Clean [Nearly All] Your Home with Baking Soda

Your grandma taught you to keep a box of baking soda [sodium bicarbonate, "bicarb"] in the refrigerator, and rightly so. But out of 'fridge, often paired with its old science-fair pal white vinegar, you can clean half your house. And then you can make a volcano.

Clean [Nearly All] Your Home with Baking Soda


Brush your teeth: When your spouse or roommate takes the toothpaste for their weekend out of town, mix a tablespoon of baking soda with an 1/4 teaspoon of water and scrub away.

Stain removal: Use the recipe for toothpaste above to clean stains and spots on your china and dishes. If you use warm water and stir in a piece of aluminum foil, the solution will remove tarnish from your silver.

Freshen your closets: Store a box of soda in your linen closet to repel mustiness.

Scour your bakeware: Apply baking soda to baked-on or burnt spots on stoneware or ceramic casserole dishes. Let it rest for 6-8 minutes, then scrub and rinse.

Smooth your skin: Mix three tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon warm water for a lo-fi face scrub. Just apply and massage into your skin, then rinse.

Itch-Be-Gone: Apply dry bi-carb to rashes and itches left from poison ivy or poison sumac.

Unclog your drains: Cleanse your p-trap or garbage disposal with a cup of baking soda, following with a cup of vinegar. Let it sit for five minutes, then chase it down with a whole kettleful of boiling water. Check this out for more details.

Patch your plaster: Mix baking soda with white glue to fill cracks or dents in drywall and plaster.

Clean artwork gone astray: Dip a damp cloth in baking soda and scrub away crayon and pencil marks that have happened on your walls by developing artists.

 Clean contact lenses: Mix a little water with baking soda to scrub all the residual eye goo from your contact lenses. Be sure to clean throughly to avoid any burns.

Kill fleas and ants: Baking soda can kill the crunchy exoskeletons of household and pet-hosted pests. Be sure to rinse thoroughly from your pet's fur and skin to prevent irritation.

As an antacid: Swallow a spoonful to relieve heartburn, upset stomachs, and indigestion.

While you vacuum: Sprinkle your carpet or rugs with baking soda and let rest for fifteen minutes before vacuuming to freshen up your floors.

Control Crab Grass: Lightly wet crabgrass, then sprinkle lightly with baking soda everyday for a week.



In the laundryroom:  Soak smelly clothes in a baking soda/water solution to remove odors. Or, apply baking soda directly to affected areas to remove mildewy smells. Then, make a paste of bi-carb and water to scrub the inside of your machine, and to encourage stuck-on leftovers - such as candy or gum - to release themselves..

Control Odors: Sprinkle a little baking soda in your garbage can, underneath the liner, to control the inevitable scents, or leave a box under you sink to combat that secret funk that always seems to appear.


Combat Grease:  Use baking soda to clean up grease and oil in the garage, and to remove grease stains around the house, in your car, and on clothing.

Fire Extinguisher: Sprinkle baking soda over unfortunate small fires in the kitchen or workspace. Hopefully, it can cut down on the need of the fire extinguisher, but it's better to be safe rather than burnt.


Remember: Baking soda is non-toxic, kosher, and inexpensive, and safer than most of the cleaning products you can purchase. [What was the last baked goods recipe that called for Drano?] 

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Anonymous on Apr 20, 2011:

Don't use baking soda to clean your contacts... my husband is an Optometrist and he is apalled that it is even suggested. Only use contact solution to clean your contact lenses...

winding down on Sep 26, 2010:

Personally reykjavik, I rather like the tate of baking soda! I too have cured my gout with baking soda! I was searching and searching for help with my toe and foot pain, when I found out it was gout, I was like UGH! I dont eat red meat to often but that seem to bring on my gout. MINOR gout I may ad, I am sure full blown gout is such pain, thankfully mine was bearable with motrin. I found a search site the amounts to use to cure gout pain. THANK GOD for the wisdom he gave me to find that info!

Janna on Aug 12, 2009:

You can also sprinkle a little baking soda in your shampoo and use on your hair. I have oily hair and I do this every so often to get the oil out! It works wonders! But, you want to use a little conditioner after because it will really dry your hair out.

intouchoz on Feb 13, 2008:

Baking Soda is an elixir to elite athletes. It is consumed in massive quantities to delay the onset of lactic acid. For those non athletes, this is the naturally occuring substance in the body that we produce when we over exert ourselves. It has been reported that athletes feel like floating on air and achieve improved perfomances of 3-4% which is massive. That equates to nearly 5 seconds for a 2 minute 800 metre runner.

Side effects include massive amounts of flatulence, burping and frothing at the mouth. Whilst it is legal to use, baking soda was recently banned in the Australian horse racing industry. I wonder if it was because of the flatulence - god forbid. 


alohabrianb on Jun 22, 2007:

Well Ive heard from other sources as well like Reykjavic posted about Baking Soda curing Gout/inflamed joints. I just got gout two days ago and downe dmy first glass of baking soda and water...I will let you know the results in a couple days.

DesigningMom on Jun 01, 2007:

I love baking soda and other common household items that clean without nasty chemicals.

One of my favorite uses for baking soda you didn't mention was to keep our kitchen sink clean and the garbage disposal fresh smelling!  I just sprinkle it around my sink, scrub it with a brush and rince it down the drain.  In one process I have a sparkling sink and fresh smelling disposal! 

perihelion on May 29, 2007:

It's good for cleaning stove tops too - keep an old spinkle top spice jar full of baking soda and a squirt bottle of vinegar handy - sprinkle on the baking soda, squirt on the vinegar and leave to sit for a few minutes.

Steph on May 24, 2007:

This is awesome. I hate the gross smell and noxious fumes from most traditional cleaning products ... never occurred to me that I could use the box of baking soda in my fridge for so many things...

reykjavik on May 21, 2007:

You forgot a major thing that baking soda does: it cures the gout! I suffered from gout and read on a bunch of sites about how baking soda cures gout. Of course, I was skeptical and didn't believe it. But I tried it, and honestly, it really does work! (they say its because Gout is caused by high acidity levels in the blood and the basic qualities of BS lower the acidity level in the blood). Tastes awful, but if you can down a spoonful of it in a glass of water, you'll be gout free like me.

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