20 Interesting Ways to Use Baking Soda

by Pam on March 20, 2009

There are so many neat ways to use baking soda. Although there are other products specifically designed for each of these functions, baking soda is a natural and inexpensive alternative.  Try some of these out to see how they work for you.

 1. Put an open box of baking soda in your fridge and freezer to absorb odors.    uses for baking soda

 2. Use baking soda in your cat litter to eliminate odor.

 3.  Put soda in the wash water if you have clothes stained with oil or grease.

 4.  Soda can be used to put out fires so some people keep a box of soda near their stove, in their garage, etc.

 5.  Use soda to clean vegetables and fruit. 

 6. Helps remove burned on food from frying pans – soak the pan in water and baking soda for a few minutes and then the food will come off more easily.

 7.  Use soda to clean your coffeemaker and dishwasher by running a cycle with soda.   

 8.  Rinse with a mixture of soda and water to relieve canker sores or to simply freshen your breath.

 9.  Can be used in place of toothpaste.  Soda is supposed to make your teeth whiter.

 10.  Get rid of stinky feet odors by sprinkling some soda in your shoes!

 11. Wash your garbage can with soda.

 12.  Use a paste of water and baking soda to relieve insect bites, sunburn, windburn, and rashes.

 13. Mix together half a teaspoon of baking soda with about half  a cup of water and drink it to relieve indigestion.

 14. Add baking soda to your bath water to make you skin smooth and soft or to relieve skin irritations.

 15. Sprinkle some soda on your barbecue grill and rinse it off after soaking.

 16.  Use soda to clean your bathroom and soak your shower curtain in water and soda to get rid of the stains.

 17.  Some people like to use baking soda instead of underarm deodorant.

18.  Sprinkle some baking soda on your carpet if you are planning to be away for a while.  It keeps it smelling fresh and when you get back you can simply vacuum it up.

 19.  Mix soda with vinegar to clean your cutting boards.  It gets rid of the food odors.

 20.  Get rid of the oils on your hairbrushes and combs by soaking them in a mixture of soda and water every few months.

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David Hudson March 31, 2009 at 11:35 am

Baking Soda and water are an excellent neutralizer for acids. Car batteries corrode at the terminals, instead of costly “battery cleaning sprays” simply pour or brush on a soda/water paste, let sit for a few minutes and then rinse off thoroughly with hot water. If you don’t rinse it off the residule can become a filthy crusty paste that promotes rusting. If one application doesn’t do it, repeat the process and then when you are all done lay a penny or two on the top of the battery near the posts. The copper really helps keep the corrosion to a minimum.

Stephanie Thornhill April 2, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Baking soda has so many uses!

1. Make a paste with water and use as a mild facial scrub (or on any skin you’d like)

2. I mix it in with toothpaste for an extra clean (it is a little easier to use when you mix it with the toothpaste – taste is a bit better)

3. I also use it as a drain cleaner – pour some baking soda down the drain and then add some white vinegar (think science fair volcano); wait 10 minutes then rinse with hot water

4. Make a paste with water and using an old toothbrush it can help remove stains like tea or coffee from cups or yellow sweat stains on white shirts

Jana Lee Smit- Holistic Nutrition Student April 10, 2009 at 11:34 am

Here is a tip for using Baking Soda, especially when it comes to drain clogs- please remember that Vinegar and baking Soda neutralize each other so it is much better to use boiling water with baking soda which will give a greater reaction and better unclogging or cleaner power!

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