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55 Uses for Baking Soda

I can bet your baking soda is stored with your baking supplies, I have one in my baking and cooking cupboard. Yet, did you know that there are a ton of uses for Baking Soda, other than using to bake your favourite treats?

55 uses for baking soda

You’d be surprised at how many uses it does have around your home, it’s actually such a versatile and must-have item to have on hand – at all times.

Here are 55 uses for Baking Soda:

 

Personal Use:

 

Baking Soda can be used as toothpaste, either with peroxide or some sprinkled on your regular toothpaste. 

You can use baking soda as a deodorant. 

For shampoo and styling products build-up, add a bit of baking soda to shampoo. It also works to neutralize oily hair and scalp.

For itchy skin and bug bites – make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a salve onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower

Since baking soda is a gentle exfoliant, mix it with some coconut oil and you have a facial scrub that works to correct the pH imbalance of the skin that contributes to acne formation. 

Use baking soda in your bath, it acts as a detox to remove toxins from your body and soften the skin.

Used to relieve diaper rash – just put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater.

To unblock a stuffy nose – add a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.

Freshen your mouth by gargling half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed water.

Sprinkle baking soda on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foul odour.

To relieve canker sore pain – Use baking soda as mouthwash.

Baking soda is a great antacid – take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water.

Add a teaspoon to the water in a vase, to keep flowers blooming day after day.

Apply baking soda on a jellyfish sting to draw out the venom.

Use it to relieve bee stings.

Use it to relieve windburns.

 

Cleaning:

 

Baking soda is great at cleaning the bathtub, no more scrubbing and scrubbing.

Pour some baking soda and then some vinegar down your sinks, it unclogs and removes odour.

Use baking soda to clean grouts

When cleaning the microwave, add some baking soda to your damp sponge or cloth, it cleans and removes the odour that is often left behind when cleaning with other methods.

For stubborn stains in your coffee and tea cups {or makers}, baking soda and water will get the job done.

Use baking soda and water to clean walls and mirrors, it’ll even get crayon out. 

Have garlic smelling hands? wash your hand with water and baking soda and the smell is gone

Use baking soda to polish silver.

Suck it in with your vacuum cleaner to remove the odour.

Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.

Use it to get rid of stale odours from plastic containers and thermos bottles.

removing burnt-on foods from dishes is easy when you let baking soda and water soak for a while.

Clean garbage cans with it.

Next time you have clothing stains, try baking soda and water on the spot. Rub, leave overnight and wash. 

Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the laundry to make liquid detergent work harder. A better balance of pH in the wash gets clothes cleaner, fresher and brighter.

Overtime dishrags have that no-so-fresh smell even after washing, soak them in baking soda and water to neutralize the smell and make them like new again

Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odour.

Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.

Scatter it on your greasy garage floor, scrub the floor, and rinse.

Use it to clean your retainers and dentures.

Dry clean carpets and upholstered furniture by sprinkling baking soda over the fabric and gently brushing it. Leave it for an hour or overnight, then vacuum.

Between uses {like those long school breaks}, place a spill-proof box of baking soda in lunch boxes to absorb lingering odours.

Sprinkle baking soda on, then rinse it off – to scour the grills on your BBQ.

Wipe your car windshield with a solution of baking soda and water to repel rain.

 

Cooking Tips:

 

Baking soda is oftentimes used as a rising agent. 

Douse a fire with baking soda.

Baking soda can be used as a fruit and vegetable scrub, to clean off dirt and residue before consumption. 

To make eggs fluffier, add a half teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs used.

Remove the distinctive taste of wild game by soaking it in a baking soda solution.

Make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.

To use baking soda as a baking powder substitute, mix with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.

To reduce the acidity of tomato-based recipes, sprinkle the food with a pinch of baking soda

 

Other Uses:

 

Put an open container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb the odours.

Repel Cockroaches and Ants – Put it under sinks and along basement windows.

Prevent Rabbits from Eating Your Veggies – Scatter baking soda around flowerbeds and garden.

Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odour.

Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to deodorize their fur and skin.

Sweeten Planted Tomatoes: Sprinkle baking soda on the soil around tomato plants.

 Deodorize Pets: Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush and then brush away the bad smells.

As you can see, having Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda on hand at all times, can be a true life-saver. I have one set aside for cooking, another open int he fridge to neutralize odours and a large box for other uses as listed above. 

Do you use baking soda in any unique ways around your house?

 

This is a compensated post yet as always, opinions are my own.

 

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59 Comments

  1. I’ve used it for an air freshener and cleaning product but never knew there were so many uses

  2. I’ve used baking soda for some of those ideas but never heard that it works on jelly fish stings. I’ll make note of that since we’re heading to Florida next weekend.

  3. i love that baking soda has so many uses and is cheap! I knew a few, but this list is great!

  4. I have used baking soda for cleaning and also in my daughter’s stinky shoes. There are some other great uses here too.

  5. I used it for cleaning and put open boxes in my freezer and fridge for freshness but I didn’t know you could use it for so many things

  6. wow this is amazing! i have it bookmarked. i never realized there were so many uses for baking soda. such as to use it on bee stings. so good to know

  7. wow who woulda knew ….thanks for sharing , very helpful and handy for many things 🙂

  8. I did a post about some uses for baking soda a little while back, but didn’t have near as many listed as you do here. My favorite is getting rid of the stains on coffee and tea mugs. I can’t stand those unsightly stains.

  9. I love baking soda! I use it for everything that you listed above. I really like how it is so versatile in its use from cleaning to cooking.

  10. I had no idea that baking soda had so many uses! It’s always just sat in my pantry. I will have to try some of these.

  11. These are amazing tips for Baking Soda. I will have to save this page for future reference.

  12. I didn’t even realize there were that many things you could do with baking soda. Thanks for the ideas, I will use them

  13. Thanks for all the suggestions for using baking soda. It is very versatile. Some of your suggestions were familiar and some were new to me. Thanks again.

  14. I love baking soda. I used it last year to take the green out of my blonde hair after swimming in a pool that was not my own!

  15. I have used baking soda for many jobs but I am surprised to learn that using some of it in water in a vase, will keep the flowers inhabiting that vase, fresher longer..
    I have used Baking Soda for cleaning, for soothing, for indigestion and to help clean out my sinuses.
    I still have more uses on your list to read and I am grateful for the first ten or so I have read so far.

  16. I can’t believe the tremendous amounts of ways to use baking soda…I knew about putting it in the fridge to stop smells, cooking, and cleaning certain surfaces…thanks for all the ideas

  17. I’ve used baking soda in a few of these situations listed above, but I didn’t realize how many uses there are for it.

  18. Wow, I didn’t know there were so many uses for baking soda! Similar to vinegar, I suppose. I use it a lot for cleaning. I’m going to try adding baking soda to my bath!

  19. Wow! I didn’t know about some of those baking soda tips. I’ve got some pretty healthy rabbits in my garden. They eat all my greens before I do. I’m going to try sprinkling some baking soda around. Thank you.

  20. Fabulous list. Thank you so much. Some of these I didn’t know. Hope you are having a fabulous Summer! 🙂

  21. I use baking soda and vinegar for most of my cleaning, instead of buying expensive stuff that doesn’t really work. My favorite use was when my son was potty training, it got the pee smell out of the floor. 🙂

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