15 Baking Soda Uses For Preppers
Back in the old days, baking soda was considered a luxury and one of the most useful substances a family could have on hand. Over centuries and decades, people have held on to the idea that baking soda is a great item to have around. Baking soda can help the common person save money on a variety of situations where they might otherwise have to pay for “big brand” products. For preppers, baking soda is an essential item to have around. With so many uses and functions, baking soda’s prowess is difficult to deny. So preppers, if you are overlooking the simplicity of using and storing baking soda, you are truly missing out.
You know those amazing Egyptian mummies you see on television? Baking soda. Yep, the ancient Egyptians not only used baking soda for purposes of cleanliness but also to help preserve the bodies of Pharos. Soaps used to be products of baking soda for many cultures. Baking soda has often been used medicinally by many cultures throughout history. So have we forgotten about the benefits of baking soda? Not really, many people religiously use this stuff. But sometimes, a solid reminder is in order, especially considering the vast amount of baking soda uses in existence.
In some ways, baking soda is similar to a tool for preppers. If a blizzard or hurricane or any sort of storm hits and knocks out power, you’d probably want to make sure you have tools, correct? If you answered NO, you are probably incredibly new to the prepper concept.
I order a 13.5-pound bag of baking soda on Amazon every two months. Some I use frequently, so I store, true to prepper form.
Preppers, here’s why you all should be using baking soda.
NOTE: Baking Soda Paste
Before we go any further, when I refer to “baking soda paste,” I am referring to baking soda being mixed with water in a way that causes it to become a sticky type substance. I may or may not explain this when I mention it, you should just understand this.
Baking Soda And Garden Pests And Mildew
If society collapse, you might be in a position to man a survival garden. And any prepper knows that the enemy of a survival garden will be pests that look to eat away at your survival garden. What does this have to do with baking soda? Just stay with me for a hot minute. In the modern world, you may or may not choose to fight garden evils with chemicals. Whether you do or don’t, in both cases, you know that the risks of using pesticides is that you alter the pH balance of your crop soil, thereby risking the renewed growth of seeds. After a zombie apocalypse or North Korean EMP attack, that risk becomes life or death. Perrenials, as well as normal vegetables, don’t do well with pH imbalances in their soil.
Baking soda can be used along with powdered sugar to combat ants. You can literally build a baking soda wall around the ant mounds. If you mix baking soda, laundry detergent, and water, you can launch gnat warfare without comprising your soil (as mentioned above). When it comes to gnat bugs, they can keep the herd thriving through reproduction so multiple treatments should be considered.
Garden plants can also be highly susceptible to mildew, which baking soda can also fight. Just a single tablespoon of baking soda added to a spray bottle of water can help you fight for your plants and garden survival.
Clean Your Pipes With Baking Soda
If the world takes a break from modern convenience, you don’t want your bathrooms and kitchens smelling of taint. And that’s exactly what may well happen. Pipes and sinks need to be thoroughly cleaned and fortunately for you, you prepped by having boxes and boxes of bags and bags of baking soda around. Using baking soda, lemon (if available) and some salt can help produce a viable cleaning agent. You can also boil a couple of cups of water and put some baking soda in it and allow it to hang out for an hour. Then dump it down the drains and allow the magic to happen.
Parents, Baking Soda Can Help With Diaper Rash
Diaper rash is annoying to both baby and parent. Diaper rash won’t end if power goes out for several weeks and Amazon no longer delivers. Babies often will scream and cry over the irritating feeling and parents will often lay awake trying to remedy the situation with various over the counter products. It can turn into a mildly costly situation. But here’s the great thing, a baking soda bath can help soothe the symptoms of diaper rash quite nicely. You know, there was a day and age when the modern advances of creams weren’t around. Furthermore, what’s in those creams? I’m just asking.
Baking soda is quite powerful. You won’t need a ton to make the bath an effective diaper rash healer. I’d suggest just using a tablespoon. A little baking soda goes a long ways.
Baking Soda For Acne
When you are a teenager, there is nothing worse than acne. Being a parent of a child suffering from acne can be frustrating stuff. Doctors typically recommend Proactiv. It is rather pricey. And beyond that, the acne medication industry certainly isn’t thin on offers. You can blow a lot of money on chemical solutions which may or may not work. And which may or may not offer up side-effects.
You can create baking soda paste by simply adding a touch of water, maybe a drop, to some baking soda. It will then become paste-like. At that point, you can rub it on the affected areas of the skin. Even if this doesn’t work, it is difficult to say it isn’t worth a try. It is simple and cost-effective.
Baking Soda And Bee Stings
Bees are in the news a lot these days, specifically due to their livelihood being a debatable and contentious point amongst beekeepers and environmentalists who fear that a slowing bee population may have disturbing effects on our planet. If you have ever been stung by a bee, the moments following probably found you caring much less about bee survival. Bee stings hurt. They “sting.” Who knew? And if you ever are put into a survival situation, you might get stung by a bee purely as a result of occupational hazards.
The affected area of a bee sting can be rather painful for hours, even days. The first thing you must do is remove the sting. The second thing is to mix a little water with some baking soda and paste some baking soda to the bee sting. This should help soothe and heal the area. And hopefully, get you back to loving those bees again.
Baking Soda Bath Detox
Often, this is the most popular reason that people recommend the use of baking soda. Baking soda baths are rather legendary. The best approach is to fill the tub with warm water, some dead sea salts (this dead sea salt on Amazon is awesome) and some baking soda. Hop in, maybe light a candle, and relax away for a little while. It should help your skin’s overall complexion as well. Just because the world ends, doesn’t mean you will suddenly not want to detoxify your skin.
Baking Soda And Cold Sores
Cold sores are pretty annoying. I’m sure we’ve all had them, at least from time to time. Whacky hormones, cold weather, stress, can all trigger cold sores to pop up if you are already susceptible to them. By applying a baking soda paste to the area, you accomplish two items: 1) You dry up the sore. 2) You strip the sore of inflammatory acids. I’d leave the paste on for about 10 minutes at most. The key here is that the baking soda dries out the cold sore.
Baking Soda Skin Cleanser
Cleanse packages are often sold for hundreds of dollars, if not more. The word “cleans” almost provokes a certain marketing ramp up in the cost factor. Who doesn’t want shiny and happy skin? But maybe baking soda can help you achieve that glow you’ve always wanted.
Using a tsp of vinegar, some olive oil and a tsp of baking soda can act as a heck of a cleaner for the skin. Rub it on, rub it in gently, and see if you like the results. Clearly, whenever applying anything to the skin, especially face, start off by sampling a small portion to make sure you don’t have some crazy weird reaction.
Baking Soda Antacid
A major people many people have baking soda on hand is to combat acid reflux or heartburn. And it is a big reason that all preppers should keep baking soda around. Acid reflux is big business in the pharmaceutical industry. A recent study showed that antacid medications can be harmful to your health. You can imagine the rush of people that came over to team baking soda after reading that catastrophe.
Baking soda can help neutralize stomach acid, which in turn can prevent it from rising into the esophagus where it becomes disruptive and uncomfortable. Baking soda is more a temporary relief situation, I should note, but it does work. It can help with ailments such as bad breath, breathing issues, nausea and many other symptoms of acid reflux.
Baking soda’s main ingredient is sodium bicarbonate. Coincidentally, your pancreas creates its own sodium bicarbonate as a way to shelter your intestines from digestive evils. Antacid pills, such as Alka Seltzer, use sodium bicarbonate, if that tells you anything at all (and it should). In some ways, taking baking soda cuts out the middle man and saves you a lot of money. It also eliminates any other unnecessary ingredients which may be found in over the counter antacid pills.
Recommended ingestion per HealthLine: 1/2 tsp. dissolved in a 4-ounce glass of water, may be repeated in 2 hours.
In terms of taste (because I’m confident that’s what you are asking yourself right now), I find baking soda to be tasteless. I can easily take it with water. You do notice an added texture to your water, which can seem mildly creepy depending on your sensitivity to such things, but you shouldn’t taste anything.
Baking Soda And Sunburns
I’m not a fan of sunscreen. Some things just don’t add up for me with that stuff. I’m a big believer that people should use common sense and not expose themselves to the sun during high sun times. But hey, life happens, and sometimes we get burned (literally). Sunburns can be an awful and painful experience that can lead to sleepless nights and discomfort at work. Many people already know that vinegar and even oatmeal can serve as holistic sunburn solutions. But what about baking soda? I assume you guessed that baking soda can treat a sunburn, seeing that’s what this article is about. However, I love having a flair for exciting moments so I pumped up the lead in.
There are two ways to use baking soda for a sunburn.
- Use a baking soda bath (scroll back up to my title “baking soda bath detox.”
- You can mix baking soda and water and paste it on your skin.
You should expect a mess, of course, because wet baking soda is nothing if it isn’t messy. But how bad does that burn hurt? The push for relief might well trump any cleanup activity that may follow the application.
Baking Soda Disinfects Your Toothbrush
Yes, I know, people use baking soda for toothpaste, but this post isn’t a baking soda recipe article. This is an article geared towards simple baking soda uses. And hey, preppers, if the zombie apocalypse does come, you will still need to clean your toothbrush. Fortunately, baking soda can help. Dab some baking soda on your toothbrush then rinse with water. You can also simply soak your toothbrush in water and baking soda.
Baking Soda For Warts
No one likes warts. Well, mostly no one. Mix vinegar and baking soda and treat warts. Doing this for 10 to 20 minutes a day might cause that wart to go away.
Baking Soda For Splinters
Seriously? Yes, seriously. Baking soda can be used to treat splinters, as odd as that may sound. If you make baking soda plaster and apply it to the splinter for an hour or two, the baking soda will pull out the splinter in the same way it pulls toxins to the surface.
Baking Soda Gender Test
There are many people who believe that a pregnant woman’s hormone changes will change her urine’s acidity levels. And many believe that urinating in baking soda can predict the gender of a baby based on this. They believe that a “flat” result means a girl, the “fizzy” result means a boy. Science has never confirmed this. And likely, it never will. It remains a mythical baking soda legend.
My Final Thoughts
Prepping isn’t just about self-defense, food storage, and survival water filters. Prepping is also about increasing the likelihood that your life’s conveniences remain as much intact as possible following brief or even extended downtime. That’s what a product like baking soda can do for you. It is simple and cheap. It is easy to store. It is readily available. There is almost no excuse to not have some on hand both for prepping and just daily use. Like I said, I order this baking soda from Amazon, but you could order whatever you see fit and you can grab it at the store anytime.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.