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15 Surprising Uses for Baking Soda

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15 Surprising Uses for Baking Soda

From green cleaning to personal care, baking soda is a little scrubby dynamo! Check out these 15 surprising uses for baking soda.

Eco-friendly cleaning supplies and green beauty products are expensive, and they tend to come in disposable plastic packaging. Next time you need to wash your hair, scrub pots and pans, or even get crafty with your kids, grab that cardboard box of baking soda instead!

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When you’re making your own supplies with baking soda, you get to choose exactly what ingredients go into it. You can also choose to use reclaimed packaging to reduce waste. These are some of the containers I like to use when I’m making baking soda cleaning and beauty products:

  • old baby food jars
  • used, cleaned mason jars or other glass food jars that I’ve washed well
  • reclaimed spray bottles
  • used shampoo and conditioner bottles (just rinse out really well)

For me, storing what I make in reclaimed containers is as important as creating a healthy product to go inside it. What upcycled containers do you like to use when you’re whipping up homemade cleaning and beauty supplies? Let’s swap storage tips in the comments!

You know that baking soda is great for cooking, and you probably already use it in some unconventional ways, like to deodorize your carpets or even brush your teeth. Baking soda’s basic pH and natural grit make it perfect for all kinds of cleaning. Check out these personal care and green cleaning uses for baking soda.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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2:51PM PST on Jan 18, 2014

Good ideas! thanks for the post!

12:33AM PST on Jan 5, 2014

10/10 for this article. It is great. Im going to try one of those things today. (I currently just use baking soda neat for cleaning my bath and basin. It does an excellent job).

1:40PM PST on Jan 1, 2014

ooo thanks

8:58AM PST on Jan 1, 2014

Great ideas!

9:19PM PST on Dec 2, 2013


4:15PM PST on Nov 15, 2013


8:20AM PST on Nov 15, 2013

Thank you.

6:27PM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

Coincidentally, I'm almost out of baking soda! Thanks for the tips:D

12:52PM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

I always feel so much safer with baking soda than bleach products. I've used it as wound salve, toothpaste, cleaner, and laundry detergent, and it's always good for just plain old baking. Thanks.

10:15AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Baking soda and dawn detergent cleans quite alot,thanks for the tips~

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