Most People Would Not Have Heard Of Some Lesser-Known Uses For Baking SodaBy Jana I
Baking soda is something every household has in their cupboard or pantry. The baking soda container is probably collecting dust and not being properly and fully used to its vast potential. Many of you know a few valuable tricks for using baking soda, but we assure you there are a lot more. One of the common ways to use it is in baking and cleaning – but trust us when we say that they are just the beginning of your endless possibilities. In this article, we’ve collected 40 practical ways you can use baking soda. With these ideas, you’ll feel like you’re getting your money’s worth by not buying other products you could replace with this strong, white, and powdery chemical. Keep on scrolling for more information that could one day save the day!
Remove Grease Stains
The annoying thing about cooking, doing some mechanical work, or repairing household appliances is the inevitable fact that all of these activities include grease, oil, and other substances that are difficult to remove. You can damage your clothes permanently. However, there is an immediate solution, and you might find it in your pantry at home!
All you need to do to save your favorite piece of clothing or material is to heavily sprinkle baking soda, let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes and then scrub it with a damp sponge or cloth. It might not work the first time, so try it a few times until you succeed!
No More Bad Fridge Scent
There is nothing more embarrassing than opening up your fridge in front of your date, and it reeks! Who knows of what. All that food accumulating during the week, leftovers, a little rotten tomato, bananas from the market, meal prepped eggs…It’s a disaster!
If you have a baking soda container, you can immediately solve your issue. Just poke a small hole, or make an opening in your soda carton and leave it in the fridge. The baking soda neutralizes odors and leaves your fridge feeling clean and fresh!
Say Goodbye to Lefrover Stains
One of the most annoying things about delicious Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers has to be food or liquid stains that stay on the plastic Tupperware or glass containers. It looks messy, and for some reason, you avoid using them again because they don’t look clean or sanitary.
If you soak your stained leftover containers in baking soda mixed with water for around half an hour and then use a sponge or moist cloth to clean the surface, you’ll be surprised as to how easy it comes off! This is a hack and a half, especially during the holiday season.
It was so easy getting a splinter in your foot, hand, or fingers when we were children. Curiosity indeed kills the cat. However, it also causes injuries to people too. Whether working with wood is in your job description or you just have a creative hobby, this hack will be helpful.
Baking soda can help remove splinters and ease swelling under the skin. If a splinter is stuck underneath your skin, you can mix up water and baking soda, thus making a paste, and apply it to the swollen area to draw the splinter out. Cover it with a bandaid, leave it until the next day, and it will naturally come out.
Cookouts with your squad are always fun. They’re perfect for creating memories, having fun, eating delicious grilled goodies, and playing board games. Sometimes even drinking games. But, no underage drinking folks! However, after an exciting grilling weekend, someone has to clean the grill.
With baking soda, grill grimes are a thing of the past! The only thing you should do to clean the grill properly is let it cool down, use baking soda, gently rub it, and remove the grit with a brush. Grilling and cleaning have never been so easy!
There is nothing better than spending your summer nights on your patio, hanging out with your friends and family, talking about funny memories, playing games, and scaring each other off with ghost stories. The only thing that can spoil this experience is filthy patio furniture you can’t clean.
If you use a baking soda and water mixture, you could easily wipe away the dirt, grease, and residue that has accumulated over time. Moreover, when or if you store your patio furniture inside during the winter months, you can place a bag of baking soda in the storage to keep the furniture fresh.
Cankers Be Gone!
Mouth ulcers can be such a bore! They hurt, swell, and eating food seems like an impossible task while suffering from this annoying condition. They usually last for a few days and sometimes up to a week. There is a home remedy, including baking soda, that can help you!
To get rid of it, all you need to do is rub baking soda directly on the canker and then rinse with a mixture of baking soda and water. Your pain and swelling should be relieved soon after. Sometimes, you don’t have to pay a lot of money at the pharmacy, but rather peep into your cupboards in search of baking soda!
Silverware can sometimes get extremely stained due to its constant usage, cleaning, washing, putting in the dishwasher, etc. The steel wears off, loses its initial shine, and seems shabby. However, we have another baking soda hack for your household!
All you need to do is pour boiling water into an aluminum pan and add a teaspoon or two of baking soda. After making the mixture, you should simply add your silverware to it and let it sit for a while. Then extract them from the pan, cool them, and dry them. Voila!
Removing Coffee Stains
Do you know what is one of the most annoying things about drinking coffee? Certainly, coffee stains tint the cup permanently. Imagine running a cafe or inviting guests over for a cup of the hot beverage, just to find your mugs and cups all stained and damaged. How frustrating!
There is, of course, an easy and straightforward solution. Listen up! Sprinkle baking soda into the cups and let it sit for approximately a few minutes. Then, take a piece of cloth or sponge, dip it into cold water, and scrub the inside of a stained cup. You can thank us later!
Relieve Bug Bites
Mosquito bites are the worst! Any bug bites are extremely irritating, itchy, and in the end, annoying as heck! Sometimes, expensive cream and itch relievers are not too effective, and at times, can seem more costly than you can afford at the moment.
There is a very simple and affordable solution! What you could try next time a nasty bug bites you and leaves a mark is to create a paste from baking soda and water and apply it directly on the place where you’ve been bitten. Baking soda draws out fluids and can help relieve the itchiness.
Homemade Teeth Whitener
Whitening your teeth has become somewhat of a trend, and it’s no wonder as to why! White teeth look beautiful, healthy and showcase a person who takes good care of themselves. A person that smokes, drinks a lot of black coffee, or simply wants to take better care of their teeth with love this hack!
Whitening the teeth can be somewhat expensive. Lucky for you, baking soda can help here as well! This is one of the most economical ways of scrubbing plaque build-up and surface stains on teeth. Simply brush your teeth with baking soda after brushing your teeth with toothpaste.
We already talked about bugs when we mentioned how to get rid of bug bites. Sometimes, bugs don’t bite, but they infest your home like ants, cockroaches, beetles, ladybugs, moths, etc. The list is endless. However, baking soda saves the day once more!
In case some of the annoying bugs have infested your home, you don’t need to call pest control, believe it or not! You should simply search for a package of baking soda in your kitchen or pantry and sprinkle it in all the holes you can find alongside walls and floors around your house!
Razor Burn Relief
Shaving is a regular self-care task, both for men and women. It takes time, and one must be careful not to cut themselves. Frequently, if your shaving cream or foam is not soft enough and your razor is too dull, you could experience something called razor burn.
If your experiencing severe irritations, itching, and redness, what you could do is make a mixture of water and baking soda, dab a cotton ball in it, and carefully apply it to the irritated area to relieve the uneasiness. Baking soda to the rescue, once more!
Refresh Stuffed Animals
Children love playing with stuffed animals. They are soft, cuddly, and somewhat of a replacement for a pet all kids want, but parents don’t. However, these stuffed animals must be sanitized and refreshed from time to time due to the material they are made of. They collect a lot of dust and dirt.
To ensure your child is playing with a safe plushy, you should simply put it into a box with baking soda. Shake the box to make sure soda seeps into holes and crevices of the toy and draws out the dust and dirt that has accumulated over the years.
Wall Scuffs Begone!
Now, let’s stay on the topic of children. These little misfits can be quite mischievous. They misbehave, ignore mom’s and dad’s orders, sneakily do something bad, and might blame it on the house dog or babysitter. Overall, children are a handful.
Their actions even affect house walls. So, next time you notice suspicious pencil markings on the walls, do not fret! There is a solution. All you’ll need is baking soda and a sponge. Use a damp sponge and baking soda to remove wall scuffs in a heartbeat. Cleaning kids’ messes have never been easier!
Make Book Odor a Thing of the Past
There is something uniquely special about old, vintage books. They are higher quality, almost ethereal, and resemble something you might see in fantasy movies. They could transform the whole feel you have about the book’s content. What about the odor that sometimes follows those older books?
Since they tend to have an aged smell, we suggest you simply sprinkle baking soda in between the pages to refresh them. This hack is super easy, inexpensive, quick, and effective! It should leave your vintage books sanitized and clean!
What is something that we all use every single day without exception? The bathroom, of course. When nature calls, there is no other solution but to oblige. Now, if you don’t wash your hands, friend, you might want to start doing so!
Be careful to check your drains once in a while since hairs, dust, dirt, and other materials can end up clogging them. If this happens, don’t panic. All you’ll need is a baking soda and vinegar mixture. Since this mixture bubbles, make sure to use a light hand when sprinkling the soda on top. Cover it, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and rinse with hot water.
Prolong Your Bouquet Lifespan
Having a wonderful flower arrangement in your house can significantly improve the overall energy and vibe. It brings life into any home, breaks up the space, and introduces color. Besides, a beautiful flower scent is an amazing bonus, whether it’s roses, daffodils, or peonies.
The downside of having real flowers is they wilt quickly. However, don’t give up just yet. Of course, we have another hack for you! If you want your flower bouquets to last longer, listen up! Sprinkle a bit of baking soda into the water inside your vase. You’ll notice your flowers lasting longer than usual. If you want extra endurance, add an ice cube. You’re welcome!
Wash Fruits and Veggies
It’s no secret that vendors and supermarkets spray their fruits and vegetables with various chemicals to keep them looking ripe, fresh, and delicious for longer. Now, because we know this, we must make sure to wash it off and rinse properly.
Baking soda is one of the most effective ways to make sure your vegged are clean and ready for use. What you should do is simply soak your fruits and vegetables in water, add a spoonful of baking soda, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse it, and enjoy!
Deodorize Your Trash Can
We’ve talked about smelly refrigerators and the uneasiness they can cause. It’s much better to live in a stink-free household. That’s why it’s of utmost importance to deodorize your trash cans as regularly as anything. Even though you often take out the trash, there is still some residue that accumulates.
One weekend, you could try out this nifty hack we’ve found for you and your (possibly) smelly trash can. Open the lid if there is one, and pour in the amount of soda you think will do the job. Close it or cover the opening and let it sit for a few minutes. Your trash can will be as good as new!
Refresh Pet Beds
We have a habit of changing our sheets every once in a while, depending on how tidy we are. However, we should not neglect the level of cleanness of our pets’ beds. It’s important to sanitize them from time to time, keeping them fresh and clean for furry friends to enjoy.
To help your pet and clean their bed, all you need to do is sprinkle baking soda on it and let it soak for about 15 minutes. After that, just take a vacuum cleaner and suck in all the baking soda residue from the bed, keeping it nice and sanitized.
Get Rid of Annoying Carpet Stains
If you’re clumsy, someone in your household is, or if you invite guests often, you can expect a few permanent stains here and there, especially on carpets and rugs. Those are the worst. No one’s home is perfect. But, yours can be! We have a solution.
We’ve already mentioned combining vinegar, and baking soda does wonders for unclogging your drains. This combination is quite useful for getting rid of stubborn stains on your carpets. Just spray this fizzling mixture directly on the stain and start scrubbing with a sponge or cloth. Remember to enjoy your perfectly clean house once you’re done!
Mouthwash on a Budget
Mouthwash is an integral part of people’s daily routine. Sometimes brushing teeth with toothpaste and rinsing your mouth and tongue with it is not enough. Mouthwash is there to protect your overall oral health, provide immunity, and kill unhealthy bacteria.
Since baking soda has potent anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, it is an easy and affordable substitute for the conventional mouthwash you buy in your local grocery store. Just mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of warm water and swish!
Jellyfish Sting Treatment
Most people love vacationing at the beach, basking in the sun, and enjoying a gentle summer breeze. While traveling and spending your days off at the beach, you can sunbathe, play sports, and swim. The possibilities are endless, and everything is seamless.
Now, if you’re not careful enough, you could stumble upon a jellyfish. Jellyfish are visually beautiful creatures with transparent bodies and unique, vibrant colors. However, they can sting, and when they do, make sure to rinse the sting with vinegar and then apply a hot water and baking soda mixture. It is said to do wonders for relieving the pain.
Remove Water Rings
Oftentimes, when we are hosting a gathering at our house, or a party, or a dinner for work friends, we get flustered, anxious, and perhaps even exhausted from preparing all the food, beverages and wanting it to be perfect. In all the fuss, we can forget to use coasters.
If this happened to you, and now you have water rings all over your wooden kitchen table you paid a fortune for – do not fret! Once again, baking soda can and will help! Simply mix baking soda with water and use a cloth to remove the water rings! Next time you forget coasters, remember, there is a solution!
Disinfect Your Sponge
Do you ever feel like you are going through sponges too quickly?! Almost like you use them out entirely in just a few weeks of them. The secret is as follows: even though you use your sponge to clean, you must clean the sponge as well! Shocking!
Sponges are sort of like a breeding ground for bacteria, and they should be cleaned halfway through their life span. If you wish to prolong the life of your sponge, make sure to soak it in a water and baking soda mix to disinfect them. Good luck!
If you are a perfectionist like ourselves, you’ll find it difficult not to clean all the small crevices you simply can’t reach or can’t disinfect well enough. Mildew usually forms in bathrooms due to humidity and the constant circulation of water.
Baking soda can help you with mildew as well! Create a paste with water and baking soda to scrub the inscrutable bathtub, shower, toilet, basin, and tiles. Afterward, make sure to rinse with water. If you want to go all out, spray the area with white vinegar to disinfect it even more.
Saving an Unfortunately Burnt Pan
Some of us are just not as good at cooking as others are. Accidents happen, okay?! You drop a bowl, a pancake ends up on the wall or ceiling, you manage to burn spinach and such. Now, there is a savior for those of us who make mistakes and burn pans!
Some pots and pans require more detailed cleaning, that’s all! If you want to save your favorite pan and not throw it away due to extreme residue and damage, we advise you to add baking soda to the pan generously, fill it with water and scrub away.
SPF is an essential part of skincare, and if you want to enjoy your stay at the beach fully, make sure to pack an SPF of at least 30 to 50. This won’t prevent you from getting a nice bronze tan but instead prolong the length of time you can spend outside, enjoying the weather.
However, if you don’t protect your vulnerable skin, you’ll get a sunburn, no doubt. Sunburns can be painful, and burns can even turn out severe. To help alleviate the pain, mix cold water and baking soda and apply it to the burns.
Eliminates Feet Odor
Wearing shoes all the time and doing straining activities can leave your feet smelling, well, not so nice, to say the least. Unpleasant foot odor is nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of. It happens to everyone, and the key is to find a perfect and easy solution.
What you should do to eliminate foot odor is simply soak your feet in water with baking soda. Since baking soda has the anti-microbial properties we talked about, it eliminates unwanted scents. If you’d like to go a step further, you could sprinkle a bit of baking soda into your shoes and let it sit overnight.
Cleaning Car Battery Terminals
Taking care of one’s car is important. If you don’t pay close attention to details, you might find yourself more often than not ringing your mechanic’s number for another check-up or appointment. Believe it or not, baking soda can help in keeping your car clean and sound.
The build-up in your car’s battery can be nasty. Therefore, you should clean it regularly, and you can do so by creating a paste made out of baking soda and water mixed together. Carefully disconnect the battery and use a toothbrush with the liquid paste to reach all crevices and clean the battery meticulously.
If you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks, heartburn is no stranger to you. It’s a very uncomfortable sensation that could only make the initial psychological trigger even worse. Worry no more, of course, because we have an answer to all your problems, and of course, all of them include baking soda!
Since baking soda is a natural antacid, it helps out with stomach acids and relieves heartburn. Make sure to take one teaspoon of baking soda and mix it with a glass full of water. Mix well and drink slowly. You should feel better almost instantly.
Homemade Face Mask
Finding perfect yet affordable skincare products is a tiring task. We don’t give enough credit to people that do it so well! Buy this, buy that, and the spending is neverending! It seems like you need a whole rack of expensive products. But no more!
Baking soda has anti-inflammatory properties, and therefore is a perfect product for skincare and improving skin imperfections. It calms acne and skin redness, reduces swelling, and leaves your face clean and fresh. To make a face mask, all you need to do is mix water, baking soda, and lemon juice.
Dry Shampoo Hack
For years we’ve come to love using dry shampoos quickly before heading out to do errands, to go on a date or a meeting. They are convenient, smell nice, and soak up the oils from your scalp, making your hair look a day or two cleaner!
If you don’t want to spend your money on expensive brands and consume products from the stores, you can always DIY your own dry shampoo. All you need is – you guessed it – baking soda. Sprinkle it lightly on your scalp and massage it. It should gather the oils and provide you with a presentable hairstyle!
Remove Unwanted Weeds
If you’re a control freak, even the innocent weeds that seep through your pavement or driveway may cause you some annoyance. There are sprays that could remove and kill the weeds. However, they are not the best ecological solution. There is a better one!
Since baking soda is not toxic, biodegradable, and good for the environment, it’s a perfect yet affordable solution for killing weeds. Sprinkle baking soda in the crevices of the pavement, and after a few days, you will notice them wilting away.
Clean Your Shower Curtain
As cleaning your bathroom is important, cleaning and sanitizing your shower curtain is vital as well! Different bacteria and mildew can form on the curtain, and you want to make sure it’s squeaky clean. If you don’t know what to use for sanitizing it, hear us out.
To remove dirt, stains, and accumulated mildew, all you need to do is scrub your shower curtain with baking soda and a damp brush, and voila! You’ll have a refreshed, squeaky clean shower curtain that matches your impeccable bathroom tiles.
Stop a Cooking Fire
Not everyone has access to a fire extinguisher. Let’s agree on that premise. So what does someone do in the case of a small cooking fire? Of course, you could try to put it out with an apron or a kitchen cloth. However, those things might catch on fire as well.
If a small cooking fire occurs, quickly grab baking soda. It will provide the necessary carbon dioxide to put out the fire. Just throw in a handful of it in a pot or a pan. Baking soda is an essential part of fire extinguishers, so it’s not a bad idea to have it on hand in case of any accidents.
Strip Paint with Baking Soda
Sometimes, we get bored of the same old design and colors and wish to change things up a bit. Even painting your table in a new and bold color can spruce up your house or apartment. However, stripping the old paint can be straining and stressful.
If you don’t want to use harsh chemicals, all you need is to try scrapping with baking soda. Mix baking soda with hot water and apply it to the surface you’d like to scrape paint from. Then use a tool and start scraping the paint. It’s non-toxic, safe, and easy. Good luck!
After some time, our clothes and laundry lose their initial color and even texture. You brought a vibrant pink sweater, but now it looks more of a maroon color. We can use products to make the color more permanent and prevalent. One of the ways we can achieve this is by using, you guessed it, baking soda!
Adding half a cup of baking soda to your regular liquid detergent will ensure your clothes to be brighter, more vibrant, and nicer. It works on both colored and white laundry. Besides the color enhancement, baking soda will ensure your laundry is odor-free.
Disinfect Your Retainers
Dental health and care are some of the most critical aspects of overall health. We consume different foods and liquids all the time, so taking care of oral hygiene should be at the top of our priority list! Especially if you are wearing retainers or braces, you must make sure they are clean and disinfected properly.
Since baking soda is a powerful disinfectant, it is an excellent solution for staying on budget! All you should do is brush your retainers with baking soda and water to refresh them and keep them sanitary and clean. This way, you’ll disinfect your retainers or dentures and kill bacteria. Way to go!