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30 Terrific Uses of Baking Soda

Updated on July 7, 2018
Baking soda is amazingly versatile.
Baking soda is amazingly versatile. | Source

Baking Soda and Your Home

Baking soda or Bicarbonate of soda is one of those items that a household shouldn't do without. Not only can you use it in cooking, it is invaluable in the kitchen and other rooms of your home. Not only that it is inexpensive. With the way the economy is going I am always looking for ways to say money. Take a look at the list and try some of the uses. I tried them and they really do work.

Use baking soda to help whiten your teeth.
Use baking soda to help whiten your teeth. | Source

25 Uses of Baking Soda

  1. Clothes with oil or grease stains come out cleaner when you add baking soda to the wash cycle. It helps loosen the grease and oil.
  2. Put an opened box of baking soda in your refrigerator and freezer to deodorize and absorb odors. Make sure you replace your baking soda every 2 weeks.
  3. To sweetened your wash add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry load.
  4. The best thing to use for a grease or electrical fire is baking soda. To safely put out the fire scatter it with baking soda.
  5. Add a cup of baking soda to the toilet and leave it for an hour before flushing. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.
  6. Did you know that you can help relieve your babies diaper rash by adding 2 tbsp. baking soda to their bath water, it really works.
  7. Mix up equal parts of baking soda and salt together. Then, sprinkle the mixture wherever you see the ants coming in.
  8. To clean your fresh vegetables and fruits soak them in water with a handful of baking soda. Rinse and enjoy.
  9. To get those coffee stains out of your glass or stainless steel coffeepot wash them with a solution of 3 tbsp. baking soda to 1 quart of water.
  10. Nothing polishes silverware better than baking soda and a damp cloth. Simply rub, rinse well, and dry immediately.
  11. For burned on food you can either soak your pan in water and baking soda for up to 1/2 hour or you can sprinkle the pan with dry baking soda and scrub with a moist scouring pad.
  12. To clean glass and porcelain and plastic containers, use dry baking soda and a damp cloth, rinse well and dry.
  13. To keep your drains sweet smelling and flowing freely put 4 to 5 tbsp. of baking soda in them and flush with hot water.
  14. For those smelly shoes sprinkle with baking soda to make them smell sweet again.
  15. To relieve heartburn or acid indigestion drink a solution of 1/2 tsp. of baking soda and 1/2 of a glass of water.
  16. Make a paste of baking soda and water to relieve a sunburn.
  17. Baking soda can also be used as an underarm deodorant.
  18. To make dried beans more digestible and less gassy add baking soda to the water when soaking.
  19. To sweetened your sour smelly dishcloths soak them in baking soda and water before washing.
  20. Mix together a paste of baking soda and water to help relieve a bee sting.
  21. Baking soda makes a great mouth wash and it also helps relieve the pain of canker sores.
  22. To relieve the itching and discomfort of poison ivy, rashes and insect bites make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the area.
  23. For those hard to remove strong odors such as onion and garlic that you get on your hands during cooking, wet your hands and rub them with baking soda. The unwanted odors will disappear.
  24. To help reduce smoke odor and prevent smoldering cigarettes sprinkle your ashtray with baking soda.
  25. To give your automatic dishwasher a cood cleaning run baking soda through a cycle.
  26. For those greasy spots that appear on your garage floor to remove them sprinkle with baking soda, let sit, scrub with a brush and rinse.
  27. When your coffee pot needs cleaning run a baking soda solution though a cycle.
  28. 24.Soak your combs and brushes in baking soda and water for a gentle, thorough cleaning.
  29. Clothes with oil or grease stains come out cleaner when you add baking soda to the wash cycle. It helps loosen the grease and oil.
  30. Baking soda makes a great exfoliant. Combine one teaspoon of baking soda with half a cup of water and rub it on your face in a circular motion, then rinse.

© 2009 Susan Hazelton


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      hemustincrease, what a great tip. I'm going to try it. Thanks for stopping, reading, and commenting.

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      9 years ago

      I am a big fan of baking soda. Here is one to add to your list. Baking soda makes a great alternative to shampoo. Wet your hair, mix some soda into a paste and gently rub onto hair. Smooth it down the long hair and then rinse. It will be ‘squeaky’ clean and soft, soft soft. Rinse with apple cider vinegar and cold water for extra shine. Shampoo strips the scalp and hair of all it’s natural moisture. Baking soda doesn’t. Thanks for all the other tips. Quite a few i had not heard of before. :)

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      janices7, you'd be surprized at what you can do with a little baking soda. I know I was when I first started looking into it. Thanks for visiting.

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      Janice S 

      9 years ago

      Well who knew? I've used baking soda for cleaning and freshening up the fridge/freezer, but I learned all kinds of useful new tricks here. Thanks for the info!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi, Rebecca E. You learn something new everyday. It's nice to hear from you, thanks for the comment.

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      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      yeepie! (sorry!) I didn't know half of these, totally awesome and bookmarked and everything else!


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