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
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.
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.
For a happier home
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.