39+ Money-Saving Uses For Baking Soda
Chances are, there’s a little orange box of baking soda sitting in your cupboard right now. And chances are, you’re not fully aware of all the uses that baking soda has around your home.
Baking soda (soda bicarbonate) is a powerhouse substances that has many household uses.
Baking soda can also help you save money: Using baking soda in creative ways – instead of buying more expensive cleaners and products – can help save you money and declutter your home (hello multi-tasker!)
Baking soda can replace many of your household cleaners and products from cleaning scrub to carpet freshener and even face wash. Let’s take a look at 39 of them!
Baking Soda For Cleaning
- Sink cleaner: Sprinkle some baking soda on sink, add some water, and use a scrubbing sponge to scrub sinks clean. Rinse with water.
- Scouring powder: For a bit more cleaning power, mix 4 parts baking soda with 1 part borax and essential oils of your choice.
- Oven cleaner: Use baking soda and a scrubbing sponge to scrub away grease and cooked-on stains.
- Pan degreaser: Sprinkle baking soda on grease-stained pots or pans. Pour vinegar on top and use a scouring pad (and some elbow grease) to scrub away build-up.
- Microwave cleaner: Dissolve 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 cup of water and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Leave the door closed and let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove the bowl and proceed with cleaning the interior of the microwave. Dry with a paper towel.
- Cutting board cleaner: Use three parts baking soda and one part water to make a paste. Scrub into the cutting board, let sit for 20 minutes, and rinse off.
- Laundry booster: Add 1/2 cup baking soda to a load of laundry. This helps brighten and freshen clothes – both whites and colors.
- Fabric softener: Mix 4 cups distilled water with 2 cups white vinegar, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 12 drops of essential oil of choice. Store in a container. Use 1/2 cup to final rinse cycle.
- Hair brush cleaner: Dissolve 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a cup of warm water. Soak combs and brushes. Rinse.
- Toothbrush cleaner: Soak toothbrushes for a couple of hours in a cup of water with 2 tablespoons baking soda added. Rinse.
- Towel refresher: If your towels have become hard and scratchy, put them in your wash machine, add 1/2 cup baking soda, and wash them in warm water. Dry as usual.
- Unclog a drain: Sprinkle 1/2 cup baking soda down drain. Slowly add 1/2 cup white vinegar. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then let the hot water run for 30 seconds or so.
- Unclog a toilet: Pour equal amounts of baking soda and vinegar into a clogged toilet. Use 2 tablespoons for minor clogs and up to 1/2 cup of each for tougher clogs. Let the baking soda and vinegar sit for a couple of minutes – it will fizz. Pour a kettle full of hot water down the toilet. Repeat, if necessary.
- Clean fruits and veggies: You don’t have to purchase fruit and vegetable wash in the store – you can make your own by adding a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to a large bowl full of water. Let soak for 5 to 10 minutes, scrubbing the heartier produce with a brush, and rinse.
- Dishwasher detergent: You can make your own less-toxic dishwasher detergent using baking soda and a couple of other inexpensive ingredients.
Baking Soda For Deodorizing
- Freshen carpet: Add a few drops of essential oil to 1 cup baking soda. Mix. Sprinkle on carpet, let sit for 1 hour, and vacuum.
- Freshen closet: Open a box of baking soda and place in closet to freshen the space.
- Freshen car: Poke holes in the top of a baking soda box. Leave in car in an area where it won’t tip over (in cup holder or in back seat pocket). Can also be used in the trunk.
- Freshen gym bag: Sprinkle some baking soda in a not-so-fresh gym bag. Leave overnight.
- Freshen pet beds: Sprinkle baking soda on a dog or cat bed.
- Deodorize garbage disposal: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda in garbage disposal. Follow with 1 cup of white vinegar. Let sit for 10 minutes. Flush with water and turn on garbage disposal to rinse.
- Deodorize compost: Sprinkle some baking soda in your compost pile to control odors.
- Deodorize shoes: Sprinkle some baking soda in shoes after wearing. Before wearing again, shake the baking soda out.
- Deodorize lunch boxes: Wash lunch box. Place 3 tablespoons of baking soda inside and fill with hot water. Let sit for 3 hours. Rinse.
- Deodorize fridge: This tried-but-true trick really works. Open a box of baking soda and put in the fridge to lessen odors.
- Deodorize litter box: Place a thin layer of baking soda at the bottom of your cat’s litter box – before adding litter.
Baking Soda For Skin/Hair/Body
- Skin exfoliant: Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a bit of water to make a paste. Gently scrub face in a circular motion to exfoliate skin, avoiding eyes, and rinse.
- Face wash: Using a bit of baking soda instead of face wash helps control acne-prone skin.
- Hand wash: Washing your hands with baking soda (a teaspoon or so) will make your hands super soft. Follow with a gentle moisturizer.
- Toothpaste: Mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda with 1 drop of peppermint essential oil.
- DIY mouthwash: Dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small glass of water. Swish in your mouth and spit out.
- Teeth whitener: Use baking soda toothpaste (a paste of baking soda and water) and let sit on teeth for a few minutes once a week. Rinse well.
- Deodorant: Mix baking soda with a bit of water to make a paste. Apply to underarms or feet. (This may be irritating to some people but there are many natural deodorant recipes out there.)
- Clarifying shampoo: Some people wear by this baking soda and vinegar shampoo which consists of a baking soda (1 part soda to 3 parts water) rinse followed by a vinegar (1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts water) rinse.
- Dry shampoo: Don’t have time to shampoo? Sprinkle some baking soda on your roots and massage into scalp. Shake off excess.
- Heartburn relief: Baking soda works as an occasional heartburn reliever for some people. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 4 ounces of water.
- Sunburn relief: Add 1/2 cup baking soda to warm bath water to sooth sunburned skin.
- Diaper rash relief: After a bath, dip baby’s bottom in a mild baking soda solution. Pat dry.
- Foot soak: Add 1/4 cup baking soda to a tub of warm water. Add essential oils, if desired. Soak feet and relax.
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Miscellaneous Uses For Baking Soda
- Neutralize acidic soil: Gardeners take note: If your soil is acidic, sprinkle it with baking soda and water it. Test the acidity in a few days. This can help increase your garden yield.
- Nurse a hangover: Some people swear by baking soda as a hangover cure. Drink a glass of water with a teaspoon or so of baking soda added. This helps neutralize excess stomach acid which can help with queasiness. This is just one of many potential hangover cures.
- Dry shampoo for dogs: Stinky dog? Sprinkle your dog with a little baking soda (dry shampoo style) rub it in and brush it off.
- Clean car floor mats: Use a baking soda/water solution for vinyl or plastic floor mats. For carpeted mats, sprinkle with baking soda, let sit for 20 minutes, and vacuum.
Who know that humble little orange box in your cupboard had so many uses? And there are undoubtedly many more.
I’d love to hear your favorite money-saving uses for baking soda. Please share your tips in the comments below!