The Best Uses for Baking Soda

Clean, Freshen, and More with Baking Soda!

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Baking soda is amazing! This versatile substance can be used to remove stains, keep your sneakers smelling fresh, and even get rid of your sweet tooth. Here are some of the best uses for baking soda.

Bicarbonate of soda—commonly known as “baking soda”—is a wonderful household product used in baking, cleaning, and many more household activities. What’s your favorite use? Let us know in the comments!

Best Uses for Baking Soda

For Health 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

In the Kitchen

  • 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 stains from your coffee and tea cups, wipe them with a damp sponge dipped in baking soda paste.
  • 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.

In the Bathroom

  • Soak toothbrushes in baking soda and warm water overnight to clean bristles.
  • Keep your rubber gloves dry and smelling good by sprinkling baking soda inside them. They’ll slip on more easily too!

On Clothing

  • 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. Find out how to remove other common stains.
  • Gasoline and oil odors can be removed by putting clothes in a trash bag with baking soda for a few days before washing them.

Miscellaneous Uses

  • Add a pinch of baking soda to boiled syrup to prevent it from crystallizing.
  • Lay down a 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.
  • 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.
  • A paste of baking soda removes red sauce stains from plastic.

Please post your own favorite baking soda uses below, and then check out our tips for using other common household items:

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Baking soda

Baking soda and water relieves bee and mosquito bites.

Uses of Baking Soda and white vinegar

When washing clothes, along with the detergent, I use about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of baking soda at the beginning of the wash cycle. Helps with stains and sweetens the clothes. Instead of a fabric softener in the rinse cycle, I use white vinegar. This helps remove any remaining soap in the clothes.

Soft skin

Put a cup of more of baking soda (NOT baking powder), into your bath water, and soak as long as you can, or want. This is great for an all-over sunburn. I love doing this, as it cleans me, AND the bathtub, at the same time. (Clean your bathtub, sinks, with it too!).
You'll come out of your bath, clean, AND soft all over!

3 more uses for soda

1. Mix baking soda with corn starch and a spritz of cologne for an excellent deoderant powder.
2. Brush your teeth with a mix of baking soda and salt.
3. Make a paste with baking soda, toothpaste, and peroxide to clean the rubber gaskets on fridge doors.

Corroded Car Battery Terminals

Just yesterday I discovered my car's battery was dead. When use of jumper cables failed to work, we wondered if it could be caused by this white corrosion around one of the terminals. Following directions on line, we used an old nailbrush and scrubbed with a solution of baking soda & water. With clean terminals, we again tried charging the batter with the cables. Voila! NOTE: That white stuff is acid, and the bristle brush causes splatters. Wear goggles and rubber gloves!

Kidney helper

I've read many articles saying that baking soda is a good kidney tonic and cleanser. It lowers the PH in your body. Just add a 1/4 teaspoon to a glass of water, stir well and drink. Don't do this every day or for prolonged periods or you might become too alkaline. Just on occasion. This is also a great remedy for acid reflux/heartburn. It works instantly. I drink it when I've been eating a lot of high acid or spicy foods. It works and it's cost effective.

Can't do without

There are 4 things NO HOME should be without because each has a lot of different uses (in alphabetical order)...(1) Baking Soda, (2) Duct Tape, (3) WD-40, and (4) White vinegar. These are some of the least expensive, yet most indispensable & versatile items and I ALWAYS have in each in my shop, and in my house. To add to this article as to the use of baking soda, we always have an opened box of baking soda in our refrigerator & freezer to absorb funky odors. Also, sprinkle a touch in your trash bin to make it a little more pleasant. Hope this helps!

Uses for baking soda

When baking soda is removed from the refrigerator, can it be used for other things or do you throw it out?

secondary use of baking soda

Once I switch the baking soda in the fridge - I use the old container for cleaning my sinks, with vinegar! It is great for clearing clogs!

Tea

When I make sweet tea, I add a pinch of baking soda - makes it smoother and takes away any bitterness.

baking soda uses

Make a paste with cooking oil and baking soda to remove sticker residue from glass. May need to leave on awhile before removing.

Wash

Use baking soda in the clothes washer to help detergent. Also use as a scrub on greasy pots and pans it cuts the grease without any effort

Baking soda

I use it to clean buildup on hair . Before I shampoo every two to three weeks. It works great

Hair Buildup

Most people use a small amount of cornstarch. Yours is the first I've heard of using baking soda. With my dark brown hair, I put a little cocoa powder in the corn starch, so the corn starch won't make my hair grey-ish. But I think baking soda would probably work as well too.

Buy Baking Soda in Bulk

Since I use baking soda for a multitude of purposes, I buy it about 5+ pounds at a time from local bulk foods outlet (double bag it b/c of weight). I use an old large plastic ice cream tub to store it in with the addition of a metal scoop for easy handling. I find this cuts costs down to less than 50 cents a pound.

Baking soda use for hair

I have been using baking soda for years to remove hairspray build-up in my clients' hair before perming. This build-up prevents perms from curling in the spots where it is concentrated. (I am a registered cosmetologist.)

Baking soda use

I keep a small bowl with baking soda under my kitchen sink. I put my steel wool pad (Brillo type) in it between uses. The soda keep the pad from rusting, so I get more uses from the steel wool pad.

Baking Soda

I use baking soda for my lights, brights and whites. No more yellowing from bleach.
Also for smelly clothes, towels and bedding to remove odors.
Put the baking soda in as the washer fills and let it run with detergent for a few minutes to dissolve, not that it completely dissolves. Leaves bedding and other wash softer, brighter and odorless.

B. SODA

GREW UP IN NORTH LOUISIANA, ON LAND GRAND FATHER BOUGHT, HE STARTED FIRST BLACK SCHOOL IN , HOMER, LA, AND GAVE LAND FOR FIRST CME METHODIST CHURCH, AND TIMBER TO BUILD CHURCH, I WENT TO THIS SCHOOL WAFER CHAPEL UNTIL THE 6TH GRADE BEFORE THEY CONDIMED IT. MY STORY THO IS THAT WE USED BAKING SODA FOR TOOTH PASTE AND ALSO FOR DEODERANT UNDER THE ARMS. IT WORK MY FRIENDS. MY GREAT GRAND FATHER NAME WAS BURREL WAFER, HE COULD NOT WRITE, HAVE AN ABSTRACT OF HIS X AS HE BOUGHT LAND. PROUD, PROUD, PRROUD, BETTY YOUNGBLOOD

Your Grandad

Your grandfather must have felt so proud of his accomplishment. He didn't think only of himself when he purchased the land. He helped his fellow man. You should be proud of grandad.

Burrel Wafer

What a brave and smart man , I hope the State of Louisiana recognizes what a great citizen they had in their community ! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story, Don Derby .

Get rid of moles

If you have tag moles, make a paste of baking soda and castor oil. Dab it on the mole and cover it with a bandaid. It will take a while of applying the paste every day, but eventually the mole will just drop off with no scaring or anything. Really works!

Baking Soda

For a sour stomach add a heaping teaspoon to a cup of water. You will burp, and get instant relief.
Breaks down grease and grime on countertops, stove, oven, in sinks.
Mix with coconut oil in equal amounts for toothpaste. Add to facial wash to remove make up.
Add to wash to enhance cleaning clothes. Add to dishwasher to clean dishes.
Add a teaspoon to small cup of warm water for a mouth rinse after brushing teeth.
Sprinkle on dog when bathing.

Another use for baking soda

My mother taught me many years ago to add a pinch of baking soda to rhubarb or gooseberry pie to take some of the 'bite' away. Without so much tartness you can use less sugar.

Gout cure

When my gout begins to flare up, a pinch of baking soda in apple cider vinegar clears it right up.

Gout

A question.. Need to know. My fiancé is 69-year-old and suffers from gout alot do you use it internally or external ?

Home made deodorant

Mix equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda. If you want add your favorite essential oil for a little smell. Rub a small amount 1/2 teaspoon maybe under your arms. Might feel little gritty for just a minute and it goes away. Promise it works no stinky underarms. My husband is a believer and it's all natural.

Easy hard boiled eggs

Add teaspoon bling soda to water while boiling eggs makes them easier to peel.

Eradicate snails

Sprinkle entire yard, sidewalk, drive way and especially the garden with baking soda, inside of thick plants. The next day sweep up, or wash away those pesky snails. Repeat as needed to kill the new snails. I did this once last year and will repeat again in spring. Works wonders and is environmentally safe.

For an upset tummy

Add a teaspoon on baking soda to a cup of heated water, down the hatch! Advisory, this will at times have explosive backlash (vomiting) of what is upsetting your tummy but after that AHHHHHHHHH all better. Moms' favorite recipe.

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