7.24.2013

USES OF BAKING SODA/POWDER

7.24.2013
Hi friends,
Want to share with you how you can make use of those left over baking ingredients in your kitchen...Remember that baking soda and powder you have in your cabinet and wondering how to get rid of it......
Let me first of all differentiate between baking soda and baking powder.

Baking Soda
Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate. When baking soda is combined with moisture and an acidic ingredient (e.g., yogurt, chocolate, buttermilk, honey), the resulting chemical reaction produces bubbles of carbon dioxide that expand under oven temperatures, causing baked goods to rise. The reaction begins immediately upon mixing the ingredients, so you need to bake recipes which call for baking soda immediately, or else they will fall flat.

Baking Powder
Baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate, but it includes the acidifying agent already (cream of tartar), and also a drying agent (usually starch). Baking powder is available as single-acting baking powder and as double-acting baking powder. Single-acting powders are activated by moisture, so you must bake recipes which include this product immediately after mixing. Double-acting powders react in two phases and can stand for a while before baking. With double-acting powder, some gas is released at room temperature when the powder is added to dough, but the majority of the gas is released after the temperature of the dough increases in the oven. 

Baking soda was one of the few products many years ago on the market for cleaning your teeth or settling an upset stomach. While we have many more choices today, baking soda still does the trick for these and dozens of other health and beauty tasks. Try it for shaving and shampooing, for minor burns and cuts, or for relaxation in the bath. In this article, you will see that baking soda can be a key ingredient in your health and beauty routine. Let's start at the top with your hair.

Squeaky clean hair: Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your usual shampoo bottle to help remove buildup from conditioners, mousses, and sprays, and to improve manageability.



In emergencies, use baking soda as a dry shampoo on oily hair. Sprinkle on your hair and comb through, then fluff with a blow dryer.

Chlorine remover: Rinse hair with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 1 pint water to remove the dullness or discoloration caused by chlorinated pools.

Combs and brushes: Hair spray and oil buildup on combs and brushes can be removed by soaking them in a sink of warm water and adding 3 tablespoons baking soda and 3 tablespoons bleach.

Hands: Remove fish, onion, or garlic odor from hands with a solution of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water or liquid soap. Rub mixture in your hands, and rinse off.

Elbows: Rub a baking-soda paste onto your elbows to smooth away rough skin.

Feet: Soak tired feet in a basin of warm water with 3 tablespoons baking soda.

Add 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart warm water, and soak feet for 10 minutes to relieve foot itch.

Smooth rough and hardened calluses and heels by massaging them with a paste of 3 parts baking soda per 1 part water.

Soothe minor mishaps: For sunburn pain, saturate a washcloth with a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart water. Apply to affected area.

Ease windburn or poison ivy irritation with a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Do not use on broken skin.

Relaxing baths: Baking soda added to the bathwater has a softening effect on the skin. Add 1/2 cup to a full bath.

Make bubbling bath salts with 21/2 cups baking soda, 2 cups cream of tartar, and 1/2 cup cornstarch. Mix them together, and store in a covered container. Use 1/4 cup per bath.

Relieve itchy wintery skin in a bath with 1 cup baking soda and 11/4 cups baby oil in the water.

Sponge bath: Freshen up with a washcloth dipped in a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart water.

Deodorant: Apply cornstarch to your underarms with a powder puff first, then apply the baking soda.

Nail care: Clean fingernails and toenails by scrubbing them with a nailbrush dipped in baking soda. This also softens cuticles.

BAKING POWDER
 Use baking powder as a deodorizer for rugs and fabrics
Do not worry if any of your carpets smell odd and stale. Vacuum clean the carpet. Sprinkle baking powder on it. Let it sit overnight. Then vacuum clean the carpet again. Your carpet will become odorless. This is an excellent use of baking powder to remove the smell of pets' wastes and other spills from the carpets. The baking powder is safe to use on all the fabrics. The car seat covers and caret can be deodorized in the same way.
The baking powder can also be used to deodorize clothes. Sprinkle baking powder on the cloth to be deodorized. Leave for a couple of hours. Then take the cloth outside and shake it vigorously to get rid of all the baking powder. Afterwards toss the cloth in the washer immediately.
Use baking powder as a cleaner for steel and ceramics
This is one of the most common uses of the baking powder. The baking powder has tremendous cleaning powers. It can be used to clean various surfaces. However, the best places to clean and shine with the baking powder are the stainless steel sink and the ceramic tiles and fixtures.
To make the cleaner, make a paste of water and baking powder. Let it sit on the dirty surfaces for at least fifteen minutes. Scrub with a sponge. Rinse with clean water. Repeat if the place is too dirty. If you need to use a very powerful cleaner, use vinegar instead of water to make the paste.
Use baking powder as an odor absorber for refrigerators
It is common for the refrigerators to develop strange odors over time. This should not be an issue if you have baking powder at home. Yes, this is another unexpected use of the baking powder. Throw away the stale and expired items from the refrigerator. Now put baking powder in a small container and keep it in your refrigerator uncovered. It will absorb all the smells. Do not forget to replace the baking powder after every 15 days.
Use baking powder as a clarifier for scalp and hair
It might be surprising for you but the baking powder can be used to have shiny hair that is full of life. The hair and scalp develop product build-up over time, which can be a reason of dull and lifeless hair. It can be helped by using a clarifying shampoo once in a week. However, a cheaper alternative is to use the baking powder on the hair and scalp. Make a loose paste of the baking powder in water and apply it on wet scalp and hair. Rinse with water after a minute or two. Shampoo as usual. This will remove the product buildup from the scalp and the hair. The process can be repeated once every month.



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7 comments:

  1. Wow! The only one i know is using baking soda mixed with lime to whiten teeth

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    1. Thanks to God for giving us Dominion over everything on earth.now we can use them for our benefits.
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  2. Wow....very informational post!! Thanks for sharing dear. :-)

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  4. Never knew about the other uses of baking soda,only know its used for whitening the teeth.Great piece of information.

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  5. Great tips! I will definitely use the baking soda for clorine removal one. I love swimming in the summer, and with hair color in my hair clorine will do major damage! Thanks for the blog visit, I will definitely follow your blog from now on. Hope you will follow me back as well.

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    Tania
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  6. Great post! Thank you for sharing!

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