shall make a 2nd attempt.

      rajan...your hubs are a treasure of such useful and beneficial info. I am always grateful. Although I was aware of some uses for baking soda, I must admit, you have surprised me with this long list!

      This is one for me to print and hang in a convenient spot in my kitchen! I will reference it, often! Thank you so much...UP+++

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Another interesting and useful gem from you rajan. Thank you so much for sharing.

      Enjoy your weekend.


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      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Great information. I have baking soda and it helps with everything from cleaning my microwave to freshening laundry and to think it only cost a little over a dollar. Definitely well worth the investment. Thanks for sharing!

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      C E Clark 

      7 years ago from North Texas

      Learned a lot about baking soda here! Knew some of these things, like brushing one's teeth, freshening the frig an drains, etc., but there was so much here I didn't know. Really learned a lot and I've bookmarked this hub so I can refer to it.

      Voting up, useful, and will share!

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi rajan, I had totally forgotten about the uses of sodium bicarb. This reminded me that my mother used to use it when she was small to clean her teeth, or so she said, and all the other great ideas too, voted up and shared, nell

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      You've pretty much nailed the wonders of baking soda. Through the years baking soda has become relegated to an open box in the back of the refrigerator but as you have written so well it is sooo much more.

      In addition to all the things you've written, when anyone gets stung by a bee I make a baking soda paste with cold water and apply to the area. It helps lessen the swelling and soothe the skin.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      7 years ago from Chicago Area

      What a great reference! Love simple solutions like these. Voted up and sharing!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rajan,

      What a comprehensive list of useful ways to benefit from baking soda! I had no ideas just HOW many reasons there are to make sure it is an ingredient in the cupboard at all times. Thanks for this well researched post, much work as always, appreciate you compiling it.

      Voted up, useful, interesting, awesome and shared. Pinned to saving money.

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      7 years ago from Carson City

      rajan.....You are so incredibly knowledgeable. I truly appreciate the health-related hubs you so generously share with your readers. I have to say, I was aware of "some" beneficial use of baking soda, but am simply amazed at this long list you have presented. Something so simple, pure, inexpensive, easily accessible and stored in our own kitchens! This is important info for everyone! Thank you....UP++++

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      Voted Up and Shared. Who thought baking soda could be this good at that price? Thanks for the information.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      7 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Wonderful and informative hub, Rajan, and there are several of these tips that I want to try out today. Also, the videos sound most intriguing, and I may just want to use baking soda in these innovative ways as well. Thanks for researching, writing, and sharing this great information! Aloha!


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      Sandra Busby 

      7 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Another winner, rajan, and such a simple thing. Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is a remarkable substance, isn't it? All those uses. I actually learned a couple new uses by reading this, so I thank you for that.

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend, and blessings to you and yours.


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      7 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      This is fantastic! I was going to do a hub on this before, but you came up with even more information than I had found thus far. I like how you covered the many different uses of this versatile kitchen staple.

      I have always been amazed at how many uses baking soda has. Recently I used a paste of baking soda with water to scrub my sink to a shine (it was getting discolored). It's amazing how shiny it makes metal!

      I'm glad I saw the tip about soaking combs and brushes in a solution. My comb is at the point where it needs a soak!

      Thank you for sharing this very useful article with us, and for putting so much research into it. You are amazing.

      Have a fantastic weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Graham Lee 

      7 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Another great hub rajan. I have used Bicarbonate to clean my teeth in the past. Another use for me is to use it like Alka Seltzer to settle my stomach. It works quickly, but tastes terrible.


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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome and great benefits to this topic, so much to learn from and such a well researched hub, always informative from you


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