My Top 10 Uses of Baking Soda in the Home

The one item that I canít do without when I clean is baking soda. I use it for so many things, if I donít have a box of it around Iíll make a special trip to the store 5 miles away just as I would if I were out of a mainstay like milk.

What do I use so much baking soda for? Here are my top 10 uses of baking soda for cleaning in the home:

A commonly available mineral full of many cleaning attributes, baking soda is made from soda ash, and is slightly alkaline (itís pH is around 8.1; 7 is neutral). It neutralizes acid-based odors in water, and absorbs odors from the air.

1. Drain cleaner: Pour one cup down the drain followed by three cups of boiling water.

2. Chemical smells out of clothes: Soak clothes for two to three hours or overnight, in one cup of baking soda. Agitate the machine occasionally. Repeat if necessary. Wash as usual. (This method is great for removing the new smell out of clothes.)

3. Cat urine: Alternate sprinkling baking soda, which will neutralize acid odors, with white distilled vinegar.

4. Dog odors and urine: Sprinkle with baking soda. Let set for a few hours before sweeping up.

5. Silver polish: Make a paste of baking soda and water, scoop some onto a clean, soft rag, and polish the silver. Rinse and polish dry.

6. Soft scrubber: Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl and add enough liquid soap or detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop onto a sponge and clean the bathtub or tiles. Rinse.

7. Scouring powder: Simply sprinkle baking soda into a sink and scrub.

8. Oven cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Squirt with enough water that the baking soda is damp. Let set overnight, making sure the baking soda is damp before you go to bed. In the morning, simply scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge. Rinse.

9. Refrigerator deodorizer: Place an open box in the back of the fridge. It will ďabsorbĒ odors, which means that it will draw odors to the baking soda molecules.

10. Cutting board deodorizer: Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.

By Annie B. Bond

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Robert Goldring
Robert Goldringabout a year ago

It can be used for baking as well, it will make cakes rise and rise and rise, til their light and fluffy :)

Son Y.
Son Y.2 years ago

If it's done being refrigerator deodorant, can it then be used for cleaning afterwards?

Monica May
Monica May2 years ago

a very healthy alternative

Magdika Cecilia Perez

thank you

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

Thanks. We use it as a cure for indigestion - 1 teaspoon mixed with 1 glass of water. Not the nicest taste but works every time!!

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson2 years ago

thanks. it's a good whitener in the laundry as well.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

interesting, thanks.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks for the info.