Baking Soda Remedies and Natural Cures

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Posted by Eddie (Fort Lauderdale, Fl) on 02/03/2012
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After reading these posts and not having health insurance, I tried the baking soda and it's no less than amazing! Thank you folks.

Replied by Francisca
Zug, Switzerland

What did you try it for?

Posted by Terry Dee (London, Essex England) on 11/05/2011

I have high blood pressure and am avoiding salt . On tasting a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water it tastes like salt. Is there a high salt content in it?

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, USA

Dear Terry Dee from London, UK: Baking soda is sodium bicarbinate (bicarbinate of soda, bicarb), so you may be tasting or perceiving the sodium as is part of the bicarb.

Posted by Eve (Liverpool, Uk) on 10/12/2011

Hello, I've heard that using too much bicarbonate of soda can affect bones. Any views on this please? Eve

Posted by Maggie (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 07/07/2011

I called the makers of Arm & Hammer So Clean! Super Washing Soda. They gave me a list of ingredients:

Sodium Carbonate



They couldn't give me an exact percentage for the sodium carbonate but said it is very high (over 90%) and it has a pH of 11. Is this safe to ingest?

Replied by Kaylove
Laguna, Ca

No! Why on earth would you consider ingesting something with fragrance and surfactants in it?! ?! ?!

Posted by Captain Kirk (Hartsburg, Missouri) on 06/07/2011

Couldn't find a cheap source until I was helping a buddy get ready for his daughter's wedding. We were at his dad's vet supply warehouse picking up flowers and I noticed pallets of baking soda; 50 pound bags of it. He said oh sure just grab one. I threw it in the trunk and asked him how much and he said oh, 3, 4 dollars....

I looked the bag over carefully. The soda comes from a mine in Rifle, Colorado. The color and consistency is the same as A&H and other brands I have seen.

It is used in veterinary medicine to mitigate rumin problems in animals. This is food grade, so I figure if it's good enough for goats and sheep and what have you, it's good enough for me and my laundry. The bag will likely last me a year.

Posted by Birdy (Ankeny, Iowa, Usa) on 05/30/2011
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I just want you to know I tried taking small amounts of this to see if I would have any benefits. I took it and every time which is probably 4 or 5 times I wake up the next day extremely depressed. It is enough so that I feel more than blue more than yucky. I feel depressed. I dont use this anymore. Also, I dont have a need as drinking lemonade helps my stomach. Just wanted to let ya know this cuz feeling that depressed is not good. I know it was from the baking soda.

Posted by Jordan (Imlay City, Mi) on 04/20/2011
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Better But With Side Effects

I have eaten way too much sugar for too long. Coke, candy, takeout food during the day.. Beer, wine, or liquor with juice at night (i understand these are essentially sugar) Well for obvious reasons I have been feeling like.. Well.. Poop. It got to the point were I felt I needed an alcahoiic drink to feel better at night (essentially a sugar craving). Well the past couple days the alcoholic drink, far from making me feel any better as it has in the past, has made me feel much worse. I realized it's gotta be too much acid in my stomach from the unhealthy eating habits I developed mostly a result of just not having fresh healthy food in the house and plenty of delicious but very unhealthy snack foods, sugar foods, alcahol, and juices (often sugary).

The other night I was feeling terrible and decided to drink some baking soda (sodium bicarbonate food grade). It most certainly worked and amazingly so. However the quantities stated in this thread were far far far lower than the quantity I took (also many times in the past). I would estimate my dose at 8 tablespoons. Now don't get me wrong I'm not encouraging this dosage, cause one thing for sure is I would expect some kind of a blowout (lol). Not like a Super Sale where you get good deals on stuff, but the kind that may give you quite a stomachache followed by amazing relief (hopefully - I understand this could be potentially dangerous and I'm only telling a truthful experience) Well as good as it worked for me most of the times I've tried this, there was once when I woke up with very bad stomach pain which went away after the obvious need. I have only taken this remedy on occasion and realize too much of anything can be bad. I have a feeling that taking larger doses regularly would be a bad idea, but I have to say that personally I think a higher dose is for me when its really bad like the other night (perhaps 1 or 2 tablespoons - 8 was admittedly a bit too much)Is it possible that 1 or 2 tablespoons is beneficial in cases where the cause is certainly known (high level of acidity from sugar) as in my case. I am absolutely not a doctor though and I'm sure there will be people who say what I did was very dangerous and would be happy to hear your thoughts.

Posted by Motiv8d (Bunbury, Wa, Australia) on 11/14/2010


Although I fully endorse getting bicarbonate into the body and increasing the blood level of bicarbonates, I seek clarification about the advice of mixing bicarbonates with acids, eg: citric acid, as I have thought that the result would simply be that the alkalising bicarbonates would be removed as CO2.

For example: Sodium Bicarbonate mixed with Citric Acid
3NaHCO3 C6H8O7 --> C6H5Na3O7 3CO2 3H2O
(sodium bicarbonate) (citric acid) --> (sodium citrate) (carbon dioxide) (water)

So the way I see it, if mixed in a glass prior to drinking, it would result in just sodium citrate entering the body. Similarly, what would happen if just sodium bicarbonate and water were taken? Once it hits the stomach acids, wouldn't the resulting CO2 just result in the bicarbonates being removed, probably in a bit of a belch?

What would therefore be the ideal way of getting bicarbonates into the system for increasing ph and for lactic acid buffering?

Thanks in advance for any insights

Posted by WhiteBear (Ogden, Utah) on 07/25/2009

This is actually a question, not a comment. Someone online here said, "Due to my corn allergy I had to pull out the baking powder and do the baking soda/apple cider vinegar substitution... also had to skip the honey, good news is - I just don't think you can mess this one up." I'm sorry, but I don't have any idea who it was that said this. My question is: I too am trying to eliminate baking powder completely from all my bread recipes and elsewhere, as I am allergic to both corn and wheat. This person did not say how she used the baking soda/apple cider vinegar substitution in place of baking powder. If she or anyone who remembers or knows could post this information for me, I would be very grateful indeed.

Also, I did find something about using either cornstarch and baking soda or cornstarch, baking soda, and arrowroot as a substitute for baking powder, but I did not find either one of these satisfactory. They seemed to me to just not work out satisfactorily at all and, in addition, arrowroot is really expensive to buy - certainly enough to break my budget.

EC: Did you search kitchen sites, like these?

Posted by Omer (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) on 10/12/2007

For those who are trying to cut back on soduim, there are 821-980 mg "soduim" in one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. and sorry for my english.

Posted by Trudy (Huntington, NY) on 08/21/2007
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I wanted to express my glee at the brand new TIDE laundry detergent product change...after all these years!!! Tonight, August 21, 2007, I saw a TIDE commercial announcing the change in their product with the addition of, Ta Da, BAKING SODA...the packaging is cream color not RED! They have also added Aloe Vera to their Rinse Product! Well, well. big business is actually admitting that the Earth Has what it needs. This could be the beginning of another shift...or change in the TIDE!


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Posted by Cassidyok (Fresno, Ca ) on 02/11/2011
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My daughter just called me to confirm that in 12 hours, 1 tsp. of baking soda to a 1/4 cup of water REMOVED (completely) horrible gout pain... So bad they "wanted to cut their foot off" last night. She said she probably put too little of water in the mix, but it worked for them. Shocked, they said there was NO PAIN this morning. Not sure if it took away the pain last night but I think so! I just sent her the link on gout remedies and ACV! That's the one that is really supposed to work. Thank you for this website.

Posted by Lorraine (Auckland, New Zealand) on 08/27/2007
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After suffering with acute pain in my right big toe for one year i heard about this site and what baking soda can do. I took half teaspoon in a glass of water and the pain disappeared in minutes! Previously i couldnt even stand the weight of the sheet on my toe. I am yet to try acv and b.soda. but will do so and report back. have also been suffering from a lot of joint pain and that is subsiding also. I am very grateful for the info on this site. I received no help from doctors who only prescribe dangerous drugs! L.Wilson NZ.

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Posted by Iris (London, Canada) on 11/06/2007
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I have braces which means food gets trapped really easily but it is difficult to floss. As a result I have inflammed gums, which often bleed, despite brushing after every meal. Now I use a HUGE scoop of baking soda in a sip of water (so its like a runny paste) and swished it around in my mouth for a couple of minutes. My swollen gums went back to normal imediatly after and have stopped bleeding. It leaves a salty taste in my mouth but I avoid rinsing after the baking soda.

Replied by Barbara
Valencia, California, USA

I have a bout of swollen gums for about 2 weeks. My dentist doesn't think its related to my teeth. It was preceded by a metallic tast in my mouth. I tried everything for the swollen gums--I am now going to start the baking soda paste solution applied directly to the inflamed gums. Wish me luck!


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Posted by Kerry (Launceston, Tasmania ....Australia) on 03/03/2008
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Baking soda or Bicarb which it is called fantastic to wash hair with I use 1/4 cup of bicarb mixed with a cup of warm water in the shower and just tip onto my hair and rub for just a couple of seconds...then rinse...its amazing when it dries its like ive used shampoo... soft and bouncy if hair is a tad dry at times...iI just add a very small amount of organic conditioner to the ends ..and yes I use organic cold pressed coconut oil for a monthly deep condition...

Replied by Mike
Sofa, Bulgaria

You don't need to use so much baking soda. A teaspoon in a quarter cup of water is all you need. Perhaps the reason you are dry is you are using too much baking soda?

Replied by Alib
Swansea, Wales, Uk
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I use bicarbonate (baking) of soda to wash my hair - just about a level teaspoonful in a little warm water and stirred well. I pour it over and then give it a good rub before rinsing off. I then pour over half a cup of warm water with a dribble of ACV in it, make sure it has covered my hair and been rubbed in and re-rinse to finish. Some people just pour over the ACV but I prefer to give it an extra rinse because I am not that keen on smelling like a chip shop!!! The bicarb cleans my hair and the ACV makes it beautifully soft.