Thursday, August 1, 2013

How-To Use Baking Soda {100+ Uses}

The more homemade cleaning techniques I look into, the more I see baking soda popping up in the list of ingredients!  I love that baking soda is so cheap and I always have it on hand, so I have compiled a list of over 100 ways to use it!



Here are 100+ different ways how to use baking soda:



1.  Facial scrub.  Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water.  Rub on skin in a circular motion.  Rinse clean.  

2.  Freshen your mouth.  Put one teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water then swish, spit and rinse.

3.  Treat insect bites.  Make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply to affected area.

4.  Clean brushes and combs.  Remove oil build-up and hair products by soaking combs and brushes in a small basin of warm water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda in it.  Rinse and allow to dry. 

5.  Soothe your feet.  Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a warm bath.  Let feet soak and gently scrub.

6.  Clean the microwave.  Apply baking soda to a clean, damp sponge and scrub out the microwave.  Rinse well with water.  

7.  Clean the oven.  Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the oven.  Spray baking soda with water and let sit overnight.  In the morning, scrub and wipe away residue.

8.  Hand wash dishes, pots and pans.  Add 2 heaping tablespoons of baking soda (in addition to your regular detergent) to the dish water to help cut grease and remove foods left on dishes. 

9.  Clean sponges.  Soak smelly sponges in 4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water.

10.  Polish Silverware.   Make a baking soda paste with 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water.  Rub onto silverware with a clean cloth or sponge and rinse thoroughly.  


11.  Clean floors.  Add 1/2 cup baking soda to a bucket of warm water.  Mop  floor and rinse clean.  

12.  Clean furniture.  Apply baking soda to a damp sponge and rub lightly.  Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth. 

13.  Remove oil and gas stains.  Sprinkle baking soda on stain and scrub with a wet brush.  

14.  Boost liquid laundry detergent.  Add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to laundry to help clothes get cleaner, fresher and brighter. 

15.  Clean shower curtains.  Sprinkle baking soda directly on a damp sponge.  Scrub the shower curtain and rinse clean.  

16.  Clean cloth diapers.  Dissolve 1/2 cup of baking soda in 2 quarts of water and soak diapers thoroughly.

17.   Clean batteries.  Baking soda can neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers, etc. because it is a mild alkali.  To clean, disconnect the battery terminals.  Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and apply with a damp cloth and scrub corrosion from the battery terminal.

18.  Freshen your fridge.  Place an opened box of baking soda in your refrigerator to neutralize odors.  

19.  Deodorize trash cans.  Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your trash can to help cut smells and odors.

20.  Extinguish fires.  For small cooking fires, turn off the gas or electricity if possible.  Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame to help put out the fire.

21.  Fruit and veggie scrub.  Sprinkle a little baking soda on a damp sponge, rub on fruit/veggies and rinse.  

22.  Remove marks from walls.  Create a paste with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and use to scrub walls and remove crayon and other marks.

23.  Remove grunge from grills.  Sprinkle baking soda on your grill and scrub with a brush.  Wipe clean with a damp rag.

24.  Septic care.  Regular use of baking soda in your drains can keep your septic system flowing freely.   One cup of baking soda per week will maintain a good pH balance in your septic tank.  

25.  Clean baby toys.  Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water.  Soak toys and rinse well. 

26.  Clean counters.  Sprinkle baking soda on your counter and scrub with a damp sponge.  Wipe clean with a damp rag.

27.  Deodorize and clean dishwashers.  Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your dishwasher and run as usual. 

28.  Freshen rugs.  Sprinkle baking soda on rugs and let sit for at least 15 minutes.  Shake rugs clean or vacuum off.

29.  Brighten dull floors.  Dissolve 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of hot water.  Mop and rinse for shiny floors.  

30.  DIY bathroom scrub.  Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent.  Add a little vinegar to give it a creamy texture and use to clean your tubs and sinks.  

31.  Brush pet teeth.  Sprinkle baking soda on a toothbrush and use to safely brush your pet's teeth. 

32.  Sunburn relief.  Mix baking soda with a little water and apply to sore areas to soothe pain.

33.  Fight dandruff.  Massage scalp with a handful of baking soda to slough off dry skin.

34.  Deodorize garbage disposals.  Pour baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water.  

35.  Freshen breath.  Mix a little baking soda in a small cup of water and gargle to freshen breath.

36.  Clean toothbrushes.  Soak bristle end of toothbrushes in a mixture of 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup baking soda.  Let sit overnight and rinse.

37.  Make fluffier omelets.  Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for every 3 eggs.

38.  Deodorize lunch boxes. Between uses, place a spill-proof box of baking soda in lunch boxes to absorb odors.

39.  Repel rain.  Sprinkle baking soda on your windshield and wipe away to help repel rain.

40.  Remove insecticides.  Fill your sink with water and mix in 1/4 cup of baking soda.  Wash fruits and vegetables in the water to safely remove insecticides.  

41.  Fresh smelling drawers.  Pour some baking soda into a sock and tie the top in a knot.  Keep the filled sock in your drawer to help keep it fresh smelling.

42.  Check soil acidity.  Soil needs to be acidic for plants and vegetation to grow properly.  To check if your soil is acidic enough, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with 2 cups of water then stir in 1 cup of soil.  If the mixture bubbles, then your soil is acidic enough.

43.  Relieve itchy skin.  Sprinkle baking soda in a bath tub filled with warm water and add 1/4 cup of baby oil to help soften and relieve itchy skin.

44.  Deodorize drains.  To deodorize sink and tub drains, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water. 

45.  Freshen patio furniture.  Sprinkle patio furniture and cushions with baking soda before storing them for the winter to help them stay fresh smelling until summer.

46.  Resist split ends.  Add a little baking soda to your conditioner and lather in your hair to clean and help prevent split ends.

47.  Poison ivy relief.  Mix baking soda with a little water and apply to affected area to soothe skin.

48.  Unclog drains.  Pour one cup of baking soda followed by one cup of hot vinegar to unclog a drain.

49.  Keep away weeds.  Sprinkle baking soda on cracks in your driveway and sidewalk to help prevent weed growth.

50.  Deodorize the cutting boards.  Sprinkle cutting boards with baking soda, scrub and rinse. 

51.  Razor burn relief.  Rub a paste of baking soda and water on irritated area.

52.  Clean finger and toe nails.  Dip a nail brush in baking soda and scrub to clean nails and soften cuticles.

53.  Make bubbling bath salts.  Mix 2 1/2 cups baking soda, 2 cups cream of tartar and 1/2 cup cornstarch.  Mix together and store in a container.  Use 1/4 cup in each bath.

54.  Remove calluses.  Massage a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water on heels/feet to smooth rough calluses or heels.

55.  Deodorize recyclables.  Sprinkle baking soda on top as you add to the container.  You can also sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge, wipe clean and rinse. 

56.  Remove odor from hands.  Remove the smell of fish, onion or garlic with a solution of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water or liquid soap.  Rinse off and dry.

57.  Exfoliate elbows and knees.  Make a paste with baking soda and water and rub on elbows and knees to remove dry skin.

58.  Revitalize your feet.  Soak tired feet in a basin fill with warm water and 3 tablespoons of baking soda.  

59.  Chlorine remover.  Rinse hair with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 pint of water to remove dullness or discoloration in hair caused by chlorine.

60.  Remove odor from carpets.  Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet.  Let sit overnight and vacuum up in the morning. 

61.  Relieve body odor.  Mix a cup of baking soda in a bathtub filled with cool water will help cause body odor causing bacteria.  Bathe as usual.

62.  Fill holes in the wall.  Mix white toothpaste and baking soda together.  Fill in the holes and allow to dry.

63.  Freshen the smell of your car.  Fill your ashtray with baking soda to neutralize and freshen the air in your vehicle.

64.  Polish chrome.  Make a paste of baking soda and water, dip a rag in it, rub it on chrome and wipe off for a shiny polished look.

65.  Deodorize your wash.  Smelly clothes can be neutralized with 1/2 cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle of your wash. 

66.  Remove water rings and spots.  Make a paste with baking soda and water and combine with a little toothpaste.  Dip a soft cloth in the paste and rub away rings and spots from wood.

67.  Freshen up fireplaces.  Clean all ashes out of your fireplace and place a bowl filled with baking soda inside of it to remove unwanted odors.

68.  Remove bean bloat.  Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda in your water when soaking beans to remove what causes gas and bloat when eating them.

69.  Remove hair buildup.  Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in with your shampoo and wash as usual to remove unwanted buildup.  

70.  Whiten teeth.  Dip your toothbrush in baking soda before every brushing and brush teeth as usual to white teeth naturally.

71.  Freshen closets.  Place an open box of baking soda on a shelf to keep the closet smelling fresh.

72.  Remove sauce stains.  Make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub on plastic containers stained with red sauces to remove stains.

73.  Melt the ice.  Sprinkle baking soda on icy steps and sidewalk to help melt ice and provide traction.

74.  Remove sweat stains.  Make a paste of baking soda and water, spread on stain, let sit for an hour and wash as usual.

75.  Acne clearing mask.  Make a paste of baking soda and water, spread on face, let sit for 5-7 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

76.  Clean retainers or dentures.  Sprinkle baking soda on a toothbrush and brush retainers or dentures then rinse under water.

77.  Clean burned on food off pots and pans.  Fill pots and pans with hot water, sprinkle in a few teaspoons of baking soda, and let sit for 10 minutes before washing.

78.  Remove odors from vacuum cleaners.  Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and vacuum up to remove odors inside your vacuum. 

79.  Remove grease stains from garage floors.  Sprinkle baking soda on the grease to absorb the oils, scrub and rinse.

80.  Clean marble.  Add 3 teaspoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water.  Dip a clean cloth in the water and wipe down marble.

81.  Clean shoes.  Make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to shoes, scrub with a sponge or rag and wipe off.

82.  Freshen stuffed animals.  Sprinkle baking soda on toys and let sit for at least 15 minutes before brushing or vacuuming off. 

83.  Deodorize cars.  Eliminate odors settled into car upholstery and carpet by sprinkling baking soda onto fabric seats and carpets.  Wait at least 15 minutes, and vacuum up.  

84.  Clean and deodorize toilets.  Add a cup of baking soda to a toilet, let sit for and hour and flush to clean and freshen.

85.  Clean stinky pets.  Sprinkle baking soda on your pets fur and brush through to help deodorize fur and hair.

86.  Sweeten tomatoes.  Sprinkle baking soda in the soil surrounding your tomato plants to give them a sweeter flavor.  

87.  Repel bugs.  Sprinkle baking soda along basement windows and under sinks to repel cockroaches and ants.

88.  Deodorize kitty litter.  Cover the bottom of the kitty litter pan with baking soda and fill as usual.  You can also sprinkle baking soda on top of litter.

89.  Protect your garden.  Sprinkle baking soda around your garden and vegetables to keep rabbits and other animals from eating them.

90.  Fix stiff brushes.  Boil brushes in 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda.

91.  Deodorize smelly dish rags.  Soak dish rags in a warm container of water and baking soda.

92.  Make modeling clay.  Mix baking soda with 1/4 cup of water and 1 cup of cornstarch until it reaches a clay like consistency.

93.  Deodorize pet bedding.  Sprinkle bedding liberally with baking soda, wait at least 15 minutes then vacuum up.  

94.  Freshen the air.  Mix baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts, place in small breathable fabric bags and place around your house.

95.  Relieve jelly fish stings.  Apply paste of baking soda and water to a jelly fish sting to draw out the venom.

96.  Relieve diaper rash.  Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda to baby's bath water to help relieve diaper rash.

97.  Freshen up stinky shoes.  Sprinkle baking soda into shoes when not in use.  Shake out before wearing.  

98.  Longer lasting flowers.  Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in your vase with fresh cut flowers to help them live longer.

99.  Unclog stuffy noses.  Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the water in your vaporizer to help clear stuffy sinuses.

100.  Freshen linens.  Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle in your washing machine for fresher sheets and towels.  

101.  Relieve heartburn.  Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 cup of water and drink to neutralize stomach acids.

What are your favorite ways to use baking soda?
We would love to hear!


6 comments:

  1. I have been using baking soda for everything these days, and now I have a list of ways to use it ever more. I love how natural, easy, and cost-effective baking soda is! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Wow... 100 uses!! Up until a few weeks ago I had been battling with the (not so strict!) every few month job of cleaning the awfully stained cooker. We use it a lot - we have a big family and I cook meals pretty much every day leaving my wife to feed and rest with the youngest. One of the things I tried was looking for oven cleaning solihull and oven cleaner sutton coldfield businesses - these guys know what they're doing, but posts like this make me realise how much you can do on your own - especially with natural, non-toxic items from your cupboards! I've noticed on a few posts round the web about this kind of thing though that there isn't a massive emphasis on using "clean as you go" techniques - which, combined with bicarb and things like vinegar or even salt, can really make your life so much easier! Great post, thanks a lot :)

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  4. Thanks for the interesting information - there's nothing better than a clean, fresh, neatural house and one of the best ways of achieving this is through your carpets! As well as DIY solutions I also like to recommend oven cleaner birmingham professional companies to people because you can often surprise yourself at the price and how natural their cleaners are. Great post, thanks again.

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  5. Thanks, this is great!
    I also use bicarb (baking soda) in a small open container in my tupperware cupboard so that it reduces that horrible 'plastic' smell

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