Baking soda releases carbon dioxide bubbles when it interacts with a liquid. In baking it acts as a leavening agent. However, as you can see from the list below, there are MANY other uses for the stuff.
Around The House
Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.
Put out small fires on rugs, upholstery, clothing, and wood.
Turn baking soda into modeling clay by combining it with water and cornstarch.
Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.
Restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a cup of baking soda.
Put it under sinks to repel cockroaches and ants.
Scatter baking soda around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from eating your veggies.
Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants.
Put an open container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb odors.
Sprinkle it on your ashtrays to reduce bad odor and prevent smoldering.
Sprinkle it on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foul odor.
After feeding your baby, wipe his shirt with a moist cloth sprinkled with baking soda to remove the odor.
Improve the smell of dishrags by soaking them in baking soda and water.
Suck it in with your vacuum cleaner to remove the odor.
Freshen the air by mixing baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts. Put the mixture in small sachet bags.
Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.
Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to deodorize their fur and skin.
Use it as an antacid.
Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.
Mix half a teaspoon with peroxide paste and use it as toothpaste.
Use it as a face and body scrub.
Add a cup to bathwater to soften your skin.
Relieve skin itch from insect bites and pain from sunburn.
Remove strong odors from your hands by rubbing them with baking soda and water.
Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.
Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritations.
Take a baking soda bath to relieve skin irritations.
Heartburn? Take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water.
Freshen your mouth by gargling half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed water.
Relieve canker sore pain by using it as mouthwash.
Use it to relieve bee stings.
Use it to relieve wind burns.
Apply it on jellyfish sting to draw out the venom.
Unblock stuffy nose by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.
Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.
Use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs.
Spray it on walls, mirrors, and counter tops.
Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.
Remove grease from pots and pans.
Dry clean carpets and upholstered furniture by sprinkling baking soda over the fabric and gently brushing it. Leave it for an hour or overnight, then vacuum.
Boost your laundry detergent’s cleaning power by sprinkling a handful on dirty clothes.
Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.
Remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls.
Clean your shoes with it.
Clean garbage cans with it.
Use it to wash diapers.
Clean the fridge with it.
Soak brushes and combs in a baking soda solution.
Mix it with water to wash food and drink containers.
Put three tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water, then use the mixture to wash marble-topped furniture.
Absorb it with a damp sponge, then clean Formica counter tops with the sponge.
Use it to get rid of stale odors from cooling containers and thermos bottles.
Run your coffee maker with a baking soda solution, then rinse.
Combine with hot water to clean baby bottles.
Sprinkle it on barbecue grills, then rinse it off.
Scatter it on your greasy garage floor, scrub the floor, and rinse.
Remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a baking soda solution for 10 minutes before washing.
Clean your ashtrays with a baking soda solution.
Keep your drains clean by putting four tablespoons of baking soda in them each week. Flush it down with hot water.
Clean your shower curtains by soaking them in baking soda and water.
Put it on a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.
Remove melted plastic bread wrapper from a toaster. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp rag, then use the rag to clean the toaster.
Use it to clean your retainers and dentures.
Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, and used it to scrub enameled cast iron and stainless steel.
Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water, and use it to clean the inside part of an oven.
Use it to unclog gas stoves.
Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.
Wash fruits and vegetables with it.
When boiling a chicken, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water to make the flesh clean and white.
Soak dried beans to a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.
Remove the distinctive taste of wild game by soaking it in a baking soda solution.
Make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.
Remove the fishy smell from your fillets by soaking the raw fish in a baking soda solution for an hour inside the fridge.
Make fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs used.
Reduce the acid content of your tomato-based recipes by sprinkling them with a pinch of baking soda.