Gardening Basics

Many More Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda (bicarbonate soda) is very effective and it can be used in numerous ways inside and outside of the kitchen. It can also help a lot in the garden and in the house. A great advantage is that it’s very cheap and safe to use.

While there are certainly more expensive, commercial products you can use to do the same job, baking soda offers numerous advantages. It is as effective as commercial products (if not more effective), so you may use it in many different ways.

Here are some creative ways to use baking soda in your home and garden:



Baking soda can be used for cleaning. Here are some ideas for cleaning using baking soda:

  • You may clean fruits and vegetables using baking soda. Simply sprinkle in water, soak and rise the produce.
  • Baking soda can be used to wash garbage cans.
  • Another thing baking soda can clean are diapers.
  • Stained clothing with oil and grease will wash out better if you add baking soda to the washing water.
  • Use dry baking soda to clean your fridge and freezer. Simply sprinkle some soda on a damp cloth and rinse with clear water.
  • You can clean combs and brushes with a baking soda solution.
  • Food and drink containers can easily be cleaned with baking soda and water.
  • Maple topped furniture can easily be washed with a solution of 3 tablespoons of soda and 1 quart of warm water. Make sure to let it stand for a while and then rinse.
  • Another thing that can be cleaned with baking soda are formica counter tops. Use baking soda on a damp sponge to clean them.
  • Your thermos bottles and cooling containers can easily be cleaned with baking soda and water to get rid of stale smells.
  • You can use baking soda solution consisting of 3 tbsp. of soda to 1 quart water to clean glass or stainless steel coffee pots. However, baking soda should not be used on aluminum pots.
  • To clean your coffee maker, run it through its cycle with a soda solution. Make sure to rinse properly.
  • Baby bottles are another thing you can clean with baking soda and hot water.
  • To clean your barbecue grills, simply sprinkle some baking soda on them and then rinse off.
  • Greasy garage floor can easily be cleaned with baking soda. Let it stand for a while and then scrub the floor. Rinse afterwards.
  • Baking soda is excellent for polishing silverware. Use dry baking soda on a damp cloth. Rub the silverware, rinse with water and dry.
  • Soak a pan with burned-on food in soda and water for about 10 minutes before washing. Alternatively, you may scrub the pot with dry baking soda and scouring pad.
  • You can clean all of your bathroom with dry soda on a moist sponge. Use it to clean tub, sink, tiles, shower stall, and other things in the bathroom.
  • While cleaning the bathroom, don’t forget to soak your shower curtains in water and baking soda. This will clean them in no time.

Removing Odors

Baking soda can be used for removing bad smells:

  • Baking soda can be used to remove bad smell from ashtrays. Simply use some soda with water to clean the ashtrays. It will also prevent smoldering.
  • You may also use baking soda to deodorize your fridge and freezer. Place an open container of baking soda inside and it will absorb the odors. Don’t forget to stir and turn over the soda from time to time. Replace the soda every two months.
  • Baking soda is also great for absorbing kitty litter odor. Cover the bottom of the kitty box with 1 part soda and add a layer of 3 parts kitty litter on top of it.
  • You may use baking soda to remove strong odors from your hands. Simply wet your hands and rub them hard with baking soda. Make sure to rinse your hands properly.
  • To eliminate odor from tennis shoes, boots, slippers and socks, sprinkle some soda in them.

Medical Use

Here are just some of the medical uses of baking soda:

  • Baking soda is very effective against insect bites, rashes and poison ivy. Apply soda directly to the bite to relieve discomfort.
  • To freshen and clean your mouth, gargle with ½ tsp. baking soda in ½ glass of water.
  • Use a paste made of baking soda and water to relieve sunburn.

Other Uses

Here are some other uses of baking soda:

  • Baking soda can be used in the case of a grease or electrical fire. Keep an extra box of baking soda near your stove and scatter the powder around the fire to put it out.
  • Use 1 part baking soda, 1 part cornstarch and 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to make your own baking powder.
  • You may use baking soda to make play clay. Simply mix 1 ¼ cups of water with 2 cups of soda and 1 cup of cornstarch.
  • Use baking soda to effectively remove melted plastic bread wrapper from toaster. Simply use a dampen cloth and baking soda to make a mild abrasive.
  • Baking soda is also effective against small fires on wood, upholstery, rugs, clothing or fuel. Most importantly, baking soda will not damage anything it touches, so it’s safe to use it in the case of an emergency.
  • Use baking soda to repel rain from your windshield. Simply put gobs of baking soda on a dampened cloth and wipe windows inside and out with it.
  • Baking soda can be used as an effective toothpaste. You may also brush your dentures with it.

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