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Baking Soda for Preppers
Learn the many uses Preppers have for baking soda

In the back corner of your refrigerator rests a mighty box, possibly
with the logo of an arm and hammer. Humble, yet strong, this
natural salt is a powerhouse, and it is especially important to

Baking soda has been important to man since antiquity.
Egyptians used natron (a second cousin to baking soda - hydrated
sodium carbonate), settlers travelled hundreds of miles for
saleratus (potassium carbonate), and today we have many names
for this crystalline white substance.

Bicarbonate of soda (or sodium bicarbonate), better known as
baking soda, is a pantry staple that's an often overlooked
component of preparedness. Baking soda goes well beyond its
use as a leavening product for baking.

Prepper Uses for Baking Soda:
Why do preppers hoard baking soda? Baking soda has a multitude
of uses, but we've narrowed the list to uses most appreciated by

Baking Soda Use #1: Slug a slug with it.
If slugs are bugging you in the garden, then know baking soda
will kill slugs. Just pour baking soda on top of the little pests
(salt will do the same trick). Baking soda also deters ants!
Baking soda is a deter-ant!)

Baking Soda Use #2: Throw it on the fire!
In prepping times, your water is valuable. Baking soda will help
you extinguish flames, so have some handy in the kitchen or on
your next camping trip.

  • Here's how baking soda works to extinguish flames...  In
    throwing baking soda directly on flames, you'll produce
    carbon dioxide and this starves the fire of oxygen. Baking
    soda decomposes to soda ash, water and carbon dioxide.

Baking soda will clean your grill as well! Make a paste with a bit
of water to scrub the grills clean.

Baking Soda Use #3: Sprinkle it in a stinky bucket or
garbage pail.
Baking soda neutralizes odors! This bit of knowledge for preppers
will help keep down the stench of the garbage bins and sanitation

Baking Soda Use #4: Make lard last longer, keep it
Keeping lard sweet and white using baking soda is something
easily accomplished with baking soda! Here's' a vintage ad

To keep lard sweet and  to make it white. When the fat is ready
to boil, add to it some of the Arm and Hammer soda (or
Saleratus) -- about tow or three heaping teaspoonfuls to every
ten gallons of fat. The effect will be wonderful. It will renter the
lard white and prevent it from becoming rancid. If no soda has
been used in making the lard, and it should become strong during
the warm weather,it should be reboiled and the soda added a t
the moment of boilings. Ths will bring the lard back to its natural
sweetness. A little more or less soda will not injure the quality of
the lard."

Baking Soda Use #5: Put some on a toothbrush.
Baking soda both disinfects your toothbrush and cleans your
teeth, so get used to the taste! While baking soda makes an
excellent toothpaste, some choose to mix it with
coconut oil to
make it tastier, or
hydrogen peroxide to help whiten their teeth.
Both homemade toothpaste recipes will help you whiten your
teeth and keep them fresh. The reason why baking soda is better
than fluoride (by all means
avoid fluoride) is that baking soda is a
natural antiseptic.

Baking Soda Use #6: Soak it in the wash.
Washing your clothes could prove challenging in a disaster
situation, but with baking soda, you'll help brighten your clothes
and remove odors simultaneously. That will extend your laundry
detergent. Add a half a cup of baking soda to your wash.

Baking Soda Use #7: Pat some on your skin.
Baking soda is a deodorant, so throw a bit of baking soda under
your arm pits to stay fresh in a disaster situation.

  • Wash your face and scrub your elbows: Baking soda,
    through ex foliation, can help improve your skin texture, so
    go ahead and wash your face with the stuff. Exfoliation
    removes dead skin cells from the epidermis.) Mix baking
    soda with lemons to ex foliate and soften scaly elbows and
    chapped heals.

  • Soothe the bug bites: Make a paste of baking soda on apply
    directly to any rash area or use it as a balm for bug bites.
    Ideal for treating poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac and
    prickly heat. It can also help heal sunburns.

  • Soak your tootsies! Epsom salt works wonders for your feet
    to relieve aches and pains, but if you don't have any handy,
    then get out the baking soda!

Baking Soda Use #8: Swallow it (as an antacid).
Baking soda works as an antacid. Check the label of your baking
soda for "pure baking soda" and you will find a "Drug fact" chart
on the box: you'll ind pure baking soda is an antacid! As an
antacid, baking soda also has a medicinal use. Some say it
relieves heartburn or indigestion. Take small amounts (1/4
teaspoon in a glass of water).

Baking Soda Use #9: Put some in a shoe!
Baking soda is a natural odor fighter for stinky feet. Sprinkle
baking in your shoes to keep the smells at bay. Any parent of a
teenager with stinky sneakers will attest that this is a survival
tactic! Seriously, during the
Great Depression, people did extra
ordinary things to extend the life of shoes and a sprinkle of
baking soda is a shoe-in for extending the wear of the shoe.

Baking Soda Use #10: Swab soda on your fruits and
Baking soda is a wonderful way to clean fruits and vegetables.
Sprinkle it on with water as a gentle scrub -- even on tomatoes!

Baking Soda Use #11: Wash away the acidity of
Just sprinkle baking soda in with your coffee before it percolates.
This process will clean your coffee maker and help reduce the
acidity of your coffee without affecting the flavor.

Baking Soda Use #12: Sprinkle in your eggs to make
them fluffy!
Baking soda will also make your omelets more fluffy! This isn't
necessarily a survival technique if you think of it in ordinary
terms; however, in times of crisis it's the little things that can
provide the edge. Fluffy eggs will be a morale booster!

Baking Soda Use #13: Whack the weeds away.
Reader's Digest says Baking soda will help you get rid of weeds.
Baking soda is an effective way to safely "keep weeds and
grasses from growing in the cracks of your paved patios,
driveways, and walkways," .

Baking Soda Use #14: Un-radiate yourself!
Did you know that the United States used bicarbonate to protect
the kidneys from radiation damage? Sodium bicarbonate "qualifies
as a survival medicine," according to a full  Medical Review by
Mark Sircus. "... in case of nuclear attack you will want quite a bit
of it on hand to protect your kidneys and other sensitive

Baking Soda Use #15: Mix a mouthwash.
Because baking soda helps balance PH levels to alkanize your
body, it makes an excellent mouthwash. As a gargle with baking
soda water can also help minimize the symptoms of a sore throat
or persistent cough.

  • Sore throat mouthwash. Ease sore throats with baking soda.
    To make a mouthwash, mix several teaspoons of baking
    soda with water.

Baking soda Use #16: Nix the nausea.
Certainly, baking soda is a hangover helper, but it also reduces
nausea and upset stomach, indigestion, and dyspepsia, thanks
again to its ph-balancing properties.

  • Too late and dealing with vomit? Sprinkle baking soda on
    the affected area (carpet, bedding, sofa, etc.) to start
    neutralizing the problem so you can tackle the mess later.

Baking Soda Use #17: Fix the fungi!
According to Web MD, Baking soda has mild antiseptic properties.
Yes, baking soda can kill some kinds of parasites, fungi, and mold!

Baking soda easily absorbs and eliminates odors from smoke,
mold and mildew.

Baking Soda Use #18: Heal the heartburn.
Relief for heartburn is just a recipe away if you have your trusty
package of baking soda. Here is the
baking soda recipe to relieve
heartburn. The instructions on the Arm & Hammer Web site also
come with some medical disclaimers as some people should not
use this antacid, including children under five years, people with
sodium restrictions and people on certain medications.

Baking Soda Use #20: Sniff out the swine flu.
Treat swine flu? People today are continually hopeful to credit
baking soda as a cure for disease and infections** and perhaps it
is effective towards fighting infections, such as
swine flu, and
preventing diseases such a cancer:

  • Baking soda has a history to treat flu symptoms. In 1924
    Arm & Hammer produced a booklet that claimed its product
    would minimize flu symptoms. The booklet said that "rarely
    any one who had been thoroughly alkalinized with
    bicarbonate of soda contracted the disease." There are
    people who ingest baking soda in small amounts to keep
    blood alkaline levels in check.*

Baking Soda Use #21: Put your Ph in Balance!
Sodium bicarbonate is nature's unique first aid remedy!
For years, sodium bicarbonate has been used on a daily basis as
part of a number of hospital treatments, but most people remain
unaware of its full therapeutic potential. In his new book,
Bicarbonate, Nature's Unique First Aid Remedy
, pictured
immediate right Dr. Mark Sircus shows  how this common
compound may be used in the alleviation, or possibly even
prevention, of many forms of illness.

Sodium bicarbonate can play an important role in achieving
optimal pH balance, which is also revealed in the book, pictured
right by Dr. Mark Sircus as an important factor in maintaining
good health.

Having the proper pH may benefit:
  1. cancer prevention and recovery
  2. fungal infection
  3. heart burn
  4. hypertension
  5. kidney disease
  6. influenza (and swine flu!)

Baking soda use #22: cancel the cancer.
Baking soda just may be the cure for cancer. Baking soda
improves PH balance to make your body alkaline. If you're looking
natural healing methods and alternative cancer treatments,
then look to baking soda.

Baking soda use #23: keep the pressure off salt
(blood pressure).
Baking soda consumption in a sodium bicarbonate-rich mineral
water can help
elderly with high blood pressure to not have to
worry about their salt intake! So says a study published in the U.
S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. Their
conclusion: " Sodium bicarbonate-rich mineral water in conjunction
with a low-salt diet may have a beneficial effect on calcium

Baking soda use #24: spike sports performance.
Baking soda is a performance enhancing substance. Did you know
baking soda is a performance enhancer for athletes? That alone
should influence preppers to take on the powers. Loughborough
University reported in the June issue of the International Journal
of Sports Medicine that swimmers who took baking soda an hour
before a 200-meter event shaved off a significant time off their
usual performances! Pack some in your bugout bag!

Baking Soda and Baking Powder
Wondering what's the difference between baking
soda and baking powder?
Don't mix up baking powder, which is entirely different from
baking soda! Learn more about the differences below. You'll want
to pay careful attention when baking because there is a difference
as to when to use baking soda or baking powder; however, let's
start with what's the same. They are both leavening agents! So
what makes them different?

  • Baking soda (great for cookies) has only "Bicarbonate Of
    Soda," which is a leavening agent. When baking soda mixes
    with acidic ingredients like honey or buttermilk, the chemical
    reaction is carbon dioxide. The micro bubbles expand under
    heat, which causes cookies to rise. When you use baking
    soda, bake immediately after mixing the ingredients because
    the reaction happens immediately.

  • Baking Powder (ideal for biscuits and cakes) has "Sodium
    Bicarbonate" mixed with other ingredients, such as corn
    starch (a drying agent) or cream of tartar (an acidifying
    agent) among other ingredients. Baking powder releases
    carbon dioxide when exposed to moisture and heat, causing
    dough and batters to rise making them ideal for biscuits and
    cakes. In fact, during the Great Depression, women often
    replaced eggs with baking powder to make their "Depression
  • Clabber Girl is one of the oldest American food brands
    still in use. It includes sodium Aluminum sulfate.
  • Bob's Red Mill Baking Powder contains deposits of
    mineralized sodium bicarbonate. Made in a process that
    uses no chemicals, it's aluminum free. Bobs Red Mill
    Baking powder keeps best in the refrigerator. Bob' Red
    Mill Baking Powder is made without aluminum! In fact,
    it's one of the few aluminum-free, non-GMO baking
    powders on the market.

    NOTE: Baking powder comes in two forms: single acting
    powders and double acting.

  • PREPPER TIP: Make your own baking powder! The secret
    is mixing baking soda with cream of tartar and cornstarch. In
    a pinch, you can make your own baking powder. Save this
    recipe for inclusion in your personal survival manual.

    Generic or Name Brand? Baking soda or Baking Powder
    When it comes to buying baking soda, most of the generics
    are just fine; however you want one that's free of aluminum.
    Look for Bob's Red Mill (aluminum-free baking soda).

Baking soda found at the Dollar Tree store was made in the U.S.
A. by Karlin Foods Corp in Northfield, Illinois. (It's not made in
China.) There is only one ingredient in the famous stuff or the
generic: sodium bicarbonate. This is a natural product, so buy it
worry free. You may like to pay more close attention to baking
powder, which has more ingredients, and which may contain
aluminum, which you may like to avoid. Another reason you may
like to avoid a non-organic baking powder is that it may contain
corn starch, and 88% of the corn products on the market are
genetically modified.

How do baking soda and baking powder work differently?
Baking soda requires another ingredient to make the leavening
process activate, while baking powder already has acidic
compound, such as cream of tartar. Baking powder does not need
any substance for the leavening process. Because baking soda
has no leavening power of its own and requires molasses, yogurt
or buttermilk to make batter rise. Be sure to stock molasses and
cook with molasses, particularly if you don't have dairy cows or

Prepare to live happily ever after with baking soda. Now that you
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Why hoard baking soda?
Baking soda is as important today as it was hundreds or even
thousands of years ago:

  • Egyptians used natron in ways beyond mummification.
    Natron is a mineral salt found in dried salt lake beds of the
    Natron Valley, which consisted of hydrated sodium
    carbonate. Mostly used as a soap, sometimes for
    mummification, Egyptians certainly were aware of the power
    of natron for preservation, but there were many other
    household and beauty uses, along with spiritual ones.
    Egyptians mixed natron with oil as an early form of soap,
    and blended it with ash as a bath salt, and they used natron
    to clean teeth. It may also have been effective, if painful,
    method of cleansing minor cuts and wounds. Egyptians also
    used natron to get rid of vermin in the household. Natron
    was also important to art as they mixed pigments.

  • Pioneers packed around two pounds of saleratus* (a
    leavening product equivalent to baking soda) for their six-
    month journey along the Oregon trail. Pioneers used baking
    soda not only as leavening agent for baking, but also for
    tonics to cure various ailments. They baked bread, biscuits,
    rolls, cakes, cornbread, Johnny cakes, waffles, pie crusts,
    cookies and crackers, puddings, soufflés, and so much more.

Both baking soda and baking powder have a happy place on the
supply shelf and pantry of the prepared prepper.

Happy endings...
Did we forget to tell you that you can use baking soda for baking?
Bake bread, biscuits, rolls, cakes, cookies cornbread, pies,
pancakes, waffles and more with baking soda! Plus, you can make
gravies, thicken stews and fry with it. Need we say more.  Baking
soda is
#37 on the list of 37 foods to hoard before crisis.

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* Saleratus is sodium or potassium bicarbonate used as a leavening agent. As with Saleratus,
baking soda has no leavening power of its own and requires molasses, yogurt or buttermilk to
make batter rise.

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