35 Practical Baking Soda Uses For The Home
Cheap, Easy & Chemical Free!
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) has so many beneficial uses in and around the home.
You don't need to go out and spend your money on a load of different cleaners to get the job done...all you need is one inexpensive and non-toxic product - baking soda!
In the Kitchen:
Fruit and Vegetables:
- In a large bowl sprinkle some baking soda in water, soak produce then.
- Wash out garbage cans with baking soda and water.
- Place an open container of baking soda in your refrigerator and freezer to absorb odors. Every couple of weeks stir and turn over the baking soda, and replace every 2 months.
- Sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of your dishwasher to eliminate odors.
- Rinse out thermos bottles and coolers with baking soda and water to eliminate stale smells.
- Keep your sponge smelling fresh by soaking it overnight in 2 Tablespoons of baking soda and 2 cups of water. Rinse with water and squeeze clean in the morning.
- Scrub stains off of Formica, marble or plastic counter tops with a baking soda paste mixed with water.
- Soak pans with burned on food in baking soda and water for 10 minutes prior to washing them. Alternatively, scrub the pan with dry baking soda and a moist scouring pad. For pans with built up burned on food turn pan over and pour a thick layer of baking soda on the bottom of the pan; using a spray bottle, spay a bit of water on the pan and baking soda so as just to moisten it. Leave the pan to sit overnight, and then scrub and wash the next day.
- Clean off cooked-on grease stains from your stove-top. Wet down the stained area and cover with baking soda. Let sit for 5-10 minutes then scrub off with a sponge or scrubber.
- Remove tarnish stains from silverware by rubbing it with dry baking soda and a damp cloth. Rinse and dry the silverware after cleaning.
- Get rid of tea and or coffee stains from china and coffee cups. Wash dishes with a paste of baking soda and water, then rinse clean.
- Wash your refrigerator and freezer with a moist cloth or sponge and dry baking soda. Wipe clean with water.
- Wash Tupperware, food and drink containers, and baby bottles with baking soda and hot water.
- Run your coffee maker through its normal cycle using baking soda and water. Clean coffee pots (glass and stainless steel) with 3 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 quart of water.
- Run your dishwasher through its normal cycle with no dishes, using baking soda instead of dish washing detergent.
- Clean your plastic or wooden cutting board by scrubbing it with baking soda and a bit of water.
- Clean off cooked on splatters from your microwave. In a microwave-safe container add 2 Tablespoons of baking soda and 1 cup of water; cook on high for 3 minutes. Take out the container and use the heated solution to wipe clean the inside of your microwave.
- Soak and wash cloth baby diapers with baking soda and water.
- Clothing stained with oil or grease will come out cleaner when washed with baking soda in the laundry.
- Always add 1/2 cup baking soda to your washing machine load to remove odors from clothes.
Around the House:
- Cover the bottom of a clean kitty litter box with baking soda, then cover with fresh kitty litter.
- Sprinkle baking soda on carpets, let sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum up.
- Sprinkle baking soda in socks, slippers, tennis shoes, and boots to get rid of foot odor.
- Remove baby spit up smell on clothes by rubbing a bit of baking soda on your shirt with a damp cloth.
- Clean ashtrays with baking soda and water. Sprinkle baking soda in ashtrays to prevent smoldering and to cut down on odor.
- Get rid of cigarette odor from cloth furniture by sprinkling on and letting sit for a few hours, then vacuum.
- Wash hairbrushes and combs in baking soda with water.
- Clean your bathroom fixtures (sink, tub, shower, tile, toilet) with some baking soda on a damp sponge.
- Add 4 Tablespoons of baking soda to drains and flush with hot water to clean and get rid of build up.
- Clean shower curtains weekly by soaking them in baking soda and water.
- Clean marble, porcelain, glass, plastic with baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge or cloth. Wipe clean with just water.
- Clean barbecue by sprinkling baking soda on the grill, letting sit for a while, then scrubbing. Rinse with water after.
- Clean grease off of anything, including a garage floor by sprinkling baking soda on it, letting it sit, scrubbing and rinsing clean.
- Polish and clean stainless steel and chrome by rubbing with baking soda and a damp cloth or sponge. Rinse clean with water. For stainless steel be sure to wipe with the grain.
- Remove smoke stains from fireplace bricks by scrubbing with 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 quart of warm water.
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