Ahhh, Baking Soda! What would I do with you?
It is full of hidden uses not many people know about. I buy it in the biggest box I can possibly find because the small boxes just do cut it in my world. Yes, it is good to add to your cookies when baking but it also has so many other ways it can help you around the house.
It is a natural product, and that is one of the reason I chose this over many other cleaners on the market. It is next to nothing for cost and it is a disinfectant – all around a winning product in my eyes.
Here are 20 ways I use Baking Soda in my home, I hope that you can find a way to use this handy product and can help make your life a little easier.
You can buy the small fridge disks with a little suction cup to stick on the side of your fridge and replace every 30 days to keep the odours from taking over your fridge. I can always tell when mine is past it 30 days as I can start to smell whats in my fridge. If you can not find these you can always add 1/2 cup to a small jar or container, take a light cloth and cover it, wrap with a rubber band to prevent spills and place in your fridge. When we park our camper for the winter, our slides prevent the fridge from staying open a crack like you should – I add a large cup of Baking Soda to both fridge an freezer to keep it from getting musty smelling.
All of my mattresses have mattress covers, so the mattress is technically protected – but we sleep on it, it still gets dirty and smelly and needs to be cleaned. You can simply sprinkle Baking Soda onto your bed when you do your sheet changes and allow to sit for 15 minutes, it will suck up any odour your bed may be hiding. Then you just take your vacuum and clean up the Baking Soda – Done!
Each and every load that I do, I add about 1/2 cup of Baking Soda to. It helps remove any moisture odours from sitting laundry (such as wet towels) as well as aids in keeping your laundry brighter and come out cleaner! Clothing that have light stains, you can place in the sink or a large bowl with warm water and 1/4 cup of Baking Soda, allow to soak for a couple hours, ring out and wash as normal. This should help in lifting the stain. (Depending on what the stain is of course)
4. Cleaning Stove Top
Whether you have a glass top or a traditional stove top, Baking Soda will help you in cleaning and removing stuck on food or burnt areas.
If you have a glass top, generously shake Baking Soda to cover the area, focus on the heavy burnt areas, take a tea towel and run under hot water ring out lightly and place on top over your stove top, cover the area completely, you may need 2 towels or even a medium bathroom towel. Allow to sit for a couple hours or even over night and then take a course sponge or brillo pad and lightly scrub the areas, this will take minimum effort and should just come of easy. For added shine, you can pour some vinegar onto the stove top and wipe clean with a paper towel.
For a traditional stove top, remove the elements and set aside, take out the inserts and place in sink with hot water and 1/2 cup of baking soda, with a squirt of liquid dish soap. Allow to soak for an hour, if they have very heavy burnt areas, simply soak longer you will see the areas start to lift off easily with little effort. Use a brillo pad and lightly scrub until clean. For the top of the stove top repeat the same process above for glass top, just be sure to not get Baking Powder below the grill holes.
5. Teeth and Mouth (Oral Care)
Apply a small amount to your tooth brush for a deep clean on your teeth that helps in whitening. You can also use as a mouth wash, to replace your traditional store bought stuff. Mix a half of a teaspoon in a half glass of warm water and swish and spit. You will notice your teeth feel much cleaner and your mouth will feel fresher overall. I know it tastes awful but it really works!
6. Cleaning your BBQ
When cleaning the exterior of your backyard grill, add a few tablespoons of Baking Powder to your wash pail for assistance in the greasy areas. It will make for easier cleaning.
7. Patio Furniture
Adding a couple tablespoons to your wash pail will help with cleaning your outdoor furniture. If find using any type of soap leaves residue in the hot sun when cleaning leaving streaks and not giving you a clean look, Baking Soda does not do this, it wipes away clean.
8. Rust Areas
Do not listen to others who encourage adding things like lemon juice or vinegar to cause a chemical reaction to remove rust as this will only cause further damage later on. Simply apply Baking Soda alone and let a warm cloth sit on the area for about 45 minutes or so, take a light scouring pad, light a plastic sponge not a metal one and rub the area until the rust is removed. I use this often on my vehicles where small rust spots occur on things like tow hooks works wonders!
9. Linen Closest
Set a container with a few holes poked in the top (like a recycled yogurt container) with 1/2 cup of Baking Soda to allow your linen to stay fresher longer. Replace every month or so.
10. Interior Window Sills/Trim
Get an old tooth brush and a small bowl with a couple tablespoons of Baking Soda, get a glass with warm water. Dip tooth brush in water then into the Baking Soda, scrub the window sills/trim to bring it back to its new state. Use a warm cloth to wipe up the grim and dirt that has been removed. For larger areas like sliding windows use a bigger scrub brush if need be. But this can be used to all areas on your window areas (except glass) this can be done to exterior as well, if you can reach that is.
11. Burnt Food on Pots and Pans
For the times that you have burnt or stuck on food on your pots or pans. Fill about 1-2 inches of water and add 2 tablespoons of Baking Soda, place pot/pan back onto the stove top and turn to high heat. Allow it to start to boil, add a drop of liquid dish soap once boiling and continue for another few minutes. Use a wooden spoon to rub the bottom of the pan a couple times through out to boiling process. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, dump out the boiled water and place in sink to wash. Harder burnt areas may take longer to boil so use your best judgement.
12. Helps Relieve Sunburn and Bug Bites
Add 2 cups to a luke warm bath, be sure the effected area is submerged in the water. You will instantly notice the tingly feeling slowly disappear. For extra relief, or for face sunburns make a small paste with water and apply to the area that is effected. Repeat as needed.
13. Cleans Food Stains in the Kitchen
If you have coffee cup stains or food stains that you can not get rid of, try using baking soda on the area. You can add to your dish water or apply directly to the area. EI: stained counter top, plastic containers. Just apply with some water and scrub lightly with a sponge.
14: Garbage Can Deodorizer
If you look in the bottom of any of my garbage cans you will see a sprinkle of Baking Soda in each one as it helps tame the smell. I put in the bottom of the can under the bag and dump out every month give or take, and reapply.
15. In the Bathroom
It works in every corner of your bathroom. From tub, to toilet to tiles to counter. Since it is a much more natural product that disinfects while it cleans, I prefer over some harsh cleaners. You can sprinkle around your bathroom and rub with a sponge and water, it will leave your bathroom sparkling. I like to use this in my bath tub as I have a small child and don’t want to risk leaving any harsh chemicals that could potentially harm his skin in the bath tub.
16. Carpet Deodorizer
Just sprinkle a little bit on your carpet before you vacuum and let sit for about 10 minutes, it will remove any odour your carpet is hoarding. Vacuum like normal until it is all sucked up. This can be done in your vehicle as well.
17. Carpet Stain Remover
If you have a small stain or a large one for that matter. Make a mixture with Baking Soda and warm water, apply to stained area. Allow a few minutes to penetrate the stain, and dab do not rub area, with a mircofiber towel. Repeat until stain disappears. If you are cleaning your carpets with a carpet cleaner, you can also add Baking Soda to your cleaning solution for a deeper clean, just be sure it is mixed well.
18. Shoe Deodorizer
If you have a favourite pair of shoes that you love, but they give you stinky feet, or you just have just been given a pair of feet that tend to give off a bad odour, sprinkle Baking Soda in the shoe and allow to sit for several hours or over night. Then dumb out. You will notice the light powder went from powder to clumps almost, that is because it was sucking all the odour out. Repeat again if need be. For sandals, you can place them in a grocery bag and place Baking Powder on the sole, close the bag and let sit. Once you have done this, you can add a small amount to the shoe and wear with a small amount inside to help keep the odour down while wearing them. If you are not okay with a bit of powder in your shoe, you can always put a couple tablespoons in an old sock or a cheesecloth, tie shut and place inside, this can be reused as well, and it a good option for kids shoes and work boots.
Sticking to feet on this one. You can soothe achey tired feet with a Baking Soda foot bath. Simply add a couple tablespoons to a warm water foot spa or large bowl and allow your feet to soak for 20 minutes or so. You will notice that it will soften your feet with out effort, deep clean them and really soothe any ache or pains you may be suffering from.
20. Cleaning Finger Nails
Whether you have long or short nails, they are a pain to keep clean some days and may not always look as polished like we want. If you take a tablespoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of Baking Soda with about 1/4 cup of warm water and let your finger tips sit in the solution for a few minutes then use a nail scrub brush you will notice an instant cleaner nail bed and under nail area. Once cleaned, dry and add your favourite cuticle oil. Just like that a quick way to cleaner nails.
I am sure there are many, many more uses for this versatile product, above I have listed the ones that I use most often and I know work for me. I do hope that you have enjoyed this post and find a way or two to make things a bit more simple in your day to day endeavours with Baking Soda!