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Baking Soda for medical uses

Baking Soda for medical uses

Using Baking Soda along with Arrowroot Powder and essential oils is a great combination to
protecting feet from microbial infections and bad odor. Research shows that this combination inhibits the yeast, fungal and bacterial growth on the feet.

Drinking a solution of Baking Soda and water (1-2 teaspoons in an 8 ounce glass of water) has antacid properties and will relieve heartburn and indigestion. Baking Soda reduces the acid content in blood and urine because of its alkaline properties.

If you do nasal washes combine Baking Soda, salt and lukewarm water to clean the mucus from the nose. Can be done safely 2 to 3 times a day.

For the teeth Baking Soda removes plaque from and in between teeth, removes bacteria from the mouth and can whiten teeth. For plaque, wet toothbrush and sprinkle Baking Soda onto the toothbrush and brush normally. For bacteria, mix 1 teaspoon Baking Soda, 1 teaspoon salt to 4 ounces of water and gargle with this every morning. For whitening teeth crush 1 ripe strawberry and mix in with ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Spread the mixture onto your teeth and leave on for five minutes. When brush your teeth and rinse. Do not use more than once a week, excessive use could damage tooth enamel.

Baking Soda can help decrease kidney stone formation and remove the material that causes the stones.

Baking Soda can help prevent bladder infections by making the bladder less acidic for the bacteria to grow in.

In the hospital they use an IV solution that contains sodium bicarbonate to treat metabolic acidosis, peptic ulcer and drug intoxications.

Side Effects:

You can overdose on Baking Soda and that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, muscle weakness and spasms. Care must be taken while consuming products that contain Baking Soda.

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Baking Soda in the Garden

Using Baking Soda in the Garden

Mix 4 teaspoons of Baking Soda in 1 gallon of water. This makes a natural fungicide to use on
roses for black spot fungus and on grapes and vines when fruit first begins to appear.

Mix 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda, 1 gallon of water, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 1
tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Mix and put into a sprayer, and spray onto flowers and
vegetables especially on zinnias, impatients, squash and cucumbers weekly, apply
when the sun is not too sunny. This recipe is especially helpful on powdery mildew in gardens
that are in high humidity areas.

Mix together 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda, ½ teaspoon of clear ammonia and 1 teaspoon of Epson Salt into a gallon of water and place in sprayer. One gallon will treat 4 rose bushes that have lost their luster. One time application.

Pour Baking Soda onto cracks in a patio walkway, this will kill any small weeds sprouted and prevent new ones from growing.

Mix equal parts of Baking soda and flour and put into a jar. Dust plants such as broccoli, cabbage and kale that are attractive to cabbage worms, when the worms eat the mixture they
will die in a day or so. Repeat as needed.

Sprinkle Baking soda near established tomato plants to make your tomatoes sweeter. It is
Good to test this on just 1 plant to make sure the soil is not already acidic, place once when the tomatoes are about 1 inch in size and again when they are about half grown.

Wet crab grass and pour a heavy dusting of Baking Soda on it, avoiding surrounding grass if you can. The crab grass will die back in a few days.

To test the pH of your soil, wet the soil and take a half of a teaspoon and sprinkle it onto the soil. If the Baking Soda bubbles, your soil is acidic with a pH level under 5.

Sprinkle Baking Soda directly onto slugs, after removing them from your plant, and it will dehydrate and kill them.

Pour ½ teaspoon in a pint mason jar and fill the rest of the jar with water. Pour onto unwanted mushrooms in yard to get rid of them.

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Use Baking Soda to repel

Use Baking Soda to repel something

Pour a solid line along basement windows and around outside of house to repel ants and
roaches from entering into your house or apartment.

Pour around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from eating your veggies.

Use Baking Soda to reduce, remove or change something

Baking Soda can be administered to pools, spas, and garden ponds to raise pH levels.

Baking Soda is used in a process for removing paint and corrosion called sodablasting.

Baking Soda is used in DC dry chemical fire extinguishers as an alternative to the more corrosive ammonium phosphate in ABC extinguishers.

Baking Soda is commonly used to neutralize unwanted acid solutions or acid spills.

Small fires can be put out on rugs, upholstery, clothing, wood and if pan with grease catches on
Fire, so keep some Baking Soda close to the stove/oven.

Add 1 cup to your bathwater and your skin will become soft, it will also dry your skin so
add lotion if your skin is already dry (place 2 tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help
relieve diaper rash)

Place 3 tablespoons of Baking Soda and 1 cup of apple cider into a bathtub of warm water, this makes a spa-like bath for soaking away aches and pains. As a bonus it also cleans the tub and drain.

Make a paste that will not run and place on insect bites, windburn, jellyfish sting, rash, poison ivy irritations and sunburn, leave on until it dries, then wash off, will remove stinger and lessen inflammation which will help relieve pain, use a 3:1 ratio, Baking Soda to water

Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 4 ounces or (½ glass) of water, stir and drink will relieve

Add ½ teaspoon to an 8 ounces of water (full glass) of water and use as a mouthwash to relieve
pain from a canker sore or freshen breath

Place 1 teaspoon into a vase of water to keep cut flowers fresh longer

Place a pinch into tomato-based recipes to reduce the acid content

Baking Soda is one of the main components of the common incendiary “black snake” firework.

Place 1 teaspoon into a full bowl of water and place 1 cup of dry beans into this, soak overnight
Then the next day rinse the beans and prepare as normal, will make you pass less gas

Add 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda to a 4 ounce glass of water and soak the splinter area twice a day. In a few days the splinter will come out on its own.

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Baking Soda to Clean

Use Baking Soda to Clean
Sprinkle onto barbecue grills then rinse off

Sprinkle it on your greasy garage floor, scrub the floor and rinse

Place 4 tablespoons down your drain each week, then flush it down with hot water

To clean drain when blocked place 1 teaspoon down the drain then add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to the drain, let it bubble for 15 minutes then rinse with hot water. This is much safer than drain cleaner.

Sprinkle onto a small brush and rub canvas handbags clean

Sprinkle onto wet toothbrush and brush teeth

Place 1 teaspoon on a wet wash cloth and wash your face with it, will also dry your skin so
add lotion if your skin is already dry

Add 1 cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush, will clean and absorb odors

Place 1 teaspoon onto wet sponge or rag then wash down sinks, showers, counter-tops and tubs

Place 1 tablespoon into greasy pot/pan or burnt on food along with small amount of water to
make a paste let stand for 1 hour then wash will help remove grease and burnt on food

Place a handful into your washer while adding detergent, will boost cleaning power

Make a paste with water to polish stainless steel and chrome

Make a paste to remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls

Make a paste with water to scrub out a refrigerator, ice chest, ash trays and garbage cans to
clean and get odors out

Make a paste with water and brush dentures and retainers to clean and remove odors

Place 1 cup in your bath tub full of warm water put shower curtain, combs and brushes
into the tub, let stand for 1 hour then with a rag or scrub brush finish cleaning off and rinse

Place 1 teaspoon in coffee maker and run through the cycle, run another cycle with water to

Make a paste with warm water and put on burnt on food in oven, leave on for 1 hour, then
wash with a rag and rinse

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Baking Soda Outside of Cooking #2

Using Baking Soda as a freshener

Use as deodorant by applying with powder puff or put a pinch of Baking Soda mixed with a small amount of water and apply to underarms and let dry.

Put an open box into the back of the refrigerator to absorb odors – good for 3 months

Sprinkle into your ashtray to reduce bad odor and prevent smoldering

Sprinkle into shoes, boots, slippers and socks to eliminate foul odor

Sprinkle onto carpet, rugs or upholstered furniture then gently brush, leave overnight
and vacuum the next day will be like dry cleaning and will remove odor

Sprinkle into cat’s litter box to absorb odors

Sprinkle on your pet’s brush to deodorize their fur and help heal rashes

Place 1 teaspoon into the palm of your hand and add soap and wash hands as normal
to remove strong odors such as fish and onion smell

Place 1 tablespoon into one side of sink and fill ½ way with water then soak dishrags to remove
musty odor from them

Place ½ teaspoon into a bowl of water, stir and place fish into the bowl, put into refrigerator for
an hour, will remove fishy smell

Place ½ teaspoon into a bowl of water, stir and place wild game into the bowl, put into
refrigerator for an hour, will remove wild game taste and smell

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Baking Soda Outside of Cooking #1

Uses of Baking Soda Outside of Cooking

We all know how to use Baking Soda in cooking, but, did you know that there are many other uses of it outside of cooking? You probably also know about putting an open box of Baking Soda into your refrigerator to absorb the smells. You should replace that box every 3 months but then do you have to throw it out? What a waste, what if you could reuse it for something else? Baking Soda comes in a bag or box as a fine powder and is a chemical compound. When combined with water it produces a paste, however when it is combined with an acid such as vinegar it releases bubbles of carbon dioxide. Baking Soda is odorless and salty, alkaline taste (salt is added to the main ingredient). According to the USDA Baking Soda has no fat, calories or carbohydrates and contains sodium and water. Baking Soda is one of the most inexpensive (it is still $1 a box) and safe (is used as a “green cleaner”) tools around so add these things to your uses.

Brief History of Baking Soda

Without the added water and salt, Baking Soda’s main ingredient is nahcolite, which is part of the natural mineral natron. It is found dissolved in many mineral springs. This has been used as far back as the Egyptians who used it as soap and for cleaning purposes. History reports that baking soda has been used in many civilizations for baking bread and other foods requiring rising.

The Baking Soda that we know today started in 1846 by Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight.

By 1860 published cookbooks included Baking Soda in their recipes.

In 1918-19 during the Spanish Flu Outbreak a Baking Soda and water regiment was given to
some patients and it was found that the ones who took this regiment as a preventative either
did not contract the flu or those who did had only mild cases.

In 1924 Dr. Volney S. Cheney published his findings from this Spanish Flu Study in a booklet
“Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Medical Uses.

In 1930 Baking Soda was advertised as a “proven medical agent”.

The advertisement to keep a box of Baking Soda in your refrigerator to help with odors
came out in 1972.

PETE Containers

Using PETE Containers for Dry Food Storage

PETE is a type of clear plastic bottle commonly used for foods and drinks such as Coke/other soft drinks and fruit juices sold in grocery stores. The bottles are identified on the bottom, next to the recycle emblem, with the letters PETE. These containers have great oxygen barrier qualities. You can use with or without oxygen absorbers to store bulk dry foods. The low oxygen content of the sealed containers protects the stored food from insect infestation and helps preserve product quality. These containers are well suited for products that are rotated on a regular basis, while still providing several years of storage capability. Some of our wheat and beans have germinated after 20 years stored in coke bottles.


1. Use only PETE bottles that have been previously commercially packaged with food.
Bottles need to have screw-on lids with plastic, not paper, lid seals.

2. Wash and rinse bottles to remove any residue. Drain and dry bottles for several days.

3. Place an oxygen absorber packet into each bottle IF you have them, if not don’t worry about it.

4. Fill bottles with bulk dry products that are low in moisture and oil content.

5. Wipe top sealing edge clean.

6. Screw lids on tightly, BUT not over tight. .

7. Store the products in a cool, dry location, away from sunlight.

Oxygen absorbers

These are commercially available from suppliers, you can also use the hand warmers sold in sporting goods stores OR you can make your own if you really feel the need.
This size of absorber can be used for containers of up to 1-gallon capacity and the hand warmers are good for larger containers.
When packaging products, take out of the bag the number of absorbers you plan to use in 30 minutes and store the remainder in glass canning jars with new lids.

Containers that work well for long-term storage include:
Foil pouches
Glass canning jars with screw-on lids
PETE plastic containers with screw-on lids
#10 cans metal cans have the advantage of being rodent proof.

Containers that do not work well for this type of storage nor for water storage include:
Translucent plastic containers such as milk jugs
Containers that have contained non-food products should not be used for food storage

Good Dry-Pack Products

Dry-pack products for storage need to be low moisture (10% moisture or less), good quality, and insect free. Packaging in foil pouches, #10 cans, glass canning jars, and PETE plastic bottles should be limited to foods that best retain flavor and nutritional value. An oxygen absorber packet can be included in each container for all products except sugar and salt. Salt should NEVER be stored in metal.


• Milk Non-fat dry milk and milk/whey products such as hot cocoa

• White Flour Bleached or unbleached

• Whole Grains Wheat, white rice, dry corn, popcorn, rye, barley, etc.

• Rolled Oats Quick or regular

• Legumes Dry peas and beans, including dehydrated refried beans

• Pasta Pasta products

• Fruits and Dehydrated or freeze-dried products that are dry enough to snap.
Vegetables (Best items: apples, bananas, potatoes, onions, carrots, corn, and
peas Marginal items: apricots, peaches, pears, tomatoes, and green beans)

• Sugar Granulated, brown or powdered (Do not use oxygen absorbers in containers of
sugar you or you will end up with a really big sugar cube) Candy

• Miscellaneous TVP (Texturized vegetable protein), Cheese powder, Gelatin, crackers/hardtack
Soup mixes (without bouillon) dry lean meat such as jerky, spices, first aid
products, garden seeds

NOTE: All items should be rotated. This may be accomplished by personal use or by sharing with others.

Suicide plug

Suicide plugs

What are they and why are they so dangerous?

Suicide plugs typically are short [foot long or less] pieces of wire that have male plugs at both ends. They are used to ‘back feed’ electricity into and area of the house where the power has gone out. They can also be used to back feed electricity into an RV, outbuilding, shed or work area. Suicide plugs are intended for VERY short term use IF at all.

How are they used? Run your extension cord into a live plug, either in the house or a generator. The other end is run out to the area in need of power where the suicide plug is inserted into a female receptacle and the other end of the suicide plug is inserted into the extension cord. This energizes the dead area.


the first question that you have to ask is WHY is the unpowered area not powered? IF it an outbuilding or RV that is one thing BUT if it an area of your house which used to have power I would think thrice before re-energizing it in any way other than through the fuse or breaker box.

Second concern is that suicide plugs have exposed wires which are HOT aka energized and if someone touches it they can be electrocuted, hence the term suicide plug. IF you are going to use a suicide plug anyway EVERYONE around has to be educated on precautions!

Third concern is both 120 VAC and 12 VDC among other voltages will start fires.

There are other dangers involved in using a suicide plug, but these are the bigger issues.

You may well ask, What prompted this missive?

One of the neighbors was using a suicide plug and didn’t feel the need to warn others [including younger people] that were helping with yard work of the dangers and thought it was funny when confronted,

bad weather traffic

Blog bad weather traffic accidents

Ah springtime in the Rockies. We have been going from temps in the upper 60s & 70s to upper 20s and low 30s with rain and snow. So today, the roads were slick with ice covered by snow.

Between yesterday and last night at least 4 public service vehicles slid off the road and nk telling how many civilians.

About 1100 2016-04-30 there were reports of traffic accidents with injuries on the interstate blocking the west bound lanes. It took a good 30 minutes for the first fire/EMS to get to the scene because of the other vehicles blocking the flow of traffic [for miles] . Responding vehicles had to weave in and out between stopped vehicles and drive on the shoulder of the road. Due to the stopped cars in the way they the fire chief requested that the neighboring county respond units from their direction which was still flowing.

During the hour plus of this incident to this point police, fire/EMS did the best they could as it was a very dynamic situation.

Lessons learned and points to ponder.

When the road in front is blocked especially on the interstate there is NO reason to go around stopped cars [in the right hand lane] just so that you can stop up the left hand lane. If you are driving in the passing lane and see blockage ahead do your best to change into the right hand [driving] lane. The left hand lane should be left clear for emergency vehicles.

This is another situation where having vehicle to vehicle communications [like ships have] for local area Comms would be great to get local road reports. Yes, cell phones are great for specific point to point Comms. Cell phones on the other hand are not so good when it comes to talking a few cars over unless you know their phone number. Given that most if not all truckers already have CB radios, CBs are great for local information.

The biggest issue is that comes to mind is….. If you don’t HAVE to travel during bad weather, STAY HOME. IF you do have to travel during bad weather be sure to top off the gas tank. Let family know where you are going, what your plans are and when you expect to be home.

What I would like to see the vehicle manufacturers do is equip all new vehicles with with a built in FRS type radio that only has 1 or 2 frequencies on it so that cars can share information and receive directions from public services. This would be similar to ‘on-star’ except that it would be free and close in local.

What are your thoughts?

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47 Uses for Olive Oil Outside of the Kitchen p5

47 Uses for Olive Oil Outside of the Kitchen p5

Face scrub-make a paste of 4 tablespoons salt with 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil, work on face,
leave on a minute or two then rinse off with warm soapy water, apply daily for one week,
then cut back to 2-3 times weekly, the salt cleanses the pores by exfoliation and the Olive
Oil restores skin’s natural moisture

Bath Oil-place a few drops of your favorite essential oil and 3-4 tablespoons of Olive Oil into
your bath water

Lice treatment-helps dissolve the exoskeleton of these little parasites, and smother the ones
that are resistant-pour Olive Oil onto hair liberally, comb out any visible lice with a nit comb
and leave on under a shower cap for up to 8 hours, follow by coating the hair in apple cider
vinegar, leave overnight, shampoo as usual and then comb out any remaining eggs

Homemade soap-search the internet for this, there are many different kinds of soap made with
Olive Oil

Lip balm-mix Olive Oil and melted beeswax in a 1:1 ratio with essential oil for fragrance

Stretch marks-reduce the appearance of stretch marks by combining equal parts of Cocoa
Butter and Olive Oil for a stretch mark minimizer will not remove entirely

Prevent prematurely gray hair-Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains pigments, using it in your hair will
gradually darken it

Prevent hair loss and damage-use Olive Oil to manage your hair instead of using harsh
chemicals, you can minimize damage to your hair

Minimize cellulite-mix used coffee grounds with Olive Oil for a topical cellulite treatment, apply
directly to skin, will not eliminate entirely

Reduce nitric acid to normal levels-Nitric acid has been proven to increase blood pressure, Olive
Oil reduces nitric acid levels, take 1 tablespoon internally daily

Help fight off degenerative disease-the antioxidants in Olive Oil give it the power to help lessen
the impact of degenerative diseases in your body, take 1 tablespoon internally daily

Make a natural vitamin supplement-2 tablespoons taken internally daily can replace daily Vit E
supplement while providing all the other benefits of Olive Oil

If you are taking a blood thinner such as Warfarin you should be very consistent in your consumption of
olive oil as it is also high in Vitamin K. Obviously you should consult your healthcare provider.

Singers swear by this throat soother-swallow a tablespoon of Olive Oil and you will not have to
clear your throat nearly as often during a performance, soothes itchy throats, lubricate back
of mouth and tonsil area and may lessen snoring

We would like to hear what you use Olive oil for……