40 Brilliant Uses For Baking Soda That Might Surprise You


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Brenda Miller

Baking soda is easily one of the most common household items in any part of
the world. And although most of us are aware that there are one or two ways in
which we can use the brilliant item, you probably don’t know that there are
actually dozens of uses for this one simple product. And what’s even more
amazing is that baking soda is extremely accessible and affordable, making it
the perfect item to have on hand. From its ability to treat heartburn to
actually managing to put out small fires, these are the many incredible reasons
why always having baking soda around is a no-brainer.

1. Always Keep Your Flowers Fresh

Believe it or not, but you could actually use baking soda to extend the
lifespan of your favorite flowers. How many times do we get a wonderful bouquet
that inevitably gets old and sad with time?

Well, resolve that by placing a teaspoon of baking soda in a vase full of
water. You might also want to add an ice cube to give it that extra boost.

2. Use It To Whiten Your Teeth

This one might not come as a surprise to most of us, but it’s still worth a
reminder. If there is one affordable item that you should definitely use if
you’d like to whiten your teeth, then that item is baking soda.

Baking soda can help to remove plaque build-up in your teeth, and also the
surface stains that appear with time. After brushing your teeth with
toothpaste, just brush them with some baking soda and you’re good.

3. You Can Use It As Dry Shampoo

You have probably heard about the hype around dry shampoo. It’s easy, it
keeps your hair clean on the go, and it allows you to feel as presentable as
possible on busy days.

But did you know that instead of buying from expensive brands, you could use
baking soda? Just sprinkle some baking soda into your hair and rub it in
gently. That will allow you to easily remove the excess oils from your scalp.

4. Deeply Wash Your Fruits And Veggies

If you would like to properly remove pesticides and other chemicals from
your food then baking soda is your friend. In fact, research has shown that
baking soda is one of the most effective ways to properly wash your produce.

All you have to do is add a spoonful of baking soda to the water and let the
vegetables sit for about 15 minutes. Then rinse it, dry it, and you’re good to

5. Freshen Your Trash Cans

With time, trash cans can get pretty smelly, especially if you don’t clean
them often. So in order to help those odors get absorbed, use some baking soda
on your trash can.

All you have to do is sprinkle a good amount of soda onto the bottom part of
your trash can, and that should help with freshening not only the trash can,
but the entire kitchen.

6. If You Have Heartburn, Treat It With Baking Soda

Heartburn can often be extremely uncomfortable, especially if it is a
recurring symptom. Since baking soda is a natural antacid, you could use it to
neutralize your stomach acid and help with heartburn almost instantly.

Simply dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda into a full glass of water and
drink it all very slowly. Hopefully, the heartburn won’t last much longer.

7. Clean Up Your Batteries

Now here’s another incredible use of baking soda. If you own a car, then
you’ll probably know that the car’s battery’s lifespan can be reduced if there
is too much build-up on the engine.

To avoid that, clean your battery grime by using a mixture of water and
baking soda, which should create a liquid paste. Then, disconnect the battery
and brush it with a regular toothbrush.

8. Say Goodbye To Foot Odor

Amongst many other benefits, baking soda has essential anti-microbial
properties that may help you eliminate that annoying foot odor. You can just
grab a bucket and pour some water with baking soda, and soak your feet in it to
eliminate the odor.

For your shoes, sprinkle some baking soda and let it absorb overnight. You
should never have a problem with smelly shoes again after this.

9. Relieve Yourself From Bug Bites

Bug bites can be a total pain. If you do get bitten and you don’t have bug
spray in the house, no need to worry. A baking soda and water paste can easily
relieve you from the pain caused by the bite. Just apply some paste in the
affected area and let it dry.

The mixture should help to draw out the fluids and alleviate irritation and

10. Clean Your Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor patio furniture does not only get consistently dirty, but it can also
get way too much wear and tear. You could remedy this by wiping all of your
sets with some baking soda and water helping them stay clean, especially during
the hot summer months.

When you store the furniture away during winter, place some baking soda in different
places of the storage to keep everything fresh.

11. Clean Up Coffee Stains

Nothing like an unwanted coffee stain to take that excitement from
drinking coffee away. So just get some baking soda and clean those stained
coffee cups. All you have to do is sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into
the cup, and leave it soaking for a few minutes.

Afterward, dip a cloth into some cold water and scrub the entire inside of
the cup.

12. Take Care Of The Odor Coming From Your Fridge

Refrigerator odor is often an inevitable part of owning a fridge. No matter
how much you clean it, sometimes it’s just not enough to completely remove that
recurring smell.

If you use baking soda though, you will be able to neutralize this unwanted
fridge smell. Simply create a tiny opening in the actual baking soda box and
place it in the refrigerator.

13. Alleviate Sores

Mouth ulcers or canker sores are extremely common among many people,
especially during wintertime. Since they can hurt and be really uncomfortable,
you can use baking soda as a natural remedy.

By applying a little bit of baking soda directly on the sore, you will be
helping to neutralize the acids on your mouth, which should help soon after.
Don’t forget to rinse it after.

14. Relieve Yourself From Razor Burn

Though razor burn doesn’t necessarily hurt, it can be really uncomfortable
on your skin. Sometimes you just want to shave without having to worry about
your skin becoming irritated.

To help alleviate this, create a small mixture of baking soda and use a cotton
ball to slowly dab on your skin. In no time, the mixture will help reduce
irritation and redness.

15. Thoroughly Clean Stuffed Animals

Stuffed animals can be the cutest thing in the world, but they too are prone
to becoming full of dust. If you would like to keep them as sanitary as
possible, simply grab a plastic bag with some baking soda inside and put your
toy in it.

Then start carefully shaking it,
which will help the baking soda draw out every single particle of dirt and
dust. Then, vacuum the stuffed animal and you’re done!

16. Kill Uninvited Weeds

If you’d like to keep those unwanted weeds away from your pavement just
sprinkle a bit of baking soda in between the cracks of the walkway, driveway,
or garden beds. If you’re worried about it being toxic, don’t be.

Baking soda is not only biodegradable but also nontoxic, which makes it
pretty eco-friendly and a perfect alternative if you’d rather use something
more natural. The roots of the weeds should shrivel away in a few days.

17. Clean Your Shower Curtains

As time goes by, shower curtains may get stained, dirty, and really
unsightly, especially if their color is quite bright. But instead of simply
changing them out for another one, try to use some baking soda to clean them

To do so, just scrub some baking soda with the help of a damp brush. In no
time, you should be able to start seeing results.

18. Put Down A Small Cooking Fire

How about this? You can actually put down a small fire in the kitchen with
some baking soda. Remember though, this may only work for small cooking fires
that often come with oil and a lot of grease.

If this happens, reach for some
baking soda, which should instantly add carbon dioxide to the flame, working
its way into putting it out.

19. Clean Carpet Stains

Another thing that can be a total pain is getting a stain on your carpet.
Unfortunately, carpet stains are not that easy to clean and there aren’t that
many affordable products that work well.

So if you’d like to save money
and avoid too much hastle, simply make a mix that combines vinegar and baking
soda. The mixture will create a bit of a fizzling effect that works pretty well
with stains.

20. Make A DIY Mouthwash

Baking soda can be so useful for your oral health and it costs almost nothing
in comparison to pharmaceutical products. For example, did you know that you
could create a DIY mouthwash as an alternative to the common store-bought one?

Just mix half a teaspoon baking
soda with some warm water and that’s it, you’ve created your own effective

21. Alleviate The Pain From A Jellyfish Sting

Unfortunately, jellyfish stings are much more common than we would like them
to be. It can happen to anyone anytime. In order to help treat it, rinse the
affected area with some vinegar, and then apply a mix made of baking soda and
hot water.

Though it might sting more when you do it, the treatment should help
alleviate the pain in a second.

22. Strip Paint With Baking Soda

Instead of settling for really harsh chemicals, you can use baking soda as
the perfect, easy, and fast way to strip paint. Plus, it’s free from any
toxins. You can simply combine hot water with baking soda and begin applying it
to the paint’s surface.

Then, start slowly scraping it and that should do the job. Or you can also
place pieces of small hardware directly into the mix if that’s the case.

23. Brighten Your Laundry

If you would like to brighten some of your clothes, add half a cup of baking
soda to the laundry load. This should work flawlessly with both colors and whites.

Preferably, try to use the baking soda mixed with your laundry detergent so
that the results are more effective. This will not only help with the process
of brightening your clothes but also with the odor.

24. Keep Unwanted Pests Away

None of us can escape from the annoying feeling of having to deal with
unwanted pests in the house. In fact, some of us have tried literally
everything, but products barely work – unless you do a full fumigation in the

If you’re up for trying something
simple, just pour some baking soda near the pests’ homes and that should help
control the infestation.

25. Make A Face Mask

Because baking soda has a number of anti-inflammatory properties, it could
be a good item to try if you have acne flare-ups and are prone to having
blemished skin.

Instead of investing in absurdly expensive cosmetic items, make a face mask
made of baking soda, lemon juice, and water, and put it on your face. If you do
it a couple of times, that should help reduce acne scars.

26. Remove Splinters

Splinters are no fun, but you can easily help remove them with a tiny bit of
baking soda. Make a paste of water and baking soda and begin applying it to the

That should help to not only remove it but it will also help with the
swollen skin that comes as a result of it. Don’t leave it open though – cover
it with a bandaid and, later that day or the next day, the splinter should be

27. Clean Your Walls

When you have small kids, there is a high probability that they will draw
and paint on your walls at least once or twice. But no need to worry, this is
easily fixable.

Mix some water with baking soda and get started cleaning the walls with a
damp sponge. It shouldn’t take too long until you start seeing the walls clear

28. Combat Book Odors

Though these days the shift towards electronic books continues, some of us
still love having full and dreamy libraries at home. But sadly, too many books
stuck together for a while may create an odor that is not so magical and

To fix this, just sprinkle a little bit of baking soda in between the pages
of the smelly books, which should certainly help.

29. Polish Your Silverware

If you feel like it’s time to polish your silverware, grab your baking soda
because we’re about to teach you an awesome trick. Just boil some water and
pour it into an aluminum pan, add one or two teaspoons of baking soda and stir

Wait a few seconds and add the silverware you’d like to clean into the pan.
Let the utensils sit for a bit, and then remove it with tongs. Before drying
it, let it cool down for a bit.

30. Unclog Your Drains

Now here’s another tiny glitch that usually takes us to spend tons of money
and time to fix, either with expensive store-bought products or by calling a

Well, what if we told you that some baking soda may resolve your problem in
ten minutes? Just make the magical vinegar and baking soda mix, pour it on the
drain, and let it bubble. After 10 minutes flush it with hot water and voila!

31. Clean Up Your Water Stains

Water stains are not the best, and they can be really hard to remove too if
you don’t have the right products, that is. But nothing like a combination of
baking soda and water to clear everything up.

Just use a soft cloth, put it into the mixture, and then begin wiping in
circular motions. In no time, the water stains will be gone.

32. Relieve Your Sunburn

Hopefully, when the world opens up again, we will be able to get that very
necessary vitamin D from public pools and beaches. And when we do, it’s
important to always remember to wear sunscreen!

If you do happen to get a sunburn though, no need to panic. Help alleviate
the sting with some baking soda and cold water, and then use aloe vera to
relieve it even more.

33. Use It To Disinfect Your Sponges

We often forget how important it is to clean our sponges regularly. In fact,
they are known to be one of the biggest breeding grounds for unhealthy
bacteria. So remember to clean your sponges regularly, and make sure to use
some baking soda to make it even more effective.

Just soak the sponge in a bit of baking soda and that’s it – it’s clean!

34. Clean Those Stains From Leftovers

Leftovers can be very convenient to have, especially if you live a busy
life. But no one likes to have leftover stains all over the place. If you’d
like to clean that up, simply make a mixture of baking soda and water and place
the stained leftover containers into the mixture.

Let it soak for about 30 minutes and then use a sponge to clean it well.

35. Deodorize Your Pet’s Bed

Though we may absolutely love our pets and see them as part of the family,
they are still pets who play outside, step on pee, and inevitably bring some
dirt into the house and, consequently, into their beds.

So it’s important to clean their beds regularly. If you’d like to elevate
the process, sprinkle a bit of baking soda over the pet’s bed and let it soak
for 15 minutes until you can vacuum it.

36. Clean Up The Grill

Though cookouts are awesome, fun, and yummy, it can be so hard and tiring to
clean the grill after using it. But if you use some baking soda, you might be
able to reduce your efforts and cleaning time right away.

After you finish flipping the
patties, wait until the grill cools of and use some baking soda and a brush to
remove the grit.

37. Use It To Disinfect Retainers

Many of us are not aware that baking soda is actually one of the best
disinfectants we probably have lying around the house. It helps to easily kill
unwanted bacteria, it’s safe, and it’s as natural as possible.

So if you need something great to clean your retainers, brush some baking
soda and water mix into the retainers on a regular basis. You can also use the
trick on dentures.

38. Clean Mildew From Bathroom Walls

Our bathrooms often have a lot of build-ups, especially within the bathtub
to the shower. In order to remove mildew from those really hard to reach areas
in your bathroom use baking soda.

You can create a paste made of baking soda and water, and then put some of
the mix into an old toothbrush and begin scrubbing. Afterward, rinse it with
water and it should be clean.

39. Deep Clean A “Ruined” Pan

Sometimes, a pan may look so burnt and worn out that we may think that it
can’t be saved. But that’s not always true. You can use some baking soda in
pans that require a little bit of extra work to be cleaned, especially when
they’re a little bit burnt.

Sprinkle a bit of baking soda, add hot water and scrub it with a sponge.

40. Clean Up Grease Stains

By now, it’s pretty clear that baking soda is definitely one of the most
versatile products out there. And well, if you find yourself with grease stains
all over your garage, baking soda should take care of that too.

You can grab a good hand of baking soda and sprinkle it over the grease,
then let it sit for 20 minutes. Then, use either a damp sponge or cloth to
scrub it.This


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