Week after week I’m amazed at all of the uses for common household product. This list contains a lot of the uses that were used back in WWII. However, as my family and I collaborate we find that we use the products for more modern things too. To continue honoring the ways of the WWII housewives I’ve highlighted (in red) our modern housewives contributions to this list.
- Antiperspirant – to make your own, apply baking soda with a powder puff under arms.
- Bee Stings – to sooth the pain and draw out the stinger, apply a paste of baking soda and water to the affected area.
- Breath – to freshen, gargle with 2 ounces of water mixed with ½ teaspoon baking soda. Bug Bites – to relieve itching, make a thick paste using water and baking soda. Apply paste to the bite.
- Canker Sore – to relive pain, mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda, a pinch of salt in 1 cup of water. Gargle.
- Chicken Pox – to relieve itching, add ½ cup baking soda to a lukewarm bath.
- Colds – to relieve stuffy head and nose, use vapor disks in your shower made with 2 cups baking soda, 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Slowly add water to make a thick putty. Divide into muffin tins and allow them to air dry for 24 hours.
- Dandruff – to control, massage your wet scalp with a ¼ – ½ cup of baking soda. Repeat for two weeks.
- Dentures and Retainers – to clean, soak them in 1 cup warm water and 3 tablespoons baking soda.
- Detox – to relieve aches and pains, mix 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup apple cider vinegar in a warm tub of water.
- Face Scrub – for a soft, smooth face, make a paste using 1 part baking soda, 2 parts ground oatmeal and water. Gently rub you face with the paste, leave on for a few minutes and then rinse.
- Feet – to relieve aching feet, add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a tub of warm water.
- Hair – to keep hair healthy, add 1 teaspoon of baking to every 6 ounces of conditioner.
- Hair – to remove chemical build up and soften, mix 1 teaspoon baking soda to 6 ounces shampoo
- Heartburn – to relieve, drink 4 ounces of water mixed with 1 teaspoon baking soda.
- Jellyfish Sting – to sooth pain, apply a thick paste of baking soda and water to the affected area.
- Mouthwash – to make your own, mix 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1/8 teaspoon salt, a drop of two of peppermint in 1 quart of water. Gargle.
- Poison Ivy – to relieve itching, make a thin paste using water and baking soda. Gently apply to affected area.
- Skin – to exfoliate, make a paste using 3 parts baking soda and on part water. Gently apply with your fingers using a circular motion, rinse
- Skin – to soften, add 1 cup of baking soda to your bathwater.
- Splinter – to remove, soak affected area in a small glass of water containing 1 tablespoon baking soda. Repeat twice a day until the splinter works its way out.
- Split Ends – to resist, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda for every 6 ounces of conditioner.
- Stuffy Nose – to clear, add 1 teaspoon to vaporizer.
- Sunburn – to relieve pain, make a thin paste using water and baking soda. Gently apply to the burned area.
- Sunburn – to relieve pain, soak in a bath tub full of lukewarm water and a ½ cup baking soda. Air dry.
- Teeth – to clean, make a paste using baking soda and peroxide.
- Teeth – to whiten, mix ½ teaspoon baking soda with 1 crushed, ripe strawberry. Apply the mixture to your teeth and allow it to remain for 5 minutes. Brush teeth and rinse.
- Ulcer – to relieve pain, dissolve 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda in 1 cup water and drink.
- Wind burns – to relieve, apply a thin paste of baking soda and water to the area
- Baking Powder – to make your own, sift together 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 2 parts cream of tartar.
- Beans – to make them more digestible, soak dried beans in a solution of 4 cups water and ½ cup baking soda.
- Chicken – to easily remove feathers and clean, boil the chicken in a pot of water mixed with 1 teaspoon baking soda.
- Eggs – to make fluffier, add ½ teaspoon of baking soda to three eggs.
- Fish – to reduce the fishy smell, soak raw fish in 2 cups water and ¼ cup baking soda for 1-3 hours in the refrigerator.
- Fruits & Vegetables – to clean, wash them in a sink of water mixed with 1 cup of baking soda.
- Meat – to tenderize, rub meat with baking soda and allow it to sit for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator. Rinse before cooking.
- Sports Drinks – to make your own, dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking, 1 teaspoon of salt, 4 tablespoons of sugar and 1 package of Kool-Aid in 2 quarts of warm water. Cool and drink to replace electrolytes which help you to absorb more water.
- Tea – to eliminate bitterness and cloudiness, add a pinch of baking soda to a gallon of freshly brewed tea.
- Tomatoes – to reduce acid, sprinkle them with a pinch of baking soda.
- Wild Game – to reduce the gamey flavor, soak it in a solution of 4 cups water and ½ cup baking soda.
- Baby Bottles – to clean and deodorize, wash bottles in a sink full of hot water and ½ cup baking soda.
- Cast Iron – to clean, sprinkle with baking soda and scrub with a rag. Rinse and season.
- Coffee Maker – to clean, add ¼ cup baking soda to a pot of water. Run the water through a complete brewing cycle.
- Coffee Stains – to remove from mugs, sprinkle baking soda and fill with hot water. Let it soak until the water is cool. Empty and sprinkle with a little more baking soda and scrub clean.
- Dish clothes – to remove the smell, soak dish clothes in 2 cups water and 1 cup baking soda.
- Dishwasher – to clean and deodorize, sprinkle the bottom with 1 cup baking soda and run it through a full cycle using hot water. Then leave the door open for a few hours to dry out.
- Dishwasher – for cleaner dishes, add a tablespoon of baking soda to your dishwasher.
- Food Storage Containers – to remove odors, sprinkle with baking soda and allow them to sit covered for 24-48 hours. Wash in a sink of water mixed with ½ cup baking soda.
- Hands – to remove odors, wash hands with baking soda.
- Oven – to clean, mix 1 cup warm water and 1 tablespoon baking soda scrub the inside of the oven and rinse clean.
- Pots & Pans – to remove burnt on food, fill pan with water and ¼ cup baking soda. Boil for 10-15 minutes and wash clean.
- Pots & Pans – to remove grease, scrub pans with baking soda.
- Refrigerator – to clean and deodorize, make a cleaning solution using 4 cups water and ¼ cup baking soda.
- Refrigerator – to remove odors, place an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator.
- Stove – to clean a glass top stove, make a paste using baking soda and water. Apply the mixture to the stove top scrubbing away the mess. Rinse with clean water.
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