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Baking Soda Hacks

Baking soda isn’t just for baking anymore! From beauty to gardening, there are literally hundreds of ways to use it! Check out some of the best (and most unusual) uses for baking soda…

Beauty:

Teeth Whiten

  • Exfoliate: Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Apply gently with your fingertips in a circular motion, then rinse.
  • Brush your teeth, freshen your breath: Toothpaste can be made with baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution. For fresh breath, put a teaspoon in some water, swish it in your mouth and spit it out.
  • Hair Cleanser: Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo and rub it into your hair. This is a great way to remove dirt and oil, or residue that is left over from hair products.
  • Brush and Comb Cleaner: Mix a quarter cup of baking soda in half cup of  warm water and soak your comb/brush in it for 20-30 minutes.
  • Teeth Whitener: To keep your teeth looking pearly white, create your own paste with a teaspoon of baking soda and water. Once a week, rub the paste onto your teeth, let it sit for five minutes, and then rinse your mouth.
  • Feet Soother: Create your own foot bath with a tablespoon of baking soda and warm water. The baking soda will remove bacteria and odors, and it will help to prevent toenail fungus.
  • Spa Bath: Add ½ cup baking soda to your bath for an at-home spa treatment.
  • Deodorize yourself: A little baking soda patted onto your underarms can go a long way toward cutting down on body odor.
  • Relieve itchy skin and insect bites: Mix water and baking soda into a paste and apply to the affected area.
  • Pets’ teeth: Use baking soda to brush your pets’ teeth.

Cleaning:

Dirty Pots and Pans

  • Wash dishes, pots and pans: Adding a couple tablespoons of baking soda to your dishwater can help remove grease and food from your dishes. If the food is cooked on, let it soak first then use some dry baking soda on a cloth to scrub it away.
  • Drain Cleaner: Pour in 1 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup hot vinegar to quickly unclog the kitchen drain.
  • Toilet Cleaner: To clean a toilet, add ¼ cup baking soda to the bowl, swirl, then scrub.
  • Grill Cleaner: Keep your grill clean all summer long by putting some baking soda on a damp brush, scrubbing the grate, then rinsing.
  • Rug Cleaner: Freshen rugs by sprinkling baking soda on carpet, wait at least 15 minutes (preferably let sit overnight), then vacuum up.
  • Laundry Booster: Add 1 cup of baking soda to your next load of laundry (along with your regular liquid detergent) to get clothes cleaner and brighter.
  • Appliance Cleaner: Clean the dishwasher and coffeemaker by running an empty cycle with baking soda.
  • Silver Cleaner: To shine tarnished silver, combine three parts baking soda with one part water. Rub onto silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
  • Pots and Pans Cleaner: Baking soda can be used to hand wash pots and pans, and it won’t hurt these valuables either. Just let them soak in baking soda for 15-20 minutes … the grease, grime or food will come right off.
  • Microwave Cleaner: Just add a teaspoon of baking soda to a damp rag. This combination will wipe away food and grease easily.
  • Clean Toothbrushes: Soak toothbrushes in a mixture of ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ cup water; let brushes stand overnight for a thorough cleaning.
  • Shoe Deodorizer: Can’t get that smell out of your shoes? Sprinkle baking soda inside your shoes and the smell will clear up within minutes. (Make sure to shake it out before wearing!)
  • Shower-Curtain Cleaner: Get rid of those stains that show up on shower curtains by rubbing baking soda onto them. Add a little water and the grime will be gone shortly.
  • Wash Your Car: Ever hear of a baking soda car wash? Because baking soda easily removes grease and dirt, it’s the perfect ingredient for the ultimate car cleaning. Create a paste with one-fourth cup of baking soda with one cup of warm water. With a sponge or rag, rub the paste onto your car (tires, lights, seats, windows) and then rinse. Or dilute in a gallon of water to remove dirt and grime off your paint as well — just make sure to thoroughly dissolve as baking soda is abrasive in its powdered state.
  • Clean your oven: Sprinkle baking soda in your oven and spray with water, then let it sit overnight. The next day, scrub the oven and scoop out the baking soda.
  • Kitty-Litter Deodorizer: To keep your cat box smelling as fresh as possible, cover the bottom of the box with baking soda first, and then fill it in with kitty litter as usual. After cleaning out the litter, give the box a quick refresher by sprinkling baking soda on top.
  • Clean tubs, tiles, and sinks: Pour some baking soda on a damp cloth or sponge and scrub away. Rinse and dry. You’ll be surprised how well this works.
  • Clean grease and oil stains: Pour baking soda on the spot and scrub it with a wet brush.
  • Clean walls and furniture: Any painted surface can be cleaned with some baking soda on a damp cloth or sponge. Rub lightly and dry with a clean cloth.
  • Clean food smells from your hands: If you hate the odor of garlic and onions on your hands right after you peel them, just sprinkle some baking soda onto your palm, and add just enough water to make a spreadable paste. Rub it between your palms energetically, and then smoothly rinse the white paste off your hands and the smell with it!
  • Keep Pool Water Clear: Baking soda will help maintain the pH of the water in your swimming pool and provide necessary alkalinity. Get detailed instructions HERE.
  • Clean & Deodorize Lunch Boxes: Keep today’s egg salad from tasting like yesterday’s tuna. Between uses, place a spill-proof box (the kind used in refrigerators) of baking soda in everyone’s lunch box to absorb lingering odors.
  • Septic Care: Regular use of baking soda in your drains can help keep your septic system flowing freely. We recommend adding 1 cup of baking soda per week to help maintain a favorable pH in your septic tank.
  • Deodorizing Camper Water Tanks: Freshen your RV water tank periodically by flushing with 1 cup baking soda dissolved in 1 gallon warm water. Drain and flush the tank before refilling (do not use baking soda in your drinking water).

Food:

produce

  • Produce Wash: Skip produce washes—just put some baking soda on a damp sponge, scrub and rinse.
  • Omelette: Make a fluffier omelet by adding ½ teaspoon baking soda for every three eggs.
  • Iced Tea: Use a pinch in a gallon of freshly-brewed iced tea, to take out the bitterness and prevent cloudiness.
  • Stop Syrup from Crystallizing: When using recipes that call for sugar syrup, you have to be very careful to keep the syrup from crystallizing. However, adding just a pinch of baking soda to the boiled syrup will take care of the problem so do you don’t have to worry about it.

Garden:

Garden

  • Baking soda ‘sweetens’ tomatoes: Your tomato fruits will have a sweater taste, will lower their acidity, and will easily “shake off” pests if you lightly sprinkle the soil they are planted in with some good quality baking soda powder.
  • Baking soda enhances magnificent blossoms in flowers: If you have flowers that thrive in alkaline soil, then with the baking soda you’ll get them to bloom magnificently! Begonias, geraniums and hydrangeas get a great benefit from being watered with a slight amount of baking soda, dissolved in the water.
  • Baking soda helps tender roses to battle powdery mildew: To keep roses looking fresh and healthy, and to stave off powdery mildew, spray them with this plant remedy as needed:

    • 7 tablespoons of baking soda
    • a small dash of insecticidal soap (no pyrethrums)
    • 5 gallons of purified water
  • Baking soda is a safe organic pesticide: You can make a safe and non-chemical pesticide spray that can kill harmful-to-plants insects, like aphids, while not harming beneficial insects, in this way:
    • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
    • 1/3 cup of any cold-pressed cooking oil

Sources: Arm & Hammer, Enjoy Natural HealthUrban Survival SiteDr. Axe, Diet of Life, and All You.


Written by Danielle for Hip2Save. Danielle is a proud mom to 5 amazing kids in Utah, who lives for coffee and baking. She’s dedicated to balancing her own interests and passions, while encouraging her children to follow their own paths in life.


Danielle is a proud mom to 5 amazing kids in Utah, who lives for coffee and baking. She’s dedicated to balancing her own interests and passions, while encouraging her children to follow their own paths in life.


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Comments 24

  1. Roxy

    Thanks for the useful tips. Ever since I found a recipe for sweet tea with baking soda, everyone just loves my sweet tea. It does make a difference.

    • Norma

      I am going to have to try this 👍

  2. A

    I would caution against the toothbrushing since I know someone who did this for years and seriously damaged his teeth. Personally, I feel it’s too abrasive to do that regularly. But otherwise, the stuff is magic!

  3. Leslie

    I love Dr.Axe!
    I make my own deodorant out of baking soda, corn starch, and coconut oil.
    I live in Dallas and it gets HOT (108 w/humidity). The handmade deodorant works perfectly!

  4. RZ

    Baking soda is way too abrasive for your face and teeth…definitely don’t use it for exfoliation or teeth whitening!

  5. Jenna

    I use it to remove stains on my countertops! Just make a paste with water, and let sit on the spot for 15 minutes, then wipe away.

  6. MrsFelix1004

    Look up the app called Instructables for really cool tips, tricks and life hacks.

  7. Stephanie

    Sweet. I am so using this as a teeth Whitener and the safe garden spray! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Summer

    I have used it as a skin exfoliator for YEARS – love it

  9. CeeLee (@ceeleeleo)

    Baking soda + vinegar is the only thing that takes burnt-on spots off my flat top stove. I tried all sorts of cleaners and this is the only thing that really worked!

    • Kitty

      I use baking soda and vinegar to clean toilets

    • rayne

      Like, a glass top electric stove?

    • M

      Good idea. I have such a hard time getting burns off.

    • Ger

      How do you make the cleaner for stove top? Make into a paste using vinegar & then rub into the burnt spots on the glass stove top? TIA🙏🏼

      • Liz Ob

        I’ve gotten quicker with this technique. I sprinkle baking powder all over stove then add a dash of salt then soak a scrap towel and scrap/scoop away grease and dirt. It soaks up the grease and then you just keep rinsing your towel as you go along. Use only little bit at first cuz it clumps buy dissolves in water easily

  10. Jennifer

    Small amount of baking soda in a glass of water works for indigestion. Look on the box for specific amounts. Do not use if you have high blood pressure, heart condition, or aren’t otherwise healthy.

    • Becky Sotelo

      It also works well on Bladder infections / urinary tract infections. Mix 1/4 tsp in half glass of water and drink as needed (Once a day for four days). Burning and pain will go away without a trip to the doctor. **Do not use if you have high blood pressure or heart problems**

  11. JA

    I have used baking soda to clean mattress stains. Anyone with kids knows what Im talking about! Put a generous amount​ of baking soda on a dry stain, scrub with an old toothbrush and vacuum when done.

  12. Michelle L

    Does anybody know if the shower curtain tip is for vinyl or fabric curtains?

  13. Angela

    I used it in my car when my child’s milk spilled in the floor board. Really awful smell, but baking soda helped get rid of it.

  14. Jen D

    It works amazingly as a cat litter deoderizer. I have two cats and using baking soda + scoop away litter (my favorite brand) you would never be able to tell!

  15. MekaRTR

    If you use baking soad as a deodorant and your underarms become chafed and itchy, apply diluted apple cider vinegar before putting on the baking soda. It’s supposed to keep the skin’s ph in balance. Works for me!

  16. Joy

    My Dad who is a mechanic uses it to remove battery acid off corroded car battery connections and appliances/toys where household batteries have corroded or leaked.

  17. Em

    My absolute favorite use for baking soda: cleaning barf off of carpet! After you’ve done the best you can with scooping/wiping up the initial mess, pour baking soda generously over the remaining wet spot. Cover with a towel and leave for 24 hours, then vacuum. It will be like nobody ever vomited on your carpet.

    I have a question about this one: “Brush your teeth, freshen your breath: Toothpaste can be made with baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution. For fresh breath, put a teaspoon in some water, swish it in your mouth and spit it out.” What goes in the teaspoon?? Just baking soda, or baking soda and hydrogen peroxide? If it’s the latter, what ratio should we use?

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