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Baking Soda 101 – Uses for Baking Soda You Might Not Have Known About

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Posted in Observations, May 31st, 2009


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Welcome to baking soda 101: uses for baking soda you may never have heard of. Read on and you’ll understand why I order baking soda 12 pounds at a time – because there are so many cool baking soda uses!

This all started because of this post: What Do You Get When You Mix 12 Pounds of Baking Soda with 2 Gallons of Vinegar?

Enquiring minds wanted to know why I needed to order baking soda in 12-pound packages. The answer is below, along with lots of other uses for baking soda.

While I will be posting various useful and nifty baking soda uses, I hope that you will add to the list!

To start with, and to answer everybody’s question – why do I need twelve pounds of baking soda…


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1. Goats need it in their diet. And they love it. Seriously, they eat it straight. It’s at once both adorable and disgusting.

2. For that same reason, baking soda is a great scouring powder for the cement patio where your goats hang out. It’s a non-toxic and goat-yummy alternative to Ajax or Comet.

3. Mix a little in with your shampoo once or twice a week to remove all of that waxy build-up.

4. Mix a little in with your toothpaste once or twice a week, or even daily, to boost the power of your toothpaste, and for kissing-sweet breath.

5. Use as a gentle exfolient on your face.

6. Use to dowse electrical or chemical fires.

7. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup to your laundry.

8. Use to wash produce.

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  1. i had my daughter make one caelld jumping raisins you get two plastic clear cups eight raisings on each cup then in one you put a can of sprite soda and on the other you add one tbs of baking soda and on the rest fill it up with vinigar so the idea is that the raisins will jump more with sprite but its cool to watch

    Comment by Soreliia — April 7, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

  2. I lie bang soda for aid reflux sine I don’t like pharmaceuticals. I believe something natural is better for you.

    Comment by Linda Singh — August 27, 2012 @ 7:32 am

  3. The image of people dowsing for chemical fires springs to mind.

    You can also use it for cooking, but that’s nowhere near as much fun.

    Comment by bunny — July 12, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

  4. The only one up there I didn’t know about was goat eating it! had no idea…
    I’d like to expand on #2
    because it’s great to use for scrubbing pots and pans (wet them, sprinkle it on and scrub with a cloth/sponge) as well as bathtubs. Also, I use it to maintain my drains once a month: 1) Put on some water to boit. 2) While you are waiting for the water to boil, pour some baking soda down the drain. 3)just as the water is about to boil, pour down a good amount of white vinegar and let it bubble for a minute. 4) pour the boiling water down the drain. I like to try this first, too, if the drain is clogged instead of draino or a plumber. It’s also great for kids’ party games: (Do this outside!!) give each child a cup with some vinegar in it and let them drop in food colouring to make whatever colour they want. Then get them to put the cups on the ground and go around and put a tsp to tbs of baking soda in each – they squeal and jump and love seeing their very own multi-coloured volcanos. (Of course, they were all 5 years old… 😉 )

    Comment by Jodie — May 31, 2009 @ 8:22 am

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