Why Baking Soda is Awesome

Two of the most constant themes in homesteading are resource conservation and improvisation.  Having items that can be used in a variety of ways will help make both of these possible.  One such item is baking soda.  Baking soda can be used in virtually every aspect of homesteading life.  It is cheap, natural, and safe.  With a nearly limitless amount of uses this will probably not be the last time we talk about baking soda, but for now here is just a short list of a few ways that it can help you save money and improve your quality of life while homesteading.


Personal Hygiene

The two most common ways to use baking soda for personal hygiene are for toothpaste and deodorant.  Baking soda can be used alone for toothpaste, but will be for effective if it is added to coconut oil, salt, and mint essential oil (yit is controversial whether or not you are supposed to ingest essential oils, but most commercial toothpaste has a poison control warning on it, while essential oils don’t, so just be careful not to swallow).  Baking soda can be applied by itself for use as deodorant.


While it’s always a good idea to have a fire extinguisher in the house, you don’t always want to use something that has a single use and costs $30 or more if you don’t have to.  If you have a small grease fire in the kitchen spraying it with a chemical fire extinguisher may be a bit of an overkill, and leave you will quite a mess.  If the situation isn’t severe enough to call for a fire extinguisher, then throw handfuls of baking soda on the fire.  When baking soda is heated it releases carbon dioxide, this helps to smother the fire.

Battery Maintenance

Baking soda can help fight battery corrosion since it is slightly alkaline.  Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water, disconnect your battery terminals, use a brush to scrub the corrosion off with the paste, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly after cleaning to help keep moisture off.


These are just a few of the many ways to use baking soda!

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