Almost all households have baking soda in their kitchen. It’s used in baking and it offers a long list of health benefits. Apart from that, baking soda is also powerful when it comes to removing odors.
And the best part?
It’s quite cheap. This is one good reason why a lot of people are using it as an alternative to their regular household cleaners and hygiene products.
If you are looking for more ways to use baking soda, here are 50 ideas you can learn a thing or two from.
1. Neutralizes the bad odor from the fridge.
When you leave food in your fridge for a long time, their odor may stick for a long time. Even if you clean your fridge thoroughly, the smell may still linger. To solve the problem, put a cup of baking soda in the back of your fridge. It’s can help neutralize the bad odors.
2. Relieve itchy skin.
To soothe itchy skin, you may want to consider taking a baking soda bath. For this, you’ll need to add a cup or two of baking soda to a lukewarm bath.
3. Helps whiten teeth.
To make your own whitening toothpaste at home, you just have to mix a teaspoon of baking soda with water until you’re able to achieve a paste-like consistency. Apply it to your teeth once a week. Remember to wait about 5 minutes before rinsing.
4. Relieve heartburn.
For acid reflux, you can take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 4 ounces of water. Make sure to drink slowly to avoid diarrhea and gas.
5. Natural weed killer
Instead of using a chemical weed killer, you can sprinkle baking soda over weeds. It should be enough to stop them from growing in your driveway or your sidewalk.
6. Deodorize shoes.
Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda in your shoes and leave it overnight. If you want less mess, you can pour two tablespoons of baking soda into two thin pieces of fabric. Tie each fabric with a rubber band before putting in each shoe.
7. Clean scorched pot
For this hack, you’ll need a cup of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and a cup of water. You’ll need a scouring pad, too. For the steps, you can check out this guide.
8. Polish silverware.
Get a baking dish lined with aluminum foil. Combine baking soda and salt there before adding vinegar and boiling water. Soak your tarnished pieces there and with a dry cloth, you can give them a good buffing. Check out this guide for the complete details.
9. Clean fruits and vegetables.
Get a bowl and fill it with about 6 cups of water. Add one tablespoon of baking soda and mix. Put your produce in the mixture and wait for about 15 minutes before draining and rinsing. The process is simple but if you want more details about this hack, click here.
10. Clean the bathroom.
Believe it or not, you can clean your entire bathroom using a cleaning solution made with vinegar and baking soda. The full list of ingredients and steps are in this guide.
11. Remove carpet stains.
To effectively remove stains from your carpet, you’ll need vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar helps soften the stain while baking soda lifts and deodorizes. You can use this hack to get rid of all sorts of stains.
12. Deodorize your trash can.
Sprinkle a handful of baking soda on the bottom of your garbage bin- just before you put a new bag. This should easily neutralize any odor.
13. Whiten your laundry.
Add 1/2 cup fo baking soda at the start of your wash cycle. You can add it along your favorite regular liquid laundry detergent. In case you are using a power detergent, you can add the baking soda in the rinse cycle.
14. Natural air freshener
This guide shares an inexpensive way to make your own natural air freshener at home. With just 5 items, you can enjoy fresher air at home without worrying about chemicals.
15. Treat bug bites.
Make a paste by combining a teaspoon of baking soda with 3 teaspoons of water. Get a cotton ball and soak it into the paste. Place the soaked cotton ball on the affected area and wait for 5 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
16. Clean hair.
Take your favorite shampoo and add a teaspon of teaspoon of baking soda to it. This mixture should help remove the dirt and oil atht have accumulated on your hair.
17. Clean hair brushes.
You don’t always have to throw away your brush and buy a new one once it gets dirty. By following this guide, you’ll be able to make your brushes look brand new.
18. Clean your slow cooker.
Tired of scrubbing and soaking? If your answer is yes, then it’s probably the right time you take out your baking soda and see this guide on how to clean and deodorize your slow cooker.
19. Clean jewelry.
For this, you’ll need to create a “hot tub” for your jewelry by mixing boiling water, salt, baking soda in a foil lined pan. Soak your jewelry in the solution for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing with water. To see the complete instructions, click here.
20. Clean your stovetop.
For this, you’ll need to combine a half cup of baking soda with hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl. Mix the two until you’re able to form a runny paste. Then, put some of the paste on the stained parts of your stoke and start scrubbing with a towel. See this guide for the complete details.
21. Clean dishwasher.
Your dishwasher is one of the most over-looked appliances in your kitchen. To give it the TLC it deserves, you can start by cleaning it with an all-natural cleaning solution. This guide contains all the materials you’ll need to make it as well as a step-by-step guide on how to clean your dishwasher.
22. Deodorize lunch boxes.
In between uses, sprinkle baking soda on your lunch boxes. This should help remove any lingering odors and keep them at bay.
23. Deodorize wood cutting boards.
Wood cutting boards can smell quite fast. And if you don’t clean them right away, the odors can be challenging to get rid of. For this, you can sprinkle baking soda on your cutting board. Scrub the surface well before rinsing with warm water.
24. Eliminate the odor from the cat box.
Before you actually add the litter to your cat box, sprinkle some baking soda to its bottom part. This should help keep it smelling nice and fresh.
25. Unclog drains.
Begin by flushing your drain with boiling water. Then, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda. After that, you can pour a mixture of 1 cup of hot water and 1 cup of vinegar. Run hot tap water down your drain for a minute.
26. Clean your bathtub.
For cleaning day-to-day grime, this one’s quite effective. All you need to do is wet the surface of your tub and sprinkle baking soda until you get a thin film. For tougher stains, you may need to make a paste by combining water with baking soda. This guide explains everything about the hack.
27. Pamper your feet.
Soaking your feet in a bakinig soda solution can help remove dead skin cells. It can also help reduce itching and irritation in the area. Plus, with a baking soda foot soak, you’ll be able to get rid of unwanted odors, too. Find out how you can make an amazing baking soda foot soak here.
28. Keep hands soft.
Baking soda does a good job in removing dead skin cells. You can use it to scrub your hands or even your face. Just make sure that you test it out first. Some people find baking soda too harsh for their skin. For that, check out this guide on how to make a DIY baking soda scrub.
29. Natural deodorant
Baking soda can remove almost all sorts of odors and that includes body odors, too. It’s a good alternative if you don’t want chemicals in your deodorant. To make a natural deodorant with baking soda, you can check this link.
30. Freshen your breath.
By mixing a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water, you can make a natural mouthwash. It can help neutralize odors and maintain a neutral pH in your mouth.
31. Soothe diaper rash.
Add two tablespoons of baking soda in your little one’s bathwater. This should help relieve the rashes.
32. Clean floors.
If you have tile floors, you’ll find this hack quite handy. It’s quite cheap, too. You will only need baking soda, white vinegar, liquid dish soap, and hot tap water for this.
33. Clean microwave.
For this hack, you’ll need to mix a cup of water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl. Put it in the microwave and set the timer for 5 minutes. This should help loosen and stuck-on food. Wipe the surfaces and polish with a microfiber cloth. Super easy!
34. Clean crayons from walls.
As a parent, you’d know how hard it is to remove crayon marks of walls. Well, baking soda can make the process easier for you. All you need to do is apply baking soda to a damp cloth and use it to rub the walls lightly.
35. Wash cloth diapers.
Using baking soda in washing cloth diapers is a game changer for a lot of moms. It does a good job in neutralizing odor. Now, as what this guide says, baking soda should be used as an additive and not as a substitute for detergents.
36. Absorb odors in your toilet.
Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda on your toilet. Leave it for about an hour before flushing. It should help clean your toilet while absorbing odors.
37. Get rid of odors from your hands.
The smell of onion or garlic can linger on your hands. Sometimes, the smell remains even after you’ve washed your hands. To get rid of the smell, just rub your hands with baking soda.
38. Keep your flowers fresh longer.
Right before you place your fresh cut flowers in a vase, cut the stems at a slant angle. Then, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. If possible, change the water everyday.
39. Degassing beans
Add a teaspoon of baking soda to 4 quarts of water. Add the dried beans and stir. Once boiling, you can turn off the heat and let the beans stay in the water for about 4 hours. You can drain and rinse a couple of times.
40. Keep ants away.
Based on this guide, you can make a safe and natural ant killer by mixing 1 part powdered sugar with 1 part of baking soda. Place the mixture where you’d normally find ants. You can keep it in a jar or you can just directly place the mixture on the surface.