24 Household Uses for Baking Soda

By Allen Haynes
Baking soda in jar

Baking soda is a frequent player in our cooking performances, but did you know there are literally dozens of uses for this miracle powder that will make your life easier? Below are 24 uses for baking soda other than making muffins soft and fluffy.

Health and Baking Soda

  • Add a cup to bathwater for softer skin.
  • Apply to rashes and insect bites to relieve irritation.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon with 1 cup of water for heartburn.
  • Get rid of canker sores by using as mouthwash (1/2 teaspoon with warm water).
  • Stung by a jellyfish? Baking soda can help draw out the venom when applied to sting.
  • Out of deodorant? Simply apply baking soda with a powder puff and you’re good to go.
  • Unblock that stuffy nose by adding 1 teaspoon to your vaporizer.
  • Put 2 tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.

Around the Home

  • Keep your flowers fresher longer by adding 1 teaspoon to the vase.
  • Put an open box in the fridge to absorb food odors.
  • Sprinkle small amounts in your shoes to eliminate and prevent yucky foot smells.
  • Wipe your windshield with it. It’ll work as a wax and repel rain.
  • Sprinkle on your carpet before vacuuming to freshen up the living room.
  • Have little artists? Combine 1 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of cornstarch and 1/4 cup of water to create modeling clay.
  • Deodorize the family pet by combing it through their fur.
  • Make a homemade air freshener by mixing 2 cups of warm water, 1/8 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of lemon juice in a spray bottle.

Baking Soda and Cleaning

  • Add a cup to the toilet and leave it for an hour before flushing. It will clean the toilet and get rid of odors.
  • Remove stubborn grease from pots and pans by using it as a scrub.
  • Make a paste by combining some with small amounts of water, then use it to polish stainless steel and chrome surfaces.
  • Marble countertops? Mix 3 teaspoons with 1 quart of warm water and wipe down countertops.
  • Keep your drains clean by adding 4 tablespoons each week. Let sit for five minutes before flushing with hot water.
  • Get mouth retainers fresh and clean by scrubbing them with a baking soda paste.
  • Remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a baking soda solution (equal parts baking soda and water) for 10 minutes.
  • Clean your microwave by mixing 2 teaspoons of baking soda with water in a bowl. Heat for 3-5 minutes and all that gross, stuck-on food should wipe away easily.

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