49 Uses for Baking Soda - The Happy Housewife™ :: Home Management

49 Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda is cheap, natural, and isn’t just for baking anymore. I know many of you like natural cleaners so I thought you would love this list of 49 uses for baking soda.

Disclaimer: I have not tried all of these ideas so I cannot guarantee they all work, but it doesn’t hurt to try!

49 Uses for Baking Soda

  1. Armpit stain remover
  2. Toilet cleaner
  3. Oven cleaner
  4. Stove burner cleaner
  5. Garbage disposal cleaner
  6. Clean the microwave by wiping with baking soda applied to a sponge
  7. Refrigerator deodorizer
  8. Diaper pail deodorizer
  9. Shoe deodorizer
  10. Trash can deodorizer
  11. Laundry booster
  12. Dish washer detergent (emergency)
  13. Shampoo
  14. Soak brushes and combs in baking soda and water to clean
  15. Deodorant
  16. Facial scrub
  17. Remove hair spray from hair
  18. Toothpaste
  19. Soak up liquid in rugs/ carpet
  20. Unclog drains
  21. Bath water softener
  22. Use in bath water to sooth diaper rash or mosquito bites
  23. Mix with water to curb heartburn
  24. Wash delicate produce
  25. Clean white boards
  26. Clean baby toys
  27. Sprinkle on carpets before vacuuming to absorb odors
  28. Mix with vinegar to remove burned on cheese from pans
  29. Add baking soda and water to a scorched pan, boil on the stove top, and it will scrub right off
  30. Removes grease from cookware
  31. Remove coffee and tea stains from coffee pots
  32. Removes crayon from the wall
  33. Removes markers from the wall
  34. Removes hair dye from counters
  35. Clean stainless steel (sinks)
  36. Combine baking soda and cracked corn for kitty litter
  37. Clean battery corrosion
  38. Make a paste with water and apply to skin to sooth bug bites
  39. Add a teaspoon to water in a vase to keep flowers fresher longer
  40. Make a volcano erupt (homeschool project)
  41. Soak stinky rags in baking soda and water to reduce the smell
  42. Clean dirty shower curtains with baking soda and water
  43. Soak fish filets in water and baking soda for one hour to remove the fishy smell
  44. Serve fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs (you can also achieve fluffy omelets by using room temperature eggs)
  45. Use to treat acne by combining with water to make a paste and applying to the trouble spots
  46. Clean retainers by soaking in baking soda and water
  47. Clean dentures by soaking in baking soda and water
  48. Remove grunge from grills
  49. Cookies!

What’s your favorite use for baking soda?

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  1. My favorite use is to mix a little baking soda in my hand with my facial cleanser… Makes a great exfoliator when used GENTLY on the face!

  2. Rhonda Cary says:

    I can confirm that it works well to clean stove tops & microwaves 🙂 And that it helps clean grease off of pans (stoneware as well).
    Works great in diaper pails – mixed with a few drops of essential oil it works great on cloth diapers.
    Mixed with vinegar it’s a great science experiment to show how a fire extinguisher works 🙂
    Mixed with vinegar it also helps to clean drains 🙂

  3. I use baking soda when I wash the dd’s cloth diapers. I add some to the initial rinse to help deodorize the diapers; it works great for us! Thanks for sharing the list!!

  4. I was just having this conversation with my daughter, but I didn’t have 40 uses. Thank you so much for sharing this list, I am definitely printing it out. :c)

  5. Why do I never remember to go to banking soda before I head for the chemicals. I need to print this out and keep it by my refrigerator.

  6. I’ve been using Arm & Hammer Baking Soda dissolved in water to gently cleanse my hair for a little over 2 months and I love it! My hair and scalp are healthier than they’ve ever been, and I’m saving money, too.

  7. #30 is true! I had some corningware with old old (read:2-3 years!) stains that were cooked on & reinforced by the dishwasher. baking soda not only was the only thing that worked, but it actually looks new again! 🙂

  8. I use baking soda and natural dish soap in my dishwasher regularly. Just fill the soap dispenser halfway with baking soda, then add a drop or two of regular dish soap (but be careful – too much = overflowing bubbles). I keep the rinse aid dispenser filled with vinegar. All natural and inexpesive. Works great!

  9. I love baking soda! I use it for everything. The best use I have for it is for bee/wasps stings. My daughter was crying so hard when she was stung… one of those screaming kind of cries. I made a paste, put it on, & one minute later she said it didn’t hurt much anymore. After she rubbed it off & we were back to square one, I re-applied and she didn’t rub it again!

  10. Wanda Bounds says:

    I use baking soda as my second hand. Hair, teeth, cleaning and especially the drain cleaning, I love it, love it, love it.

  11. Deborah Jennings says:

    I would have to say that all of these are my favorites. One other is you can sprinkle it on your carpet, and vacuum it up for a fresh smelling carpet. Don’t wait too long, and this is not good to do if your house has a high humidity count. I have used baking soda in the water to clean my carpets.

  12. Crystal Stump says:

    You can use it to shine silver! Get a pan and put aluminum foil over the whole bottom and sides, sprinkle a layer of baking powder on the bottom, put in your silver. It will take the tarnish right off! 🙂

  13. #4 really works. I keep vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the burner and stove top with vinegar and sprinkle with baking soda. rub with a wet rag and it comes clean.

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