Baking soda is one of the most versatile home remedies in your pantry. Here’s how to use baking soda to clean your home, improve your health, and more.
Baking soda uses: Make fluffier omelets
These baking soda uses are about to make your life much easier. For restaurant-quality “puffiness,” add a scant one-quarter teaspoon of baking soda to every three eggs you beat. The omelet will be light and fluffy. You can also use this trick to make big fluffy curds when scrambling eggs. Don’t add too much or your eggs will taste bland, and be careful not to oversalt since the soda adds a slightly salty taste. If you like these baking soda uses, you’ll also want to check out 95 ways you can use vinegar around your house.
Baking soda uses: Soften beans
Afraid those dry beans have been on the shelf too long? Help soften them by adding a pinch of baking soda to the soaking water.
Baking soda uses: Get rid of fishy odors
Been chopping something pungent? The smell of garlic or fish can linger on your fingers long after the food is gone. To avoid that, scrub your wet hands with baking soda (as if it were soap), then rinse in warm water. Your hands will smell sweet (and feel softer too). Here are other simple deodorizers to try in your home.
Baking soda uses: Make a rainy day activity for kids
Avoid hearing another whiny, “I’m boooored.” Boil 2 cups of baking soda with one cup cornstarch and 1¼ cups water until thickened. Remove from the heat and cool. It makes a fun, pliable modeling clay that’s good for a day. And here’s more extraordinary uses for household objects you already own.
Baking soda uses: Deep-clean a funky-smelling dishwasher
Sort out the stink with a baking soda wash. Put 1 cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and run it on a rinse cycle. If the smell persists, sprinkle a few tablespoons on the bottom of the washer to sit there between loads. There’s no need to rinse it out before running the next load.
Baking soda uses: Salvage a burned pot
By the time you’ve thought, “What’s that smell?” and then remembered you left the stove on, it’s often too late. The bottom of the pot is a blackened mess. You can save it, though. Scrape out as much food as you can and then fill the pan a quarter full of water. Pour in a half cup of baking soda and bring the water to a boil. Turn it off and let it sit overnight. In the morning, you can clean off the black stuff with ease. If that doesn’t work, try one of these other easy ways to clean pots and pans.
Baking soda uses: Make tomatoes taste sweeter
If last year’s garden tomatoes tasted dull, take action this year to ensure your garden harvest is as good as it can be. Sprinkle baking soda lightly on the soil around the base of your tomato plants; the resulting bounty will taste sweeter. Add that to your list of secret ingredients that can make your recipes better.
Baking soda uses: Save a mildewed book
Found mildew around the edge of a childhood classic you adored? If it’s a mild case, sprinkle baking soda lightly between the pages, then put the book in a paper bag and dust the outside with more baking soda. Let it sit for several days, then remove, shake out, and dust off the baking soda, and let the book get a shot of bright sunlight. It doesn’t remove mildew marks, but if you store it in a dry place, no more mildew will grow.
Baking soda uses: Take the sting out of sunburn
Pour a cup of baking soda into a lukewarm bath, then soak and relax. It will help lessen the pain more quickly. You can also use baking soda to cure this common skin ailment.
Baking soda uses: Control cradle cap
The flaky scalp on infants known as cradle cap is harmless and will usually go away on its own, but most parents can’t stand to look at it. Make a paste in your palm of a couple of tablespoons baking soda and a teaspoon of water. Rub gently on the affected area, being careful not to get near the eyes, then wipe off with a damp washcloth, using no soap or baby shampoo. Repeat for two to three days until the flakiness lessens. (If the baby’s head is very red after this treatment, try rubbing in baby oil instead; the soda could be too abrasive).