50 Uses for Baking Soda You Didn’t Know About

You probably already have an orange colored box of baking soda as your fridge deodorant but did you know there a ton of other ways to use this miracle cleaning product?

No need to spend on expensive natural cleaning products when the affordable baking soda can do the trick for most cleaning jobs and some personal uses.

Below are 50 Uses for Baking Soda you didn’t know about.

Soothe Sunburn or Insect Bites: As you spend more time out this summer, soothe your sunburn or insect bites with a baking soda bath by adding 1 cup of baking soda to your tub.

Clean Brushes & Combs: Get rid of the gray gunk on your hair brushes by squirting a tiny bit of shampoo then soak in a bowl or sink of warm water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Rinse thoroughly after 10 minutes.

Hair Rinse: Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a normal handful of shampoo. Then shampoo with it as normal. It’ll remove hair product residue to soften your hair.

Hand Scrub: To remove strong smelling odors from your hands like onion or garlic, add some baking soda to your hand soap and scrub.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Add 1 cup baking soda to the toilet bowl. Scrub and let sit for 30 minutes before flushing.

Deodorize Wastebaskets: 1 cup of baking soda to 1 gallon of water as the mix if you want to clean your wastebaskets at home.

Grout Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing soap. Apply to grout with a scrub brush. Let sit for 15-30 minutes and rinse. Repeat if grout is extra stubborn.

Soft Scrub: Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with enough dish detergent to make a paste. This can be used to clean sinks, tubs, and counters. Rinse and dry.

Deep-cleaning Scrub: Perfect for scum and mildew cleaning. Mix 1 to 2/3 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup quality liquid dish detergent, 1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons white vinegar and stir until dissolved. Store in a spray bottle and shake before using. Spray on scum/mildew and scrub with a sponge. Rinse clean.

Floor Cleaner: For wood, laminate, no-wax floors, and tile floors mix 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Rinse and dry.

Stove Vent Filters: Clean the grease off easily with this trick. In a large metal (not non-stick) pot of boiling water, add 1 cup of baking soda. Using tongs, dip the vent into the water. Let it sit until grease floats off after about a minute. Rinse in hot water.  Don’t throw the greasy water down the sink right away as it can clog your drain. Let the greasy water cool, skim off the grease, then pour the water down the drain.

Freshen Drains: Pour 1 cup baking soda down the drain weekly and follow with a quart of boiling water.

Clean the Microwave: For those splatters, use a damp sponge sprinkled with baking soda to clean up the inside. Then leave an opened box of baking soda in between microwave uses to absorb odors.

Wash Fresh Fruits and Veggies: Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge to scrub fruits and veggies. Rinse.

Freshen Up Plastic Containers: Tupperware can start smelling fast. Wash after each use with baking soda/water paste. For tough odors, soak in a mixture of 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart of water for several hours or overnight. Rinse and dry. Store with lid off.

Extinguish Fires: To extinguish minor grease or electrical fires, turn off the gas or electricity, if you can do so safely. Then throw handfuls of baking soda onto the flames as baking soda releases carbon dioxide when heated and that helps kill the flames.

Stinky Pet Beds: When your pet’s not sleeping in the bed, sprinkle some baking soda on it. Vacuum after 15 minutes.

DIY Air Freshener — Mix 1 cup baking soda with 5-8 drops of essential oils then place in a decorative bowl as a quick and effective air freshener. For cars, closets or pantries, wrap the mixture in a coffee filter and close with a rubber band. Add a ribbon to make it pretty! (Can make great gifts as well)

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