Baking Soda
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Baking Soda Health Benefits


Posted by Staff (Earth Clinic) on 09/30/2012

Inexpensive and always at hand, baking soda is an excellent alternative to a number of commercial cleaning and maintenance products. Conventional cleaners, drain cleaners, disinfectants, and deodorizers are full of chemicals harmful to the environment and dangerous to our own health, including concerns about childhood development, asthma at all ages, and increased risks for cancer.

Option 1: All-Purpose Cleaner
A quart of water
Four teaspoons of baking soda
1/2-cup vinegar
Mix and keep in a spray bottle.

It's a disinfectant for counters, a grease-cutter anywhere, good for windows, great for floors, and as clean and fresh as the new day.

Option 2: Drain Maintainer
Mix a cup of baking soda with a cup of vinegar, pour it down your kitchen sink each week, and it will keep your pipes free of clogs.

Option 3: Tape Remover
The glue left behind when you peel old tape off from a clean surface can be an awful headache, but a thick paste of baking soda and water, rubbed onto those bits of tape stuck to windows and solid walls, can loosen the glue and make it easy to wipe off.

Option 4: Rug Spot-Cleaner
Simply sprinkle baking soda on grease spots and let that sit for about an hour. Then gently scrub the spot with a damp sponge or brush and vacuum everything up.

You can also use baking soda as an overall carpet cleaner and deodorizer by mixing up:

1/2-cup of cornstarch
1/2-cup of baking soda

Sprinkle this over your carpets and let it sit overnight, then vacuum it up the next morning.

Option 5: Shower Door Cleaner
A bit of baking soda on a damp sponge is great for wiping down glass shower doors. Just rinse with warm water.

You can also mix:

1 cup of baking soda
1/2-cup of vinegar

Use the resulting paste to clean your tub and the shower door, cutting down on mold, mildew and soap scum.

Option 6: Jewelry Cleaner
Use a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste to cleanse the dirt from even your most delicate jewelry with little effort and great results.

You can also soak your jewelry overnight in a mixture of vinegar and water.

Posted by Susan (USA)

05/22/2009: Tim from LA, CA writes: "After reading this previous post on vingar and baking soda cleaner I made my own all purpose cleaner with Baking soda, Vinegar, Hydro peroxide and water. After cleaning my kitchen sink with it I noticed that my coffee mug was very stained and I thought that I spay it with my new cleaner and let it sit before washing it. Well, I forgot the mug and the next morning drank my coffee from this mug without washing it first. After my morning coffee I remembered what I did night before. It must have had some of the cleaning liquid still in it- but no problem. I am probably healthier for drinking the cleaning liquid with my coffee :-). I would not recommend doing this with a normal store bought cleaning agent.

Posted by Susan (USA)

02/25/2009: Melissa from Haverill, MA writes: "Nothing NOTHING!! makes me nuttier then those nasty spray air fresheners. I mean how much more toxic can you get? You know those things are all nasty chemicals to cover up your garbage or sneakers or whatever it is that smells bad. I'd take the bad smell any day rather than make my home toxic with that stuff. Baking soda?!?! Cmon! How did we forget this stuff? Dust it any place there's a bad smell. Vacuum it up from the carpet or your furniture. Leave it in the bottom of your garbage can. Sprinkle some in your hamper to take all that stink away and then let the washer wash it out. Honestly its so much better than the awful perfumes they put in those spray cans that smell like death in can to me!

Posted by Susan (USA)

08/08/2009: debra from LA, CA writes: "I had spots on my light beige carpet that after cleaning would reappear- thanks earthclinic for the tip, first I vacuumed WELL! then I sprinkled the salt, everywhere! then I spot cleaned using borax paste, sprayed vinegar, scrubed the spot with brush, blotted dry, let dry, Let sit over night, then vacuum well, TEST AREA 1st!!! did not work on dark blue carpet

Cleaning Teeth

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Posted by Mama to Many (Tennessee) on 06/14/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using baking soda to clean my teeth for several months. I like it better than any other natural solution I have found so far. I dip my toothbrush into the baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and add a drop of peppermint essential oil. I brush gently with a soft bristled brush. My mouth feels very clean when I am finished.

I seem to have read in places that baking soda may be hard on the teeth. I asked my dentist his opinion of baking soda instead of toothpaste. He said that it is what people used to use and that he thinks it is a good thing to do. He said that he does not think it is too abrasive for the teeth. He also said that since cavities form in an acid environment and that the baking soda will create a more alkaline environment, that baking soda should be helpful in avoiding cavities.

My mother used baking soda and peroxide for years as her only "toothpaste" at the recommendation of her periodontist! Mom had problems with her teeth for years and worked hard to keep them. (She was in a car accident when she was 6 that seemed to affect her teeth her whole life.)

Perhaps some will find baking soda to not work well for them. I am not suggesting this is the best thing for everyone. It has just worked well for me and I thought my dentist's opinion made sense.

This is a pretty neat dentist, by the way. He is not a natural or biological dentist. He is in a very small town often serving the poor. By what he charges he is obviously not in this for the money. Though my children have had well water since we started going to him, he never suggests flouride for them. He seems to just want to help people keep their teeth healthy. He has really been a blessing to our family when we have needed dental help or advice.

~Mama to Many~

Colds and Flu

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Posted by Petra (Los Angeles, California) on 03/19/2013
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After having lot of colds and flus this year I started taking a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water every time I get sick now and it cures me in 2 days....


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Posted by Rana (Abu Dhabi, Uae) on 12/25/2009
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Baking Soda inhalation for dry cough

This is the most quick relief remedy for dry cough.

Boil a cup of water then take it on the side and keep your face far and add a teaspoon of baking soda, cover your head with a towel and place it over the B.s and water and open largly your mouth and inhale as long as you can. Directly you will cough out phlegms.

Cyanide Poisoning Antidote

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Posted by Natural Healing (New York) on 03/17/2022
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Baking soda is the antidote for Cyanide poisoning.


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Posted by T3 (Chicago, IL) on 01/04/2009
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No cure for my cysts all of them, with different names in different places. Well, one day my white shirt had blood under the arm from the cyst, must have busted while at work, lucky to have my required black jacket and I took baking soda and vinegar and water, it bubbled and then I put the part of the shirt in it and wet it, took it out, and started rubbing vigorously a couple of times. But I then just used the baking soda and water and it worked better, I made another concoction and with a paper towel wet it and put it under my arm pits, it burned the one cyst that didn't burst and relived the one that did. Strange. Just when you thought vinegar was the ultimate cure, so is baking soda. For upset stomach, mix with water and you'll will burp like when you were in high school trying to win a contest. My cat even looked at me with surprise and I turned red. Stomachache gone.


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Posted by Luce (Irvine, Ca) on 06/05/2017
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I used baking soda as deodorant and had a scary looking purple rash, no itching or pain, I had breast cancer so you can imagine how I felt when I saw this, stopped using it and after a few days I was back to normal.

Depletes Calcium

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Posted by Lorica (New Albany, Indiana) on 03/15/2011
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I have had lots of problems with acididty and after research and a blood test discovered it was probably very much related to being gluten sensitive. I did not find that limes helped me a bit to be alkaline and even wheatgrass only helped somewhat. Baking soda has helped a lot... But I started having terrible cravings for milk products, even though I drank lots of milk. Guess what? Baking soda increases the need for calcium, it turns out. Whatever you use BS for, please be sure you get plenty of calcium!

Replied by Mariah
(Whangarei, New Zealand)

There is a widely spread mis-conception that Milk provides calcium to our bodies. This is pure marketing hype since the 40ties. The slogan "milk is good for your bones" is purely deisnged to sell more milk.

But isn't interesting that today there are more people with osteoporosis than there have ever been?

Often we crave what is bad for us. It's typical for an addiction-like situation. Most humans (about 77%) are lactose intolerant for a reason. Milk (especially cow's milk) is made for cow babies, not for human babies.

But the milk industry needs to sell more of this stuff because they produce incredible amounts of it... so they put it into everything.

When I went diary-free I discovered how milk solids or other things like whey are added to so many products these days it makes everyone sick - slowly!

Same goes with excess animal protein intake (meat) especially preserved ones.

People, it's time to question those false beliefs.

Replied by Elly
(Topeka, Kansas)

I realize this now and in the US both milk and meat are both subsidized by the government and to keep up the demands of a growing population the animals are kept are kept in what financial forecaster Gerald Celente has called on his youtube videos 'Auschwitz conditions' People sure are getting sicker and a select few millionaires, billionaires, trillionaires are certainly getting richer on pharmaceutical and pharming stocks of this growing sick culture. Since when is it normal for so many people at so young to be on som many meds? or for kids so youngs to already have so many diagnosis? We're suppsoed to be moving forward with technology not getting sicker and dying younger than our elders. Something's just not adding up here. I was surprised to read online people in sunny Florida have vitamin D deficiencies. They listened to the government subsidized ads that the sun is bad. Now in Missouri the tornado victims have a deadly aggressive fungus 'Zygomycosis' It's spread by breathing spores in or by physical contact. Great!

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

Hi Mariah, I do believe that milk can be a source of calcium. The calcium in milk may not be as absorbable due to the lack of magnesium. Even cows sometimes suffer from lack of magnesium to the point of death unless the farmer gives them an emergency treatment of magnesium.
Note: There is a huge difference between processed milk and RAW milk from a healthy cow. I have noticed that older folk who only have raw milk rarely have osteoporosis (I know of people in this bracket, older dairy farmers). Many of the women who have had bone density scans done have been told that they have the bones of a 30 - 50 yr old, these ladies are generally in their 60's. (This may change with the next generation or two due to the changes in farming practices. ) I have also noticed that when some of these same people stop their farming they develop allergies mild or severe including lactose intolerance. These people had no problems with raw milk in their diets but when they switched to processed milk that all changed.
Your so right about the additives, some (dare I say most) even add an ingredient that makes the milk thicker and it does not show up on the ingredients label. My friends mother-in-law has not been able to drink milk since she developed allergies 6 months after they stopped milking. That was about 10 years ago. Two weeks ago she started to have a milk that does not have this thickener added and guess what - no allergies to it. She is so happy to have milk in her tea again.

I wonder if silica is more important for our bones?

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

Have realized that I did not add that I was talking about pasture fed cows. I tend to think all dairy herds are pasture fed but that is not the case. Thankfully it is mostly here on Oz.

Replied by Brian
(Wichita, Is)

Milk is ninety percent water, there are studies on milk beating out water and Gatorade in athletes after three hour competitions, ( ) I myself was donating plasma for two years and could not afford to eat food before I donated plasma which would cause me to test LOW on protien levels ( this happened five times) every time this happened I'd scramble up some change and drink a milk, and go get screened again and my protien would go up, there are studies ( independent studies) showing milk to hydrate the body.


Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 06/21/2010

I have a very slow digestion, is it a good idea to take the bicarbonate of soda in water after the meals?

Replied by Jody
(Fort Worth, Texas)

I think you are supposed to take BS on a empty stomach. Some people have had gas and bloating after taking BS after meals.


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Posted by Oneeyebrow (London, Uk) on 02/03/2010
5 out of 5 stars

can you overdose on baking soda? i found this link

how much is too much?

I tried the lemon and baking soda solution earlier and im sure my tongue has less white on it.

I feel more energetic now too not sure if its the solution or my workout in the gym?

im cautious tho after reading the other article


Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 02/20/2010

An Old Baking Soda Flu Cure

Hi Everyone...I found an old letter, written by a prominent physician in 1924 -- a Dr Volney S. Cheney -- to Church and Dwight concerning the use of a certain well-known brand of Baking Soda that we all know. Here is his letter which is shown for historic interest only:

"In 1918 and 1919 while fighting the 'Flu' with the U. S. Public Health Service it was brought to my attention that rarely any one who had been thoroughly alkalinized with bicarbonate of soda contracted the disease, and those who did contract it, if alkalinized early, would invariably have mild attacks. I have since that time treated all cases of 'Cold,' Influenza and LaGripe by first giving generous doses of Bicarbonate of Soda, and in many, many instances within 36 hours the symptoms would have entirely abated. Further, within my own household, before Woman's Clubs and Parent-Teachers' Associations, I have advocated the use of Bicarbonate of Soda as a preventive for "Colds," with the result that now many reports are coming in stating that those who took "Soda" were not affected, while nearly every one around them had the "Flu."

Recommended dosages from the A & H Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:

During the first day take six doses of half teaspoonful of A & H Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals.

During the second day take four doses of half teaspoonful of A and H Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals.

During the third day take two doses of half teaspoonful of A and H Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter half teaspoonful in glass of cool water each morning until cold is cured."

That's the way they alkalized in the old days...!!

The letter is taken from the WellSphere(discussion forum) website here:

EC: Hi Bill,

That Arm & Hammer for the swine flu baking soda remedy was originally posted in one of Mark Sircus's newsletter a few months ago. The link attached to Mark's article no longer works, so I am trying to find a workable one.


Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines)

Hi Deidre...Your absolutely right, I saw the article by Mark Sircus too some months ago, and I tried to find it again on the LifeEnthusiast and IMVA websites but no go. The link to Wellsphere that I have provided is an exact copy of the advert, I think.


EC: Hi Bill,

Here's the link to the article.

I skyped Mark this morning to let him know that it was down, but it appears to be working again this evening. Oddly the link was working for him in Brazil, but not for us!



Posted by Angela (Ottawa, Ontario) on 12/23/2010

Hello Ted,
I had been researching cures for cancer.. A scientist told me the bakingsoda/maple syrup cure would be problematic.. & I quote his e-mail exactly below: (please help me know what is true.. The bsoda cure sounded quite hopeful.. I don't have cancer but I like answers & prevention)

"1. Maple Syrup, especially grade c or b is definitely a high nutrition product, however, the volume of sugar still has to be considered and as a short term blood cleansing like the cayenne pepper and lemon / lime and maple syrup cool aid drink, which is commonly known as the Mexican blood cleanser is a fantastically good formula. On the other hand, baking soda to chemically force the body to become alkaline is not at all the same as using lemons or limes, which go in acid and covert into alkaline. The baking soda technology is bunk, junk science. This is the typical, vicious medical powers to be who make money on cancer would suggest such a formula because initially, the baking soda would dilute the stomach acids, make the person less acid and then of course, they don't want you to look at what else happens, which is because the stomach acids have been diluted, the body now utilizes fungus to create sulfuric acid in the lower intestines to complete the digestion that should have been done in the stomach. As a result, the entire body becomes severely acid, the problems of asthma, mucus, and a variety of other lung issues will also develop from this problem, so in the long and short, I think this maple syrup baking soda is a harmful therapy. "

So what do you think Ted?
Angela.. Thank you :)