Baking soda is likely to be found in every home. Most often, housewives add it to the dough - as a baking powder. But the fact that the beneficial properties of soda can be useful in everyday life, and in home cosmetology, and even in folk medicine, many probably do not even know.
In cooking, soda is used most often, and it's not just about baking. Soda is successfully used for making various drinks, meat, vegetables and so on. Here are just a few examples:
Soda will soften tough meat
To make tough meat softer and cook faster, rub it with baking soda and put it in the refrigerator for several hours. Immediately before cooking, the meat is thoroughly washed under running water and cooked in accordance with the recipe.
If there is no time for such manipulations, add literally a few pinches of baking soda while cooking meat.
To make the cutlets softer and softer, a little soda is also added to the minced meat (for 1 kg of minced meat - at the tip of a knife).
Soda will make the omelet lush
A lush omelet is a sign of the hostess's high culinary skills.
To make the omelet not only tasty, but also high, airy, soda is also added to it - a pinch of 3 eggs.
Soda for making sauces
Plain soda will help make the taste of the sauce even more expressive, rich and delicate.
To do this, add a pinch of soda to a 200 ml saucepan of sauce.
Soda when making jam
In jam (jam, pie filling) made from sour berries and fruits, you have to add a lot of sugar.
To neutralize the sour taste, thereby reducing the amount of added sugar, put a little soda in the jam - a quarter teaspoon per 1 kg of berries or fruits.
Soda will speed up the cooking time of legumes
Cooking legumes is a long process. But it can be significantly reduced.
Put a saucepan with legumes on the fire - add a few pinches of soda to the water. Beans (beans, soybeans, peas) will cook much faster.
Soda for cooking porridge
For lovers of cereals, a note.
To prevent the porridge from sticking to the pot, add a little baking soda to the water.
Soda will prevent sour milk
It is no secret that milk turns sour quite quickly during the hot season. To prevent this (and even keep the milk fresh for several days without a refrigerator), it is enough to add a little soda to it while boiling (0.5 teaspoon per 2 liters of milk).
Milk will retain its freshness for a long time, and the taste of soda will not be felt in it.
Soda will enhance the aroma
One of the important advantages of any drink is its unique aroma.
Add a pinch of baking soda to your cup of tea or coffee to make your tea or coffee even more aromatic and taste rich and mellow.
Soda will preserve vitamins
To preserve the beneficial properties of vegetables, minimal heat treatment is very important.
To make the cabbage cook faster, and keep as many vitamins as possible in it, throw a little soda into the water (0.5 teaspoon per 3 liters of water).
Soda will retain color
It's nice when cooked vegetables look delicious.
The baking soda will help preserve the rich color of the spinach and broccoli. To do this, while cooking vegetables, you need to add 1 teaspoon of soda to 2 liters of water to the water.
Soda against pesticides
To remove pesticides from the skins of fruits and vegetables, put the fruits in a soda solution for 5-10 minutes (for 1 liter of water - 1 teaspoon of baking soda).
Then rinse thoroughly with running water. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to completely rid the fruit of pesticides in this way.
Given the abundance of detergents and cleaning products presented in stores, there seems to be no special sense in making them with your own hands. But do not ignore the fact that you will be 100% sure of the safety of your own handcrafted products. It won't take much time, because any of them can be done in just a few minutes.
Baking soda will help you wash the dishes efficiently.To do this, you can use it in its pure form - just like a powder, but this is not always convenient.
Therefore, we offer you several options for liquid detergents with soda.
With soap, mustard and ammonia
It degreases well, is easy to wash off, economical to use.
For the manufacture of required:
- baking soda -1.5 tbsp spoons;
- mustard powder - 1.5 tbsp. spoons;
- hot water - 500 ml;
- laundry soap - 25 gr;
- 10% ammonia solution (ammonia) - 2 tbsp. spoons;
- any essential oil - 3 drops.
- Laundry soap is rubbed on the finest grater, combined with hot water and stirred until it dissolves completely.
- The solution is allowed to cool slightly, and mustard powder and soda are added to it. Mix well again.
- The resulting mixture is poured into any container that can be hermetically closed, and which will be convenient for you to constantly use.
- Add ammonia solution (this must be done in a well-ventilated area), a few drops of any essential oil.
- Close the container with a lid, shake well and leave for 4-5 hours.
- After the specified time, the gel-paste is ready.
- Use in the same way as regular dishwashing gel.
Perfectly removes grease and disinfects. Easily rinses off the surface of dishes.
For manufacturing you will need:
- baking soda - 1 tsp;
- hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) - 1 tsp;
- hot water - 150 ml.
- Soda is poured into water and stirred well until completely dissolved.
- Once the baking soda has dissolved, add hydrogen peroxide and mix again.
- The finished mixture is poured into a bottle with a dispenser and used as a regular dishwashing detergent.
On the basis of soda, you can make a universal detergent.
For manufacturing you will need:
- laundry (or any other) soap - 100 gr;
- hot water - 100 ml;
- baking soda - 3 tbsp spoons;
- favorite aromatic oil - a few drops.
- Rub the soap on a fine grater and, after mixing it with hot water, beat with a mixer until foam forms.
- Then the soapy solution is allowed to cool slightly.
- Then soda is added to it, if desired - essential oil, and again beat everything well (2-3 minutes).
- The resulting universal detergent can be used both for washing dishes and for cleaning the stove, oven, tiles and even plumbing fixtures.
For tiles, sinks and bathtubs
You don't have to buy expensive cleaning products to tidy up the bathroom.
Just put a little baking soda on a sponge and use it just like any other detergent: thoroughly wipe the dirty surface (tile, sink, bathtub), and rinse off the rest with water.
To remove soap deposits
You can remove soap deposits on the shower or bath curtain as follows:
- moisten contaminated areas;
- pour a little soda on a sponge (napkin, brush);
- rub thoroughly the places where there is plaque;
- rinse the curtain with running water.
For cleaning carpets
With the help of soda, you can qualitatively clean a dirty carpet or carpet.
To do this, add a few drops of any essential oil to the soda (5-10 drops per 200 g of powder), mix everything well and scatter it in a thin layer over the carpet. Leave it for 10-12 hours. Then the carpet is thoroughly cleaned with a stiff brush, after which it is thoroughly vacuumed. This way you will not only clean the carpet with high quality, but also rid it of unwanted odors.
For cleaning floors
A soda solution (100 grams of baking soda per 10 liters of water) will help you quickly (and effortlessly) clean the dirty floor.
For cleaning combs and hair combs
You can clean the comb from accumulated fat, skin particles and dust in the following way: soak it in warm soda solution for several hours, then rinse thoroughly under running water and dry. Solution preparation: 1 teaspoon of baking soda per 200 ml of water.
For cleaning drain pipes
The baking soda will help clean the drain pipes, of course only if they are not heavily clogged.
For this, 5 tbsp are poured into the drain. spoons of soda. About 100 ml of vinegar is poured there, and left for an hour. After the specified time, rinse the pipe with plenty of hot water.
To remove plaque
When using a teapot, you've probably noticed plaque that builds up on the inside over time.
A soda solution will help remove it. Dissolve 2 tbsp in 500 ml of hot water. tablespoons of soda. Pour the prepared solution into a teapot, leave for 3-5 hours, then wash thoroughly - there will be no trace of plaque.
For cleaning pots
Is food burnt in a saucepan, saucepan or pan? No problem!
Pour a soda solution into a bowl (5 tablespoons of baking soda per 1 liter of water), boil for 10-15 minutes. Without draining, set the saucepan aside for 10-12 hours. Then wash - the remnants of burnt food will easily come off. If it did not work to wash it clean, repeat the procedure again.
For cleaning silver
To clean the darkened silver, rub it well with soda gruel, leave for an hour or two, then rinse with running water and wipe dry.
To prepare the gruel, simply mix the baking soda with a little water.
You can replace a purchased dishwasher detergent with a self-made powder: mixing baking soda and pharmacy borax in equal proportions.
For your dishwasher to function effectively, it needs regular maintenance. You can clean (and at the same time deodorize) it with ordinary soda and vinegar. Place a glass of vinegar in the car overnight (on the top shelf), and sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on the bottom of the shelf. In the morning, turn on for a full cycle. The dishwasher will become clean, and unpleasant odors (if any) will disappear without a trace.
For washing linen
During washing, add a little baking soda to the water (100 g per 5 kg of laundry), it will help get rid of not only stubborn stains, but also of foreign odors. Plus, the baking soda will strengthen the detergent and soften the fabric.
If you need to purposefully eliminate a persistent unpleasant odor, soak the laundry in a soda solution (150 g per 4 liters of water) for 8-12 hours, then wash.
Soda - stain remover
To remove stains from wine (juice, jam, herbs, etc.), mix equal proportions of baking soda and lemon juice - until you get a thick, mushy mass. Apply the gruel to the stain and leave it on for 30 minutes. After the specified time, wash the product.
Soda - odor neutralizer
In a refrigerator
You can quickly and easily wash the refrigerator thoroughly, and at the same time eliminate extraneous odors in it. It is not necessary to use special detergents, an ordinary soda solution will do - 2 tbsp. spoons for 1 liter of water.
To prevent unpleasant odors from appearing in the refrigerator at all, leave in an open container with 2-3 tbsp. spoons of baking soda, which will perfectly absorb them. It is necessary to change the soda about once every two weeks.
In the trash can
To rid the bin of unwanted "odor" - wash it with a soda solution prepared from 1 liter of water and 2 tbsp. spoons of soda. After that, pour a little soda on the bottom of the bucket - it neutralizes all unpleasant odors.
In the closet
You can refresh the smell in the closet in the following way: put in it a box with several tablespoons of baking soda, pre-mixed with your favorite essential oil (5-10 drops per 100 g of baking soda).
Advice: If you add a few drops of lavender oil to the soda, there will be a double benefit: you will get rid of unwanted odors in the closet and scare away moths that simply cannot stand the lavender scent.
In the toilet
You can neutralize an unpleasant smell in the toilet by placing a small open container filled with soda in the bathroom. It is necessary to change the powder once a week.
The baking soda will help deodorize the cutting board. To do this, moisten the board with water, sprinkle with baking soda and leave it there for 8-10 minutes.Then wash thoroughly under running water.
Are you going to do conservation? Then use baking soda - with its help you will not only wash the container clean, but also disinfect it. Undoubtedly, such processing will not replace thermal, but for jars for jam, jam, jam - it is quite suitable.
Cages, litter boxes, pet toys
For washing and disinfecting terrariums, cages, litter boxes (feeders, toys, etc.) of pets, a soda solution is perfect: for 1 liter of water - 5 tbsp. spoons of soda. Thoroughly wash the cage (tray, toy), then rinse with water to rinse off the remaining soda solution.
Pet Grooming Soda
Soda will help tidy up the wool pets, and it is not necessary to bathe them at the same time. Prepare a soda solution from 500 ml of water and 2 teaspoons of soda, pour it into a spray bottle, sprinkle it on the animal (avoiding getting the product in the ears and mucous membranes), and comb thoroughly. After this procedure, your pet's coat will become cleaner and get rid of unwanted odors.
If your pet has an embarrassment (or simply in this way he decided to show who is in charge), soda will help get rid of the consequences. First, use an absorbent cloth to remove the puddle, then sprinkle baking soda on the spot. After 2-3 minutes, gently sweep the baking soda with a brush. This will clean and disinfect the flooring at the same time.
If a similar embarrassment happened not with a kitten or a puppy, but with an adult cat (for example, during the love-carrot period:), getting rid of the smell of urine will be somewhat more difficult, but also possible.
- remove the puddle;
- in the place where it was, pour a solution of vinegar and water (1: 3). Wait until everything is dry;
- then pour a thin layer of soda, on top of which spray a solution prepared from 50 ml of water, 50 ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1/3 teaspoon of liquid soap, and leave for 5-7 hours;
- after the specified time, vacuum.
You can also use baking soda to rid the house of an invasion of ants.
To do this, mix soda and salt in a 1: 1 ratio and sprinkle in the place where the ants are bred.
Soda - "fire extinguisher"
If fat ignites on the stove, baking soda will help to quickly extinguish it. Just sprinkle it over the burning fat spot. In this case, soda will act as a dry powder fire extinguisher.
Of course, extinguishing a fire in this way (even a small one) is not the best option, but the method is simple and effective, and soda is probably at hand in the kitchen of every housewife.
Soda - air freshener
It is not at all necessary to use commercial air fresheners for the smell in the house to be pleasant.
They can be quickly made with your own hands, from the simplest means.
Soda is a scent bomb
On the basis of soda, you can make aromatic bombs for the toilet, which (due to their alkaline components) will prevent the formation of plaque on the toilet.
In addition, they perfectly aromatize water, due to which a subtle pleasant aroma will constantly emanate from the toilet bowl.
For manufacturing you will need:
baking soda - 250 gr
- citric acid - 100 g;
- lemon essential oil - 30 drops;
- mint essential oil - 30 drops;
lavender essential oil - 30 drops
Soda is mixed with citric acid
- Essential oils are added to the mixture and everything is mixed well.
- Add a small amount of water (1-2 tablespoons). As a result, you should get a mass that resembles wet sand in consistency.
- The resulting mixture is carefully laid out in molds (ice molds are ideal) and left to dry for 5-6 hours.
- After the specified time, the bombs are removed from the molds, they are allowed to dry a little more, and are used for their intended purpose.
- It is better to store bombs in a plastic bag or in a tightly closed plastic (glass) tray.
Soda in the garden
Soda is so versatile that it can be successfully used to care for plants.
Against gray mold
Baking soda can help protect grapes from gray rot while increasing the sugar content of berries.
To do this, 80 grams of soda is diluted in 10 liters of water, and the vine is sprayed with the resulting solution. The same solution can be used to treat fruit trees against leaf-eating caterpillars.
Fertilizer for plants
Soda solution can be successfully used as plant fertilizer.
To prepare a nutrient in 1 liter of settled water, it is necessary to dissolve 1 teaspoon of soda. Plants such as clematis and larkspur can be watered with a soda solution.
For the health of the garden
To prevent the appearance powdery mildew on cucumbers, spray them with a soda solution (1 teaspoon per 1 liter of water). A solution of 10 liters of water and 1 tbsp. tablespoons of soda can be poured over cucumbers to prevent premature yellowing of leaves.
In the fight against powdery mildew soda is one of the most effective remedies. For processing currants and gooseberries, use a solution: 5 liters of water, 1 tbsp. tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 tbsp. tablespoons of soda, 1 teaspoon of liquid soap and 1 aspirin tablet.
For cut flowers
The baking soda will help keep the cut flowers fresh.
To keep the bouquet in the vase for as long as possible, add soda to the water: 1.5 l - 1 tsp.
Getting rid of weeds, which often grow between paving slabs and in cracks in the asphalt pavement, is easy enough.
Just sprinkle generously with baking soda where the weeds have grown.
Soda in home cosmetology
The truly miraculous properties of soda are successfully used in home cosmetology. On its basis, various scrubs, masks and even deep cleansing shampoo are prepared.
From black dots
Regular baking soda will help you get rid of the hated blackheads on your face.
To do this, dilute 1 teaspoon of soda with water - until the consistency of thick sour cream is obtained. The finished mass is applied to problem areas of the face for 10 minutes - the area of the nose, chin, forehead. After the specified time, the face is washed with warm water.
Soda instead of a scrub
Soda can be used as a scrub - it can gently and efficiently cleanse the skin. There are many options for making a scrub with soda, here are a few of them:
A teaspoon of honey is mixed with 0.5 teaspoon of soda. The resulting mass is applied to a cleansed face, gently massaged the skin for 5 minutes, after which the scrub is washed off with cool water.
With sour cream:
A teaspoon of sour cream is mixed with 0.5 teaspoon of soda until a homogeneous mass is obtained. The mixture is applied to problem areas of the skin. Massage in circular motions for 3-5 minutes and wash off with warm water.
Advice: Use this facial cleansing method no more than once a week.
Masks with baking soda will help to deeply cleanse the skin of the face, make it fresher and silky.
With honey and cream - removes dead cells, unclogs pores, and moisturizes and nourishes the skin. For preparation, mix in one container: 1 teaspoon of cream, 1 teaspoon of honey and soda - on the tip of a knife. The finished mask is applied to the face for 10 minutes, after which it is washed off with warm water.
With oat flour - has an exfoliating, cleansing effect, softens the skin. To prepare the mask, 100 g of oat flour (grind the flakes on a coffee grinder) is mixed with 1 teaspoon of soda and diluted with water - until a thick gruel is obtained. The ready-made mixture is applied to previously cleansed skin for 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Advice: Soda masks and scrubs should be used with caution if:
- you have dry or sensitive skin;
- there is a tendency to dermatitis;
- there are inflammatory processes of the skin.
Deep cleansing shampoo
You can make an excellent deep cleansing shampoo with your own hands.
Just mix baking soda with any shampoo (1: 4) and wash your hair with this mixture.
To improve skin firmness
Do you want your skin to be firmer, firmer and more velvety?
A bath with the addition of 300 grams of sea salt, 200 grams of baking soda and a few drops of any (orange, rosemary, lemon, etc.) essential oil will help you with this. It takes about 20 minutes to take soda baths.
To relieve leg fatigue
A soda bath (1.5 teaspoons of baking soda per 5 liters of water) will help relieve leg fatigue.
And to make the procedure even more enjoyable, add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to the water.
You don't have to buy bath bombs - you can also make them yourself.
There are many recipes for making them - there are plenty to choose from: with oat flour and milk, olive and almond oil, maize flour and jojoba oil, corn starch and brown. You can add flower petals, dyes and various essential oils - so they will not only look beautiful, but also smell good. We suggest making bombs with a pine scent according to the following recipe:
For manufacturing you will need:
soda - 8 tbsp. spoons
- olive oil - 5 tbsp spoons;
- citric acid - 4 tbsp. spoons;
- sea salt - 2 tbsp spoons;
pine essential oil - 5-6 drops
- Soda and citric acid are mixed in a deep bowl.
- Sea salt is crushed using a blender or coffee grinder and combined with a mixture of soda and citric acid.
- Add 4 tbsp to the mixture. tablespoons of olive oil, pine essential oil and mix everything thoroughly. As a result, you should get a mass that looks like a tight crumbly dough.
- The remaining olive oil is lubricated with molds, into which the mixture is laid out, trying to tamp it very tightly. From this amount of ingredients, you should get about 10 bombs.
- The bombs are left in molds for several hours to dry out.
- Then they are taken out of the molds and left in a warm, dry room until completely dry.
- Finished products are stored tightly packed in polyethylene.
In folk medicine
Soda is also widely used in folk medicine.
It is better to get rid of heartburn with medication - there are a lot of drugs for this. But if the necessary medicine is not at hand, a solution of ordinary baking soda will help neutralize the increased acidity of the stomach. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water, stir until completely dissolved, and drink.
Naturally, you should not abuse this method of getting rid of heartburn; it can be used only in rare cases.
For toothache and sore throat
If you have a toothache or throat ache, use a 150 ml soda rinse. warm water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda - soon the pain will subside.
Burned by steam, iron, hot oil or boiling water? Immediately apply a thick layer (about 1 cm) of thick soda gruel to the burn site (just mix the baking soda with a little water). Wait for the baking soda to dry before shaking it off.
Soda will also help with sunburn. If you are burnt in the sun - take a soda bath, for the preparation of which simply add 3 tbsp. tablespoons of soda. It will not only soften the water but also soothe irritated skin.
For insect bites
Bitten by mosquitoes or stung by a wasp? Make a baking soda solution to help soothe itching.
Stir 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 50 ml of water, soak a cotton pad in the solution and wipe the bite with it.
There are probably many more unusual uses for baking soda that are not covered in this article. Therefore, I will be very grateful if you complement me in the comments.