Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DID YOU KNOW? Baking Soda

Here are a few things for thought that might even come in handy.

It can be used as toothpaste and for foot powder. If you put 1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water you can make an antacid for when you have eaten too much or the wrong thing. And I've heard that it is also good for upset tummies. I remember my grandmother using this remedy.

It is also good for insect bites and stings. Make a paste of a little baking soda and a little bit of water. Put the paste on the sting or bite. Do not put it on real thick, 'cause if you do it will crack and fall off when it dries.

Use it on your body as a deodorant. You can put some in your coolers before you put them away for the winter so they'll be fresh when you get them out to use the next summer. Of course, if you are going to use your coolers all year, that might not be a good idea. You can use this on other food containers also.

Use it to clean your hands after cleaning fish, rabbits, or other critters. You can even sprinkle some baking soda in your canteens to get rid of that stale odor from them being stored all winter.

You can also make a home remedy for insect repellent. The pioneers used this, and Old Joe made several batches of it every summer.

It's called "Nessmuk Juice." It is made of:
3 oz pine tar
2 oz castor oil
1 oz pennyroyal oil
Old Joe use to "cook" this stuff up outside. Simmer over a low fire until it becomes like a paaste, then smear it on your body. Share it with your friends, 'cause if you don't, you won't have many left. Yep, it stinks just a bit, but it does keep the pesky things from biting you.

If your're out fishing and the others have not used this, they will all know where you are at all times. You might even have to move your tent down wind of them.

My sister and I had some of this stuff smeared on us by old Joe when he took us fishing for the day. We never got an insect bite, and we caught all kinds of brookies that day. When we got back to the ranch, though, we were not allowed in the house. We stripped down on the back porch and had to take a hot bath in a old wash tub.

But it really does work.

So, now ya know.


  1. I like baking soda as an antacid, also for toothpaste. Like you said it has many uses.

    1. Maybe we could make a list of all that it is good for.

  2. It can also put out a grease fire in a hurry if you keep a box next to the stove.

    1. 45er, that's another one also, I had forgot that one. Thanks.

  3. It sure helps make a cake tall and pretty too!


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