Baking Soda Uses

Posted by Mrs Money on February 17th, 2009

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Uses for Baking Soda

I can’t live without baking soda. I buy it in huge bags because we go through so much of it.  I use it for cooking, cleaning, and even in the bathroom as a beauty aid! It’s inexpensive and natural, and you can’t beat its cleaning ability and versatility.  Here are some of it’s uses:



Beauty

-Baking soda sprinkled on your fingertips makes an excellent face scrub. It’s not too abrasive and feels great when you use it! It can also help clear up blackheads.

– I use baking soda as to no poo my hair. It’s cheap, easy, and natural!

-Rubbing baking soda on your underarms works great as deodorant! I stay dry all day and don’t smell. Learn how to make deodorant with baking soda!

-Baking soda in the bath is a nice, relaxing natural way to help soothe your skin and make it softer while getting you clean. It also helps detoxify your body.

-A toothbrush dipped in baking soda can be substituted for toothpaste. Make sure you don’t go overboard though! I add a few drops of peppermint essential oil so it tastes better.  You can also use my toothpaste recipe to make toothpaste with baking soda!

-Add a 1/4 cup of baking soda and 2 T of salt in a bucket with hot water and soak your feet. It helps soften your feet and removes dirt and grime.



Kitchen

– At the bottom of garbage bags, add some baking soda.  While you add your trash, you will minimize odors.

– Baking soda in the refrigerator absorbs odors and moisture and makes the fridge smell better!

-Sprinkle baking soda in your vegetable crisper in the fridge and cover your veggies with a cloth or paper towel so you have nice and crisp veggies!

– Small fires on the stove can be extinguished by tossing some baking soda on them. When the baking soda burns, it releases carbon dioxide that makes the fire die out.

– Baking soda is not abrasive, so you can use it to clean your fridge and countertops with no scratching!

– Put a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl with water in your microwave.  Microwave on high for three minutes.  Afterwards, you should be able to wipe the sides of your microwave clean with minimal effort.

– Run a cycle in the dishwasher using baking soda instead of detergent to clean out the dishwasher.

-Fill your sink halfway with water and use a few tablespoons of baking soda.  Soak your veggies in it to remove pesticides and chemicals.


General home

– Your vacuum cleaner canister can be deodorized using baking soda.  Add a small amount to the canister to eliminate stinky odors while vacuuming!

– In areas of excess moisture, add a bowl of baking soda.  It will help remove moisture. You’ll have to stir the bowl of baking soda to keep it fresh and active.

– Make a paste of baking soda and water to remove crayon marks naturally from the wall.

– Remove water stains on wood floors by using a mixture of baking soda and water.

– If your mop starts smelling bad, dissolve 4 tablespoons of baking soda into one gallon of hot water and allow it to sit for an hour.

– Put baking soda in an old parmesan cheese can and sprinkle on your carpet an hour before vacuuming.  It will help deodorize your carpets naturally.

– Toilet stains can be removed by putting a layer of baking soda on the stain and allowing it to sit for an hour or so.  Use a toilet brush, and then scrub it into the water to refreshen the room!


Plumbing

– If you can’t find where to buy lye, you can use baking soda instead to clear drains.  One cup of baking soda followed by a gallon of hot water should help clear a drain naturally.


Garden

– Do you need a natural ant deterrent? Sprinkle one line of baking soda on the ground.  The ants should not cross the line.


Laundry

-Brighten your whites naturally and remove odors in the wash by adding 1/2 cup of baking soda.

-Baking soda can be a natural stain pre-treater.  Mix a paste of baking soda and water and let it sit on the stain until you are ready to wsh.

Workshop/auto

-Do you have oil stains in your garage?  Cover them with baking soda and then leave for a day.  The next day, sweep up the baking soda and the oil stain!

– Light rusting can be removed by mixing together a mixture of baking soda and vinegar and applied with a steel wool pad.

– Shine chrome naturally by making a mixture of baking soda and water and scrubbing onto the chrome.  It will shine like new!

Pets

-Cat litter can be refreshed using a few sprinkles of baking soda.

– Eliminate odor after you’ve cleaned up pet accidents by sprinkling over the dampened area with baking soda; allow to dry and then vacuum.

Personal

-Make your own mouthwash with a glass of water with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.

-If you suffer from foot odor, you can sprinkle baking soda into your shoes and allow to set overnight.  In the morning, turn your shoe upside down and tap to remove baking soda.

-Add baking soda to your toothbrush with toothpaste for extra whitening power.

-Baking soda and water can be mixed into a paste and applied to bug bites to provide relief.

Baking soda is so versatile and wonderful!

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47 Responses to “Baking Soda Uses”


  1. K-money says:

    Good heavens! that’s a lot of uses for baking soda. One of my goals for the year is to transition to some more simple and/or natural cleansers at home, I will be referencing this post when I do that!

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  2. Great list, I have the big bag from costco too. I’ll have to try some of your suggestions, I’m clearly not getting full use of my baking soda. I mostly use it for cooking!

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  3. Mrs Money says:

    K-money, I love using natural cleaners! If you ever need recipes or have questions, please let me know. :)

    Miss M- I love Costco too!

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  4. Rebecca says:

    Wow! Impressive list. I was aware of a few of these but I learned a lot of new ones. Going to bookmark this so I can reference it. Thanks for the list!

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  5. Mrs Money says:

    Hi Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by! I’m hoping I can use some of the resources from your website soon. :)

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  6. anon says:

    It has been proven that baking soda has NO odor control properties whatsoever; baking soda companies came up with that to get you to buy a box for no other reason than to put it in your fridge/freezer.

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  7. Graham Green says:

    Mix with salt for nasal flush!

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  8. I use it on the carpet for the stupid dog stink for peeing on it.

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  9. eve says:

    I discovered that baking soda dissolved in water will take the chlorine out of your hair and bathing suit. It also dissolves hairspray build up!

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  10. I am not sure if I want substitute baking soda for my deodorant, but the rest seems worth a try. So far I only use baking soda for baking or cleaning.

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  11. Graham Green says:

    Hey Kaninfisk:

    Why is Baking Soda considered an ideal cleaning agent?

    ARM & HAMMER Dental Care®, ARM & HAMMER® PeroxiCare® and
    ARM & HAMMER® Advance White® toothpastes use baking soda as a primary cleaning agent. In fact, ARM & HAMMER® has more products that use baking soda as the sole cleaning agent than any other brand. Other baking soda dentifrice products use relatively low levels of Baking Soda (5%-25%) and consequently need to employ an abrasive agent, such as silica, to actually clean the teeth.

    As a cleaning agent, baking soda is less abrasive than virtually any other cleaning agent used in toothpastes. Less abrasion means less tooth wear, which helps keep your teeth healthier, longer. And when it comes to cleaning, recent studies indicate that baking soda in high concentrations, like those found in most ARM & HAMMER® toothpastes, break down into tiny particles that are able to penetrate enamel crevices and remove food particles and deep stain embedded there. Other cleaning agents, like silica, don’t readily break down into such tiny particles, so they are too big to clean inside the enamel crevices.

    http://www.myoralcare.com/questions/

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  12. Mrs Money says:

    anon- Thanks for sharing! I think I’ll continue to do it because I think it makes a difference. It’s all about what you believe. :)

    Graham Green- That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to try that soon!

    Honest Internet Businessman- I actually have sprinkled it on my carpets, let it sit, and vacuumed it up. I am allergic to the commercial carpet deodorizers. I’ve also made a water/baking soda mixture to steam clean the carpets!

    Small Steps to Health- I don’t do it every single day, but I alternate between that and Trader Joe’s unscented deodorant with cotton. Both are fabulous!

    Graham- I deleted his comment. Negativity doesn’t do anyone good. :) Sorry you had to see that!

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  13. Mrs Money says:

    eve- That is a great tip! I think using it in my hair is one of my favorite uses. Thanks for your comment!

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  14. Laura says:

    I can vouch for the use of baking soda as deodorant. I used it all last summer. I actually bought Tom’s of Maine, but after two hours, I would start to smell really bad (yeah, summer). However, when I started adding baking soda, I stayed smell-less all day long. I used them both, so that baking soda had something to stick to, I guess.
    And I add baking soda when I brush my teeth.
    I guess I’m going to try using it on my hair too. Thanks for the tip.

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  15. ancienthart says:

    Another use of Bicarbonate of Soda is in cleaning bathrooms.
    After having a shower, sprinkle a thick layer of bicarb on the wet shower floor. Let it sit for a few hours (I often do this before I go to work), and use one of those plastic kitchen scourer pad/sponges to lift the most stubborn mold right off.
    For ceiling mold, place a thick layer of bicarb onto a wet scourer pad/sponge and liberally scour/scrub the ceiling. Wash the sponge and wipe down ceiling with the sponge side. Not only does this remove the most ingrained mold and mold stains, but also seems to inhibit it’s regrowth.

    Both are lifesavers in hot, humid climates like Cairns.

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  16. Internet Driveby says:

    Be careful with baking soda on your skin and hair. It is too abrasive for general use and it strips away all of the oils. What you really want to do is just go natural and stop using any type of detergent on your skin and hair. Your skin and scalp are currently overproducing oil if you are using shampoo and soap every day. When you stop you will go through a greasy period while your skin adjusts back to a normal state. My girlfriend had stringy hair and a greasy scalp for a few weeks and then that stopped and now she has shiny sexy hair every day.

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  17. Big D says:

    You can also put about a 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water and use it clean the corrosion off your car battery terminal. It’s best to use an old tooth brush to scrub it clean.

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  18. some foo says:

    Note that some of these things have been proven to be myths invented by people who manufacture and sell baking soda.

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  19. Mrs Money says:

    Laura- I had the same problem with Tom’s of Maine! I used apricot but it didn’t work that well.

    ancienthart- Those are great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    Internet Driveby- That’s awesome. If I didn’t have a job, I totally would go shampoo/bs free! I am just worried about the adjustment period. I don’t think my boss would like me coming to work with greasy hair! :(

    Big D- Great tip! I’ve heard Coca Cola will do that too. It’s scared me from drinking it! ;)

    some foo- I’m sure that some of them don’t work as wonderfully as we’d like them to, but baking soda is so cheap I’m willing to give it a shot. :)

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  20. tablogloid says:

    One note of caution: I use baking soda for many of the uses you have listed. However, never pour boiling water into a ceramic toilet bowl that is still full cold water. The toilet bowl atttains the temperature of the water. A rapid addition of boiling water can cause a quick expansion of the ceramic and cause it to crack. I have seen this happen.

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  21. Mrs Money says:

    tablogloid- Good to know! I’d hate to break the toilet!

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  22. Baking soda could solve the worlds problems, haha. But seriously I will have to try quite a few of these ideas, thanks for the post.

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  23. EmilyO says:

    This is a wonderful list. Another use from Anne’s Bed and Breakfast blog is for skunk spray on dogs (the #2 item above!): I thought the tomato thing DID work on my dog (after shampooing first and after) but I’m sure this works better because sounds easier:

    Skunk Spray Removal: Tomato juice does NOT work. I don’t know who started that false rumour but all it does is make your dog smell like stinky tomatoes. The only thing that removes the greasy and awful spray from pet fur is this concoction: One Cup White Vinegar, 1/2 Cup Baking Soda, 2 Tablespoons Dish Soap or Pet Shampoo, and 1 litre of water. Don’t mix together until you’re ready to use it – it bubbles and expands rapidly once mixed together!

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  24. Bronson says:

    If mixed with super glue it is great for building up cracks in plastic or most materials you are repairing.
    Glue as normal and then put the bicarb on top
    and into all gaps and ad drops of glue. when it sets it can be sanded or added to.

    I have used this method to repair many broken plastic items.
    It can also be painted.

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  25. Mrs Money says:

    Bronson- Awesome tips! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  26. Ryan says:

    Baking soda! I wouldn’t use it for anything! Natural is the way to health

    here are some natural ways to health…

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  27. Nice site!! Many different things to use baking soda for!

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  28. shinie says:

    your article was very informative.thank you

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  29. thegnu says:

    for toothpaste, you should dip your toothbrush in all natural sea salt, and then sprinkle a tiny bit of baking soda on top of it. you don’t need it to be that abrasive.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    That is awesome. The sea salt I have is pretty big; do you grind yours before you use it?

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  30. I swear i’m doing this entire list … very good … thank you

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  31. Christie says:

    If you go to your local livestock feed store you should be able to purchase sodium bicarbinate (baking soda) in 25 or 50 lbs bags, can’t remeber which. It is not human food grade, so can’t use for cooking, but it would work every where else, several producers use it where feeding animals as it keeps their stomachs in balance when they get to acidy, free choice bicarb is a wonderful thing for a herd of happy goats! at least mine liked it.:)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Christie- Awesome! I’m going to have to look into that. Thanks so much for the tip!

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