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Posted by Blanche (New Iberia, La) on 01/29/2010
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I was straining an almost boiling liquid this morning and some spilled on my hand. I remembered reading the baking soda remedy on this site, and as I had some right on the counter, I ran my hand under cold water and patted it on thickly. It stayed on pretty well and I just left it and went on my business. The skin on my hands is pretty thin and I usually get an ugly blister. Then it breaks and the skin stays brown looking for weeks. Here it is tonight and there is no trace of burn at all. I am amazed. I would have never believed it.

Posted by Rhonda (Rockwood, Tn) on 10/08/2009
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I had read about this at Earth Clinic and finally thought to try it. It works so well! I burned my hand taking a pan out of the oven. I ran cold water over it and, without drying it off, sprinkled baking soda over the wet burn. The first two burns I tried this on the pain went away immediately and I never had to reapply. The third burn was more severe (grease popped out on my hand) and I had to reapply the baking soda several times.

Replied by Danni
Elko, Nevada
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I burnt my hand grabbing a hot cast iron pan, The potholder slipped, anyways I've had ice on it for about 5hrs and it would just hurt as soon as I took it off, so I googled to see how i could make it stop hurting so I could sleep and saw baking soda. I truthfully didnt think it would work but it has! yay so I recommend everyone to use this method

Posted by Latoya (Dallas, Texas) on 06/23/2009
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baking soda relief: My one year old burned her hand on an iron. Nothing could relieve her pain and she cried for an hour. I googled pain relief for burns and found your site. It was a lifesaver!!!! My daughter's crying subsided within five minutes and she immediately fell asleep. She is now still sleeping peacefully:)

Replied by Bret
Sweet Home, Oregon
I burned my hand just earlier today on a hot lawn mower engine (long story, don't ask) I've had my fingers ((RT. Middle and ring finger)) in ice water the better part of 3 hours. I can take the ring finger out for maybe half a minute before the pain flares back up. I have a bowl of baking soda paste in front of me, and while the relief is there, it doesn't last that long. Am I doing something wrong?
Replied by Lisa
Lafayette, La
Brett, it might be a little late, unless your fingers are still in ice water this morning, but I always have success with Vick's Vapor Rub on my burns, paper cuts, small abrasions that throb with the sound of your heartbeat (ouch! ). Try that. Good luck, hope your fingers are better and your lawn looks good.

Posted by Elaine (Chicago, Illinois) on 01/22/2009
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Baking Soda Paste stopped the pain in my severe burn.

Tonight I picked up a very very hot pot without a pot holder. I badly burnt half of the palm of my hand. It hurt really badly. I put ice on it and that did not help. I remembered seeing something on Earth Clinic about baking soda paste to stop the burn.My daughter made a paste using baking soda and water.There really is not a measurement here; just combine both ingredients until it is pasty. I applied the paste to thickly to the entire affected area. I used the person's advice above and covered it with a baggy and put a sock over it. I fell asleep on the sofa and woke six hours later; took it off...not one bit of pain or blistering. You would not even know there was a burn there!! I am amazed and thrilled!! I would love to know how that works!!

Thank you once again Earth Clinic for saving the day!!

Replied by Fireyv
Chicago, IL
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Baking Soda Paste cured burn. I was baking a cake for my women's small group at church. I had a bad fall on Friday, 3 days earlier & injured my left hand so my 12yr old son was trying to help me by taking the cake out of the oven while I rested. He burned his middle finger on the oven rack. It had already started to swell & turn red. I had heard something about putting a cut potato on burns...but that didn't work at all & he was complaining about the pain. So I googled burn remedies & this site came up. I scrolled down & red the reviews about the baking soda & water paste. I mix what seemed to be 3-4 table spoons of water to about an eighth of a cup of baking soda. I made it so that it was very thick. I saturated his entire finger with the paste, wrapped it in a piece of paper towel, then wrapped it in saran wrap.Within about 10-15 minutes, the pain was gone. Who knew? Thank you. Yv

Posted by Christine (Saint Paul, MN) on 11/25/2008
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I burnt 2 of my fingers with my flat iron. As I soaked them in cool water, I went online. I found this site & some remedies. I tried the baking soda & water. It feels much better now. Thanks.

Posted by Jenn (Chuluota, Florida, United States of America) on 10/18/2008
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First off, Id like to say I'm somewhat of a pyro, burns are nothing new to me. I usually just grit my teeth and bare it though. I burnt myself lighting a fire in my fireplace, it wasn't really bad, but I decided since I had the internet, I would try to find some type of home remedy. I used the baking soda paste and I was surprised at how well it worked. I applied it about 4 times, reapplying when the paste dried and the pain started to flare up again. After the 4th time I couldn't feel any pain at all. This is an amazing home remedy and I plan on using it if, no when, I ever get burned again.

Posted by Katie (Garland, TX) on 10/10/2008
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I was trying to make sugar wax for hair removal at home. I had poured the sugar in a bowl and was waiting for it to cool.. I got bored and decided to pick at the edges to see if it was setting right. The edges were hard. I picked more and caught my knuckle of my middle finger on the HOT, melted sugar. It hurt A LOT! Running cold water on it helped, but eventually, the pain and swelling got so bad, nothing was working. I went to the 24 hour drug store and the manager sprayed some burn pain relief on it. It worked but I kept having to spray it on, and eventually, it stopped working, too.

Out of desparation, I went with my first instinct I had when I burned myself and made a paste out of baking soda. The pain went away immediately. But it came back as the baking soda dried out. I had to go to bed so I could work the next day. So, I made more paste, caked it on my finger, covered my hand with a ziploc baggie and covered the baggie with a sock. Then, I took Excedrin PM and went to bed. When I woke up, the baking soda paste was still wet and my finger no longer hurt. There's a blister there, but no pain!

Replied by Sue
Perth, Western Australia
I burnt my thumb and first three fingers on the cooktop and applied a baking soda/bi-carb paste then wrapped them up. It took away the pain quite quickly and stopped blisters forming. The next morning the fingers were back to normal.

Posted by Robin (Walhalla, SC) on 07/11/2008
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I recently had a bad burn from a lawn mower. I put burn medicine on it, but it didn't put out the fire at all. I read a post on here about baking soda, and decided to try it. I made a thick paste out of baking soda and water and put it all over the burn. It was amazing! The fire went out of the burn IMMEDIATELY. I few days later, my son was stung by a wasp. I made the same paste and put it on his sting and it took the pain away for him. It worked on a four year old who was screaming in pain.

Replied by Lorik24
Walden, Ny Usa
My Mom always used a baking soda paste for bee stings.. Now I've discovered it for burns. I will not use another remedy.... there is no need when it works so amazingly well.

Posted by Chasity (Chattanooga, TN) on 06/23/2008
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I burned my finger with boiling water. I followed the baking soda paste suggestion here and after reapplying three times, the redness and pain were gone!

Replied by Dana
Ft Worth, Texas
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This isn't working for me. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but I've tried repeatedly to glop it on. Then I resorted to submerging my whole finger in a bowl of the baking/soda water paste mixture to no avail.

Posted by Mariana (Grannis, AR) on 09/28/2006
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I was baking a cherry pie and i burned my hand on the baking pan. About two hours later i couldn't stand the pain anymore and i looked this web site up and tried the baking soda paste. It worked!!!!! My pain was gone within 10 min. I would recomend this to anyone. It is great and it really works!

Posted by Reese (Huntersville, NC) on 07/19/2006
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i mixed up the baking soda and the water and put it on right away and the pain stopped. i had been utting ice on it for about an hour before, but the pain just came back over and over again.

Posted by Mae (Georgia)
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I love baking and, unfortunately, burns go with the territory. I have found making a paste of baking soda mixed with a little water is effective if applied immediately. The baking soda seems to draw out the heat and reduce (or eliminate, depending on the degree) the redness. This works great for me, because when you are baking you always have baking soda right at your finger tips!

Baking Soda, Black Tea Bag  

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Posted by Jasmine (Chicago, IL) on 05/25/2008
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I saw that many had mentioned that baking soda when mixed into a paste (using water) relieves and sometimes eliminates burns. This is true, however, in my own experimentation, I no longer retain burns if I have baking soda on hand.

Apply the paste thickly over the burned area. The thicker the better. I leave it on until it dries, then rinse it off with water and reapply. Continue doing this until you have no pain. This completely takes the pain and redness out of 1st and 2nd degree burns. You won't even know you were burned! The first time you apply it, it will relieve the pain, but it may return. I've never had to apply it more than 4 times but trust me, taking the time to do this remedy will save you blistering, pain, and irritation later on!

There is one other remedy for burns. I once burned my hand on a very hot light bulb. My skin turned white on one site of the burn, indicating a 3rd degree condition. I didn't have any feeling in the area, the skin was completely dead. The other parts were red and sore, indicating a 2nd degree burn. A day past and I had no relief. The burn started looking worse. I tried honey, it only made me sticky but the heat was still there.

I knew that tea was an astingent, so I took a normal lipton black tea bag and dunked it in hot water twice, then I allowed the bag to cool. I placed the wet bag over the burn and wrapped my hand to keep it in place. I fell asleep for 2 hours and when I woke up the burn no longer hurt and was beginning to heal! I changed bags and rewrapped it for a few hours. My skin turned temporarily a little orange/brown but the burn gave me no problems afterward, healed perfectly and didn't scar at all.

Replied by London
Sandusky , Ohio
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My mother burned her fingers and part of her hand really severely on the stove. I would say it was 3rd degree, it looked pretty bad. We did the egg white remedy, but mainly, what helped keep the pain levels tolerable was keeping a tea bag in there for a good 3 hours, (she took a nap) and we also alternated between the tea bags and baking soda paste mixed with egg whites. By the end of the day, the burn was almost gone. It was incredible, you could barely see it, and the pain was 100% gone! My mom is skeptical of these cures, but she was impressed!!


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Posted by Julia (OR) on 02/12/2006
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For BURNS: After getting a burn from irons, stoves, glue guns, etc. RUSH and pour regular bleach on it ASAP and let it sit on the affected area for a minute or two, then rinse. This will keep the area from blistering and cut the pain in half or eliminate it all together. If it's a small burn, it will kill all pain, if it's a larger burn, then it may be painful for the first few hours, but the pain will go away soon. I use this EVERY time I get a burn and it works wonders!

Replied by Shona
Baytown, TX
I burned my thumb pretty badly with a sparkler on the 4th. It is now the 7th and my thumb looked like one huge blister. It popped finally, releasing alot of fluid. It also hurt very badly and I thought it may becoming infected. I have only been using soap, water, and neosporin. I remembered back to when my kid brother caught his hand of fire by accidently putting a wind jacket on a candle. The wind jacket caught, he slapped it out, but ended up with melted plastic all in his hands. My mom had him soak his hands in a solution of bleach in water twice a day. He never got an infection, and it healed up just nicely. I tried this today. Filled a coffee cup up half with warm water and added 2 cup fulls of bleach. It turned my thumb white, burned for the first minute. Now I have it wrapped, clean, with neosporin. Bleach was always used by my mother's mother. For every thing, from cuts to burns, anything that needed a deep cleaning, bleach was used. I hope it works on this burn. Its the first time I have tried.
Replied by Philip
Dearing, GA
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Warning about bleach. While I believe that bleach may be able to be used externally if it is very diluted, I have NO experience in dealing with bleach and WOULD NOT be able to give the recipe anyway...So to the WARNING, A fellow living in this area, who was an alcoholic, had developed a severe sore on his leg and was putting STRAIGHT BLEACH on it. HE DIED from blood poisioning, which the doctors said was because of the bleach getting into his blood stream. I don't know the reason why, but this gentleman had stopped drinking alcohol at the time he was treating his wound and the doctors ALSO said if he had CONTINUED drinking the alcohol at the time, that he would have NOT DIED. Something about the alcohol and his blood purity. Be careful when using bleach for anything. Be sure to do your research.


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Posted by Waxedfinger (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania/ Usa) on 04/13/2011
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one remedie my friend gave me tonight- burn my finger really bad, I couldnt even sleep. Finally I got up and emailed him, asking him a good remedy. Him and his sister said butter! Just rub some butter on your burn, boom, its gone. it works amazingly.