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!
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
- 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.
- CLEAN TOYS -Fill a sink up with warm water and add 1/8 cup of baking soda. Wash and rinse off toys.
- BATH SOAK– Add 1/2 cup of Baking soda to your bath for a relaxing and refreshing soak.
- SUNBURN PAIN– Saturate a washcloth with a solution of 4 TB of Baking Soda in 1 quart of water. Apply to affected area.
- SEPTIC CARE– Add 1 cup of Baking Soda in your drains to keep your septic system flowing freely.
- 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!
- CLEAN FURNITURE– Add a little bit of Baking Soda to a damp sponge and lightly rub onto furniture. This will remove marks (even crayon!)
- CARPET ODOR– Sprinkle Baking Soda directly on carpets and wait 15 minutes before vacuuming. This will help freshen your carpets and remove any odors.
- FRIDGE– Keep your fridge smelling good by keeping a box of baking soda in there.
- 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.
- 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.
- CLEAN PANS– Simmer water and baking soda in a pan to remove burned food from a pan.
- DISHWASHER- Clean the dishwasher by running an empty cycle with Baking Soda.
- KEEP FLOWERS FRESH– Add 1 tsp of Baking Soda to the water to keep your flowers alive longer.
- 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.”
Mixed with hydrogen peroxide and blue Dawn…gets all baby stains out!
I like to use Arm & Hammer baking soda to freshen the refrigerator.
My fav use for it is to put in the litter box.
My mom did,it’s tradition.
I like keeping boxes in the fridge and freezer to keep food odors from mixing!
I use baking soda most for baking (just did banana bread today), but also use it when scrubbing the tub.
I love using it for cleaning around the house.
I like to keep it in my fridge and freezer to keep away odors!
I love to use it to brush my teeth!
Thanks for all the great tips. I always keep one in the fridge and freezer as well. Makes my kitchen sink sparkle too.
I love to use baking soda + vinegar to freshen up the garbage disposal when it gets stinky! Oh and sprinkle baking soda overnight on any pee accidents, then vacuum to remove the smell!
I use mine mostly in the fridge for cleaning but I love the idea of cleaning your hair brush with it!
Absorbing odors in the fridge and freezer!
I like using it for stubborn stains on cookie sheets.
I use baking soda to make homemade laundry soap. I love that it’s so cheap and yet so useful!
I use it in my shampoo
I tweeted too! https://twitter.com/jessrwarfield/status/394936350517899264
i use it to freshen my carpet
I love mixing it with water to make a paste. It gets all sorts of stains off my dishes!
Love baking soda to get the metal pan marks out of my sink, and to de-gunk hairspray build-up.
I love to use it in baking but it’s also great for a cold sore!
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. 🙂
I use it to clean my stovetop.
I use it in my washer and to clean the sinks and bathtub.
I use it for cleaning, keeping the frig fresh, brushing my teeth and my latest adventure… using in place of shampoo.
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!
Thank you for the tip Laura, I’m sure with pets and kids this tip will come in handy to a lot of people! 🙂
My favorite use is in the fridge.
I use it as a scouring cleanser and it works much better than commerical cleansers without scratching.
I love using it in the laundry and cleaning the toilets!
I only use it for baking. I’ll have to try out some of your ideas!
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I love to use it in the fridge to keep things smelling fresh!
I use baking soda in the refrigerator to eliminate odors.
I mainly use it for baking.
I mix baking soda with vinegar for a nice scrubbing mix for the bathroom!
I love to bake with it, and cant wait to try it with a little coconut oil as a face scrub : )
I sprinkle it on my wet toothbrush before I put the toothpaste on … my teeth feel extra clean 🙂
I like using it for cleaning the sinks and bathtub
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!
Not sure how autocorrect got ‘naming dogs’ from baking soda, but oh well…
I love it for baking. Especially this time of year.
I love to use it to clean the sink.
My husband uses baking soda to get rid of heartburn, but I prefer to use it as a deodorizer for carpet, upholstered and even wood furniture.
My sister gets heartburn every once in a while, I’ll have to tell her to give this trick a try. Thanks Amanda! 🙂
Just pinned this! Great ideas! I use baking soda to bake with 🙂 and as a fridge and freezer air freshener!
definitely for cleaning!
love this! cheap cleaning tips for university students are always great to have on hand 🙂
I agree, especially if they have cleaning checks…these cheap tips are wonderful! 🙂
I like it to scrub my stove top with.
for baking and keeping the refrigerator fresh!
I love the fridge packs that absorb gross smells!
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!
I like to use it for cleaning pots and pans
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 [email protected]
Sounds like the perfect tip, thanks Mary!
I like to use it as a skin exfoliant!
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.
Sounds like a great way to remove oil build-up! I need to give that a try every once in a while!
i like to use a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to my cookie sheets and they are like new.
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.
I’ve never heard that one before, but it sounds like a great idea! Thanks for sharing Jennifer!
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.
What a great tip and a lot cheaper! 🙂
Favorite use is of course for baking but will have to try some of these other tips!
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!
I’ve never heard of the pimple trick, thanks for sharing!
Love it for carpet cleaning and putting into other household items to create cleaners for everything!
I love using baking soda as a shampoo additive for my hair, love it! I also use it for ant control at my doors.
Two really great ideas that you don’t hear of that often, thanks for the tips Leona!
I’m glad others may read and like the ideas, I share them with my bestie too.
I like to use baking soda cleaning bathtub and kitchen sink.
I use it for removing bad odor and getting my rugs and tiles clean 🙂
I can’t wait to try some of these! Thanks for sharing!
I use it on my stove as well!
I only use it for baking but after reading this I am going to try it for me!
I meant try it for more
Besides baking with it, my favorite use for baking soda is using it for cleaning and getting rid of odors.
I use baking soda for tons of things! I definitely use a lot on my husbands stinky feet!:)
Hahaha what a great use Casandra! 😉
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 😉
I use baking soda to remove rust stains on baking sheets.
I use baking soda to relieve skin itch from insect bites when camping and pain from sunburn.
Hm, I’ve never tried it on bites or burns…thanks for the tip Heather!
I use it, with vinegar, to unclog drains.
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!
I’d never thought to use it in the bath. I’ll have to try that next time!
I mix it with peroxide to make a paste to clean the shower.
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!
Hahaha I love this Sandra, thanks for sharing this fun idea! 🙂
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!
I use baking soda to deodorize as well as clean just about everything. Love that it is a safe simple cleanser that works.
It really is amazing how many uses baking soda has!
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.
Great tip for mommas! Thanks for sharing it with us all Jenifer!
Cleaning my Pampered Chef baking pan that I use for everything!
I love Pampered Chef! I’m sure baking soda keeps it looking nice and new! 🙂
I use baking soda with toothpaste to brush my teeth once a week. Removes coffee stains!
What a great idea Beth! Thanks for your idea! 🙂
I use baking soda to deodorize my sink and tub drains
Love to brush my teeth with good ol baking soda!
I use it for silver polish.
I love using baking soda for cleaning around the home.
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!
I clean our garbage disposal with baking soda!
I love to use it in my kitchen drain – pour into drain, add vinegar and watch the action!
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.
I really don’t like that sour smell either, baking soda works wonders!
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!
This is a GREAT idea Lisa, I hate that gummy mess! I will definitely use this tip!
I use mainly for baking but I am going to try it on laundry.
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.
I always use in on the carpets to help with the wet dog smell!!!!
Great idea Lisa, that is a hard smell to get rid of sometimes!
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.
I’ve never tried it in the closet before, that is a great idea Renee! Thanks for your comment! 🙂
I only use it to bake, but I’ll have to try your ideas.
I clean my bathtub with it. It is the only thing that really works!!
I need to try this trick, I’ve tried almost everything else!
I love to use it to clean the oven.
I like putting baking soda in my fridge to keep it fresh
I use it to clean baked on crud from my pots and casserole dishes.
Cleaning the dishwasher but I’m excited to try the carpet trick
Awesome for helping keep your teeth white & mouth fresh!
Fav use is to put it in a scorched pot with a little water and boil. Once cool the pot cleans up really easily.
Me too! Works great.
That sounds way betting than scrubbing for give minutes! Thank you!
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.
Wow, that sounds like a great mix for stains, I will have to give it a try with all of our stains we get in my house! Thanks Barbara! 🙂
My favorite use of baking soda is in baking, but I also love to use it in the refrigerator to absorb odors.
I use it to brush my teeth on days where I want them extremely bright. 🙂
Great idea Ariel, I need to try that!!
In the Fridge!
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.
I always use old jars, I definitely am going to try that tip next time. Thanks! 🙂
I love using it for laundry – it’s so all purpose.
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
Haha what a great idea LeAndra, thanks for sharing! 🙂
TO BRUSH MY TEETH, UNCLOG DRAINS, IN THE FRIGDE, CLEAN, THE USES ARE ENDLESS!!
The uses really are endless, baking soda is the best!! 🙂
I use it the most in baking and washing produce.
I use baking soda for baking and mixed with vinegar to clean my drains!
I Arm & Hammer Baking Soda to clean my kitchen sink. Makes it sparkle and kills the germs.
I like using it in the fridge to absorb odors
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.
I don’t like the nasty smell towels sometimes get, these are great tips Julie!
I sprinkle baking soda in the cat’s litter as a deodorizer.
I like to use it with scents to make air freshners as gifts.
What a great idea Kat! Thanks for your comment! 🙂
Keeping the fridge oder free.
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.
I’ve never tried that before, thanks for the idea Kristi! 🙂
My fav use is in baking second would be odor absorber
It works so well at absorbing odors, love it!
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.
Great suggestions Susan, thanks for your comment!
Great deodorizer for bathing dogs and with lemon juice for cleaning.
I never thought to use it for bathing dogs, I will have to give my mom that tip! Thanks!
adding to laundry!
I use it to clean my toilets with some lemon juice as well as a facial scrub!
Oooh, I’ve never tried it in a facial scrub! I’m going to have to give that a try! Thanks Jennifer!
I love using it for cleaning, and for stains in laundry
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!
I use it to vacuum all the time.
What a great way to freshen the carpet! 🙂
baking soda and vinegar down the bathroom sink!
Oven cleaner and also as a laundry booster.
Baking soda is such a great laundry booster!
baking of course! but I love all the suggestions you list – have to expand my use!
There are so many great ideas people listed in the comments that I have never tried! I definitely need to expand my use too!
I use it for all my baking needs. Thanks for the giveaway!
Keeping the fridge smelling fresh!
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.
What a great way to clean the sink, thanks for the tip!
I use baking soda for baking, but I also use it for laundry, cleaning, and refreshing the carpet.
So many amazing uses! I love it! 🙂
My favorite use for baking soda is definitely BAKING!
Haha, definitely my favorite use too! 🙂 I love baking!
Never new about getting rid of ants! Cool!
Definitely the refrigerator and for cleaning my pans.
I use it mostly for baking and in the frig to freshen!
That’s where I use it the most too! 🙂
using with vinegar to clean the disposal
I like the way baking soda keeps my fridge smelling all good and fresh.
Me too, it works so well!
Baking soda is great for a lot things. I use it when I do laundry, works great!
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!
Great combination, I love cleaning with baking soda and vinegar too!
I love using baking soda to freshen the laundry, especially the towels.
Me too, I can’t stand the smell of towels after a while!
I need to try using baking soda for whitening teeth, I hear great things about it!
Nothing new to add, have used almost all of posted suggestions.
I use it in my homemade toothpaste recipe!
I’m curious, what else is in your homemade toothpaste recipe?!
I actually use a tooth powder so it lasts a long time. Here’s the link! http://wellnessmama.com/5252/remineralizing-tooth-powder-recipe/
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.
Baking soda works wonders with dishes, I love it!
I love it in the washer! so clean and fresh
I like to use it to help clear drains with some vinegar.
i use baking soda to bake with
I use it in soo many things, laundry, dishes, mopping and bath 🙂
It’s amazing how versatile it is…I love it!
I love using baking soda as a carpet freshener and also to clean my kitchen sink!
It works so well as a carpet freshener, I love it!
I like it in my fridge so it doesn’t smell.
Like you I love baking soda though I don’t hve quite that many boxes! Have a good day.
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!
Wow, that sounds way better than trying to scrub a pot clean! Great tip! 🙂
shared and i sprinkle on pots and pans and let it sit and gets tought burnt on stains off
I love using baking soda for pots and pans, it works wonders!
I use baking soda in the dishwasher.
Great idea Jennifer! I’m sure it keeps the dishes nice and spot free!
I buy the big bags of baking soca at Costco and I use it in my laundry all the time!
Those big bags definitely come in handy! 🙂
I use it to scrub my stainless steel sink, it looks like new when I am finished.
What a great use! Thanks for the idea Cathy!
I like that it keeps refrigrators smelling fresh!
Probably cleaning the stovetop 🙂 And brushing my teeth with it (it’s in my tooghpaste) 🙂
I’ve always heard of brushing teeth with baking soda, but I’ve never tried it! I’ll have to give it a try one of these days!
I use baking soda in my fridge and sweet tea! And in the bathtub.
I love how it keeps my fridge smelling nice and fresh too!
You use baking soda in your sweet tea? I’ve never heard of this!
I love using it on our mattresses to refresh them.
What a great idea, mattresses definitely need refreshing every once in a while!
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.
What a great tip Adriana! I am always looking for ways to clean my bathtub!
I use it to scour the sinks, as well as in the refrigerator to help keep it smelling fresh.
It works wonders on sinks, I love it! 🙂
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 ….
Using it on the stove with the hot towel is a great tip, thanks so much for sharing! 🙂
I love to use baking soda to bake cookies with. Yum!
I love Arm & Hammer. I keep several boxes throughout my house!
I use it in the fridge for odor control.
I have only used Baking Soda for toothpaste (in a pinch) and baking. 🙂 So I would have to say my favorite use is baking!
I have heard it can be used to neutralize stomach acid, but I have never tried it.
I love to sprinkle baking soda in my cat’s litter boxes. 🙂
Such great tips! Thanks for sharing
I love to use baking soda to keep my refrigerator from getting smelly.
I used to only use it for my fridge and freezer, but through Pinterest I have found many other uses.
Cleaning tile grout!
My favorite use for baking soda is to scour dirty pans until they shine. :o)
My favorite use for it is a bleach and baking soda combination to clean soap scum in shower. Works like a charm.
My Share http://www.pinterest.com/pin/219902394278796649/
We use it with our toothpaste to brush our teeth. Gets them pretty clean and fights bacteria of the mouth.
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.
I love using baking soda & lemon juice to clean my stainless sink
I love how clean and fresh my sink smells when I clean it with lemon!
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!
Haha that is so awesome! I’ll have to try the facial and body scrub! 🙂
I actually use it to wash my hair…
I like to use it to clean the bathroom
Mix with liquid dish soap and water to clean glass on oven doors.
Thanks for the tip Cheryl, I haven’t tried that one before!
I love to use a spoonful in some warm water to clean my brushes and combs! Gets all the icky hair products off them.
That’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing Laura!
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I like using baking soda to clean my kitchen sink (stainless steel)!
I use it in the fridge to help eliminate odors!
I like to mix it with vinegar to make a paste to clean grout.
I use baking soda for cleaning just about everything in our house. Best household cleaner, ever!
I like using A&H baking soda in baking of course, cleaning pots and pans and in my laundry.
I use it in all my baked goods.
I use it in the refrigerator to absorb odors.
I mix it with a little hydrogen peroxide and toothpaste for an excellent whitener!
I mainly use it for baking, but also, to clean my oven doors 🙂
for whitening my teeth !
cleaning the drains
I like to put some in the laundry to get some cleaner clothes 🙂
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!
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.
to clean my dishwasher I put baking soda in it.
I mixed it with vinegar and lemon juice to clean and deodorize around toilets (I have three boys with bad aim)
Haha, definitely a good trick to use with three boys around! 😉
I love to Use baking soda in my wash and to clean the tub
I love these ideas. I’m all for natural cleaning products
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!
I brush my teeth with it.
In my laundry – gets out any and all odors!
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.
I love baking soda and use it in my dishwashing by hand and in my dishwasher for sparkly dishes and shiny sinks.
Love it for cleaning the toilet
Francy, do you just use baking soda? How much?
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!
Great as a under arm deodorant
Last week I made this cute little jar to store my Baking Soda in. I found these chalkboard labels at Staples and the jar at The Container Store.