15+ Special Uses of Baking Soda That You Should Know About



Bathroom Cleaner

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Cleaning the bathroom can be a struggle as the soap scum can stick to the glass door or on the bathroom tiles. This, of course, isn’t a nice sight as it can seem like there are stains on them. So, what is the secret to cleaning your bathroom to get rid of stains and soap scum? It’s easy. All you have to do is get half a cup of baking soda and mix it with white vinegar until it turns into a paste. Apply this paste on the surfaces that you want to clean, and let it sit for about 15 minutes until you wash it off with water or clean it with paper towels.



Odor in Fridge

There are times when you can smell some strange odors coming from your fridge, but where do these come from? Especially when you have just cleaned your fridge or bought fresh produce. Unfortunately, it can be a part of it. But, there is a way to get rid of the bad smells, and it is an easy option. All you need is an open box of baking soda, and you can place that in the back of your fridge. It is also an option to put some baking soda in a container, since baking soda can absorb the bacteria from the air, which can help you get rid of the odor. 



Bug Bites

Getting any type of bug bite can be pretty annoying, since it can cause itches to the point where you scratch your skin open. Not only that, it can also be painful depending on the type of itch and bug bite you have. But, there is, of course, a solution for this as well. To get relief from the itching, you can apply a paste that consists of baking soda. This is what you have to do: grab one teaspoon of baking soda and mix it with water until it turns into a paste. Apply this at least three times a day, and you will notice some difference.



Clean Your Carpet

Forget about hiring a carpet cleaner and try it the easy and budget way: yourself. It can be tough to get the stains out of your carpet, whether it’s spilled drinks or food, and after a while it can even smell a bit weird. Besides, it can be quite costly to hire a carpet cleaner to get rid of the stains and the lingering smell. Not only that, it can also be quite expensive to buy all these different cleaning products just for the stains. So, why not try it yourself? Just sprinkle baking soda over your carpet and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. The longer, the better. Afterwards, simply vacuum the baking soda and your carpet will smell fresh and clean again.



Unclog Drains

Unclogging drains in your house can be quite the hassle, as the first step you reach for is the plumber. Or, you reach for the drain unblocker, which can be quite tough. But, even the store bought products don’t always help with unclogging your drain. Did you know that there’s an easy and cheap way out for this? All you need to do is follow these steps: pour 1/2 a cup of baking soda down the drain, and pour 1/2 a cup of apple cider vinegar right afterwards. Do not forget to cover this up as it can erupt like a tiny volcano in your sink. Because, you know, science. Wait for about 5 minutes, and turn on some hot water to rinse it away completely.



Air Freshener

Looking to get that fresh and lively smell in your house? Forget store bought air fresheners or expensive air diffusers, and make your own by simply using baking soda. Baking soda is known to get rid of bad odor as it contains antibacterial elements, thus the ideal ingredient to make air fresheners as well. Not only is this a cheap option, but it is also easy and eco-friendly. All you need is baking soda and essential oils of your own choice. Then, simply mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 5-6 drops of essential oil and add that to water in a spray bottle. What’s fun about this, is that you can experiment with different essential oils and smells!



The Inside of Your Dishwasher

Just like a fridge, a dishwasher can develop a strange odor over time. This, however, can smell a bit like mildew. So, how can you get rid of it instead of using shop bought chemicals? It’s easy. All you need is enough baking soda to sprinkle it inside your dishwasher and run it before you run a cycle with dishes in it. This should help you clean the machine, and help you get rid of any strange odors.



Clean Your Mattress

After a while, your mattress can get some stains, or it can start to smell a little, because you use it every night. But, even for this problem, there’s a solution called baking soda. Here’s how you can use it: sprinkle some baking soda on your mattress and rub it in with a towel or any other cloth available. Then, let it sit for about an hour and vacuum your mattress. You’ll be surprised at how clean your mattress gets and without any odors.



Itchy Skin

Want to get relief from itchy skin? Then baking soda may be the remedy to soothe the itchiness. Not only does this work for regular itchy and dry skin, but it can also help with bug bites and bee stings. Which is, of course, ideal in the hot summer weathers. The best way to use this for your skin is to make a baking soda bath. All you need to do is add 1-2 cups of baking soda to lukewarm water. Do keep in mind not to stay in the bath for too long as that can affect your skin negatively, about 15-20 mins should be just enough. Afterwards, you can rinse it off with lukewarm or warm water as you prefer.



Clean Your Oven

Cleaning the oven, especially when it’s covered in grease and food that’s stuck to it, can be a dreading task. Even with the store bought products which contain many chemicals. But, there are ways to make it easier for yourself. Here’s how you start: grab 2 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Mix this to a paste that is not too thick and not too watery either. Let this soak for at least 15 minutes and scrub it away with a sponge or cloth of preference. If the stains are tougher, you can even let it soak for 12-24 hours. Say hello to a shiny and fresh oven.



Smelly Shoes

Smelly shoes can often be a problem, especially when you get sweaty feet during the hot weather, but also with your gym shoes, for example. You can throw your sneakers in the washing machine, but that doesn’t always help. Besides, not all sneakers can be washed in the washing machine. So, here’s a trick that you could use to get rid of that lingering smell. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda in your shoes (work shoes, gym sneakers or any other shoe) and let it absorb for at least 24 hours. Afterwards, you can simply throw the excess baking soda away. Do keep in mind not to use it too often, as it can dry out leather shoes in the long run.



Clean Your Teeth

Since baking soda contains molecules that can absorb bacteria, it is a great option to include it in your oral health. Baking soda can help you remove more plaque than your regular toothpaste, so here’s how you can make your own baking soda toothpaste. You need one tablespoon of baking soda, a quarter teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and 1 drop of any essential oil that you like. Mix this until it turns into a paste and your toothpaste is ready. Another way is to simply add baking soda on your toothbrush with the regular paste that you use.



Remove Splinters

Anyone who has ever had a splinter can tell you that it can be painful, but it can also be extremely hard to remove it. But, did you know that there is an easy way to get rid of it? Especially since it can infect your skin, you want to get rid of it as fast as possible, so here is what you can do. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with warm water and apply it on the area where the splinter is, at least twice a day. After a few days, you’ll notice that the splinter will slowly come to the surface, so you can remove it.



Sunburned Skin

It can happen to anyone, getting sunburn on a hot day. It can either be because you forgot to apply your sunscreen, or simply because you fell asleep in the sun. But, of course, even for this, you can use baking soda. Why baking soda? Baking soda can help you get relief from the stingy feeling as it can take the heat out of your skin. So, you can mix half a cup of baking soda to your warm bath and then soak in it for about 30 minutes. Afterwards, rinse it off and apply some cooling body lotion.



Cat Box

You may have noticed, if you have a cat, that the litter box always smells. No matter how many times you clean it, and how thoroughly you clean it, there’s always a lingering smell coming from it. Even for this, however, there is a trick. Before you add the litter, sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom. Then, after you’ve removed the litter, you can sprinkle a little more baking soda on it to keep it smelling fresh. You can repeat this every couple of weeks to keep the odor away.



Silver Dishes

Looking for a way to polish your silver pans or other silverware? Then you’re at the right address. When it comes to pans, it can be very tough to get them shiny again after having used them for a while. And buying new pans frequently can simply be too expensive. But, there’s always this trick: baking soda. You can create a paste that consists of three parts baking soda and one part water. Using a clean sponge or cloth, you can rub it on the silver and watch them shine again.



Microwave Cleaning

Just like cleaning your oven with baking soda, you can clean your microwave. Which, to be honest, needs just as much cleaning as your oven does. The method is pretty simple, as you only need some baking soda and a cloth to clean. So, sprinkle the baking soda on a damp cloth, not too wet as that won’t work, and start scrubbing your microwave. Not only will your microwave be shiny, but it will also smell fresher as the baking soda will absorb all the odors.



Digestive System

Baking soda and lemon juice, a combination that has been mentioned quite a lot when it comes to the digestive system. The benefits of these two mixed are that it can improve your digestion, it can have a detoxifying effect, but it can also boost your immune system. Especially when the weather gets colder, we look for ways to give a boost to our immune system, so why not use this easy way? This method doesn’t require many ingredients anyway, so you don’t have to pay much for it. You can consume this as follows: half a teaspoon of baking soda and the juice of half a lemon mixed in a glass of water. It is recommended to consume this in the morning on an empty stomach to see the effects of it.



Unwanted Plants

Weeds on your driveway or walkway are never a fun thing, as these are unwanted plants that cause a mess. Usually, you need chemicals to get rid of these weeds, but did you know that there’s a cheaper and safer alternative? With baking soda, which is high in sodium, you create a highly harsh environment for weeds. But, do keep in mind that you only sprinkle it on a surface where you have weeds, and not in your garden, since it can affect the growth of other plants.



Teeth Whitener

Previously, we mentioned that baking soda can be used in your toothpaste, but did you know that baking soda can also help you whiten your teeth? Besides, it can get rid of plaque and of course protect your teeth and mouth against harmful bacteria. How, you think? Baking soda is known to contain antibacterial elements that can help with this. The easy way is to buy toothpaste that contains baking soda. Another method to whiten your teeth is to mix lemon juice or vinegar with baking soda until it has a texture like a paste. All you have to do is mix it together and let it sit for about two or three minutes before rinsing it with cold water.



Heartburn

In case of stomach aches or heartburn, you could use baking soda for a temporary and quick relief. All you need to do is mix a quarter teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Do keep in mind that it should not be taken with medication. It is up to you whether you prefer cold, lukewarm or cold water. What’s important, is to be aware of the amount of baking soda you consume, as it is basically a salt and consuming too much salt can have a negative effect on your health. Another important take away is to take precaution if the heartburn lasts longer than 2 weeks. In that case, it would be advised to consult a doctor.



Extinguish Grease Fire

It can occur that while you’re cooking in the kitchen, a little oil or grease fire starts. What happens, is that we try to extinguish it using a piece of cloth or a kitchen towel. But, did you know that there’s an even better way to extinguish the fire? So, first cover the fire with a lid, until it’s cooled down. Do not forget to turn off the heat source, though. If it’s a small fire, then you can pour baking soda on it, as it produces carbon dioxide due to the heat. But, be careful and call emergency services if it seems uncontrollable. 



Greasy Dishes

Cooking and baking can be a joy, especially when you really enjoy doing it as a pastime. However, it does have a few downsides to it. Such as, for example, food that is baked on your dishes. Whether it’s your grill pan, frying pan or deep bake dishes. Nothing is tougher to remove than baked on foods. But, even for this, we have a solution. The method is to simply add a sprinkle of baking soda to your dish soap and follow these steps: soak the dishes in hot water (depending on how tough the grease is); use mildly abrasive baking soda, grab a scrub sponge and scrub as hard as you can to get rid of the grease that’s stuck to your dishes.



White Laundry

Getting your white clothes crisp white again can be a hard task, as they can turn yellow after a few washes. Using chlorine on it is the only way we know to get your clothes white again, but it is not the most friendly product to use as it can cause irritation. Sometimes, it can even leave some stains behind. So, here’s a new solution for you: baking soda. One method is to add half a cup of baking soda to your regular detergent, or throw it directly on your clothes. But, you could also make a paste of baking soda with water and apply that directly on a spot and let it sit for a while. Get ready for white, soft and fresh laundry. 



Mouthwash

Yes, you read that right. Baking soda can be used as mouthwash. The benefits of this are that it gives you a fresh breath, and it can work as an antibacterial. It is also a great alternative if you’re looking for a natural way of using mouth wash rather than using store bought. How exactly can you use it, you wonder? Well, it goes a little like this. First, it is good to know that you don’t need much to make your own mouthwash. So, it saves you money as well! What you can do to use baking soda as mouthwash is to mix half a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water. Gargle with that mixture for a while, and then you can continue your daily routine as you’re used to.



Wash Fruits and Vegetables

A lot of people use vinegar mixed with water to wash their fruits and vegetables to get rid of the pesticides on the peels. But, did you know that it should also be done for the fruits and vegetables that you peel anyway? And, did you also know that there is a more effective way to clean them? Here’s how it can be done: grab a big bowl that’s large enough to fit in your fruits and vegetables, and fill it with water mixed with 3-4 tablespoons of baking soda. This depends on the amount of food that you put in the bowl, of course. Let them soak for about 12-15 minutes and finally rinse them off. Do keep them moving around or pushing them down to make sure that they are cleaned properly.



Tired Feet

After a long day of walking or standing, your feet can hurt and feel tired, which is a sign that they need some care. Now, to go to a spa, you have to make an appointment and keep a day or a few hours free, but what if you don’t have enough time to do that? Easy, you can make your own foot bath with a tablespoon of baking soda mixed into the water. Not only will this help you relax, but it will also get rid of any odor and bacteria that comes with it.



Deodorant

Did you know you can even make your own deodorant using baking soda? Nowadays, there are concerns about store bought deodorant that we use, so why not go all natural. Besides, it is a great alternative if you’re allergic to the ingredients in regular deodorants. 

Make your own natural deodorant by mixing four tablespoons of baking soda with four tablespoons of cornstarch, add six tablespoons of coconut oil and mix it until it is a paste. Finally, apply it with your fingers whenever you need it. Another method is to simply mix about a quarter teaspoon of baking soda with a small amount of water until it becomes a paste. Then, you simply apply it with your fingers on your underarms. Do make sure the paste is dry before you wear your clothes. 



Scorched Pots

Pots that you cook frequently in, can end up having a scorched bottom, which are incredibly hard to get clean again. But, you can save your pots with baking soda. The trick is to sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of the pan and add water, so it covers the burned areas properly. Then, boil that for a while and empty the pot. Once, you’ve done that, and there are still some burned spots left, you can use a scouring sponge to clean it up.



Garbage

When you leave out garbage bags for too long in the waste bin, it can leave a horrible odor in your house, especially in your kitchen, as it contains waste that can easily decay. Luckily, there’s an easy way to get rid of these odors. All you have to do is sprinkle enough baking soda at the bottom of the waste bin, so it can absorb all the odors and neutralize them. This way, you’ll have no lingering odors in your kitchen and your home.



Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are a handy and useful tool to use in the kitchen. It can either be to cut meat or to cut your vegetables. But, over time, these can start to smell a little as it catches all the different food odors. Besides, these can be difficult to remove from the cutting board. So, you can sprinkle baking soda on your cutting board, scrub it thoroughly and then rinse it off with warm water. This way, you’ll have a cutting board just like a new one.



Multi Purpose Kitchen Cleaner

Baking soda can also be used in cleaning your kitchen. All you have to do is mix baking soda with a little amount of water and this will help you get rid of stains that are hard to clean, and it will help you get rid of bad odors as well. Don’t make your mixture too watery, but keep the consistency thicker, so it is easier to clean with and, of course, more effective. This can be used on the counter, kitchen tiles, for your oven, microwave, pans; you name it. Much better than all the different shop bought chemicals, right?



Crispy Potatoes

Potatoes for roast dinner are always a side dish that the majority of people look forward to and get excited when they are served. However, they can be hard to cook to perfection despite having followed several methods. Here’s how you can achieve the perfect crispy potatoes. When boiling your potatoes before cooking them or roasting them in the oven, the trick is to add a little baking soda to the water. This amount, of course, depends on the amount of potatoes that you’re boiling. The secret here is that baking soda releases more starch to the surface of the potato, which then will result into more crispy potatoes.



Face Masks

If you love and enjoy DIY, then this tip is for you! Applying a baking soda mask on your face helps you remove dead skin cells and is ideal for exfoliating. Besides, you don’t need to do much for this little DIY project, and who doesn’t love a good skincare or relaxing day? Be careful and gentle when applying it and use it by following the instructions. Get juice from ½ lemon, 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix it all together until it forms a paste and apply. Then, chill out for about 5-15 minutes before washing it off with warm water. 



Clean Closet

It can happen, that when you store your clothes for a long time, they can start smelling a little musty and dirty. As a result, you’ll end up having to wear clothes that have a weird smell around them, and no one wants to have that. What you can do, is place a box of baking soda in your closet, or you can keep it in a container in the back of your closet. Just like you could do in the back of your fridge. This will absorb the odor and leave a fresh smell in your closet.



Leather Sofa

Dealing with grease and oil stains from foods on your leather sofa? Worry not, because there’s a cheap and extremely easy home remedy for this. Grab some baking soda and sprinkle it over the dirty grease stains, if not on your entire sofa. Let this sit for a couple of hours, depending on the stains, and then you can wipe the baking soda away with a soft cloth. Do remember not to soak the cloth you’re using, but make it a little damp, so it’s wet enough to wipe the stains and baking soda away.



Clean Your Pool

Over time, algae can grow on your pool walls or on the ground of your pool, which can ruin your day if you’re looking forward to swimming. So, is there an effective way to clean it yourself instead of hiring someone to do it for you? Of course there is, and the magic ingredient is baking soda. With baking soda, you can help kill the algae on the walls, and you can loosen them, so it gets easier to clean it up. Do keep in mind, that the roots of algae can be quite long, so you need to scrub it well enough to get rid of them.



Plastic Food Containers

You can also use baking soda to clean your plastic food containers. After a while, you get food stains, that can be pretty hard to get rid of. Soak the containers for about 30 minutes in a mixture of one quarter of warm water and four tablespoons baking soda. You could also leave the containers in the mixture until the odor disappears. Of course, the tougher the stains, the longer you can leave them to soak. After this, all you need to do is rinse the containers off and dry them.



Fresh Flowers

When you buy beautiful, fresh flowers, you want them to last you long enough until they are fully bloomed. But, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Usually, they are all dried and wilted after a week, which is a waste of your money. But, baking soda can help you keep your flowers fresher for a longer period of time. Simply add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in the vase that you’ve placed your flowers in, and let them bloom. Do refresh your water in between as you normally would, though.



Clean Brushes and Combs

Cleaning your brushes and combs on a regular basis is of importance, since there can be times when you use certain hair products that contain a lot of chemicals. As a result, these chemicals can get stuck into your brushes and combs, which you’ll keep applying to your hair every time you brush it. So, to clean them occasionally, you can mix a cup of water with two teaspoons of baking soda. Rub this mixture onto your hairbrush and rinse it off with water.