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15 Awesome Uses for Baking Soda

15 Awesome Uses for Baking Soda…great ideas from cleaning to sunburns to keeping flowers fresh. Easy instructions to help keep your home organized!

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The Wonders of Baking Soda

I love baking soda. I used to think it was only good for making cookies, but oh was I wrong! It can be used for SO many things. It can help take away smelly odors, is wonderful for cleaning, and even feels great in a bath! And there are so many more uses for baking soda! This simple kitchen staple has got a lot to offer. So keep that baking soda easily accessible because you will want to pull it out for regular use.

Below I have included 15 ideas for how you can use your baking soda. These tips will get your house organized and clean in no time! Many items on this list may surprise you and I am sure that you may have your own uses. If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments. Enjoy!


15 Uses for Baking Soda

  1. CLEAN BRUSHES – Soak hair brushes and combs in a mixture of 1 teaspoon baking soda and a small amount of warm water. It will help remove natural build-up. Rinse and dry.
  2. CLEAN TOYS -Fill a sink up with warm water and add 1/8 cup of baking soda. Wash and rinse off  toys.
  3. BATH SOAK– Add 1/2 cup of Baking soda to your bath for a relaxing and refreshing soak.
  4. SUNBURN PAIN– Saturate a washcloth with a solution of 4 TB of Baking Soda in 1 quart of water. Apply to affected area.
  5. SEPTIC CARE– Add 1 cup of Baking Soda in your drains to keep your septic system flowing freely.
  6. LAUNDRY BOOSTER – Add 1/2 cup of Baking soda to your laundry to make liquid detergent work harder for you. A better balance of pH in the wash will get the clothes cleaner, fresher and brighter!
  7. CLEAN FURNITURE– Add a little bit of Baking Soda to a damp sponge and lightly rub onto furniture. This will remove marks (even crayon!)
  8. CARPET ODOR– Sprinkle Baking Soda directly on carpets and wait 15 minutes before vacuuming. This will help freshen your carpets and remove any odors.
  9. FRIDGE– Keep your fridge smelling good by keeping a box of baking soda in there.
  10. VEGGIE SCRUB– Sprinkle a little Baking Soda onto your produce, scrub and rinse. This is a safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables.
  11. SILVER POLISH– Make a paste with 3 parts Baking Soda and 1 part water. Rub onto silver with a clean cloth and rinse thoroughly and dry.
  12. CLEAN PANS–  Simmer water and baking soda in a pan to remove burned food from a pan.
  13. DISHWASHER- Clean the dishwasher by running an empty cycle with Baking Soda.
  14. KEEP FLOWERS FRESH– Add 1 tsp of Baking Soda to the water to keep your flowers alive longer.
  15. GET RID OF ANTS – Mix one part baking soda and one part salt and sprinkle where there are ants.

Find even more uses in this awesome book “Household uses for Baking Soda.”

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  1. I like to use Arm & Hammer baking soda to freshen the refrigerator.

  2. Thanks for all the great tips. I always keep one in the fridge and freezer as well. Makes my kitchen sink sparkle too.

  3. I’ve never done anything but bake with it! I’d love to use it to clean some of my cookie sheets, like someone suggested in the comments. πŸ™‚

  4. I use it for cleaning, keeping the frig fresh, brushing my teeth and my latest adventure… using in place of shampoo.

  5. My cat has peed on our bed a couple times and it’s the best cat urine cleaner I’ve ever found. First wash the area with vinegar and then let the baking soda sit for a few hours before vacuuming up. I’ve tried expensive cleaners but I can always still smell a hint of urine. With the vinegar and baking soda, there isn’t even a trace of smell!

  6. I use it as a scouring cleanser and it works much better than commerical cleansers without scratching.

  7. I love, love, love baking soda for all sorts of household and personal care. I use it to remove kool-aid stains from counter tops, I dip my tooth paste on my toothbrush in just a little baking soda for a gentle scrub on my teeth and I also will use naming dogs mixed with my gentle facial cleanser for a mild facial scrub. All sorts of uses for baking soda!

  8. I use baking soda to clean my sinks with vinegar and it works wonderful!! I also love to use it as a booster when brushing my teeth! It makes them feel so smooth and clean!

  9. Yucky, baked on cookie sheets can come back to life: Cover with baking soda, then sprinkle or spray on hydrogen peroxide. Let sit for several hours then scrub off the gunk. It’s almost magic@

  10. I love using baking soda to clean pans. Also, when I was pregnant, I washed my hair with it at least once a week to help remove the oil build-up. My daughter is three months old, and my hair is still not quite how it was prior to my pregnancy, so the baking soda is still in rotation twice a month.

  11. My vet says to put a little bit of baking soda in my dogs water. It will keep his breath fresh and help keep his teeth healthy.

  12. I use it mixed with regular shampoo to remove product buildup. A tip I got from my hairdresser years ago. Takes the place of clarifying shampoo.

  13. Make a paste and scrub cookie/baking sheets as well as pots and pans (that are not anodized or non-stick). You can also put a small paste onto a pimple overnight to reduce redness!

  14. I too love baking soda….we buy the BIG bags at Costco. I love it for cleaning coffee pots (not the machine itself) and I added to toothpaste for a natural polisher πŸ˜‰

  15. I use baking soda for just about everything as far as cleaning goes, including in my homemade laundry detergent and dish soap. Oh, and for teeth whitening!

  16. I like to use it to make a toilet bomb, as my kids call it. I mix baking soda and vinegar in a large bowl and use it, the kids think it’s fun to see it bubble up!

  17. Baking soda is GREAT for cleaning clogged/slow drains. Pour in the banking soda, then pour vinegar in the drain. Works like you wouldn’t believe!

  18. I use baking soda to deodorize as well as clean just about everything. Love that it is a safe simple cleanser that works.

  19. I always keep a box in the fridge. But its great when the kids wet the bed. Just mix with vinegar and some dawn, takes the stain and smell out.

  20. My favorite use of baking soda is (besides for baking) is to add a bit of vinegar and clean the water stains off the drinking station of the fridge. Works great!

  21. I like to run my towels through a rinse of baking soda to keep them fresh smelling. I don’t like the sour smell they get after awhile. Even detergent perfumes can’t mask that ‘old’ smell.

  22. Mix baking soda and olive oil to make a paste. Apply to jar labels and allow to sit for a few minutes. A little rubbing and the label and all the gummy mess will leave your jar residue free!

  23. I use it in the fridge to cut down on odors and in my laundry to get rid of all the little boy stains and smells.

  24. I use it in the fridge and freezer, in the laundry and in my one closet (the attic entry is there) to help get rid of odors. I will use it for more now!! Also, read the tip below about using it to wash hair, I will try that.

  25. My favorite use for baking soda is: with 7 grandchildren we have had a few accidents on our mattresses, the couch, etc. We mix 3 Tbs baking soda, small squirt of Dawn dishwashing soap, and 8 Ozs. of 3% peroxide. Spray immediately on stain, and watch the stain dissappear. I use a small fan to dry quickly.

  26. I use baking soda to remove odors from jars I am recycling. I keep various jars to use in my craft room and a mix of baking soda & water will remove the left behind odors.

  27. I love using Baking Soda for creative activities for my kiddos. There are so many great uses for cleaning with it, why not use to clean up a boring weekday waiting for dad to get home?! <3

  28. I like to use it in the washer. Wash with baking soda and wash again with vinegar to get that nasty smell out of towels.

  29. When you change your sheets, sprinkle baking soda on the mattress, under the mattress cover. The next time you change your sheets, vacuum it up, and replace with fresh. Lay dryer sheets on top of the baking soda for extra freshnes. The baking soda will draw out dirt and odors, and the vacuuming will reduce the number of dust mites while sucking up the used baking soda.

  30. It is great for getting product build up out of your hair and also helps with the greasies so you don’t have to wash your hair as often. Just a tablespoon of baking soda mixed with water.

  31. I’ve only used it for baking and odors in the fridge. I love the other ideas and will certainly be trying some of them!

  32. I like to put an entire small box and a half lemon into the in-sink-erator and clean it just by urning it on.

  33. I love to use baking soda and white vinegar for cleaning our Silastone sinks. It is not abrasive. Practically everything in your home can be cleaned with these two simple ingredients!

  34. I make a homemade “soft scrub” with baking soda. I love it because it’s safe to use on dishes and gets that ring off on the inside of my coffee mug that the dishwasher can’t seem to get.

  35. I use Baking Soda to clean my pots and pans after dinner. Instead of scraping off left-over chili, eggs, etc. I fill the pot with a couple inches of water, add a good shake of Baking Soda, a drop or two of liquid dish soap and turn the burner on low. Cover the pot and let it sit for a few minutes while you do the other dishes. When you’re ready to tackle the pot, the residual food wipes right off. No muscle necessary!

  36. I shake Arm & Hammer baking soda on the bathtub at night and rinse away when I hop in the shower in the morning. It gets rid of water spots, rust, soap scum, and anything else that ends up in the tub and shower.

  37. I haven’t seen this listed but the new ceramic top stoves are somewhat difficult to clean. I sprinkle some directly on the stove top, put a hot towel over it, let sit (depending on stain) then scrub lightly in a circular motion. VOILA!!! works like a charm…just make sure all your baking powder is gone before using the stove top! Much cheaper than the cleaner made for this! I also use it in my stainless sink…sprinkle let sit, rub a little rinse ….

  38. I have only used Baking Soda for toothpaste (in a pinch) and baking. πŸ™‚ So I would have to say my favorite use is baking!

  39. My favorite use for it is a bleach and baking soda combination to clean soap scum in shower. Works like a charm.

  40. We use it with our toothpaste to brush our teeth. Gets them pretty clean and fights bacteria of the mouth.

  41. I guess the use that I have used the longest is using baking soda in the refrigerator to freshen and get rid of odors. I have also used it mixed with toothpaste to whiten your teeth.

  42. Baking soda is my favorite facial and body scrub. I love it and use it so much that my kids gave me a 7 lb bag for Mother”s Day!

  43. I love to use a spoonful in some warm water to clean my brushes and combs! Gets all the icky hair products off them.

  44. My fave place to use baking soda is in my washer…it just makes all my washables seem so much cleaner than just using regular laundry soap!

  45. I really like using baking soda, in cast iron dutch ovens, when something sticks. Just make a paste with the soda and a little water, leave it overnight, and the next morning, the pot is clean. I also use soda for numerous other cleaning projects.

  46. I mixed it with vinegar and lemon juice to clean and deodorize around toilets (I have three boys with bad aim)

  47. I love baking soda too! I use it to clean my silver jewelry and the sink/stove. Make a paste with dawn and let it sit, then scrub clean. Works wonders!

  48. My favorite way to use baking soda is to bake with it. I can’t wait to try some of the other uses for it.

  49. I love baking soda and use it in my dishwashing by hand and in my dishwasher for sparkly dishes and shiny sinks.

  50. My mother-in-love gave me this tip years ago ……. put a little baking soda in your dish water! It softens hard, baked on goop! Awesome!