The Best Uses for Baking Soda

Clean, Freshen, and More with Baking Soda!

March 26, 2018
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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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A one pound box is about 75¢

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

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

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!

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

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!

Safe for the environment

Yes it is perfectly safe for the environment. You need to keep it away from ANY water sources (unless you WANT to make a paste or slurry) as it will dissolve!!!!

i use baking soda on my

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

I do that did;t know there

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

I did this for over 40 years

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...

This comment is accurate. I

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

Yes, the docs finally

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.

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