Uses For Baking Soda

While researching the uses for vinegar, I realized that baking soda has a lot of uses also. Both baking soda and vinegar are methods of “going green”, by not using chemicals in your home or office.

We all know baking soda is used in a lot of recipes. I’ve also used baking soda for removing stains from my counter top, by making a paste. (small amount of baking soda, mixed with water).

I’ve brushed my teeth with baking soda. I’ve used baking soda, mixed with water, for an upset stomach (1/4 of a teaspoon of baking soda, mixed with 8 ounces of water). I’ve added baking soda to my clothes washer, to aid in removing stains.

I have also used baking soda and vinegar to unclog a drain. (Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly pour 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar after it (it will fizz). Let stand for five minutes (covered, if possible). Then, pour about a gallon of boiling water down the drain. (It works great).

As suggested, I also keep a box of baking soda in my refrigerator to absorb odors.

Associated Content lists 25 uses for baking soda. Among them are:

4. You can use baking soda just like a dry cleanser to clean sinks, bath tubs, and toilets. It works especially well on chrome fixtures! It rinses off easily and you don’t have to worry about scratches either.

5. Hairbrushes and combs pick up not only loose hair, but they also get oily.
Clean yours once a month by soaking them in a solution of warm water and a teaspoon or two of baking soda. Scrub them with a soft brush, if needed, then rinse them with clean water and let them air dry.

6. Is your hair dull and dingy? Maybe you have a build up of shampoo, spray, mousse, and other products in your hair. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in with your shampoo the next time you wash your hair. The soda will remove any build up and leave your hair soft.

Another site, The Farm.org, lists 60 uses for baking soda. In their list, they include

4. Baking soda will also put out fires in clothing, fuel, wood, upholstery and rugs.

5. Clean vegetables and fruit with baking soda. Sprinkle in water, soak and rise the produce.

6. Wash garbage cans with baking soda.

7. Soak and wash diapers with baking soda.

Finally, check out the official site for Arm & Hammer, the people who produce that yellow box of baking soda we’re all so familiar with.

Never underestimate the uses for common household products. A little bit of research will produce many ways to not only use common household products, but to save money on cleaning chemicals, as well.

Go green by using safe cleaning products like baking soda or white distilled vinegar.

Do you have other products you use to be green when cleaning? Share your green ideas in the comment section


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5 Responses to Uses For Baking Soda

  1. I like cleaning kitchen surfaces with baking soda and vinegar as opposed to chemical cleaners because it’s non toxic.

  2. Soda Soda everywhere, not a drop to drink!

    Baking soda is the best to clean the external casings of may light colored electrical appliances too. Case in point, my white Apple Macbook.

    Love the list. Quite a few i didn’t know about.

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  3. C M Crawford says:

    I have used baking soda to clean my sterling silver jewery for years. It works like a champ! Simply combine 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 8 oz of water. Works like a champ! You make may have to do a little rubbing if the jewelry is really tarnished. Make sure that you use a soft cotton cloth to dry your jewelry off with.

    Usual soaking time is around fifteen minutes.

  4. kitchen says:

    In food preparation areas like the kitchen, baking soda and vinegar is great to use as a safe cleaner that won’t contaminate food.

  5. Hi Water – Yes, baking soda and/or vinegar are great non toxic cleaners.

    Hi Shruti – I’ve never tried cleaning casings, but that’s a great idea.

    Hi CM – Thanks for the recipe. I’ll have to try that.

    Hi Kitchen – You’re right. Baking soda and vinegar have no contaminates in them.

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