The Many Uses of Baking Soda

Baking soda….not just for baking but can be used all over the house and even in the cat litter box.   It’s a staple natural cupboard item for all us domestic Diva’s.   Why use chemicals around your house when you have baking soda in your cupboard?  Ah, baking soda, what can’t you do, apart from solve world peace?

  1. Cleaning a stove top  – Generously sprinkle baking soda around the top of stove then spray hot water (boiling hot if possible) over it all–-enough to dissolve baking soda without making it run all over. Let soak for about 30 minutes then scrub clean.
  2. Cleaning a roasting tray – Clean crusty roasting trays by sprinkling tray generously with baking soda, pour hot water over top about an inch or two deep and soak for a couple hours. Try boiling for a few minutes first if the mess is bad.
  3. Coffee Mug Stains – Remove stains from coffee mugs by wiping mug with a wet cloth then rub the inside of the mug with baking soda. If the stains are stubborn, soak overnight in hot water and baking soda.
  4. Bath cleaner – Make a cleaning paste with baking soda and bleach then apply to wet sponge to scrub off grime when wiping the bath down.
  5. Sink Cleaner – Clean a stainless steel sink by sprinkling baking soda around the sink and scrubbing it down with a damp sponge.
  6. Removing cutlery marks on china – Dab a damp sponge in baking soda and rub the marks gently.
  7. Removing glue left by stickers and labels – Use a mix of baking soda and water (mix into a paste). Rub gently into the goo, then wipe off with a warm wet cloth.
  8. Microwave Cleaner – Add a couple teaspoons of baking soda to a bowl of water and place in microwave. Heat for 3 – 5 minutes, depending how dirty your microwave is. When the microwave stops, keep the door closed to give the moisture and steam the heated bowl of water generated to have time to work. Remove bowl (careful, it’s hot) and take a moist, warm cloth to the inside of the microwave. The crud bits should wipe off easily. The added baking soda will act as a deodorizer.
  9. Thermos Cleaner and Freshner – Put a large teaspoon of baking soda in thermos bottle, fill with boiling water and cap closed for a few hours. All adhering material loosens, comes off and sweetens the bottle.
  10. Luggage Freshner – Musty trunks and funky smelling luggage pieces can be freshened up by sprinkling baking soda inside, closing the case and then let sit a day or two. Remove the baking soda with a vacuum.
  11. Refrigerator Freshner – After cleaning the refrigerator, keep it smelling fresh with an open box of baking soda or an open bowl/container filled with baking soda.
  12. Air Freshner Spray – Mix 2 cups hot water with 1/8 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup lemon juice, shake to dissolve and spray in the air as needed.
  13. Stained Enamel Cookware – Apply a baking soda/water paste to stains and let sit for an hour. Fill with water (leaving paste inside pot), stir with a wooden spoon to dissolve the baking soda and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes, rinse then wash as usual.
  14. Woodstains – Try removing water stains on wood surfaces by making a paste with baking soda and a few drops of water. Rub into stain then wipe off. You can also try salt instead of baking soda.
  15. Clean Freezer – After you’ve thoroughly washed the freezer with soapy water and all food particles have been removed, do a quick rinse wipe with a solution of baking soda and warm water (about 2 TBS of baking soda per quart of warm water). This helps remove the soap residue as well as freshens things up. Wipe everything down inside with a clean cloth to dry.
  16. Floor Stain and Scuff Remover –  Mix baking soda and water to make a paste, apply paste to wet sponge and scrub out the scuff marks.
  17. Clogged Drain Flush – Remove as much water as you can from the backed up sink. Toss 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then pour a cup of household vinegar down the drain, plug the drain with the sink stopper then let sit for half an hour. After about 30 minutes, unplug the sink and pour a kettle full of hot water on top.
  18. Teapot stain cleaner – Fill a teapot with boiling water, squeeze the juice from a wedge of lemon (1/4 lemon) and toss in the peel, add 1/8 cup of baking soda. Soak overnight, wash well in the morning.
  19. Remove odor from a vase – : Pour a solution of water and baking soda into the vase and let stand for several hours. Wash clean and odors should be gone, if not simply repeat the process.
  20. Grease build up on cooker range hood – If the grease buildup inside the hood is especially thick, first make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Take a cloth wet with hot, soapy water and then scrub the grease with the paste in a circular motion–-then wipe off as much as the grease as possible then rinse the cloth in a bucket of hot, soapy water. Reapply baking soda paste on the cloth and repeat until most of the grease has been removed. Once the majority of grease buildup has been removed–-wash the unit with hot, soapy water to remove all traces of the baking soda paste and then clean with degreaser if needed.
  21. Musty book smell – For books that got damp or are musty, sprinkle baking soda on the pages and allow time to air out. If there’s mildew on the paper you can rub the baking soda into the spots and lay out to bleach in the sun.
  22. Cake and Pie Pan Edges – Dip a raw potato into baking soda to scrub the rusted corners and edges of cake and pie pans. You could also try using baking soda with a few drops of lemon juice.
  23. Mattress Freshner – When stripping the beds down for laundry, freshen up the mattress by sprinkling a thin layer of baking soda directly on top of the mattress. Leave sit for a few hours then vacuum the powder up.
  24. Carpet Freshner – Sprinkle carpets with baking soda and leave sit for a few hours then vacuum up. Your carpets will smell noticeably fresher.
  25. Remove Plastic Melted on an Iron or Toaster – Simply heat the iron on low until the plastic has softened, yet the iron is not too hot to burn you. Unplug and use a soft bristle brush (first wet in soapy water) to scrub the plastic off. If the plastic won’t come off, try gently rubbing in a paste of baking soda and water. You don’t want to scratch the plate, so do this carefully. Same method applies for removing plastic from toaster.
  26. Dish Rack Freshner –  Spruce up dish racks by occasionally scrubbing them with a paste of baking soda and water. Removes stains and odors.
  27. Oven Cleaner – Clean a dirty oven by sprinkling the inside with water then covering with a mixture of 1 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup salt. Spray again with water, leave overnight and wipe clean in the morning. Oven Cleaner: A paste of baking soda and hot water or sprinkle the soda on a damp sponge and wipe.
  28. Hard Water Laundry – Hard water giving you dingy laundry? Try adding baking soda to the wash as a laundry booster, suggestions for baking soda are to start with 1/2 cup per load.
  29. Freshen Linen – Mix dried, ground herbs with 1/2 cup baking soda to freshen bedding.
  30. Fish Smell –  Fish or onion odor can be removed from utensils and dishes by adding a teaspoonful of baking soda to the dish water.
  31. Rubbish Bin Deodoriser – Mix 4 teaspoons Eucalyptus oil with 4 cups of baking soda. Store in an airtight plastic container. After cleaning garbage can, sprinkle a handful of baking soda mixture on the bottom (once dry).
  32. Blood stain remover for laundry – Blood stains, if fresh, may be removed by washing in cold water. If hard and dry steep for a few hours in cold water, to which add a pinch of baking soda. Washing and bleaching will finish the process. Never put blood stains in hot water.
  33. Tile Grout Shine – Clean and brighten tile grout by mixing 3 cups baking soda and 1 cup water. Use to scrub grout clean with a sponge, leave for a few minutes then rinse clean.
  34. Curling Iron Cleaner – Clean the gunk off of curling irons by scrubbing it clean with a paste made from baking soda and water.
  35. Toilet Bowl Cleaner –  First drizzle 1 cup baking soda into the toilet. Top with 1 cup vinegar. Allow to fizz for 10 minutes then use a toilet brush to scrub toilet clean.
  36. Smelly Dishwasher – : Freshen things up by sprinkling a layer of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher. Close it and let it sit overnight. The next day take a damp sponge and scrub the powder into the inside walls and door of the dishwasher. Remove most of the powder then run a full cycle on empty to remove all traces of the powder. Another method to freshen up the dishwasher is to toss in a cup of baking soda to an empty dishwasher then run it on the rinse cycle.
  37. Deodrant Stains – To prevent deodorant stains on your clothes, apply baking soda to your underarms after applying deodorant.
  38. Marble & Granite Stains – Remove a stain from marble or granite countertops by first spraying the stain with water then covering it completely with a paste made from baking soda and water (to the consistency of sour cream). Cover with plastic wrap then allow to set for at least 24 hours, the baking soda will dry and pull up much of the stain.
  39. Crayon on Walls – Remove crayon scribbles from walls by making a paste of baking soda and water then use it to gently scrub the marks. You could also just sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and rub.
  40. Casserole Dishes – Have a casserole dish that just won’t come clean? Try filling the dish with boiling water and 2 or 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Let sit until the water has cooled and you should be able to scrub the dish clean with no problem.
  41. Vacuum Bag Freshner – Make vacuum bag sachets filled with baking soda and dried herbs. Slip these fragrant sachets into your vacuum bag and enjoy the pleasant fragrance when you vacuum the floor.
  42. Air Freshner – Keep a room fresh with bowls of baking soda and dried flower buds.

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