By Susan E Couch
We all know that Baking Soda has many uses but did you ever stop to think about how important it is to include Baking Soda in bulk in your stockpile. Whether you are stockpiling for a few months or for a few years to get you through an economic or physical disaster, Baking Soda will come in handy.
There are many lists you can come across on the internet for uses around the home for Baking Soda. These are all great lists and may be longer than mine. Most people however think it is just for use as a deodorizer to keep in their refrigerator so they buy the smallest box possible.
I’m talking about the use of it as it pertains to survival and why you want to have it on hand. As far as buying it in bulk for your emergency stockpile, you might not think it is important enough to include it so I will make a list of why you should include it.
Baking Soda is Sodium Bicarbonate, not to be confused with Washing Soda (Soda Ash) which is Sodium Carbonate which is more caustic and non edible.
List of Reasons to Stockpile Baking Soda
- It will put out fires, keep Ziploc bags of it in each room in case of fire. Especially, if you do not keep fire extinguishers on hand.
- It makes great home made toothpaste. (Recipe on site).
- You can make a home made deodarant/antiperspirant by mixing with cornstarch. (Recipe soon to come on site)
- You can wash your hair and get it clean by dissolving some of it in a cup of water and pouring on your head, then rinsing it out.
- You can use it as an antacid.
- You can scrub dishes, pots and pans with it to get them clean. Just rinse it out with water.
- It can be applied to insect bites, rashes and other skin irritations for relief.
- It can be used as a mouth wash when mixed with water.
- Since you may not be able to wash shoes, you can sprinkle some in them to reduce foul odors. If you have the water to waste, use it to scrub the shoes.
- Soaking dried beans in a solution of water and a teaspoon of baking soda will make them more digestible before you cook them.
- You can use it to clean, scrub, and deodorize just about anything. You can mix it with white vinegar for an even greater cleaning agent.
- Mixed with a few other ingredients, it makes a great laundry detergent. (Recipe on site).
- Removes cooked on foods by soaking in a solution of water and baking soda for 15 minutes or so.
- Use it to clean dentures and retainers.
- If you have electricity, you can make a dishwashing detergent with it (Recipe on site).
- You can make a sports drink to restore hydration. A simple electrolyte drink can be made at home by using the correct proportions of salt, sugar, salt substitute for potassium, baking soda, and water. (Recipe on site)
- You can make a solution by mixing ¼ cup water, ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp baking soda as a nasal and sinus rinse. Great if someone has a cold or sinus infection and no medicine is on hand. Just lay head back and pour down into the nostrils. It might make you feel like you are drowning, but no worries, you wont. Leave head back for a few minutes, then let drain out onto towel. Even after a few applications, you will feel much better.
- If you have a baby and are having to resort to cloth diapers you can soak them in it.
- It can be used to relieve a tooth ache by mixing with salt and cooking oil. (The oil makes it stick to the teeth and gums.
- It can be used to make your own baking powder, stir and sift together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part cornstarch. Provided you have the other ingredients on hand.
- Add to water to remove the “gamey” taste from wild game by soaking meat.
As you can see, there are many reasons to keep Baking Soda in bulk in your stockpile for times of emergency. I cannot stress this enough as how important Baking Soda is when it comes to preparing for any disaster that may befall your family. Another good reason, and last on this list; It is inexpensive.