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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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Can anyone tell me how to get

By mjw2001au

Can anyone tell me how to get rid of bed bugs. My friend has them and had not been able to get rid of them. Thank you.

It will also extinguish a

By Barry Dingle

It will also extinguish a small fire. It is the active ingredient in some fire extinguishers. Don't think that it will replace a full size fire extinguisher or remove the need to call 911 but if you have a small fire on the stove, in the engine compartment of your car or practically anywhere else and don't have a fire extinguisher but have a chance to do something safely before the fire department arrives, try covering it with baking soda. A pan of grease, oil or certain foods that catches fire can usually be extinguished by turning off the heat and placing the proper lid on the pan. Be extremely careful to not splash any burning grease or oil, you can burn yourself severely or cause the fire to spread quickly.

Clean your any silverware

By Hill

Clean your any silverware with baking soda by rubbing it with a piece of cloth

Add baking soda to any

By Bridgett Cavanaugh

Add baking soda to any toothpaste to help get your teeth whiter.

We have always used it to

By Molly56

We have always used it to brush our teeth. Keep a cup in the back of your fridge to keep smells away. Also if you are potty training a dog or cat and there is an accident on the rug put it thick on the spot after clean up and let dry overnight then vacuum up to remove any odor. Wash your hair with a paste mixed with water once in a while to remove residue of products. If someone is a hot sleeper and your mattress gets sour smelling or your kid has an accident sprinkle over the mattress under sheets and vacuum it up next time you change your sheets, It will save your mattress. Sprinkle on pet beds, clean home raised chicken eggs with a paste mixed with water before refrigerating.

Measure 2 tablespoons of

By Phyllis W.

Measure 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of salt... mix this together and store in a small container. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of this to 2 ounces of hot faucet water and swish in your mouth as a mouthwash. This is great for your gums..Dentist told me that this was better than any mouthwash...

if you use baking soda and

By Dena73

if you use baking soda and vinegar to unclog your drain, make sure you stop the drain up immediately after pouring the vinegar in.

mix hydrogen peroxide and

By marvin o'connor

mix hydrogen peroxide and baking together .Put it on your tile grout let it sit for a few min .Then with a nail brush or old toothbrush scrub and rinse with clean water and the dirt is gone.For stburn stains you may have to do this a couple of times.

I received a free box of Arm

By Kowaniki Perez

I received a free box of Arm and Hammer baking soda from Smiley 360. This all purpose item. I used to cleaning silver jewerly, exfoliate my face, clean my nails, clean the kitchen tables, everything

i love to have a free box to

By Laura messer

i love to have a free box to try out on all my stuff

A one pound box is about 75¢

By Barry Dingle

A one pound box is about 75¢ or less, that's darn cheap for all it can do. I've been using it to brush my teeth and as an antacid for years, also many of the other uses listed here. I keep several boxes of it in my pantry, it's something that we can't live without.

I received a free box of Arm

By SB

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

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

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.

Curious, if its safe for the

By Deanna Lacy

Curious, if its safe for the environment then why do you need to keep it away from natural water sources? I had not thought of it for camping. Cool!

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.

Yes, the docs finally

By LorieLee

Yes, the docs finally realized this is true. Check out the Heartburn medicine Zegrid. It's Prilosec with Baking Soda in it to help better control breakthrough reflux and it also helps your body absorb the Prilosec better.

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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