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30 ingenious ways to use baking soda

Baking soda uses.

Baking Soda Uses

Baking soda is one of those “must-have” household items. It’s not just used for baking – in addition, you can also use baking soda to clean, make your own health & beauty items and deodorize just about anything.

Just like vinegar, baking soda is a very inexpensive item that can help you with so many different things.

Health & beauty

1. Make homemade toothpaste with baking soda and a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.
2. Make your own mouthwash with 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 glass water. Add a drop or two of mint extract if desired.
3. Clean retainers, dentures, and other mouthpieces by soaking them in a solution of warm water and 1 tablespoon baking soda.
4. Use as a deodorant by putting baking soda on your underarms.
5. Remove residue in your hair from styling products by adding a sprinkle of baking soda to your regular shampoo.
6. Clean combs and hairbrushes by soaking them in a solution of warm water and a teaspoon of baking soda.
7. Make your skin feel soft by adding 1/2 cup baking soda to your bath and soaking for at least 20 minutes.
8. Relieve your baby’s diaper rash by adding 1 tablespoon baking soda to their warm bathwater.


9. Clean your bathtub and sinks by sprinkling a light coating of baking soda and scrubbing. You can also add a bit of salt and some dish soap if you need the cleaner to work a bit harder (soap scum, anyone?).
10. Clean painted furniture and walls by sprinkling baking soda on a clean, damp sponge and scrubbing lightly.
11. Get cleaner clothes by adding 1/2 cup baking soda to your load of laundry, along with your regular laundry detergent.
12. Clean cloth diapers by soaking in a solution of 8 cups warm water and 1/2 cup of baking soda.
13. Sprinkle baking soda inside gym bags to deodorize.
14. Clean car lights with a solution of 4 cups warm water and 1/4 cup baking soda and scrub lightly with a clean rag or sponge.
15. Remove odors from the carpet by sprinkling baking soda on the spot that you find smelly. Leave overnight and vacuum up the next day.
16. Deodorize your closet by placing an open box on a shelf inside.
17. Deodorize your cat’s litter box by covering the bottom of the [clean] box and adding litter as usual.
18. Deodorize footwear by sprinkling a bit of baking soda inside. Shake them out before wearing them.
19. Deodorize stuffed animals by lightly sprinkling with baking soda, letting it sit for about 30 minutes, and shaking off.
20. Keep your cut flowers fresh longer by adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to the water in your vase.
21. Clean and deodorize your toilet by adding 1 cup baking soda, letting it sit for about an hour, and then flushing.

In the kitchen

22. Remove burned-on food from pots & pans by soaking it in a solution of warm water and about 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda.
23. Deodorize your refrigerator by placing an open box inside.
24. Deodorize your cutting board by scrubbing a sprinkle of baking soda and rinsing clean.
25. Deodorize garbage cans by sprinkling a bit of baking soda on the bottom of the can.
26. Clean your dishwasher by sprinkling baking soda on the inside before running a wash cycle.
27. Clean your microwave by sprinkling baking soda on a clean, damp sponge and scrubbing. Rinse with water.
28. Clean kettles and coffee pots by adding 1/2 cup baking soda to 4 cups of warm water.
29. Clean your stove oven with vinegar and baking soda solution.
30. Clean your fruits and vegetables by sprinkling a bit of baking soda on them and lightly rubbing with clean, damp sponge or rag. Rinse with water.

If you start using baking soda often (which you likely will after you’ve read all of the different things it can be used for!), consider purchasing it in bulk to save on costs.

I have found both Costco and The Bulk Barn to have the best prices on bulk baking soda (especially Bulk Barn when they have their $3 off $10+ coupons available to use).

Besides baking, how do you use baking soda?


  1. Sandy

    Another use….and maybe I’m the only one with this problem….lol!….Those newer style travel coffee mugs where the mug is ceramic and the lid is rubber – I found it impossible to wash the lipstick off of them…I tried a little baking soda and “voila”…gone!

  2. Ann Thibault

    When you are finished with the baking soda box in the fridge…use the Baking Soda for your sink, etc cleaning…..DOUBLE DUTY!!!!!

    • Kris

      I pour my “old” box of baking soda down the drain and chase it with vinegar. Those elementary school science project volcanoes are great for keeping your pipes clean. 🙂
      Or, if you have a clogged drain, chase the baking soda and vinegar with boiling water and put the plug in.

  3. teachermum

    It makes a great shampooo on its own, just mix a tsp-tbsp (depending on how much hair you have!) in a cup or two of warm water and pour slowly over your hear and work it in the scalp. Makes your skin soft as it washes down your body as well. Do remember your eyes…very salty! After you rinse it out you can use a rinse of vinegar in water too.

  4. Cherise

    I hadn’t cleaned my oven properly since we moved into our house 6 years ago (CRAZY! I know!) but I didn’t want to use the terrible chemical-laden oven cleaners. I sprinkled (dumped) baking soda on the bottom everywhere and sprayed with a strong vinegar water solution. Let it sit overnight. Sprayed it again in the morning. Let it sit for the day. Then sprayed and wiped it the following evening. My oven was BAD and it mostly just wiped right off! I use baking soda and vinegar for almost all my cleaning around the house!

  5. anon

    Those “damn” sponges… 😉

    • Cassie Howard

      Haha, oops! Good find. 😉

  6. Fan

    Use of baking soda on your teeth can erode enamel. It should be used only 1 or twice a month and only on adult teeth.
    Learned the hard way doing this. FYI.

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