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How to Use Baking Soda in the House

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Today it’s all about how to use baking soda in the house. Baking soda is a leavening agent that works great on cakes, cookies, bread, and even pancakes. But did you know that it can serve a countless number of other purposes in your home?

Some of those cleaning supplies at the store can be extremely pricey and are limited to what they can clean, forcing you to spend even more money. Keep reading to understand how to use baking soda in the house.

Using Baking Soda in the House 

Hold your horses. Baking soda works in a number of ways all throughout your home, and it’s super cheap too. Baking soda can be used to help eliminate odors, help get rid of carpet stains, fight bad breath, and even put out grease fires.

Here’s more of what you can expect when using baking soda to clean all throughout your home.      

It Can Remove Dead Skin

Are you wanting that healthy glowing look to your skin, or wanting those pores to clear up? Baking soda can help remove dead skin cells just by making a simple baking soda paste.

Take a teaspoon of baking soda for every teaspoon of water and mix them into a watery paste. Apply it in circular motions, scrubbing your face for around 2 minutes.

Then take warm water and a washrag and rinse off your face. Be advised that some people’s skin is sensitive to baking soda. 

Fights Bad Breath

Everyone struggles with bad breath every once in a while. Baking soda can help with that. Take one tablespoon of baking soda and mix it with 8 ounces of water. Swish it around and spit it out. 

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Gives Your Teeth Extra Shine

How to Use Baking Soda in the House

Not only can it help your bad breath, but it can also give your teeth an even whiter shine. Add just a sprinkle of baking soda to your toothpaste to give it more of a boost to brighten your smile. 

Get Rid of the Stink in the Trash Can

As you’ve discovered already, baking soda helps eliminate odors. And we can’t think of an odor that becomes more overpowering than the kitchen trash can.

You can use baking soda with water to make a paste to scrub the trash can, or you can simply sprinkle it straight into the trashcan or trash bag to get rid of the smell. 

Helps Fight Grease Fires

Baking soda thrown directly onto a small grease fire may help douse the flames. If the flames are out of control, get out of the house and call 911. 

Gets Rid of Funky Smells

Does your teenager’s room or closet smell musty, or just plain funky? Sprinkle baking soda in those areas to help make a trip to their room more tolerable.

Have you ever noticed how people put an open box of baking soda in their refrigerators? That’s because it also helps freshen up the smell of your refrigerator. 

Helps Freshen Drains

Even drains can give off foul odors from time to time. Take ½ cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain, followed up with warm water from the faucet. 

Neutralize Carpet Odors and Stains

Carpets absorb a little more than we’d like them to, especially if you have kids or pets.

Whether it’s a stain or a musty odor, baking soda will do the trick. Don’t be afraid to pour baking soda directly onto the carpet, as it will go deep into the carpet fibers and help absorb odors. 

To get rid of stains, use baking soda and water mixed together to create a paste, and apply generously, covering the stain.

The longer you allow the paste and baking soda to sit on stains and carpet odors the better. Then use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the residue once the paste has dried out.   

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Use Baking Soda to Scrub Walls

How to Use Baking Soda in the House

Do your children enjoy using their Crayola to help add color to your walls? Or maybe they love smearing their dirty precious little fingers all up and down your wall’s surface?

Take baking soda and apply it to a warm damp sponge and watch those markings and stains come right off. 

Removes Stains in the Bathroom

Baking soda can help remove stains from the sink, tub, toilet, fixtures, and tiles. Apply baking soda onto a damp sponge and scrub them well. Then rinse it off and be sure to dry it with a towel.  

Clean Your Microwave/Oven with Baking Soda

Don’t you love it when your tv dinner decides to splatter like a mini-bomb all over your microwave? The same thing can happen when you have an angry volcanic meal that’s spewing in the oven, leaving you with tough stains to get out.

Take a warm damp sponge and sprinkle baking soda onto it, and then gently clean your microwave. You can do the same for your oven as well. If that doesn’t do the trick, take a cup of water and boil it in the microwave.

The steam should help loosen tougher stains, and then you can try using the baking soda again. 

Cleans Pots and Pans

So baking soda works on tough stains, eh? That makes it the perfect candidate to remove any stains or food residue that’s stuck to your pots and pans.  

Helps Remove Floor Scuffs

Baking soda will also work on floor scuffs that may have shown up on your kitchen floor. Take a damp warm sponge and add some baking soda to it, and your floors will be scuff-free in no time. 

Gives your Laundry Detergent an Extra Boost

Baking Soda Laundry Detergent

Looking to stretch the life of your laundry detergent, while refreshing your clothes at the same time? Adding a ½ cup of baking soda to your laundry detergent will not only freshen but brighten up your clothing. My friend Tiffany wrote one on Baking Powder Substitutes

Final Word 

These are several ways that you can use baking soda around your house. It’s not only a cheap cleaning ingredient, but it’s also quite effective too.

What are you most surprised about when learning what baking soda can do for you? In what other ways have you used baking soda around your house to help with cleaning or brightening up your home? Let us know, we love new ideas to help out others!

Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda

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  1. I have a glass top range. If I have a stubborn spot, I grab the baking soda and pour out a little. Using a damp dish cloth or paper towel, I dab some baking powder and use it with a little elbow grease, to get rid of the spot.
    A nasty cooked on boilover: let it cool. Sprinkle with baking soda and lay a very damp/wet dish cloth over and let sit for awhile. Should really soften the mess. Clean, rinse with water on dish cloth, and dry/polish.

  2. Linda ~
    “Some of those cleaning supplies at the store can be extremely pricey and are limited to what they can clean, forcing you to spend even more money. ”

    Not only are store bought cleaning supplies pricey and limited to what they can clean, most of them are or have toxic ingredients. I cannot use 99% of those products as it inhibits my ability to breathe! So, vinegar and baking soda are my go to cleaners.

  3. I use baking soda with vinegar to clean out my shower head. A bit of a process,lol. I put the shower head in a Ziploc baggie, add a bunch of baking soda, shake! Then pour vinegar in baggie, and shake some more! (This always reminds me of the ‘volcanoes’ we made in 4th grade science class.) The bubbling seems to release most of the buildup. I rinse with hot water, sometimes have to do it twice, but I don’t like the toxic smell of other cleaners. And they don’t seem to work much better anyway. Good shower heads aren’t real cheap so I try to make mine last.

    1. Hi Wendy, thanks for your great comment! I love cleaning out things to keep them going so to speak. I do remember the volcano experiment in my science class!! It beats buying a new showerhead or faucets. Linda

  4. I recall that baking soda is good for cleaning the terminals of your car battery. I know people say to pour Coke over them, but I don’t care to pour a sticky liquid over anything.

    Anyway, you sprinkle, possibly wet it with a spray bottle or make a paste and scrub them clean. You could also use the baking soda to clean and freshen the carpets. I know my car could use some extra care and cleaning and it would probably be healthier when using the air conditioner. I might try cleaning the dashboard with white vinegar in keeping with the chemical free theme here 🙂

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