Baking soda has so many uses and has been a home staple for many years. I have vivid memories of that bright yellow-orange box with the big red circle. As a matter of fact Arm & Hammer Baking Soda is the only brand of baking soda that I remember. I’m just going to tell you a few of my favorite uses for this home staple.
Baking soda is well-known for its odor eliminating properties. I have sprinkled it on carpets and furniture over the years. The longer you let it sit the more effective it will be at removing the odors. I have actually sprinkled baking soda on my fabric covered couch right before bedtime allowing it to sit overnight. Then vacuum the couch thoroughly the next morning, odors gone! And I’m sure we all know about baking soda removing refrigerator odors so I won’t go over that one.
Have you ever burned food that had cheese in it or a gravy base? It makes a terrible mess in the bottom of a pot. One of the best removal methods I’ve ever found is to scrape as much as you can out of the pot with a wooden spoon. Then sprinkle Arm & Hammer baking soda all over the bottom, add about two inches of water, and heat on the stove. Keep your eye on it because when it begins to boil the baking soda may foam right out of the pot. Take a wooden spoon and begin scraping the burnt food from the bottom. As the water gets hotter the burnt-on food will begin to release from the pot. Scrape until you no longer feel the resistance of the burnt food. (You may want to dump this water into your disposal or outside if you live in the country, it’s pretty disgusting.) Then scour your pot as usual, if the burnt food is really stuck on you may have to repeat a second time.
More Personal Uses
Another use for baking soda is soothing a baby’s bottom if they have a severe diaper rash. When my older girls were babies one of them had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic that resulted in blisters on her bottom. It was awful! The only way to soothe them was to place a couple of teaspoons of baking soda into warm bath water and let her soak in it. Afterwards I would pat her dry gently with a towel, then use a blow dryer on low heat setting to completely dry the blisters before applying ointment. The baking soda works wonders on bringing relief to the baby.
Lastly, I remember my granddaddy using baking soda for heartburn. He swore that “soda” was the only thing that would help when his heartburn was bad. He would put about a tablespoon into a half cup of water and drink it down. Not sure that this taste very well, but he said it worked!
These are just a few of the amazing uses for baking soda. I keep a large box in my home at all times. Arm & Hammer baking soda has been around for over 165 years according to their website (and no I’m not getting any kind of financial gain for promoting it.) I genuinely like it and use it for a multitude of things around my home. If you’re looking for more options just cruise the internet, I’m sure the list of uses are endless.
Till Next Time,