36 Uses for Baking Soda

36 Uses for Baking Soda

When I first started making my transition to natural cleaners and toxic-free personal care products I was amazed by how few ingredients I really needed. I also began to notice those few “super” team-players that seemed to show up everywhere: Coconut oil in many of my beauty products, lemons for added zing in my cleaning products, vinegar, castile soap, etc. But none seem to bring as much versatility as simple baking soda. There are so many uses for baking soda!

Best of all? It’s cheap!

Sodium bicarbonate, the “official” term for baking soda, helps regulate pH. If baking soda mixes with either an acid or an alkaline substance it has a neutralizing effect on it. Baking soda is perfect for neutralizing acidic odors and maintaining a neutral pH which is perfect for doing things like boosting your laundry detergent’s power. It also has a gentle abrasive ability to help scrub. In a nutshell, the uses for baking soda are many: It deodorizes, neutralizes, and cleans all without the toxic mess of most commercial products. Ah, yeah.

36 Uses for Baking Soda


Uses for Baking Soda: Personal Care


1. Freshen your breath

Mix 1 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water. Swish, spit, and rinse. Easy mouth wash that neutralizes odors.

2. Polish your teeth

Many people will use baking soda as a natural toothpaste. There is some concern, however, that baking soda can be too abrasive for everyday use (although there are plenty of people who swear by it), but even using it from time to time to help polish and whiten teeth is simple and effective. I’ll add a little baking soda to my normal homemade toothpaste every few weeks when I want a little boost.

3. Make your own deodorant

Some people will just sprinkle on baking soda as a natural deodorant. For my sensitive skin this is too much, but it is a key ingredient in my deodorant recipe that I love.

4. Gently exfoliate

Here’s a simple way to gently get rid of dead skin: Mix 3 parts of baking soda to 1 part water. Rub gently in a circular motion and then rinse clean.

5. Relieve Skin Irritation

Add a cup of baking soda to bathwater to soften your skin and relieve skin irritations.

6. Relieve heartburn and more

Baking soda is a safe antacid. Learn more here.

7. Relieve insect bites

Make a simple paste of water and baking soda and apply as a salve onto affected skin.

8. No ‘Poo

Many swear by the simplicity of baking soda as shampoo that’s finished off with an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse. Learn more about ‘No Pooing here. But also keep in mind how this might affect the pH of your scalp.

9. Keep your brushes and combs clean

Baking soda is great to help naturally remove oils, build up, and residue on your combs and brushes. Simply soak in a solution of water and baking soda (about 1 tsp of baking soda to a cup of water). Rinse and dry thoroughly.

10. Relieve Diaper Rash

Put two tablespoons of baking soda in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.

11. Pamper your feet

Soaking your feet in a baking soda solution will help soothe and soften tired feet. Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda into a small tub of warm water and soak.


Uses for Baking Soda: Sparkling Clean


12. Easy DIY soft scrub

How easy? Sprinkle some baking soda on your tubs, sinks, or tile and then wipe with a clean damp washcloth. Rinse and dry. You can also make a paste by mixing water and baking soda before hand.

13. Simple Floor Cleaner

This is great for tile floors: Use 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water to help mop and clean floors.

14. Cut grease naturally

Add a heaping scoop of baking soda to your normal dish soap and let soak for a while. Baking soda helps gut grease and make it easier to clean.

15. Simple Air Freshener

Ironically, most air fresheners on the market are full of toxic chemicals that you shouldn’t breathe. Luckily, you can make this super easy air freshener using baking soda and a few drops of your favorite essential oils.

16. Easy Microwave Cleanup

Sprinkle some baking soda on a damp cloth and gently scrub away any microwave mess. Cleans and deodorizes. Win win.

17. Polish Silver Flatware

Another simple paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water can be rubbed onto silver flatware with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse and dry. And bask in the shine!

18.Baking Soda Oven Cleaner

Sprinkle baking soda over the bottom surface of your oven. Spray with a water bottle to dampen the baking soda. Let this mixture sit over night and then scrub in the morning. Rinse thoroughly.

19. Clean Crayons from Walls

Apply baking soda to a slightly wet cloth and rub lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.

20. Boost Your Laundry Detergent

Adding baking soda to your laundry helps soften the water making clothes cleaner, fresher, and softer! Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry to make your detergent go further.

21. Soak Cloth Diapers

Dissolve 1/2 cup of baking soda into 2 quarts of warm water and soak diaper thoroughly before going through the wash for a better clean.

22. Remove oil and Grease

Sprinkle baking soda on top of oil and grease stains in your garage. Scrub with a wet brush.

23. Deodorize The Refrigerator

Place an open box in the back of your refrigerator to help neutralize odors. Just be sure to change the box every couple of months.

24. Unclog Drains

Forget the Drano. Use baking soda and vinegar to unclog your drains.

25. Deodorize Garbage Cans

Simply sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of your trash cans to help keep bad smells away.

26. Carpet Deodorizer

Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet and let sit overnight. Sweep up what you can and then use a vaccum to suck up the rest.

27. Freshen Coat Closets

Place an open box on the shelf in your closet to keep odors at bay and freshen the air and fabrics.

28. Absorb Toilet Odors

Add a cup of baking soda to the toilet and leave it for an hour before flushing. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.

29. Deodorize Cutting Boards

Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.

30. Deodorize Garbage Disposals

To help eliminate odors slowly pour baking soda down your drain while simultaneously running warm water.

31. Deodorize Litter Boxes

Cover the bottom of the pan with baking soda, then fill as usual with litter. To freshen between changes, sprinkle baking soda on top of the litter after a thorough cleaning.


Uses for Baking Soda: For a happier home


Check out these amazing uses for baking soda. Good stuff.32. Remove Odors from Your Hands

Simply rub your hands with baking soda and water to get rid of strong odors like garlic or onion.

33. Keep Flowers Fresher Longer

Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in the vase.

34. Neutralize Gassy Beans

Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda in the water when you soak beans to prevent gassy issue and improve digestion.

35. Produce Wash

Mix a quarter of a cup of baking soda in a sink full of water. Wash your fruits and vegetables in the solution, then rinse with clean water.

36. Keep Ants Out

Mix up equal parts of baking soda and salt together. Then, sprinkle the mixture wherever you see the ants coming in.

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There you go! 36 useful uses for baking soda. What’s your favorite use for baking soda?

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  1. lorie

    Love your page, Thank you so very much. Everything you post is great and healthy. They work great. Thank you for being free.

  2. Nikki

    Love your site, and just bought your e-book Toxic Free, but it’s not shown up on my Kindle. Is there something I should be doing?

  3. BobbieSue

    Also great treatment for UTIs. Use it as you would for antacid. Works faster than any prescription or OTC product.

  4. Heidi Barker

    My husband is a bee keeper and once in a while we get a sting. They are so painful and elicit words of anger that most bikers wouldn’t use. However, applying a quick paste of baking soda and water to the area provides instant relief and prevents swelling.

  5. Jennifer @ Sweet Plantains

    Awesome list, I’ll definitely use this for future reference.

    For insect bites, I would recommend using vinegar instead of water. When I was a child, I slept over at a friends house and woke up covered in flea bites. When I got home, my mom made a paste of rice vinegar and baking soda – it soothed the itching and the bites disappeared soon after!

    Also, a reader of mine recently suggested mixing liquid castile soap with baking soda for an abrasive cleaner – it works like a charm! It’s super sudsy and cuts grease – I use it on my dishes and…well, on everything else, too! 😉

  6. Tricia Kauffman

    All great uses for baking soda! Another one is as a buffer for ruminants, as any goat keeper can tell you. If you are using baking soda in all these wonderful ways, you’re already saving lots of $$ over commercial products. But you can save even more by buying it at a feed store in a 50 lb. bag. Same exact thing, but at about half the cost of the 13.5 lb. yellow bag at Walmart. If the local feed store doesn’t stock it, they can order it for you like mine did at no extra charge. ($15.00 for a 50 lb. bag)

  7. Leah

    I like to use it to get burney residue off of pots, pans and baking dishes. put some baking soda in water, boil it, and let the burney part sit in the boiling water for a few minutes, then it will wipe clean.

  8. RJ

    I have pots or pans that collect burnt residue towards the Rims or Handles for which I can’t Boil the solution; any suggestions on how I can get rid of these with Baking Soda?

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’d try soaking in some vinegar or using a lemon peel to scrub off the burnt parts.

  9. Patty

    However she has a photo of arm & hammer baking soda which has aluminum in it. Also the no frills vinegar is not safe either. Applaud the advice however make sure they are truly toxic free :)

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Baking soda does NOT have aluminum… baking POWDER does (unless you seek out aluminum free versions.)

  10. Sue

    I use the juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/4 tsp of baking soda mixed together until the fizzing stops then add 4ozs of water and drink. This is a natural alkalizing drink to help balance your body. Very healthy to alkalize your system daily to balance all the acidifying foods and chems we are exposed to. I drink it first thing in the morning and eat 30-60 mins later. You can do it twice a day, I’m just not there yet.

  11. Ali

    I have been concerned about using products containing aluminum but have not been able to find any deodorants that actually work. i absolutely LOVE the deodorant recipe and have shared it with friends. It really works all day!!

  12. Dorsey

    I mix 1 tsp. baking soda into my water for boiling eggs (for boiling 4 eggs so you may need to up the amount if you are boiling more)
    I bring the eggs to a boil….simmer 10 minutes……drain and put in ice water for 10 minutes…..then crack and peel under cold running water. Most of my very fresh eggs still peel nicely with this method.

  13. Dorsey

    I must have done something wrong as my comment didn’t come up. :-(
    One of my favorite uses of baking soda is to mix a teaspoon into my water when I boil 4 eggs. I bring them to a boil….simmer 10 min……. drain…….put in ice water for 10 min…..then crack and peel under running cold water. My eggs are very fresh and still most of them peel nicely.
    If this ends up being a repeat post, I am sorry. My first one didn’t show up but maybe there is a lag time that I am not aware of but posting again just in case.

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Sorry, sometimes comments take a while to chow up because of our caching service… kind of annoying, I know… but it’s better than having a site that always crashes. :)

      Love your use for baking soda here! Thanks for sharing. Will definitely try it.

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  16. Laura

    When i wore contacts, i would make mix a paste of baking soda and saline and use it to scrubs the deposits on my contacts. The contacts were crystal clear after I rinsed with fresh saline..

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  20. Grace

    I personally love to add a pinch of baking soda to the water for my boiled eggs. It helps them peel so easy.

  21. Jinna

    #15 is also the same way to make carpet freshener. I lay out some aluminum foil, or wax paper and pour out a box of baking soda some out all over foil or wax paper add several drops of animal safe/ body safe essential oil I would use 1/4-1/2 oz. at most depending on strength of scent essential oil used and mix throughout and let dry flat for about a day put in a mason jar with a daisy lid or reuse a carpet fresh type container and pour on carpet and vacuum up. :-)

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  23. Ravi

    I have suffer too much with Odors.Many times i doubt that smell coming from body or cloths. I used hard purfume but failed. When i am using Metro then definily smell is coming rather than on road or other area.
    So plz suggest me.

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