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Household Uses for Baking Soda

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Did you know that baking soda can be used to remove stains, keep your sneakers smelling fresh, and even get rid of your sweet tooth? Check out these tips for home uses of baking soda.

  • Add baking soda to your bath water to relieve sunburned or itchy skin.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply to a burn or an insect bite for relief.
  • Clean your refrigerator with a solution of one-teaspoon baking soda to one quart of warm water.
  • Pour a cup of baking soda into the opening of your clogged drain and then add a cup of hot vinegar. After a few minutes, flush the drain with a quart of boiling water.
  • To remove perspiration stains, make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub paste into the stain, let it sit for an hour, and then launder as usual.
  • If you crave sweets, rinse your mouth with one-teaspoon baking soda dissolved in a glass of warm water. Don’t swallow the mixture; spit it out. Your craving should disappear instantly.
  • Add a pinch of baking soda to boiled syrup to prevent it from crystallizing.
  • To remove pesticides, dirt, and wax from fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them in a large bowl of cool water to which you’ve added two to three tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Soak toothbrushes in baking soda and warm water overnight to clean bristles.
  • Gasoline and oil odors can be removed by putting clothes in a trash bag with baking soda for a few days before washing them.
  • Lay down barrier of baking soda under sink-pipe openings and along basement windows to keep carpenter ants, silverfish, and roaches from invading. Roaches eat the baking soda, dehydrate, and die.
  • A light baking soda paste on a damp cloth will remove bugs and tar from cars without damaging the paint. Let paste sit for a few minutes before wiping and rinsing clean.
  • To remove stains from your coffee and tea cups, wipe them with a damp sponge dipped in baking soda paste.
  • Keep your rubber gloves dry and smelling good by sprinkling baking soda inside them. They’ll slip on more easily too!
  • Sprinkling baking soda on your front steps will provide traction and melt the ice. Unlike rock salt, kitty litter, or sand, it won’t damage outdoor or indoor surfaces or shoes.
  • Boil two inches of water in a pan with a burned bottom, turn off the heat, then add half a cup of baking soda. Let it sit overnight. In the morning it will be easy to clean.
  • Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda on the bottom of your toaster oven to eliminate the burned smell from drippings and crumbs.
  • A paste of baking soda removes red sauce stains from plastic.

You're welcome to post your own baking soda tips below!

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I received a free box of Arm

By SB on October 19

I received a free box of Arm and Hammer baking soda from Smiley 360. This all purpose item, is a must have. It can be used for just about anything! Please see my blog for all info

A tablespoon of baking soda

By Lindsay on September 30

A tablespoon of baking soda mixed with the juice of 1 lemon makes a great face mask. Just apply generously and let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse off with cold water. It improves skin clarity if used regularly.

Take baking soda backpacking!

By justine on September 27

Take baking soda backpacking! It does not attract bears or insects, so it is much better than toothpaste. A little under the arms and in shoes keeps you fresh, plus you can wash your clothes with just a little water and baking soda in a plastic bag. Great as camping dish soap as well. Much better than camping soap for personal hygiene, even for washing hair. A little goes a LONG way: half a cup will last a party of 4 for a week! In small quantities, it is not harmful to the environment, but still use baking soda 100 feet away from natural water sources.

i use baking soda on my

By Cathy Dalton

i use baking soda on my smooth top stove every time i cook something that splatters grease when i clean up the kitchen after cooking i sprinkle the stove top with a little water then sprinkle some baking soda on the water make a paste rub it around on the stove {i use my bare palm ,also makes my hands soft) wipe with dishrag until all residue is gone,it shines like a new one.

I keep a small plastic

By roxann2001

I keep a small plastic container of baking soda jnside my microwave. It keeps the microwave from smelling like the food recently cooked in it. Plus prevents the transfer of pervious food odors from entering food being cooked in the microwave.Just remove when using microwave then replace after cooking.

In small glass combine 1 oz

By herbgarden133

In small glass combine 1 oz apple cider vinegar, 1 oz tap water, 1/2 tsp sugar or artificial sweetener. Add 1/8 tsp baking soda. Mixture will fizz. Drink it down quickly....it will cure the WORST case of reflux or indigestion! This was passed down by my husband's grandmother, we call it a 'toddy'!

if i can dissolve my sweets

By nocturne021

if i can dissolve my sweets cravings with baking soda, i'll be going through a lot of baking soda!

I did this for over 40 years

By Nanabug

I did this for over 40 years and my Mother and Grandmother would cringe saying a Movie Star died when doing this! Maybe I should read the related articles relating to household myths! LOL...

I keep a small dish of baking

By R Gaston

I keep a small dish of baking soda on the kitchen counter. It is convenient to dab the dishrag in then scrub a subborn spot on pans, glasses or dishes. As an added bonus, Asian Lady Beetles are attracted to it and are trapped and die.

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of baking

By jnmunson15

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in an 8 oz glass of water will almost instantly cure the burning sensation of acid reflux. TRUST ME!!! I use it whenever i eat spicy or Italian food. Plus it doesn't cost 16.99 for a weeks supply of Prilosec.

This comment is accurate. I

By Ana

This comment is accurate. I have tried it. My doctor mentioned it and I found the same info on the Mayo Clinic website.

I do that did;t know there

By tazzy

I do that did;t know there was someone else like me ... lolo

I did this for over 40 years

By Nanabug

I did this for over 40 years and my Mother and Grandmother would cringe saying a Movie Star died when doing this! Maybe I should read the related articles relating to household myths! LOL...

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