The many, varied ways that I will use baking soda (that don’t involve cooking)

by michelle on May 6, 2010 · 2 comments

I’ve discovered the wonders that is baking soda when it involves cleaning around the house.  I use baking soda to clean toilets, sinks, laundry, grease stains, my face, my hair and whatever else I think needs it.  Like the microwave (although, I haven’t cleaned the microwave in awhile.  I should probably do that soon.)

Baking soda (NaHCO3) is a completely naturally occurring compound that when combined with a liquid acid will chemically react and form bubbles!  Bubbles are fun.  You’ve seen this done.  Just add some vinegar to baking soda.  Not only will this make excellent volcano effects, but it will also clean your sink.  Seriously.  And since baking soda and vinegar are naturally occurring, non-harmful compounds, they are as green as it gets when it comes to household cleaners.

How I use baking soda around the house

Laundry uses

  • Deodorant build up on your shirt? Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, place it on the build up.  Let it sit for awhile, and before it dries completely (or you can rewet it), scrub with a brush or just rub the cloth together and get the baking soda into it.  Then wash with a regular load of laundry.
  • Grease stains on a shirt?  (I spill things on my self regularly.  I can attest to this!) Make a baking soda/water paste and let it sit on the stain until you’re ready to wash it.  If it dries up before laundry day?  So what?  It won’t hurt your clothes.
  • Put some (whatever amount.  Doesn’t matter) baking soda in when you wash your towels or whites.  It will freshen up your laundry.

Cleaning uses

  • Build up in your sink?  Yuck. Baking soda and vinegar will take it right off.  You might have to scrub a little, but that won’t hurt you.
  • This is gross, I know, but sometimes the toilet gets stained.  Yup.  Baking soda and vinegar.  Or just baking soda.  You’ll have to let this sit for awhile, though.  Since it’ll be diluted in the water.
  • Kitchen sink need a good rub down?  Yup.  Scrub it with baking soda.  You can put baking soda and vinegar down your drains and garbage disposals to keep them fresh, too.
  • Of course, anywhere that needs deodorizing can use a box of baking soda.  Just open the box and put it in.  Closets, utility rooms, laundry rooms, freezers and refrigerators all can benefit from the odor sucking powers of baking soda.  Most people know about this one.
  • Add some to your cat box.  Or, if your pet bed is getting stinky and needs a quick fix, sprinkle baking soda on the bed and let it sit for awhile.  Then take it outside and dust  it off.  It should take the stink away.
  • Baking soda when sprinkled on carpet will also take the stink away.  Just vacuum it up after it sits for a little while.

Body uses (I know that sounds weird.)

  • If your hair feels like it has product build-up and your shampoo isn’t doing what it’s supposed to anymore, rub your scalp down with some baking soda.  Make a paste out of baking soda and a gentle shampoo (or even conditioner if your hair is dry) and rub it into your scalp.  The exfoliation will stimulate the follicles and get rid of any flakies, and the baking soda will help rid the hair of any product or mineral build up from water.
  • Baking soda also will make an excellent and gentle exfoliator for the face.  Just mix a little in with your regular cleanser for an added boost.

Things I haven’t done, but intend to try with baking soda.

  • Sprinkling baking soda on shoes to deodorize them.
  • Soaking feet in some baking soda and water to help deodorize them.
  • Baking soda as a body exfoliator.

What random things do you use that people don’t normally think of as a cleaner or all-purpose agent in the home?  Do you have a favorite use for baking soda that I didn’t mention here?  Let me know!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth May 6, 2010 at 4:25 am

I love using baking soda–I’ve never used it on my hair, but will definitely be doing that tomorrow. I don’t know why I never thought of that, because I love it as a general exfoliater!

Amy May 6, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Baking Soda mixed with peroxide into a paste will get rid of coffee stains on your coffee cups. It works! Like brand new again!

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