A paste made from Baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
solution can be used as an alternative to commercial non-fluoride
toothpastes. You can also
just dip your toothbrush with toothpaste into baking soda for an extra
2. Freshen Your Mouth
Put one teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse. Odors are neutralized, not just covered up.
3. Soak Oral Appliance
Soak oral appliances, like retainers, mouthpieces, and dentures, in a
solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in a glass or small bowl
of warm water. The baking soda loosens food particles and neutralizes
odors to keep appliances fresh. You can also brush appliances clean
using baking soda.
4. Use as a Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant
Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub. Make a paste of 3
parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to
exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use.
(For a stronger exfoliant, try one of these great 5 Homemade Sugar
5. Skip Harsh Deodorant
Pat baking soda onto your underarms to neutralize body odor.
6. Use as an Antacid
Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour
stomach and/or acid indigestion. Refer to baking soda package for
7. Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin
For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply
as a salve onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some baking soda
into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower. For
specific tips on bee stings, see Bee Stings: Prevention and Treatment.
8. Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener
Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize
odors on hands with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or 3
parts baking soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean. You can
try this honey and cornmeal scrub for hands too.
9. Help Your Hair
Vinegar is amazing for your hair, but baking soda has its place in the
shower too. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your palm along
with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly–baking
soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so
your hair is cleaner and more manageable.
10. Clean Brushes and Combs
For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove
natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and
brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of
warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.
11. Make a Bath Soak
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin
and help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel
very soft. Epsom salts are pretty miraculous for the bath too, read
about the health benefits of epsom salt baths.
12. Soothe Your Feet
Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak
feet. Gently scrub. You can also make a spa soak for your feet.
Cleaning 13. Make a Surface Soft Scrub
For safe, effective cleaning of bathroom tubs, tile and sinks–even
fiberglass and glossy tiles–sprinkle baking soda lightly on a clean damp
sponge and scrub as usual. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. For extra
cleaning power, make a paste with baking soda, course salt and liquid
dish soap—let it sit then scour off.
14. Handwash Dishes and Pots & Pans
Add 2 heaping tablespoons baking soda (along with your regular dish
detergent) to the dish water to help cut grease and foods left on
dishes, pots and pans. For cooked-on foods, let them soak in the baking
soda and detergent with water first, then use dry baking soda on a clean
damp sponge or cloth as a scratchless scouring powder. Using a
dishwasher? Try these energy saving tips.
15. Freshen Sponges
Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid
of the mess (4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm
water). For more thorough disinfecting, use the microwave.
16. Clean the Microwave
Baking soda on a clean damp sponge cleans gently inside and outside the
microwave and never leaves a harsh chemical smell. Rinse well with
17. Polish Silver Flatware
Use a baking soda
paste made with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub onto the silver
with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for shining
sterling and silver-plate serving pieces.
18. Clean Coffee and Tea Pots
Remove coffee and tea stains and eliminate bitter off-tastes by washing
mugs and coffee makers in a solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart
of warm water. For stubborn stains, try soaking overnight in the baking
soda solution and detergent or scrubbing with baking soda on a clean
19. Clean the Oven
Sprinkle baking soda
onto the bottom of the oven. Spray with water to dampen the baking soda.
Let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub, scoop the baking soda and
grime out with a sponge, or vacuum, and rinse.
20. Clean Floors
Remove dirt and grime (without unwanted scratch marks) from no wax and
tile floors using 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water–mop and
rinse clean for a sparkling floor. For scuff marks, use baking soda on a
clean damp sponge, then rinse. Read Natural Floor Cleaning for more
tips on avoiding toxic floor cleaners.
21. Clean Furniture
You can make a homemade lemon furniture polish, or you can clean and
remove marks (even crayon) from walls and painted furniture by applying
baking soda to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean,
22. Clean Shower Curtains
deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda directly
on a clean damp sponge or brush. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse
clean. Hang it up to dry.
23. Boost Your Liquid Laundry Detergent
Give your laundry a boost by adding ½ cup of baking soda to your
laundry to make liquid detergent work harder. A better balance of pH in
the wash gets clothes cleaner, fresher, and brighter.
24. Gently Clean Baby Clothes
Baby skin requires the most gentle of cleansers, which are increasingly
available, but odor and stain fighters are often harsh. For tough
stains add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your liquid laundry detergent, or a
1/2 cup in the rinse cycle for deodorization.
25. Clean Cloth Diapers
Dissolve ½ cup of baking soda in 2 quarts of water and soak diapers thoroughly.
26. Clean and Freshen Sports Gear
Use a baking soda solution (4 tablespoons Baking soda in 1 quart warm
water) to clean and deodorize smelly sports equipment. Sprinkle baking
soda into golf bags and gym bags to deodorize, clean golf irons (without
scratching them!) with a baking soda paste (3 parts Baking sodato 1
part water) and a brush. Rinse thoroughly.
27. Remove Oil and Grease Stains
Use Baking soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your
garage floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and
scrub with a wet brush.
28. Clean Batteries
soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers,
etc. because its a mild alkali. Be sure to disconnect the battery
terminals before cleaning. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part
water, apply with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion from the battery
terminal. After cleaning and re-connecting the terminals, wipe them with
petroleum jelly to prevent future corrosion. Please be careful when
working around a battery–they contain a strong acid.
29. Clean Cars
Use baking soda to clean your car lights, chrome, windows, tires, vinyl
seats and floor mats without worrying about unwanted scratch marks. Use
a baking soda solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water.
Apply with a sponge or soft cloth to remove road grime, tree sap, bugs,
and tar. For stubborn stains use baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge
or soft brush. Here’s how Sustainable Dave washes his car.
30. Deodorize Your Refrigerator
Place an open box in the back of the fridge to neutralize odors.
31. Deodorize the Cutting Board
Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse. For how to
more thoroughly clean your cutting board, see How To Clean Your Cutting
32. Deodorize Trashcans
Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your trashcan to keep stinky trash smells at bay.
33. Deodorize Recyclables
Sprinkle baking soda on top as you add to the container. Also, clean
your recyclable container periodically by sprinkling baking soda on a
damp sponge. Wipe clean and rinse. Learn about how to recycle
34. Deodorize Drains
To deodorize your
sink and tub drains, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour 1/2
cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water–it will
neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain. (This a good way
to dispose of baking soda that is being retired from your
refrigerator.) Do you know what you’re not supposed to put down your
35. Deodorize and Clean Dishwashers
Use Baking soda to deodorize before you run the dishwasher and then as a gentle cleanser in the wash cycle.
36. Deodorize Garbage Disposals
To deodorize your disposal, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing,
pour baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water. Baking
Soda will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain.
37. Deodorize Lunch Boxes
Between uses, place a spill-proof box of baking soda in everyone’s
lunch box to absorb lingering odors. Read bout safe lunch boxes here.
38. Remove Odor From Carpets
Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as
long as possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the
larger amounts of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest. (Note that your
vacuum cleaner bag will get full and heavy.)
39. Remove Odor From Vacuum Cleaners
By using the method above for carpets, you will also deodorize your vacuum cleaner.
40. Freshen Closets
Place a box on the shelf to keep the closet smelling fresh, then follow
these tips to organize your closet in an eco-friendly way.
41. Deodorizing Cars
Odors settle into car upholstery and carpet, so each time you step in
and sit down, they are released into the air all over again. Eliminate
these odors by sprinkling baking soda directly on fabric car seats and
carpets. Wait 15 minutes (or longer for strong odors) and vacuum up the
42. Deodorize the Cat Box
bottom of the pan with baking soda, then fill as usual with litter. To
freshen between changes, sprinkle baking soda on top of the litter after
a thorough cleaning. You can also use green tea for this purpose!
43. Deodorize Pet Bedding
Eliminate odors from your pets bedding by sprinkling liberally with
baking soda, wait 15 minutes (or longer for stronger odors), then vacuum
44. Deodorize Sneakers
Keep odors from spreading
in smelly sneakers by shaking baking soda into them when not in use.
Shake out before wearing. When they’re no longer wearable, make sure to
donate your old sneakers.
45. Freshen Linens
cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle for fresher sheets and towels. You
can also make homemade lavender linen water with this formula.
46. Deodorize Your Wash
Gym clothes of other odoriferous clothing can be neutralized with a ½ cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle.
47. Freshen Stuffed Animals
Keep favorite cuddly toys fresh with a dry shower of baking soda.
Sprinkle baking soda on and let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing
Miscellaneous 48. Camping Cure-all
soda is a must-have for your next camping trip. Its a dish washer, pot
scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste,f ire extinguisher and
many other uses.
49. Extinguish Fires
Baking soda can
help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen
fires, because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide,
which helps to smother the flames. For small cooking fires (frying pans,
broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can
safely do so. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base
of the flame to help put out the fire–and call the Fire Department just
to be safe. (And, you should have a fire entinguisher on hand anyway,
50. Septic Care
Regular use of baking soda
in your drains can help keep your septic system flowing freely. 1 cup
of baking soda per week will help maintain a favorable pH in your septic
51. Fruit and Vegetable Scrub
Baking soda is
the food safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and
vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and
rinse. Here’s another way to clean your vegetables as well.