We’re unpacking in our new house today so I have a great little homekeeping post for you-20 uses for baking soda, many of which you may not have heard of!
- Use instead of of deodorant. Baking Soda is a natural odor neutralizer-dust it on to feel fresh all day!
- Use as an antacid. Just mix 1/2 teaspoon into 1/2 cup (4oz) or water. Be sure you dissolve it completely. Complete dosing directions can be found here.
- Remove crayon marks and scuffs from walls with a water and Baking Soda paste.
- Keep food in your fridge tasting fresh by keeping an open box of Baking Soda in the fridge-be sure to change it out every 30 days.
- Remove oil build-up and hair product residue from your brushes by soaking them in a solution of 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda in a sink full of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.
- Remove stubborn baked-on food from pots and pans by soaking in baking soda and hot water for 15 minutes then gently scrub the mess away!
- Soak feet in warm water with 3 tablespoons of Baking Soda to soften skin.
- Clean baby toys naturally by soaking in a solution of 4 tablespoons of Baking Soda to one quart warm water. Rinse thoroughly.
- Deodorize carpets by sprinkling generously with baking soda and vacuuming up 15 minutes later.
Sprinkle Baking Soda on a damp sponge to safely clean appliances, counters and sinks without scratching
- Use as a bathtub scrub. When combined with vinegar, this creates a natural substitute for Scrubbing Bubbles. For the exact proportions and fresh scent ideas, check out my recipe for Lemon Lime Tub & Tile Scrub.
- Deodorize a cat litter box. Sure you can buy pricey litter with the baking soda built in. Or buy the inexpensive kind and sprinkle the baking soda on yourself as needed.
- When replacing your refrigerator or freezer box of Baking Soda pour down kitchen sink drains while running warm water to help eliminate drain smells.
- Add 1/2 cup baking soda to a bucket of warm water and use it to mop unwaxed tiled floors.
- Whiten your teeth. For a natural way to whiten your teeth mix baking soda with peroxide and spread the mixture onto your teeth. Mix a small amount with peroxide to make a paste. Leave it on for a couple minutes or so. Then brush your teeth and rinse. Not the best tasting but a natural whitener and very inexpensive.
- Use as an anti-itch cream. Mix baking soda and water to form a paste. Then apply to insect bites or itchy rashes. This will help relieve itching. It can also be used on jellyfish stings to help draw out the venom.
- Remove chlorine from hair. Ever have green hair after swimming? Add a ½ teaspoon of baking soda to two cups of waterand use it as a rinse after swimming.
- Freshen upholstery by sprinkling with Baking Soda and letting sit 15 minutes before vacuuming up.
- Make a natural hand scrub using three parts baking soda and 1 part water.
- Add a cup of baking soda to your laundry to brighten colors and whiten whites!
For more homekeeping tips and tricks check out all of my cleaning posts!