I’ve been meaning to do this post for awhile now….but I kept discovering more and more ingenious/useful/simple/brilliant/creative ways to use Baking Soda…that I just kept adding to my already long list! Now the list is pretty much out of control….so I’m going to have to put on my editor’s hat and try and narrow it down to my very favorite of my favorite uses for baking soda!
FYI….I haven’t personally tried all of these (for example: the stuff involving cats I haven’t tried, because I don’t have cats!)….but I have tried most of them! And I do currently have not one, but two of these huge Costco-sized bags of the stuff in my pantry! That is a lot of Baking Soda!! But I use it a lot! A LOT, a lot!
If you haven’t discovered the amazingness (I know, it’s not really a word…but it works so well here!) of sodium bicarbonate….prepare to be dazzled! If you have discovered how great this simple chemical compound is….hopefully you’ll discover a few new uses you haven’t tried yet!
Ready??? Let’s do it!
In no particular order….here is a list of Uses For Baking Soda that I have compiled over many weeks from various websites and comments on websites. It would be impossible to “credit” all of them because they’ve been shared and shared and shared, over and over and over…..so here is one gigantic credit to the UNIVERSE! Thank you everyone in the universe who has contributed to these ideas!
Jillee’s Great Big List of Uses For Baking Soda
Sprinkle baking soda on carpets and let sit for 15 minutes before vacuuming. Try adding cinnamon! Especially helpful with pets in the house!
Clean and Remove Marks – Even Crayon – From Walls and Painted Furniture
Just apply the baking soda to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly until the stain is gone. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
Freshen Smelly Shoes
Make sachets filled with baking soda and stick them in your stinky gym shoes!
Add to Your Shampoo
Many people use baking soda as a “shampoo” and LOVE it. My favorite way to use it on my hair is as a monthly (quarterly?) hair cleanse to reduce product buildup. Just add about a tablespoon to a normal-sized dollop of your shampoo and and apply to wet hair in the shower. It will be very foamy. Rinse, condition, and style as usual.
Get Rid of Kitchen Odors
Keep kitchen and bathroom trash cans fresh-smelling by adding a sprinkle of baking soda regularly as you add to the container.
Make a Sun Tea
Here’s one I’ve never tried….but it sounds like a GREAT idea! Use 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda per gallon of water to make sun tea. Tea never comes out bitter and always clear.
Make a Simple Tile Grout Cleaner
For a great tile grout cleaner, mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide into a paste, and scrub the grout with the paste and a toothbrush.
Related: The Best Way to Clean Grout
Exfoliate Skin Gently
Before putting on self-tanner, remove dead skin cells with a paste of baking soda and water. It will leave your skin soft and smooth, perfect for applying that “glow”. (Make a paste of 3 parts ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean.)
Get Rid of Diaper Rash or a Sore, Red Bum
Add 1/4 cup baking soda to the bath water. It helps soothe the skin and clear up the redness. It also softens the water so you don’t need to use as much soap!
Dry and Deodorize “Wet Beds”
Speaking of little ones….if a little one has an accident in bed…baking soda helps soak up the moisture and deodorizes the mattress. Sprinkle on liberally and then vacuum after 2 hours. A light spritzing of half water/half vinegar finishes the job.
Freshen Up Your Mattress
And speaking of mattresses….every couple of months sprinkle a mixture of baking soda and a tablespoon of your favorite fabric softener over your mattress, let it sit for an hour, and then vacuum it up. Gets rid of dust mites and freshens up the mattress. Keep that same mixture in a small mason jar with holes poked in the top in your linen or clothes closet to keep it smelling fresh!
Get Rid of Smells in Your Sink
Put baking soda in your sink drain and then pour vinegar in and quickly put the stopper in. It will bubble and foam and eat away at grease and food deposits. It works a like a charm and no waste!
Keep Steamed Veggies Green
When cooking green veggies, add a dash or two of baking soda to the water and then bring to a boil as usual. It helps them stay green.
This one’s for my Mom. She recently asked me how to remove burned-on food from corning ware. Let the dish soak in sudsy water with a bit of baking soda. Scrub with a non-abrasive rag and rinse.
Clean Burnt Pots and Pans
To remove burned on food from a pan, simmer water and baking soda in it. Most of the food will become soft and then can be removed easily.
Relieve Urinary Tract Infections
Here’s a good one to know! To to relieve symptoms of a UTI (and prevent future recurrences), fix yourself a baking soda cocktail. At the first sign of symptoms, mix half a teaspoon of baking soda in an eight-ounce glass of water and drink it. The baking soda raises the pH of irritating, acidic urine.
Deodorize a Smelly Litter Box
To combat litter box odors….sprinkle baking soda generously across the bottom of the box before you add new litter. As the cat uses the box and kicks up the litter, the baking soda will help mix in and destroy some of the odor. Baking soda is non-toxic and won’t harm or bother your cat.
Clean and Brighten Nails
Brighten your manicure by scrubbing nails and cuticles with a paste of 3 parts Baking Soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle, circular motion over hands and fingers to exfoliate and smooth. Rinse clean with warm water and apply polish as usual.
Clean Carpet Stains
To absorb carpet spills…blot up the area, spray with water, and shake on baking soda. It will help lift the stain, and once it dries, you simply vacuum it up.
Clean and Deodorize Tupperware
Deodorize plastic food containers in between uses with baking soda sprinkled on a clean damp sponge. For even tougher odors, soak items in a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart warm water.
Clean Metal Grills
Clean tough, greasy stains from your outdoor grill by scrubbing with a wire brush and a baking soda paste (3 parts baking soda to 1 part warm water), then rinse.
Clean and De-Stink Jacuzzi Jets
To clean smelly jets in jacuzzi tubs…fill bath to a few inches above the jets, pour in 1-2 cups of baking soda and let it run for about 10 minutes. Drain the cruddy water, refill tub with warm water and run jets for another 10 minutes.
Make Extra Fluffy Omelets
Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to every 3 eggs for super fluffy omelets!
Clean Stuffed Animals
You can dry-wash a stuffed animal using baking soda. Place the stuffed animal in a ziplock back with 1/2 cup of baking soda, and shake the bag around to distribute the baking soda. Let it sit in the bag for 30 minutes, then use a vacuum attachment to vacuum off the excess. The baking soda will absorb smells and oils, leaving the stuffed animal clean and fresh – no water needed!
Relieve heartburn by drinking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of water. Baking soda neutralizes stomach acids to relieve indigestion.
Clean and Restore Stained Mugs
Remove stubborn tea and coffee stains on your mugs easily. Simply sprinkle a bit of baking soda inside a wet mug and scrub!
Make An Extra Luxurious Bath
Add baking soda to your bathwater to soft and smooth skin, and to get super sudsy bubbles (if you use bubble bath)!
Extend the Life of Your Flowers
Keep fresh-cut flowers fresher for longer by adding 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the vase of water.
Clean and Wash Fresh Produce
Wash your produce by filling a large bowl or your sink with cold water, and adding 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda. Soak your veggies in the water for 10 minutes, then rinse and dry.
Make a Natural Insect Killer
You can kill unwanted insects by making a mixture of sugar and baking soda. Sprinkle the mixture in corners or cupboards where insects are present.
Supercharge Dishwashing Detergent
Strengthen your powdered dishwashing detergent by adding 2 teaspoons of baking soda to each wash.
OK…I’ve been at this for a couple of hours now and feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface of the many uses of baking soda! But I think it’s a pretty good start. :-) Happy experimenting!