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 deodorant by patting 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 hair brushes 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 sodato 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 bath water.
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 dishsoap 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 odours from carpet by sprinkling baking soda on the spot that you find smelly. Leave overnight and vaccuum 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.
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 warm water.
29. Clean your stove oven with a 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).