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50 Ways to Leave Your Lover or to Use Baking Soda

Updated on February 6, 2019
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Ms. Inglish has spent 30 years working in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.

I heard it at the restaurant one day...


Tell Me About the 50 Ways

I read the HubPages Question from Q & A about how to use baking soda and in what ways, and I was carried back to a time when Paul Simon was singing 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover on a pop classics radio station.

It was in the restaurant in which I worked and I had a freshly burned glass coffee pot in my hand I grabbed a standard box of baking soda, poured some into the glass carafe with a half dozen ice cubes and swirled the pot. The heat melted the ice as the cubes rubbed the baking soda around the burned areas. In just a couple of minutes at the end of the song, I had a clean pot and dissolved baking soda in water (both natural products) that I tossed down the kitchen drain.

So, that's Number One on my list of 50 Ways to Use Baking Soda. I always think of Paul Simon when I think about "50 Ways."

Pau Simon's 1975 hit song acutally listed only five specific ways to leave your lover, but I'll give you at least 50 ways to use baking soda.

Cleaning a coffee pot with baking soda is a lot more fun than breaking up with your mate, anyway. (See the video at the end of the Hub.)

Baking Soda Comes From the Substance Natron

This is Lake Natron, which contains natron that includes baking soda and salts, in Tanzania. Mt. Lengai is in the background.
This is Lake Natron, which contains natron that includes baking soda and salts, in Tanzania. Mt. Lengai is in the background. | Source

The lesser flamingo regularly flocks to Lake Natron.

The lesser flamingo regularly flocks to Lake Natron.
The lesser flamingo regularly flocks to Lake Natron. | Source

Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate = Baking Soda


Baking Soda In Health and Beauty

  1. For spider and mosquito bites or bee stings, make a paste of baking soda and peroxide and apply to the bite. When the compound is dry, the bite should be better. Reapply as needed. For severe stings, see your doctor ASAP as well.
  2. Some people think that ingesting baking soda can help maintain the human bloodstream's pH balance in order to fight colds and flu. In fact, baking soda was used in 1918 and 1919 to fight the Spanish Flu and some doctors of the period said that it worked (Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Medical Uses; 1924. Dr. Volney S. Cheney, author.)
  3. Injectible sodium bicarbonate can be used to treat metabolic acidosis in a number of conditions and certain drug poisonings (e.g. barbiturate). It is also used in cases of severe diarrhea.
  4. Bathing in a tub of warm water with a box of baking soda added helps to relieve itches, which are caused by a raised acidic level on the skin. This bath combination sometimes also works for sunburn.
  5. Bath in a tub after adding a little baking soda and a cup of apple cider to soak away aches and pains. This will also clean the drain after the bath.
  6. Baking soda is good for exfoliating the skin of the face and throat - 3 teaspoons soda to 1 teaspoon water.
  7. Mix a couple of teaspoons of the baking soda into a glass of water to make an effective antacid (drink the solution). I like this better than Alka Seltzer, which tastes very salty to me. In the past, customers could get a "Bicarb" (baking soda in a glass of water) in the local bar when they had an upset stomach, but now you might be able to get an Alka Seltzer there.
  8. Make a foot soak by adding baking soda to a container of warm water - three tablespoons of soda to a tub of water.
  9. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in warm water to form a paste and massage it into clean facial skin. Let it set one minute and gently rinse off with warm water, followed by cold water. You can use the past on rough feet as well.
  10. Stir 1 teaspoon baking soda into a glass of warm water for an effective gargle and mouth rinse. This makes the mouth less acid (acidity increases risk of cavities) and is said to be good for relieving canker sores.
  11. Mix a small amount of baking soda and salt together to use in place of toothpaste. If the salt is irritating to your gums, use baking soda moistened with hydrogen peroxide. Interestingly, a segment of the Dr. OZ television show advised not to use peroxide as a disinfectant or healing agent, because it supposedly makes irritations, cuts and scratches larger, but I still use it effectively.
  12. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to water in a vaporizer to unstop stuffy noses.
  13. Use a weak solution of baking soda and water to calm diaper rash.
  14. Baking soda can be sprinkled on human hair or animal fur and brushed out as a type of dry shampoo. This is similar to cleaning carpets by sprinkling soda and vacuuming it up.
  15. Pour a little soda into socks before putting them on your feet in order to prevent odors.
  16. A baking soda-and-water paste applied so some small outbreaks of acne can eliminate them quickly.

This is the Coffee Pot Restaurant, which burned to the ground a few days after Thanksgiving in 1991. It was one of several dining places called the Coffee Pot in Indiana since the 1920s.
This is the Coffee Pot Restaurant, which burned to the ground a few days after Thanksgiving in 1991. It was one of several dining places called the Coffee Pot in Indiana since the 1920s. | Source

Baking Soda In the Home and Garden

  1. Here is a good recipe for Irish Soda Bread with cinnamon and other spices.
  2. Sprinkle your cutting boards with baking soda, scrub both sides, rinse with warm water, and air dry in the dish rack.
  3. Wash fruits and vegetables with a little soda in warm water to remove waxy coatings and bacteria.
  4. As an emergency substitute for each teaspoon of baking powder to be used, mix 1 teaspoon baking soda with 1/4 teasooon cream of tartar.
  5. Toss baking soda (or flour) on any small fire that occurs in the kitchen, if you do not have a fire extinguisher.
  6. Omelets are more attractive and lighter if you add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to three eggs before beating.
  7. To remedy bitter tasting vegetables like some lettuces and Brussels sprouts, soak them in a bowl of water and some baking soda for half an hour.
  8. Soak coffee and tea cups in soda and water in order to remove stains.
  9. The American EPA has registered baking soda as effective in killing unwanted fungi in the garden.
  10. Make a sachet of baking soda and your favorite bath oil or other fragrance oil, tie it up with a ribbon in a small light sloth, and place into the back of a dresser drawer for a nice scent.
  11. Open a corner of a box of soda annd place the box on the shelf in each of your closets to prevent bad odors and musty smells.
  12. Wash lunch boxes with a weak solutuion of baking soda and water.
  13. Pour some water and a little baking soda into thermos bottles and let sit a few minutes to remove stale odors.
  14. Sprinkle baking soda under kitchen and laundry room sinks and along basement windows to put off cockroaches and ants.
  15. Sprinkle soda around lettuces and other vegetables in the garden to repel rodents. It may even sweeten tomatoes when absorbed through the roots.

Cover from August 1908 made by John Cecil Clay.
Cover from August 1908 made by John Cecil Clay. | Source

Baking Soda In Housekeeping

  1. In the garage, sprinkle baking soda over small oil and grease spills to absorb the substances; then, sweep up the spills when absorbed.
  2. In the kitchen, sprinkle baking soda on scuff marks and grease spills and wipe up easily with a damp towel.
  3. Pour a cup of soda into a toilet bowl to be cleaned and allow it to sit for about an hour. Brush the bowl with a toilet brush and flush.
  4. Use it to scrub metal sinks in the kitchen without scratching them.
  5. Pour one box of soda down the garbage disposal, let sit for 15 minutes, turn on water tap, and run the disposal to remove odors.
  6. Add a tablespoon of the soda to the dishwasher for cleaner dishes.
  7. Use a small amount to scrub off grease from pots and pans (cheaper than Comet and other more abrasive cleansers).
  8. Sprinkle baking soda over a dirty carpet, brush gently into stains and spills, let sit for 60 minutes, and vacuum. Large spills may need a reapplication or an overnight absorption by the baking soda.
  9. Sprinkle soda in the bottom of trashcans in the house before adding a liner, in order to prevent odors.
  10. Old books that smell musty can be sprinkled with baking soda and allowed to sit overnight to remove odors. Simply shake out the soda.
  11. Use sprinkled baking soda and scrub the outdoor barbecue grill before use.
  12. For extra clean baby toys, use 4 tablespoons of soda in 1 quart of water to wash.
  13. Soak household sponges in the same solution as used in #11 above. Wring them out and for the kitchen, microwave sponges for about 10 seconds to disinfect.
  14. A cup of soda added to laundry detergent acts as a fabric softening and whitener.
  15. Wash off sports equipment and gear with a baking soda solution (4 tablespoons to a quart of water).
  16. Using the same soda solution as in #14, scrub your automobile tires with it and rinse with plain water.
  17. Sprinkle a little soda into the clothes hamper two to three times a week to fight odors.

Paul Simon's 50 Ways

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Patty Inglish MS


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      This one was a lot of fun to write! Thanks for visiting, Free2seethemoon.

    • Free2seethemoon profile image


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean

      Wow Patty, you always impress. Thanks for another great and inspiring hub!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for all the fantastic comments!

      jpcmc -"shove a pound of baking soda down the throat of your lover." That is hilarious! I am laughing out loud. I should thnk of 50 ways to use bajing soda in these not so nice ways. LOL

      Bobbi - I think I use baking soda almost every day for something. There are probably losts more things to do with it.

      Elisha - You've probably thought of another 50 ways already!

      Imogen - I forgot all about the thermos bottles and I have indeed used baking soda on them. Works quick.

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      7 years ago from Florida


      I will never look at Baking Soda the same way again. I know so many different ways to use it--thanks to you. Great informative hub that will help many in years to come.

      Thanks for sharing,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      JP Carlos 

      7 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I was hoping to read...shove a pound of baking soda down the throat of your lover. When I read the title I guess I only focused on Leave Your lover...Use Baking Soda. LOL

    • Elisha Jachetti profile image

      Elisha Jachetti 

      7 years ago

      I love baking soda! I use it for many, many things, but your list has given me some great ideas. Thank you so much!

    • Imogen French profile image

      Imogen French 

      7 years ago from Southwest England

      Wow - I use bicarbonate of soda for some of these things, but never realised it had quite so many applications! One other thing I use it for is in a solution for cleaning out my fridge - helps get it clean and gets rid of any smells (like the thermos flask). It is also a great old-fashioned remedy for indigestion, as you say. Great hub, thanks for all the tips!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Aluminum free. I will look into that very soon; it sounds important. Thanks, Jewels!

    • Jewels profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      Hi Nell, In Australia we call this product Bicarb Soda and I've started using it for many purposes you have above. Something to ad though which you may want to include in your hub, is when you use this product for ingestion (which is fantastic) make sure it is aluminium free. Great hub which I bookmarked for reference.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Good to hear that!

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Yes thank you, much better, nell

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      It really does have a lot of good uses; I just brushed my teeth with some for extra cleaning. It's great. Hope you are feeling well.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, I never realised that baking soda was so versatile, I will definitely be buying this to keep in my cupboard, thanks for the great ideas, nell

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      carolina muscle - There are apparently 50 more uses I don't know yet! Got to look them up.

      pstraubie48 - Thanks for the Angels! I just bought some more vinegar as well. :)

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      8 years ago from North Central Florida

      Baking soda and vinegar are two of my best friends around my home. How would we survive without it. I just replaced the soda in my refrigerator this morning. I had forgotten the coffee pot trick and was just looking at mine yesterday wondering how to make it sparkle and I found the answer.

      Great collection --am pinning and book marking.

      Happy tenth day of the new year :) Sending Angels to you and yours.. ps

    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      wow.... who knew there were so many uses for baking soda! great post, and lots of useful information here!!!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      It's pretty amazing stuff and if it can really help battle cancer, then that is really awesome - inexpensive and good medicine. Thanks for posting!

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      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Growing up, we brushed our teeth with baking soda for years. My mom also got stains out of the carpet, especially doggy accidents, with baking soda. She left a thick layer of it on the stain and let it sit tell it dried before she vacuumed it. It really works! Thanks for sharing all the ways. Oh yeah, I just read about it as a cure for cancer because it changes the ph from acidic (which cancer feeds off) to alkaline.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thank you all for the witty, fun comments about baking soda! We should put together a traveling show like the people at Mad Scientists do for schools. The Big Time Baking Soda Medicine Show. Wouldn't that be fun and everyone can demonstrate a few uses?

      I just heard that if a stew is too acidic, especially with tomatoes, to add a pinch of baking soda - I'll have to try that one. And I'd no idea that baking soda was used in swimmming pools, but it makes sense.

      Pop - I see Kroger supermarkets have a new line of natural cleaning agents - all full of white vinegar and baking soda and such. It's still cheaper to by the vinegar and baking soda, though!

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      8 years ago from USA

      My mother is a firm believer in using baking soda for nearly everything. She even used it as a toothpaste when we were kids. Great hub!

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      The makers of baking soda should be sending you several cases free of charge any day now, Patty, in appreciation for your excellent compendium of its many varied uses. Bookmarking and saving this for future unexpected crises. :)

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      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Wow! what a useful substance. I wrote about green cleaning but this raises it to a whole new level! Off to buy some right now! Thanks.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      8 years ago

      Looks like i can throw out all my household products and replace them with box of baking soda!

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      Faythe Payne 

      8 years ago from USA

      thank you for the useful up

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      8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      51 - They sell 50lb bags of baking soda at the pool supply place to maintain PH balance in swimming pools.

      Great hub, Patty!

    • Maren Morgan M-T profile image

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great lists.

    • Austinstar profile image


      8 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

      Baking soda is a base, or alkaline substance. Very good for neutralizing acidic substances as you have said. Baking soda is a very versatile and cheap home staple that can be applied in many ways to solve many problems.

      Thanks for this convenient list and illustrations. Gotta love it.

      Simon and Garfunkle aren't bad either :-)

    • onegreenparachute profile image


      8 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      Fantastic! Now I know what to take to counter my body's acidity! I'm so tired of having red skin in the corners of my mouth. Thank you!

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      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Great suggestions and a most delightful hub. Voting UP and sharing...Baking soda is amazing and I use it for many things.

    • wetnosedogs profile image


      8 years ago from Alabama

      Your combination title is a real attractor!

      Great hub for the baking soda lover. I really need to try this on my dogs in the winter for a dry bath. And I have learned so many more tricks I want to try. Thanks for this extensive hub.


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