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The Many Uses of Baking Soda

Updated on July 11, 2015

Baking Soda Has So Many Uses...

Baking soda, bicarbonate of soda, sodium bicarbonate - it's all the same - is a chemical salt most commonly used as a leavening agent in baking.

But baking soda has so many other uses. For instance did you know that it can be added to your beauty regimen, to clean the house, or for healthcare?

Baking soda may be one of the most versatile things that you have in your kitchen!

It's just as versatile as vinegar (see apple cider vinegar uses).

Skin and Hair Care

1. A Quick Itch Reducer For Stings

Made into a paste of 3 to1 (3 teaspoons of baking soda to 1 teaspoon of water) can be used on bee, wasp and hornet stings to reduce the itching and swelling.

Baking soda paste is also good on ant bites and mosquito bites to reduce the itching.

2. Soothe Itchy, Dry Skin

Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of baking soda to bathwater to soothe itchy, dry skin.

A baking soda bath is also great for poison oak, ivy or sumac itch


3. A Great Foot Soak

Add 1/4 cup of baking soda to water as a foot soak for tired, achy or itchy feet.

The baking soda foot bath is also great as a foot deodorizing soak for smelly feet!

4. For Cradle Cap

Make a paste of baking soda and water 3 to 1 (3 teaspoons baking soda to 1 teaspoon water) and gently apply to babys scalp before bedtime allowing time for the paste to dry. Rinse the following morning. This may need to be repeated several times in a row before the cradle cap recedes. Do not use shampoo while using the baking soda paste.

5. For Diaper Rash

Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to baby's bathwater.

6. Eliminate rough scaly elbows and knees

Make a baking soda paste and gently rub into elbows and knees to exfoliate the dead skin. Rinse well. May have to be applied more than once.

7. Eliminate Darkened Armpits

Make a baking soda paste and gently rub into under arms. May have to be applied more than once.

8. Exfoliate Skin

Make a paste of baking soda and water and gently rub on face to exfoliate skin. Rinse well.

9. Clarify Your Hair

Baking soda removes product build up.

Shampoo hair. Put about 1/4 cup of baking soda in your hand and add a little water to make a paste. Apply to hair and massage in gently. Rinse well.

10. A Powerful Deodorant

Applying baking soda under arms works as a deodorant eliminating odors.

11. Remove a Splinter

This just in from Recipes, Tips and Crafts (Facebook):

To remove a splinter apply a paste of baking soda and water.

Let sit several minutes.

The splinter should pop out so it can easily be removed!

Gluten-Free Baking Soda

One thing that I didn't realize is that baking soda contains gluten. I learned this interesting fact when we found out that my son has a gluten intolerance. But the good news is that there is gluten-free baking soda available.

Around the House

1. A Great Mild Scouring Powder

Use baking soda as a non-abrasive cleanser in your toilet, sink, bathtub and on counter tops, pots and pans and stove. Make sure to rinse well.

2. Freshen and Whiten Laundry

Use baking soda to brighten your whites and eliminate odors from clothing. Use 1/2 cup per load.

(Penny over at Penniless Parenting tells how to make Homemade Washing Soda from baking soda.)

3. Freshen Up The Cat Litter Box

Sprinkle baking soda into the litter box in between cleanings to freshen.

4. Eliminate Odors In The Fridge

Leave an open box of baking soda in the fridge to absorb odors.

5. Softens Beans

Soaking your beans in water to which a pinch of baking soda has been added helps the beans to soften faster and eliminate the gas that they produce. Rinse well and cook in clean water.

6. Eliminate Diaper Pail Smells

Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the diaper pail to eliminate odors.

7. Clean and Deodorize Brushes and Combs

Fill the basin with warm water and add 1/4 cup of baking soda. Let soak for an hour or so and rinse.

8. Freshen Up Carpet

Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and let sit for at least an hour (preferably overnight) and then vacuum.

9. Unclog drains

Scoop standing water out of sink or bathtub or this wont be effective. Put 1/2 cup of baking soda in drain followed by 1/2 cup vinegar. Let sit about 10 minutes and then use a plunger and pour or run hot water down the drain.

You can use this method weekly to keep your drains running smoothly.

10. Add To Cooking Water For Hard Boiled Eggs To Ensure That The Eggs Peel Easily

Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the cooking water.

Health Uses

Warning: *** Baking soda is very high in sodium and should be used with caution if you have high blood pressure.

1. Antacid/ Anti Nausea Solution

Cheap and very effective. Add 1/2 teaspoon to 4 ounces of water.

2. Emergency Treatment For Food Intolerance

1 teaspoon of baking soda to 4 ounces of water.

3. Baking Soda Toothpaste

Dip your toothbrush in baking soda and brush. Rinse well!

or you can make a freshening toothpaste by mixing together:

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground sea salt

1 drop of peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen or cinnamon essential oil

A few drops distilled water

4. Sinus Flush

1 teaspoon of baking soda added to your Neti pot and filled halfway with water works to flush your sinuses as well as or better than the expensive sinus flush packets that you buy at the store. You can also add 1 teaspoon of salt to the mixture although it isn't really necessary.

5. Douche

1 tbsp. baking soda mixed in 1 qt. water for a freshening up douche.


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    • RapidWhiteSmiles profile image


      4 years ago

      Hi, great lens, some great information, you got a squidlike from me :-)

    • RapidWhiteSmiles profile image


      5 years ago

      Great information, I noticed you mentioned it's usage as toothpaste, it can also help whiten teeth. Simply mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with half a teaspoon of water into a paste and brush away the stains..

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Lots of good information here - very nice lens.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      I've been using a solution of baking soda and water instead of shampoo for years and love how clean and soft my hair stays for three or four days. No need to shampoo every day! I've noticed that my skin feels softer too, on the days I shampoo with BS, but hadn't thought of using it as an exfoliate. Going to give that a try in the morning.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing all these tips about baking soda - I learned a few new ones I want to try!

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      5 years ago

      Baking soda works great for your skin, great lens I didn't know baking soda is good for your hair also

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image


      5 years ago

      Cool list! We buy our baking soda at Costco because it has so many uses, but there are a few on here I'd never heard of, and the one about adding it to the water for hard-boiled eggs is very interesting!

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      poppy mercer 

      5 years ago from London

      I've used baking soda for years as a de-greaser. Nice to see all its uses put together here.

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      Lou Martin 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      This is a awesome list! Thanks!

    • tobydavis profile image


      5 years ago

      Fantastic list - so many uses - brilliant stuff - great way to cut down on the use of nasty chemicals and save money :-)

    • LynetteBell profile image


      5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I knew some of the uses but all that you have listed. Thanks for the info!

    • suewest238 profile image


      5 years ago

      I use Baking Soda to adjust the PH in my bottled drinking water. When water is purified it becomes Acidly, An Acidic body is a breeding ground for Cancer. I purchase the BIG bag of Baking Soda from COSTCO or SAMSCLUB it's a great deal!

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      5 years ago

      I love these articles with baking soda uses! So many uses from just one eco-friendly ingredient! I actually just put a book out with 500 uses for baking soda -

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      5 years ago

      Thank you so much for this article. Just searching for baking soda uses since I put baking soda in my drinking water. Makes the drinking water more oxygenated. Love it, thanks again!

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile image


      5 years ago

      Baking soda! Who knew it had so many uses. Thanks.

    • mikes-cool-stuff profile image


      5 years ago

      Great lens, I didn't know a lot of these uses. Also thanks for liking one of my lenses.

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens going to link your lens on my site Some great tips, in particular the teeth whitening one.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      i know about the teeth whitening with baking soda. it can also be used to remove the refrigerator odor.

    • JodiFromFlorida profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @anonymous: I have watched the video and even considered including it in my lens.

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      6 years ago

      Some even say baking soda cures cancer. Search on youtube.

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      Margarita Boettcher 

      6 years ago from Morrison, Colorado

      Great info thanks!

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I do use baking soda for cleaning. :)

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      6 years ago

      I knew it had a lot of uses but not all these. great information

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      domjohnson lm 

      6 years ago

      Good lens. Informative and to the point. Nice job :)

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      6 years ago

      I use baking soda for cleaning. It works really well.

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      6 years ago

      Very useful stuff, baking soda is.

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      Lee Hansen 

      7 years ago from Vermont

      I've used baking soda for scouring my Corning ware pans and also for an emergency toothpaste or deodorant powder. Baking soda is a natural kitchen helper for sure.


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