10 Amazing Uses for Baking Soda

Find out how you can clean with baking soda and get rid of those harsh chemicals once and for all.

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It’s natural. It’s in your cupboard. It costs less than $5. And it can clean just about everything. Yes, it’s baking soda. And, yes, it really does work.

In my own home, I keep a 5-pound bag on hand because there are literally hundreds of everyday uses for this miracle product. Don’t believe me? Here’s how it works and 10 ways you can try it out for yourself.

How baking soda works for cleaning

Baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate) is a naturally occurring substance found in ALL living things! (Yes, it’s even in you.) Because of its chemical properties, it can:

  • Help dirt and grease dissolve in water
  • Act as an abrasive to scrub dirt and grime away
  • Neutralize odors
  • Regulate pH balance

Since it’s natural — really, it’s just salt, hydrogen, and carbon — it’s a safe, eco-friendly, and affordable method for cleaning almost anything in your home.

10 amazing uses for baking soda

From bringing the sparkle back to your bathroom to making your silver gleam, baking soda does it all.

1. Scrub the tub

Make a paste using one cup of baking soda, one teaspoon of liquid dish soap, a few drops of tea tree or peppermint essential oil, and just enough water. Scrub your tub as you normally would. The essential oil and soap helps disinfect while baking soda lifts away soap scum and dirt.

In fact, you can use this same paste to clean all the hard surfaces in your home (countertops, bathroom sink, etc.)

2. Bring the shine back to your silver

Line a deep pan or large pot with aluminum foil, shiny side up. Put your silver on top of the foil. Add boiling water and a few tablespoons of baking soda. Let everything soak for at least 10 minutes.

The chemical reaction will get rid of oxidation, which tarnishes silver, and make your jewelry, forks, and candelabra bright and shiny again.

3. Get the funk out of everything

A little bit of baking soda will go a long way towards deodorizing everything.

  • Pour baking soda in your trash or compost bin to eliminate odor.
  • Soak your lunch container in a solution of baking soda, soap, and water and that day-old-leftover-lunch aroma will disappear.
  • Sprinkle it on your carpet and upholstery. Let it sit for 15 minutes or more. Vacuum. Any residual smell from pets, smoke, etc., will be gone.

In short, if there’s an offending odor in your house, don’t make a stink about it. Just sprinkle some baking soda to neutralize it.

4. Scour baked-on food and grease from pots and pans

Why expend elbow grease to get rid of grease? Just soak grimy pots and pans in hot water, baking soda, and dish soap. Then, wash as normal.

Alternatively, you can add baking soda to a damp sponge to create a mild abrasive and scrub stubborn stains away.

5. Boost laundry detergent

Add a cup of baking soda to your laundry to get your clothes cleaner and fresher. As a plus, you can cut back on detergent too.

6. De-gunk your hairbrush

To get rid of oil and residue, soak your comb and hairbrush in a solution of baking soda and water for an hour. Then, rinse with hot water. Your hairbrush will look just like new again.

7. Remove coffee and tea stains

Yup, you guessed it. Add a bit of baking soda and a little water. Wipe it with a soft cloth or sponge, and presto: stains be gone.

8. Clean the oven

Get the grimiest of ovens spotlessly clean. Make a baking soda paste (1 cup baking soda, about 6 tablespoons of water) and spread it over your oven’s interior. Steer clear of the heating/electrical elements. Close the oven door and let it sit overnight.

Then use a damp cloth to wipe the paste away. Spray any residual paste with regular white vinegar and sponge off. Repeat as necessary.

9. Wash produce

Lift dirt and pesticide from fruits and vegetables safely. Simply sprinkle some baking soda onto a vegetable brush or clean sponge, scrub gently, and rinse.

10. Get rid of stubborn stains

Nothing can ruin your favorite shirt like a nasty sweat stain. Remove it by scrubbing the stain with a baking soda paste, letting it sit for at least an hour. Wash as you normally would.

Other uses for baking soda

Once you dig into it, you’ll find that baking soda can do more than just clean and deodorize. It can soften skin, ease heartburn, make omelets fluffy, and soothe itchy skin. And, of course, you can bake with it too.

Do you have a baking soda use we haven’t covered here? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

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21 Responses to “10 Amazing Uses for Baking Soda”

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    R Simmons
    May 22, 2014 #

    baking soda can also be used if you trimmed your dog (or cats) nails too short and they start to bleed….this was a recommendation from my vet

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    Deanne Pennings
    May 22, 2014 #

    My dentist (or assistant) recommended adding a small amount to my regular toothpaste on my toothbrush for each brushing to help brighten/whiten my smile. :)

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    Brian Schuck
    May 22, 2014 #

    It is also the primary ingredient in the powder inside a fire extinguisher, so if you have a small kitchen fire, it can be used to put it out. Just don't be a hero!!

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    Melessa N
    May 23, 2014 #

    I put it in my drain and add vinegar, instead of using toxic drain cleaner products.

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    Mark Caron
    May 25, 2014 #

    1/2 tsp in a quart of warm water poured over a car battery slowly will neutralize acid deposits on the outside of battery case and impove connection strength, old mechanics trick. If you take your car in to be winterized this is ONE of the things they will de. If you have a Flash light or toy with a battery that exploded or leaked the same solution will neutralize the acid so it won't eat a hole through your clothing. I hate when you open the kids toy find the battery has leaked and then when you wash the shirt it has holes int he front.

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    Wendy
    May 26, 2014 #

    It removes skunk smell from your dog. Combine 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid soap.

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    Dot B
    May 27, 2014 #

    Add a small amount of baking soda to your shampoo, work in to your hair and let sit for a few moments, then rinse. Clean, shinny hair!

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      Vicki
      November 21, 2014 #

      Just use a Tablespoon in 8oz of boiling water. Cool and shampoo 5 or 6 times with it! Tried it yesterday for the first time and it works like a charm!

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    Delores Herbert
    October 9, 2014 #

    I am thrilled for the additional suggestions. At age 75…I have (done) most of them.

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    jerry vaughn
    October 10, 2014 #

    love it

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    Valerie
    October 25, 2014 #

    It rained on my dusty car! The paint is only about a year old and now it has left hard water spots on paint. How and what can dissolve the residue .?

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    Kathleen Johns
    November 19, 2014 #

    I am so thankful for the additional information concerning the many uses of baking soda. There is even a small book out that you can send for the use of baking soda.

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    Sharon Moore
    November 20, 2014 #

    Would love to have a home of my own before I retire

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    Melody
    December 5, 2014 #

    Sprinkle it in the litter box

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    Lisa duncan
    December 15, 2014 #

    Wow! Thanks, folks. I sure appreciated this information on uses of baking soda.

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    Nikki Kea
    January 21, 2015 #

    If you are allergic to deodorants, it can be used. Just make a paste and put under armpits it will dry and no odor will present itself. Log time remedy.

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    libby rhodes
    January 30, 2015 #

    Works great putting out a small fire just throw a hand full into the fire

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    karma
    February 4, 2015 #

    Sprinkle into beans to de-gas…now I KNOW THAT one's the best!

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    Ed
    February 4, 2015 #

    One teaspoon of baking soda and an 8 ounce of warm water , drink slowly to relieve heart burn, it works every time.

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    Chelsie Pierce
    February 27, 2015 #

    I clean my oven with a paste of baking soda and white vinegar and it works better than the common cleaners and it is also natural and harmless product! Thanks a lot for this incredibly helpful article!Crayford Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

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    Bridgette
    July 31, 2015 #

    If you have stains on an old apt. countertops and bleach won't remove them, use a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Let the paste sit overnight (after you watch the cool bubbling reaction the 2 create, when mixed together). Wipe away the next day. Like magic!

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