84 Ways To Use Baking Soda
Baking soda is one of the most versatile and useful products available. It’s like the “duct tape” of the homemaking world! ;-)
I was frantically helping Tawra clean her house one day before the reporters came and couldn’t get these red and black marks off her fridge.
The whole time I was taking the man’s name in vain who came up with the idea of finger proof fridges and put texture on the outside, which is even harder to clean! Dumb idea.
Anyway God showed me a means of escape before I sinned more by thinking more bad thoughts about the poor man and I remembered baking soda and used it on the fridge. Voila! Fridge clean and in a nick of time.
Here are several other ways to use baking soda to help you get everything clean and shiny from your hair to your sink!
Ways To Use Baking Soda
Here is my list of ways to use baking soda. Baking soda is one of the things that is practically a cure all for everything and it is so cheap! You can buy big boxes in the laundry section of your store so you can use it for everything!
Body And Health Baking Soda Uses
Use baking soda as an antacid and for heartburn. I mix ½ tsp. of baking soda with about ½ cup water, mix and drink. It really does work.
Use it for food allergy relief. This is not for an allergy that causes you to have a life threatening reaction You should avoid those foods entirely. If you have very mild food allergies and sensitivities, you can drink ½ tsp. baking soda in ½ cup of water and it will help reduce the reaction. I do this all the time when I eat something that makes my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome worse and it works like a charm!
Relieve skin itch from insect bites, bee stings and pain from windburn and sunburn. Make a paste with water and put on bite or burn.
Apply baking soda on jellyfish stings to draw out the venom.
Unblock stuffy noses by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.
Use baking soda as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff. This isn’t an anti-antiperspirant just deodorant.
Use it as a face and body scrub. Scrub gently. You can use it every day.
Remove strong odors from your hands by rubbing them with baking soda and water.
To remove a splinter make a baking soda paste and let sit on splinter. That should help draw it out.
Baking Soda Uses For The Mouth
Mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with peroxide and make a paste. Use it as toothpaste or use alone. You can mix with a small amount of mint extract.
Relieve canker sore pain by using it as mouthwash.
Freshen your mouth by gargling half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed water.
Use it to brush retainers and dentures.
Use 1/2 tsp. of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water for your Water Pik.
Ways To Use Baking Soda In The Bath
Add 1 cup of baking soda to bath water to soften your skin and detox.
Put ¼ cup in your baby’s bath water to help relieve diaper rash. Soak them in it for as long as possible. Pat dry to leave a small amount of residue on their buns.
Make a thin paste and use it on baby’s head to remove cradle cap. Scrub and rinse.
Take a baking soda bath to relieve skin irritations.
Put 3 tablespoons in very warm water and soak your feet.
Make homemade shampoo. Mix 1 Tablespoon baking soda with 8 oz. hot water. Mix well. Put in a squirt bottle to use. Just squirt on hair, wash and rinse.
Ways To Use Baking Soda In The Kitchen
Put an open container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb the odors.
Sprinkle it on your ashtrays to reduce bad odor and prevent smoldering.
Make a paste and use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs.
Make a paste and scrub the microwave clean.
Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.
Remove grease from pots and pans. Make a paste and scrub the grease away.
Remove coffee and tea stains by scrubbing a paste of baking soda inside the mug.
Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.
Clean the fridge with it.
Place an open box in your fridge and let it absorb odors. After 3 months, put in a fresh box and use the old for cleaning.
Mix it with water to wash food and drink containers to remove odors. You may need to let it sit overnight and then rinse.
Make a paste then clean Formica countertops with the sponge.
Use it to get rid of stale odors from cooling containers and thermos bottles. Sprinkle it all over the inside and let sit overnight. Then rinse. (Mike: We have a Camelbak water backpack for hiking that always seems to taste like vinyl or fabric softener. I fill it with water and baking soda the night before a hike and then rinse just before we go on a hike. It prevents the bad taste.)
Run your coffee maker with a baking soda solution, then rinse.
Combine with hot water in a baby’s bottle to help freshen. (Formula stinks!)
Make a paste of baking soda and water, and used it to scrub enameled cast iron and stainless steel.
Rub the inside of lunch boxes with a paste of it and rinse to remove odors.
Make a paste of baking soda , and use it to clean the inside of an oven.
Put a small pinch in iced tea to help keep it clear.
Use Baking Soda In Cooking
Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.
Homemade Vegetable Wash. Wash fruits and vegetables with baking soda. Add several tablespoons in warm water. Wash fruits and vegetables and rinse.
Soak dried beans to a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.
Remove the fishy smell from your fish fillets by soaking the raw fish in a baking soda solution for an hour covered inside the fridge.
Make fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs used. Mix well.
Reduce the acid content of your tomato-based recipes by sprinkling them with a pinch of baking soda.
Sprinkle baking soda on cooking fires.
Remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a baking soda solution for 10 minutes before washing. I usually have to boil my pans but it works.
Baking Soda Uses Around The Home
Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.
Put out small fires on rugs, upholstery, clothing, and wood.
Sprinkle it on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foot odor.
Put it under sinks and along basement windows to repel cockroaches and ants.
Turn baking soda into modeling clay by combining it with one and 1/4 cups of water and one cup of cornstarch.
Use Baking Soda For Cleaning
Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.
Remove black marks from shoes and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls.
Clean garbage cans with it.
Use it to wash diapers. Sprinkle in with cloth diapers and then wash as usual.
Use in diaper pail. Sprinkle a small amount every day or so on top of cloth diapers while waiting to wash.
Add ½ cup to your laundry to soften the water and have fresher clothes.
Put three tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water, then use the mixture to wash marble-topped furniture.
Sprinkle it on grease on your garage floor then smash it in and let it set for 30 minutes. Scrub the floor, and rinse.
Clean ashtrays with a baking soda solution.
Keep your drains clean by putting four tablespoons of baking soda in them each week. Flush it down with vinegar and then hot water.
Clean your shower curtains by soaking them in baking soda and water and washing in the washer.
Put baking soda paste on a small rag to rub canvas handbags clean.
Make a paste and scrub to clean jewelry.
For silver tarnish remover: put a piece of foil in the bottom of a dish. Sprinkle with baking soda, stir, add silver and let soak. Polish after you take it out.
If someone barfs all over the floor or furniture then sprinkle on dry area. Let it sit for a while and then clean off.
Use baking soda to clean your aquarium.
Miscellaneous Ways To Use Baking Soda
Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.
Restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a cup of baking soda.
Scatter baking soda around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from eating your veggies.
Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants.
Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.
Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to remove bad smells from their fur and skin.
Sprinkle on carpet, let sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum.
Make a paste and gently scrub off crayon marks.
Clean battery cables by putting a paste on the corrosion and then wiping it off.
Sprinkle baking soda on top of the cat box to absorb odors.
Sprinkle inside of cars, the floors and seats to remove odors.
Sprinkle on pet beds. Let sit as long as possible and then vacuum or shake off.
Before a bath in the bathtub sprinkle your dog liberally with baking soda (avoiding the face). Then wet them down, scrub and rinse. This will remove “dog” odors.
Pour one box of baking soda down the toilet each week to keep septic tank odors at bay. We had a brand new septic system ($12,000) put in and we started having horrible smells. We thought we were going to have to call in a repair person. After Mike did some research he found out that baking restored the ph balance of the tank and the smell was gone with just one box a week! Depending on the tank size, it might require 2 boxes per week but it’s a small price to pay for septic system maintenance.
Make a volcano. Pour baking soda in the bottom of a jar. Add vinegar. Let fizz, add more for more eruptions!
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Thank you so much for this article. I think this is a great list and belongs along side of your most favorites on your blog.
When the drain clogs: three shakes of baking soda, followed by a generous glug or two of vinegar.
Cat box: add baking soda to cat litter. Some cat litter already has baking soda in it.
Love baking soda–it is probably the least expensive cleaner out there–also it doesn’t harm the environment and leaves no toxic residue behind on food surfaces.
Also it works great when cleaning fine China dishes and collectibles. Eliminates odors in garbage disposal too.
Thanks for making this so easy to print. Some of these tips, I have never heard of and I use baking soda a lot in my house. One thing I was very interested in was using it to clean coffee and tea stains from cups. The inside of my stoneware cups gets brown very quickly because I drink a lot of hot tea. The fellow who runs the cafe here in our building told me to use clorox to soak them overnight and then rinse in them the next morning. This works great on plastic but not on the crockery cups. I am eager to try the baking soda and see if that does a better job. While I know the cups are clean, they look awful when offering a cuppa to someone visiting. I have tried vinegar and that didn’t work at all so hope the baking soda does the trick. I’m sure there are other tips I will use when I have a chance to finish reading them.
Maggie if the soda doesn’t work you could try hydrogen peroxide too but if the clorax didn’t work I’m not sure if anything will because usually that gets my stains out in my cups right away. It maybe something that the cups are made of that is more then just stain but a reaction to the tea or something. Also just a heads up vinegar and ammonia are not a stain removers. Ammonia is a degreaser and vinegar only gets rid of hard water spots and residue. It does disinfect but not as well as bleach.
So many new ideas, thank you!
Question: Can soda safely be used on fiberglass shower units? Mine really need a good cleaning to remove grime, but I am concerned about marring the fiberglass finish. Thanks for any suggestions
Yes, I’ve used it on mine and it’s fine.
I would hesitate to recommend baking soda for the care of teeth or dentures. Occasionally maybe. I used it continually as a teen in the 70s and striped my enamel from my teeth caused sensitivity and much pain. I love the other ideas though. I mix it with a little liquid hand dish soap and use it for soft cleanser all the time. I like the shampoo too and your home made rinse eliminated my itchy eyelashes which I suspect was stunting their growth.
I am shocked to see on your list, to use baking soda for the hair! My Hair Specialist knows me hair, meds etc after many many years. [I have BP] Apparently some meds, will leave their residue on the shaft of your hair. I hadn’t seen her in months and asked her how my hair was. ‘You haven’t been using your Baking Soda [teaspoonful] mixed with your regular shampoo have you?’ How l did she know? My hair didn’t suds up! I simplely ran out and forgot to buy it! It has returned to the shower in an air tight container! Now I and my hair am back on track! Thanks for reminding me! It has worked for me for many many years now! I am back to being shiney and fullbodied again, with no long heavy hair!
Just tried the homemade baking soda shampoo and apple cider rinse today after 3 days of not washing my hair. I did this purposely just to see how these items would work, and they worked great. I did wash and rinse my hair twice because I waited so long, but my hair is very soft and shinny. If I didn’t try it I would have never believed it. Thank you for all the great information on your website.