It cleans the bathtub, deodorizes your shoes…and a 2009 study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that baking soda can even improve kidney health. When chronic kidney disease patients took a daily tablet of baking soda, their kidney function improved to nearly normal. More research will be needed to validate the results of that study. But in the meantime, there are plenty of other good uses for baking soda.
#1: Soothe your skin.
A paste made from baking soda and water can be your skin’s best friend: Use it to soothe a sunburn or rash, or relieve the itch from a bug bite. Add half a cup into your bathwater to soften your skin.
#2: Save your soil.
A little baking soda goes a long way outdoors, says Christine Halvorson, author of Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda for Baking, Cleaning & Deodorizing (Publications International, 2001). She suggests adding some to your garden soil to balance out its acidity (a soil test kit, or a test by your local cooperative extension office, will tell you if the ground’s too acidic). You can also add some to the water of plants that don't like an acidic environment.
#3: Grow and preserve.
Sprinkle some baking soda around your tomato plants for a sweeter fruit, says Halvorson. Keep flowers alive longer by adding a pinch of salt and baking soda to the water in a vase. For drying flowers, Halvorson recommends covering them in baking soda. Store for four to six weeks then shake off the baking soda, for perfectly preserved flowers.
Published on: July 23, 2009
Updated on: December 11, 2012