20 Clever Uses for Baking Soda!

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate),  helps regulate pH thereby keeping a substance neither too acidic nor too alkaline. When baking soda comes in contact with either an acidic or an alkaline substance, its effect is to neutralize that pH.

The ability of baking soda to retard future changes in pH, this is known as buffering. The ability to neutralize, as well as buffer is why it can neutralize acidic odors, like in the cat’s box and refrigerator as well as maintain neutral pH.

Check out these 20 Clever Uses for Baking Soda!

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Open up a partially clogged drain – Pour a half cup of baking soda into it. Follow this with a cup of vinegar. Allow the solution to bubble for several minutes, then run hot water down the drain.

Cleane and deodorize your refrigerator –  Sprinkle a little on a damp cloth and clean the inside of your refrigerator. Rinse with a clean cloth. Your fridge will be shiny clean and smell great.

Freshens breath and prevents decay – Gargle and swish around in your mouth a solution of 1 tsp. baking soda per cup of warm water. Baking soda maintains good pH levels inside the mouth by neutralizing acids. Baking soda helps keep breath fresh for hours by neutralizing the creation of Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSCs) which cause bad breath.

Shine Silver – Line a glass pan with foil, add several spoonfuls of baking soda, fill the pan with boiling water, and drop in tarnished silverware for a quick cleaning.

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Fire Extinguisher – Sodium bicarbonate can be used to extinguish small grease or electrical fires by being thrown over the fire. Do not apply to fires in deep fryers, as it may cause the grease to splatter.

{Thankfully, I don’t have a picture of this use! However, I’m not saying this tip would not have come in handy many times…although stopping to snap a photo, may be seen by some as taking blogging too far…lol!}

Whiten Teeth – Baking soda removes tough stains caused by coffee, tea, red wine and smoking. By dissolving deep into tooth surface crevices, baking soda removes dulling plaque and deep stains embedded there. And it’s one of the least abrasive cleaning agents you can use on your teeth.  Just sprinkle a little into your palm and dip in the bristles of your toothbrush.

Baking soda can also be used to safely clean dentures, partials, and other dental apparatus.

Keep an open box in your fridge and freezer –  To keep your refrigerator and freezer smelling fresh between cleanings, keep an open box tucked away in a corner to absorb odours. Chang the box once a month for optimal freshness.

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Treat Insect Bites – Baking Soda can be applied to your skin, as a paste.  Mix three parts baking soda to one part water, to relieve some kinds of insect bites and stings (as well as accompanying swelling).

When I was a kid, I remember my mom using this all the time!

Treat itch – Again, mix three parts baking soda to one part water.  Apply paste to affected area to treat allergic reaction to plants such as poison ivy, oak or sumac and to relieve some of the associated itching.

Baking Soda in the Bath –  Add baking soda to your bath water to relieve sunburned or itchy skin.

Clean Plastic Containers –  a  baking soda paste will remove red sauce stains from plastic.

Remove Perspiration Stains –  Make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub paste into the stain, let it sit for an hour, and then launder as usual.

Remove Stains from Cups – To remove stains from your coffee and tea cups, wipe them with a damp paper towel dipped in a baking soda paste.

Squeaky clean hair: Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo bottle (gently tip bottle up and down)  to help remove buildup from conditioner, mousse, and spray, and to improve manageability.

Use with your Rubber Gloves – Keep your rubber gloves dry and smelling good by sprinkling baking soda inside them. They’ll slip on more easily too!

Clean an Enamel Pot – I have a beautiful big enamel coated, cast iron Dutch oven that I adore!  It is perfect for making large quantities of soups, stews sauces or whatever.  The first time I tried to clean it I had a heck of a time removing the dirt without damaging the enamel.  A friend suggested baking soda and it works like magic. Sprinkle in the baking soda in the pot,  add a little bit of water and then use a paper towel to rub the mixture into the stained and dirty areas, rinse well and voila…just like new! 

All Purpose Cleanser – You can use  baking soda just like a dry cleanser to clean sinks, bath tubs, toilets and chrome. Rinse well and buff dry.

Laundry Booster –  pour in a half cup of baking soda in every washer load of laundry. Your laundry will look brighter and smell fresher!

Freshen Carpets and Upholstery – To freshen carpets and upholstery, sprinkle them with baking soda.  Allow soda to sit, undisturbed for about one hour and then vacuum as usual.

In the Garden – If you’re not sure whether the soil in an area is acidic or not, you can perform this test. Mix  a quarter of a cup of baking soda with two cups of water. Stir in a cup of the soil. If the mixture foams up, then the soil is acidic.

Have you checked out my post featuring 15 Clever Uses for Aluminum Foil?

Do you have any other clever uses for baking soda?

Have you ever used any of these suggestions?



  1. I knew about some of these but not all. I will have to try it with the sauce stains on my plastic containers. I’d also like to try it for silver. And good to know about it treating itchy bites and rashes too! I have tried it on drains with zero success though.

  2. I love posts like this. It makes sense and is environmentally friendly. Have tried/used most of these but never the one with shampoo. That will be next on my agenda!!

  3. What a great list! I knew about some of these but other ones are new. Curious about adding it to my shampoo.


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