Over the past couple of years, I’ve become a big advocate of using baking soda. The stuff is pretty amazing. Here are my top five uses for it.
Although I’m still relatively young, I still came down with a shingles infection. It was one of the most painful, miserable rashes in memory, and I’ll be stuck with scarring for the better part of this coming year. It still tickles and itches once in a while, but it’s nothing serious.
Once I finally went to the doctor, he prescribed me antivirals to cut the time of the infection down. He suggested making a paste of baking soda and water to help dry out the blisters. Since I already had a huge bag of baking soda at home, I decided to give it a try.
It did help dry the blisters out, but surprisingly, it also took some of the pain away. As the water evaporated, it cooled the skin and helped get rid of inflammation. Even the terrible nerve pain eased up a bit.
If you’re ever unfortunate enough to get this infection, try the baking soda/water mix. You’ll need to wash residue off, but the mess is worth the relief.
Cleaning Cooked or Dried On Food
I’m not all that great at the whole cleaning thing. I never was, but when I do clean, I like using nontoxic cleaners when I can.
When I have baked on food either on our gas stove or on cooking implements, I’ve discovered that scrubbing with a paste made up of baking soda and water works wonderfully. The stuff comes right up, and you don’t risk scratching the surface the same way you would with steel wool.
Mixing some baking soda with dish washing detergent (the stuff you use for washing dishes by hand) and a little lemon juice makes a great paste for cleaning the bathroom. The detergent cuts through the grease and soap scum that accumulates over time, lemon juice’s acidity and antimicrobial properties kill germs and baking soda is just abrasive enough to get stubborn dirt up.
Once you rinse the surface free of the paste, you can follow with a vinegar wash for more germ killing action. For a shower spray that you can use, check out this article.
Once a month or so, I like deodorizing our carpet. You can buy carpet powder, but just mixing some baking soda with essential oil does the trick, too.
I personally prefer using peppermint essential oil, but lavender, lemon and tea tree are great options, too. I believe I wrote my recipe in the link under Bathroom Cleaner.
There are some foods, like certain cheeses and boiled eggs, that can really stink up your fridge. When we have those particular foods in storage, I like to keep an open container of baking soda tucked into the fridge. It really does a good job of soaking up the smells until the food can be eaten.
Oddly enough, I haven’t used baking soda much for baking.
Maybe I should try that one day.