I love baking soda and I use it for a lot of things, not just for baking.
If I were to write a post about all of the different ways you can use baking soda, it would be a long, long read. A novel perhaps.
However, today I’m only going to be writing about 15 different ways that you can use baking soda around the house.
So without further ado, let’s get right to it:
1. Clean Your Carpets and Rugs
To freshen up your carpet or rug without having to shampoo it you can sprinkle it with baking soda and let it sit for 15 minutes to an hour.
Vacuum your rug/carpet as normal and it will be fresh and deodorized.
2. Clean Your Mattress
Most people clean their sheets without thinking to also clean their mattress.
To do this, sprinkle your mattress with baking soda and let it sit for 3-4 hours before vacuuming it up.
3. Unclog Drains
Instead of using a toxic chemical drain cleaner, you can use baking soda, vinegar and hot water instead.
Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain (you can use a funnel for small drains) followed by one cup of vinegar. After 5-10 minutes pour two cups of boiling hot water down the drain.
If you have a stubborn clog, you may need to repeat these steps.
4. Remove Glue Residue
To remove glue residue left behind by stickers or labels, mix baking soda with coconut oil until it forms a paste.
Using your fingers or a cloth, rub the paste into the glue residue until it comes off completely.
5. Clean your sink
Scrubbing your kitchen and bathroom sinks with a generous amount of baking soda will leave them sparkling without having to use much elbow grease.
6. Remove Odour From Shoes
To deodorize smelly shoes, sprinkle baking soda into them and let it sit for as long as possible before shaking it out.
Alternatively, you can fill a pair of old socks with baking soda and let them sit in your shoes overnight.
7. Clean Your Jewelry
To clean gold or silver jewelry, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with enough water to make a paste.
Using a clean toothbrush, gently scrub your jewelry with the baking soda paste and then rinse with warm water and allow to air dry.
8. Clean Your Washing Machine
To thoroughly clean your washing machine, pour a 1/2 cup of baking soda directly into the empty drum and run it on it’s longest cycle.
9. Clean Your Dishwasher
Similarly to cleaning your washing machine, pour a 1/2 cup of baking soda directly into the inside of your dishwasher and run it on it’s longest cycle.
10. Brighten White Clothes
When washing your white clothes, put a 1/2 cup of baking soda along with your regular laundry detergent to brighten them up.
11. Deodorize Your Fridge
This is super simple – leave an open box of baking soda in your fridge to absorb food odours.
12. De-stain Plastic Food Storage Containers
Let’s get real, everyone has that one plastic food storage container that has been stained red by pasta sauce.
Wash your stained containers with a mixture of dish soap and baking soda to get them looking brand new again.
13. Clean Produce
Soak your produce in a baking soda and water solution to remove pesticide residue.
While it may not remove all of the pesticides, research has shown that soaking produce for 15 minutes will remove at least some of them.
For every cup of water, use half a tablespoon of baking soda.
14. Clean Hairbrushes
After removing all of the hair from your hairbrushes, soak them in a baking soda and water solution for half an hour.
After that, use a clean toothbrush to scrub the entirety of the hairbrush before rinsing it thoroughly in warm water.
The baking soda will break up natural oils and product buildup, leaving your hair brushes feeling brand new.
15. Make your flowers last longer
Add 1/4 cup baking soda into a full vase of water before putting your flowers in.
The baking soda balances out the acidity and the alkalinity of the water, making your flowers last a day or two longer.
What other ways do you use baking soda? Let me know in the comments!