The Versatility of Baking Soda and Its Top Household Uses

Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, is truly an amazing product! It is cheap, easily available, and extremely versatile. You can use it for countless things, other than just baking. It can be used as a cleaning agent and a personal care product; and given that it is all-natural, it is completely safe.

From freshening up your carpets and remove stains and smells from coffee and teapots to relieving diaper rash and treating itchy skin, here are the top uses of this miraculous ingredient!

CLEANING                                          

  • Clean hairbrushes and combs: Soak your brushes and combs in a teaspoon of baking soda and warm water to remove oils and grime which accumulate on them.
  • Clean the microwave: Add baking soda to a sponge to clean and deodorize the microwave.
  • Freshen up your sponges: Soak sponges in warm water with four tablespoons of baking soda to freshen them up.
  • Remove stains and smells from coffee and teapots: Mix 1 qt. of warm water and ¼ cup of baking soda and use the solution as a detergent to remove stains and scents.
  • Make your floors shine: Add half cup of baking soda to a bucket of warm water to remove accumulated grime from the floors.
  • Clean shower curtains: Sprinkle and scrub baking soda onto shower curtains, rinse, and hang to dry.
  • Add to laundry detergent to give cleaning a boost: Add half cup of baking soda to your laundry to boosts the cleaning power of your detergent.
  • Fill holes in a wall: A mixture of baking soda and toothpaste works as an effective plaster to fill holes in the wall.
  • Polish silverware: Rub water and baking soda paste on a clean cloth for an effective polish for your silverware.  Rinse and dry.
  • Remove those tough to clean grease and oil stains: Sprinkle baking soda on the stain and scrub with water. Simple as that.

FOOD AND PLANTS

  • Use it as a scrub for fresh fruits and vegetables: Sprinkle baking soda on your fruits and veggies, scrub, and rinse. This will help to remove any dirt, bacteria, and pesticides.
  • Extend the life of flowers: Adding a teaspoon of baking soda to a vase of water will keep the flowers last longer.
  • Reduce the bloat from beans: Add a teaspoon of baking soda to beans while soaking to make them less heavy.
  • Get rid of bitterness in tea: Add some baking soda to a tea to neutralize the bitter taste from over-steeping.

DEODORIZING

  • Make a safer air freshener: Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with distilled water and a couple of drops of essential oil of choice to make a safer air freshener.
  • Deodorize shoes: Shake baking soda into your shoes to keep odors away.
  • Deodorize pet bedding: Sprinkle some baking soda on bedding, let it sit, and vacuum well afterwards.
  • Give stuffed animals a long needed refresher: Treat your pillows with some baking soda and brush off after fifteen minutes.  This will help to remove oils and dirt accumulated on them.
  • Freshen up your carpets: Sprinkle baking soda on the carpets and let it sit overnight before vacuuming.
  • Freshen closets and pantry: Put a box of baking soda in the pantry and closets to keep them smelling fresh.
  • Keep sports gear smelling fresh: Sprinkle baking soda in sports gear to neutralize the odor.
  • Deodorize lunch boxes and bags: Keep a small container of baking soda in lunch boxes and bags to absorb bad odors.
  • Deodorize your cutting board: Sprinkle baking soda on the cutting board, scrub, and rinse well afterwards.

BODY AND SKINCARE

  • Use it as a toothpaste: Dipping the toothbrush in some baking soda allows you to get its freshening and whitening benefits without all those nasty chemicals.
  • Use it as a mouthwash: Baking soda can be safely used to neutralize bad breath. Add a teaspoon of it to a glass of water, swish it around the mouth, spit, and rinse.
  • Use it to keep your hair healthy: Combining baking soda with apple cider vinegar creates a great alternative to store-bought shampoo and conditioner.
  • Use it as a deodorant: Soda reacts to odor-causing compounds and makes them less powerful.  You can benefit from this ability, by using baking soda as a deodorant for your feet and underarms.
  • Use it to relieve diaper rash: Mix warm water and a little bit of baking soda, soak a cloth and wash the baby`s skin to relieve diaper rash.
  • Use it as a daily mild exfoliant: Mix 3 parts of baking soda with 1 part water to make facial and body scrub that effectively removes dead skin cells.  Rub in a circular motion and rinse.
  • Use it as an antacid: Mix a ½ teaspoon of baking soda with a ½ cup of water to relieve heartburn and acid build-up in the stomach.
  • Treat your feet to a relaxing soak: Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a tun with warm water to make your own soothing foot soak.
  • Use as a gentle hand cleanser: Mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water and use this to clean and deodorize your hands.
  • Treat itchy skin and insect bites: Rub some baking soda into itchy spots to relieve the itching sensation.