73 Extraordinary Uses of Baking Soda in Your Household and Personal Hygiene
So much can be written about baking soda and it is definitely one of the highly utilized and important cleaning products. Along with its numerous uses around the house, it is cheap and free from chemicals and synthetic odors.
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It is capable of so much more than soothing the upset stomach, putting out fires and cleaning.
Baking soda is a chemical salt with plenty of uses. Due to the alkaline properties, it can break down proteins and neutralize acids. Also, it is a potent deodorizer because of the neutralizing properties.
When baking soda is added to water, it stabilizes the pH level thus increasing the effectiveness of the laundry detergent. If it is added to swimming pool, it will balance the pH level and it will make the water clear.
However, there are plenty of other uses for baking soda, such as:
Baking Soda in the Kitchen
To remove the odors, place an open box of baking soda in the freezer or refrigerator. Make sure you change it every 2 months.
2. Stained Coffee and Tea Mugs
Combine water and baking soda and make a paste. Apply the paste on the interior of a mug and let it sit overnight. The next morning scrub the mug and rinse.
3. Deodorizes Cutting Boards
Sprinkle some baking soda on the cutting board, scrub it well and rinse.
4. Stovetop Tough Cleaning
Make a paste out of water and baking soda. Apply it on the stovetop with a damp sponge. Let it sit for 30 minutes, scrub it and rinse.
5. Freshens Drains
Pour a box of baking soda down the drain and all the odors will be gone.
6. Garbage Cans
Sprinkle the bottom of the trash cans with baking soda, and you will keep the bad smells away.
7. Unclogs Drains
Pour ½ – 1 cup of baking soda down the drain and pour an equal amount of vinegar. After 5 minutes, pour some boiling water, and the drains will flow up freely.
8. Cuts Grease
In your regular dish soap add one tablespoon of baking soda and soak your greasy dishes. Baking soda will eliminate the grease, and they will be easier to clean.
9. Microwave Cleanup
On a damp cloth sprinkle some baking soda and gently scrub away all the microwave mess. Your microwave not only will be clean but deodorized as well.
10. Wash Produce
In a sink full of water add ¼ cup of baking soda. Wash all of your dishes and then rinse with clean water.
11. Rusted Cast Iron Pans
Scour the cast iron pans with baking soda.
12. Silverware Polish
Combine one part water with three parts baking soda. Polish the chrome and stainless steel with this paste. After 20 minutes rinse and dry them well.
13. Freshens Dish Cloths
In a mixture of baking soda and water, soak the dishcloths. Wash them as usual.
14. Tea and Coffee Stains
Scrub the coffee and teapots with some baking soda in order to remove the stains. Then rinse them well.
15. Burned Pans
In the burned pan, pour baking soda and a little water. Let it sit overnight and the next morning scrub and rinse it.
16. Grease Fires
Apply baking soda on grease fires, and they will be put out in an instant.
17. Plastic Containers & Lunch Boxes
Sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge and wash the plastic containers. For tough odors, combine four tablespoons of baking soda and a quart warm water. Soak the containers and rinse them well.
18. Oven Cleaner
Prepare a paste out of water and baking soda. Apply the paste on the interior walls of the stove. Let it stay overnight. The next morning wipe down with a damp sponge. Rinse the area well.
19. Picnic Cooler Odors
Fill the cooler with warm water and add baking soda. Let it stay overnight, rinse it well and dry.
20. Deodorizes Garbage Disposal
To remove tough odors pour baking soda down the drain and follow with warm water.
21. Pan and Pot Cleaner
Fill the sink with water and add baking soda. Soak the pans and pots for 15-30 minutes and then rinse.
Baking Soda in the Household
To remove the musty odors from your books, put the book in a plastic bag then add baking soda. It may take a few weeks until the nasty odors are gone.
23. Thermos Cleaning
Add a teaspoon of baking soda in your thermos. Fill it with hot water and tighten the cap. Let it stay overnight, scrub it well and rinse.
24. Cloth Diapers
In two quarts of warm water, dissolve half a cup of baking soda. Soak the diapers before a regular wash.
25. Freshens Upholstery
To freshen the upholstered furniture, sprinkle baking soda, let it sit for 15 minutes and vacuum.
26. Freshens Shoes
Sprinkle baking soda in boots and shoes in order to get rid of the odor. Let them stay overnight. In the morning shake out the excess baking soda.
27. Removes Stains from Walls
On a slightly wet cloth add baking soda and rub the walls lightly. Wipe them off with a dry cloth. Also, you can make a paste with water and baking soda. Rub the walls with this paste and then remove the residue with clean cloth or sponge.
28. Litter Boxes
On the bottom of the kitty pan pour a layer of baking soda and then cover it with cat litter.
29. Brass Cleaner
Sprinkle baking soda on a slice of lemon and wipe the brass. Rinse it well and dry it with a soft cloth.
Your flowers will last longer if you add a teaspoon of baking soda into the water.
Sprinkle baking soda around your garden, and you will keep bunnies away from your flowers and veggies.
32. Freshens Carpets
Before you go to bed, sprinkle baking soda on your rugs and carpets. In the morning, vacuum them well.
33. Freshens Luggage
Sprinkle baking soda in your suitcase, close it and let it sit for 1-2 days. Finally, vacuum the soda.
34. Laundry Boost
Pour half a cup of baking soda in your laundry, and your clothes will be softer and fresher.
Put an open box of baking soda in your closet, and all the odors will be gone.
36. Freshens Mattresses
Remove all the sheets and blankets from your mattress. On the top of the mattress, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda. Let it stay for several hours and then vacuum.
37. Coffee Pot Cleaner
Mix a quart of warm water and ¼ cup of baking soda. Rub the pots with this mix, let it stay for several hours and rinse them well.
38. Floor Cleaner
In a bucket of warm water, add ¼ cup of baking soda. Mop your floors with this solution and let it air dry.
39. Natural Fabric Softener
To soften your clothes, add 1 cup of baking soda to your washing machine.
40. Freshens Musty Towels
Wash your towels as usual with hot water. In the rinse cycle add half a cup of baking soda. Make sure you dry them in high heat.
41. Septic Tank Care
To provide the optimal pH in your septic tank, pour 1 cup of baking soda every week.
42. Deodorizes Car
Sprinkle some baking soda on your car seats and carpets. Let them sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum.
43. Laundry Stains
Make a paste out of 1/3 cup warm water and 6 tablespoons of baking soda. Before laundering, rub the stain with this paste. Let it sit for 10 minutes and even more. Rinse the clothes in the usual way. Make sure you test some hidden area of your clothes for color-fastness.
Baking Soda in the Bathroom
44. Grout Lines
Mix water and baking soda and make a fine paste. Apply the paste on some old toothbrush and scrub well. Finally, rinse with water.
45. Cleans tubs, tiles, sinks, toilets and stainless steel
Make a baking soda and water paste whose consistency should be like that of a pancake. Wipe it on, rinse and then dry.
46. Tough Stains on Toilet Bowls
Pour one cup of baking soda in the toilet bowl and then follow with one cup of vinegar. Let it bubble for 10-15 minutes before you scrub it well.
47. Toilet Bowl
Pour a cup of baking soda in the toilet bowl, allow it to sit for 1 hour and then scrub it well. It won’t only be clean, but it will smell fresh.
48. Countertop Air Freshener
In a bowl add baking soda add some dried herbs or flower buds.
49. Air Freshener
In 2 cups of hot water, dissolve 1/8 of a cup of baking soda and add ½ cup of lemon juice.
50. Cleans Tile Floors
Mop your floors with a bucket of warm water and half a cup of baking soda.
Baking Soda for Personal Hygiene and Alternative Treatments
51. Heartburn Relief
In a cup of water, pour ½ -1 teaspoon of baking soda. Stir it well until dissolved and then drink the mixture.
52. Athlete’s Foot
Make a thick paste with one tablespoon of baking soda and water. Apply the paste on the affected part. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes then rinse and dry well. In this way, you will soothe the affected part, and the itching will be gone.
53. Peppermint Toothpaste
Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 10 drops of peppermint oil. Make sure you mix first the coconut oil and baking soda and then add the peppermint oil. Apply the paste on your teeth, brush them well and rinse.
Mix half a teaspoon of baking soda and water or hydrogen peroxide to make the toothpaste.
55. Skin Softener
To soften your skin, add some baking soda to your bathwater.
56. Freshens Breath
In a glass of water, dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Swish with this solution, spit it and then rinse well.
A baking soda paste will heal the pain from bee stings.
58. Smelly Hands
You will effectively remove any odor from your hands by scrubbing some baking soda and water on them.
59. Mosquito Bites
Along with relieving the pain from stings, the baking soda paste will reduce the itch of bites.
60. Irritated Skin
A cup of baking soda in your bath not only will soften your skin but also will relieve the irritation.
61. Jelly Fish Stings
This paste will also reduce the pain from jellyfish stings.
62. Softens Skin
Soak your feet in a solution of 3 tablespoons of baking soda and a small amount of warm water.
63. Natural Deodorant
Mix arrowroot powder, baking soda and coconut oil and the non-toxic deodorant is ready.
64. Exfoliates Skin
Mix one part water and 3 cups of baking soda. Rub this paste gently on your skin and rinse it well.
65. Combs and Hairbrushes
In a sink full of water add one teaspoon of baking soda. Soak your combs and hairbrushes in this solution. The baking soda will remove the hair spray and hair oils from your brushes. Then rinse them well.
66. Sunburn relief in the tub
To provide a pain-relieving soak, add ½ cup of baking soda to your tub.
67. Poison Ivy Relief
For itch relief, add some baking soda to your bath.
68. Sunburn Relief Spray
Combine cool water and ¼ of baking soda. Pour this solution in some spray bottle and apply it on sunburned skin.
In a glass of warm water, add ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Stir it well until baking soda dissolves and sip to relieve nausea.
70. Hand Softener
Clean your hands with water and baking soda. In this way, they will be completely clean and soft at the same time.
71. Neutralizes Dry Beans to Reduce Bloating
Soak dry beans in water with one teaspoon of baking soda. In this way, you will prevent gassy issues.
72. Tooth Whitener
Make a paste out of the water and one teaspoon of baking soda. Apply the paste on your toothbrush. Brush your teeth, let them sit for 3-5 minutes and then rinse.
73. Splinter Removal
The best method of splinter removal is by soaking of the splinter. All you have to do is pour 1 tablespoon of baking soda to warm water and then soak the affected part several times a day.