Surprising Benefits and Uses of Baking Soda

Baking soda is not only a baking ingredient, chances are you are underestimating the full potential of baking soda in a home.  Instead of letting your box of baking soda, lie around, why not make use of its astonishingly versatile product on a more regular basis? Here are the surprising benefits and uses of baking soda.

What is Baking Soda?

Baking soda forms when oxygen, hydrogen, carbon and sodium molecules are mixed. The resulting product is a form of salt, which packs a powerful punch in many products.

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what are the surprising benefits and Uses of baking powder?

Baking powder is a dry chemical leavening agent primarily used to increase the volume and lighten the texture of baked goods. However, it has several surprising uses beyond baking. Some of these uses include:


Baking powder can be mixed with water to make a paste and used to scrub away stains on sinks, countertops, and stovetops.

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Baking powder can be used to absorb odours in the refrigerator or other spaces

Natural Deodorant

Some people use baking powder as a natural deodorant, as it can help absorb odours

Detergent Booster

Baking powder can be added to laundry detergent to help remove stains and brighten clothes


Baking powder can be used to remove grease from surfaces, such as stovetops and countertops


Baking powder can be used to keep ants away from your home by creating a barrier around the areas where ants are frequently spotted

Gas Blocker

Baking powder can be used as a gas blocker, helping to reduce bloating and gas after consuming certain foods

Drain Opener

Baking powder can be used to unclog drains and pipes by creating a fizzing reaction that helps to dislodge debris

Fruits and Vegetables Wash

Baking powder can be used to help remove pesticides and other chemicals from fruits and vegetables. Soak them in water with a teaspoon of baking powder for 10-15 minutes before rinsing them off

Playdough Ingredient

Baking powder can be used as an ingredient in homemade playdough recipes, helping the playdough to rise and become soft and pliable

Clean burnt pots and pans

Sprinkle baking powder on burnt pots and pans, then add water and bring to a boil. The baking powder will help to loosen the burnt food.

Exfoliate your skin

Make a paste with baking powder and water to gently exfoliate your skin. This is especially helpful for dry, rough skin. you can use 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water. Apply to the face and gently rub in circles with your fingers (stay away from the eyes). Rinse, and pat dry with a clean cloth.

Treat bug bites and stings

Make a paste with baking powder and water to apply to bug bites and stings. This will help to reduce itching and swelling

Whiten teeth

Brush your teeth with baking powder and water once a week. This will help to remove surface stains and brighten your smile.

Freshen shoes 

Sprinkle the baking powder on your shoes to absorb odour. Leave it overnight, then shake it out in the morning. To minimize shoe odours, after each wearing, put a sachet of baking soda inside each of the shoes to absorb the odours until you’re ready to wear them again.

Tenderize meat 

Marinate meat in a solution of baking powder and water for 30 minutes to tenderize it.

Neutralize feet Odours

Baking soda acts as a gentle exfoliant and is one of the natural tricks for restoring soft skin. A foot bath will help restore soft, smooth skin, especially for dry feet, corns and rough calluses. Excessive perspiration, fungi and bacteria are the main causes of unpleasant odours. As a natural antibacterial, antifungal and deodorizing agent, bicarbonate neutralizes these unpleasant odours

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