The Best Uses for Baking Soda

Clean, Freshen, and More with Baking Soda!

March 26, 2018
Baking Soda

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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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.


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 in bulk.

I use Baking soda around the house gor lots of stuff. The best blace to by it in bulk is Sams Club &/or Costco. You can get a 13 (or 15, I forget which) lb. resealable bag for $6 - 7. It lasts like 2-3 months.

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.

Baking soda in pet kennels and bedding

I use baking soda and water for washing my indoor pet kennels to freshen them. I also use a quarter cup baking soda in with my laundry detergent in washing my pets bedding. It removes all the smells of animals and the occasional accident in their indoor kennels.



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.


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.


We are fighting a never ending battle with these pesky nasty things. They are in our grass and plants.. On our sidewalk. They find ways into our house and we are constantl killing them daily...We have a pest control service for home and lawn but nothing stops them...Help please... I'm about to go crazy killing them all during the day inside the house.....

Bye-bye, millipedes

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Hi, Kathy: Millipedes can indeed be a pain. As you may know, they are detrivores, meaning that they feed on decaying matter. The most important thing to remember in trying to reduce or eliminate a pervasive pest such as millipedes is that you need to be extremely, extremely fastidious, patient, thorough, and nitpicky. The idea is simply to make your place so inhospitable to them that they don’t want to be there. This may be difficult to do in Florida, where you are, but as far as outside goes, start by getting rid of all mulch, dead leaves, dead branches and twigs, and so forth. Not “any,” but “all.” Check this every day for two weeks (sorry). Make sure that your walk(s), driveway, patio, whatever, are swept daily, with the sweepings removed and discarded, not just swept aside. Make sure your garbage, compost, etc., are sealed. The other thing that millipedes need is humidity and moisture. While you may not be able to do anything about the humidity, make sure that there is absolutely no standing water on your grounds: birdbaths, gutters, depressions in stone (empty after rain), etc. Don’t give rain a place to hang around on the ground. Make sure that all drains/drainage is working properly and optimally. Next, seal your home. Put putty or foam sealant in even the tiniest hole. Take your time. Be very, very thorough. Inside, start by thorough sweeping and wiping under and along baseboards, door and window sills, etc. Make sure you have no leaky pipes, faucets, etc. (as the milli’s will “smell” the water). If you have a lot of houseplants with mulch, see if they will thrive otherwise. Another tack that can work in smaller spaces is trying to get them to walk through boric acid or diatomaceous earth, both of which are uncomfortable and have ill effects on them, but it sounds like you are beyond this scale. Finally, apply all of the above information to carefully analyze and secure your basement, attic, garage, crawl space, garden sheds, and/or any other structural pieces on your property. If all of this sounds really daunting, that’s because getting rid of millipedes is indeed a daunting challenge. But if you’re dedicated to eliminating them – or rather, inviting them to leave – you can do it. Good luck!

baking soda

Reading these hints was eye opening! Grandma was right! So I made a copy for my fridge. Forgot a few. Now I have them in one place. Thinking about laminating them and making my home book for reference.

DIY Chalk Paint

2/3 c. latex paint to 1/3 c. baking soda. Mix really well. And you've made your own chalk paint (NOT to be confused with chalkboard paint).

I got this hint from my

I got this hint from my grandmother, and it works!
If you forget to soak dried beans overnight, or need to make a last minute bean dish, rinse the beans, then cover with an extra inch of water. Out about 1 tablespoon of baking soda in the beans. They will cook in no time. I have found beans to be tender within an hour and a half to two hours of cooking time.

I was told baking soda was

I was told baking soda was used to clean the bottom of pots and pants, have not tried it yet, as I have been reading all that backing soda does do!
Will be cleaning my pots and pans tomorrow

Baking Soda to clean pots

I sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of my pots, then use a damp dishcloth to scrub them clean. In fact, baking soda is a great substitute for powdered cleanser. As far as getting burned on food off the inside of a pot and frying pan, I just use warm tap water and baking soda, soak over night, then usually just wipe the crud off. No boiling necessary.