Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is a natural abrasive that removes dirt and grime, and absorbs odors. A commonly available mineral full of many cleaning attributes, baking soda is made from soda ash, and is slightly alkaline (its pH is around 8.1; 7 is neutral). It neutralizes acid-based odors in water, and adsorbs odors from the air.
Sprinkled on a damp sponge or cloth, baking soda can be used as a gentle non-abrasive cleanser for kitchen counter tops, sinks, bathtubs, ovens, and fiberglass. It will eliminate perspiration odors and even neutralize the smell of many chemicals if you add up to a cup per load to the laundry. It is a useful air freshener, and a fine carpet deodorizer. Basically baking soda is like your bombtastic best friend as a toxic-free cleaner – a mild scrub if you may – always ready to clean up your mess. Here’s 33 reasons and counting to why this gentle scrubber always “has your back”.
1) All-Natural Deodorant:
When you mix one part each of baking soda and cornstarch with tea tree oil, you can make an all-natural deodorant. Don’t forget to mix all of the ingredients well and store in an airtight container.
2) Clean Your Floors:
Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on your floors to remove grease spills and scuff marks. Wipe up the baking soda with a damp, warm washcloth. This home remedy will also work on no-wax floors.
3) Remove Blackheads:
A combination of equal parts baking soda and water works as a way to remove blackheads from the face.
4) Exfoliate the Skin:
Add enough water to baking soda to create a paste that exfoliates the skin.
5) Treat a Cold Sore and Canker Sore:
Dab a pesky cold sore with baking soda to diminish its appearance. A baking soda and water paste applied to a canker sore can help ease symptoms (perfect for combating SLS toothpaste induced canker sores).
6) Sanitize Grooming Tools:
Clean your hairbrushes and combs by soaking in a baking soda solution.
7) Fight Nausea:
Add 1⁄2 teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of warm water to treat nausea. Pregnant women should not use this remedy because of potential increase of salt levels.
8) Soothe Sunburned Skin:
Add 1⁄4 cup of baking soda to a spray bottle filled with cool water. Get relief from a sunburn by spritzing the solution on skin.
9) Soften Dry Elbows:
A thick paste made out of fresh lemon juice and baking soda can exfoliate the skin when gently rubbed on dry elbows. Leave on the mixture for about 15 minutes. Wash off the remedy and follow up by applying a moisturizer, such as hemp lotion.
10) Itch Relief:
Soak in a hot bath with lots of added baking soda to treat the itch of poison ivy. A baking soda and water paste applied to a mosquito bite will address itchy skin.
11) Alleviate Bee and Wasp Sting Pain:
Ease the pain of a wasp or bee sting by applying a thick baking soda and water paste to affected skin.
12) Treat Yellowed Fingernails:
When nails have yellowed, apply a paste of one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and two tablespoons of baking soda under and across each nail. Allow the solution to sit for three minutes before removing.
13) Soothe Sore Throats:
Add 1⁄2 teaspoon each of baking soda and salt to 1⁄2 cup of warm water to make a soothing gargle for sore throats. Use a couple of times a day.
14) Prevent Clogged Drains:
To lessen your chances of suffering a clogged drain, pour 1⁄2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain on a weekly basis. Follow up by rinsing with hot water if drain is slightly clogged.
15) Freshen a Carpet:
Remove unwanted scents from your carpet by sprinkling with baking soda, and then vacuuming after 15 minutes.
16) Neutralize Acid:
To clean up the aftermath of a battery acid mishap in your garage or driveway, neutralize the acid with baking soda, which makes it safe to wash away.
17) Odor Fighter:
Sprinkle baking soda in your garbage cans to decrease the damage of offending odors.
18) Treat Heartburn:
Baking soda and water will neutralize the stomach acid behind heartburn. Add 1⁄2 to 1 teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water. Do not overdo this remedy, as it can dramatically increase your salt intake. Pregnant women should not use this baking soda home remedy.
19) Clean Stinky Hands:
After chopping garlic or cleaning fish, your hands may hold onto the scent longer than you’d like. To remove unwanted hand odors, rub about two teaspoons of baking soda between moistened hands instead of using soap. Rinse, smell and smile.
20) Fight Dog Odor:
When your pooch comes in after a romp in the rain, sprinkle on a bit of baking soda over their fur and brush out to fight ‘wet dog’ smell.
21) Fix Walls:
When you need a small amount of spackle, mixing a small amount of white glue and baking soda will form a paste that makes a suitable substitute. Apply the remedy to the wall, and let dry.
22) Freshen Up Water Bottles:
When your thermos or water bottle starts to smell stale inside, wash with a blend of baking soda and water.
23) Whiten Teeth:
Add about one teaspoon of baking soda to a mashed fresh strawberry to create a paste for whitening teeth. Spread the remedy on a toothbrush, as well as rub onto teeth. Leave the mixture on for a few minutes, and then brush teeth again. Rinse out your mouth after brushing. You can also make your own whitening toothpaste by combining one teaspoon of baking soda and 1⁄4 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide, or brush your teeth with just a paste.
24) Calm a Toothache:
Moisten a Q-tip with water and coat with baking soda. Rub the cotton swab into the tooth and gums until the pain fades. Dissolve a heaping spoonful of baking soda in a small glass of lukewarm to warm water to create a mouth rinse for a toothache. Swish the mixture in the mouth – directing the remedy around the sore tooth.
25) Prevent Litterbox Odors:
When you add baking soda to a litterbox, you can cut down on odors.
26) Rejuvenate Plastic Containers:
The plastic containers, such as Tupperware, that you use to store your leftovers can absorb the coloring of food, such as tomato sauce. To rejuvenate stained plastic, sprinkle baking soda and clean with a damp sponge.
27) Clean Fixtures:
Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on dull faucets and clean with a sponge dipped in white vinegar. The abrasiveness of the baking soda is gentle enough to scour soap scum.
28) Clean Sinks:
Use the abrasive nature of baking soda to clean and deodorize dirty sinks. Add baking soda to a moistened washcloth before applying.
29) Clean the Stove and Oven:
Save money by using a baking soda and water paste instead of investing in stove cleaners. Apply the remedy with a clean cloth to remove burned-on food residue. Rinse off, and then buff with a clean cloth. The baking soda and water paste will also clean the inside of your oven. Smear the paste inside and leave on overnight. In the morning, remove the dried remedy with a wet sponge.
30) Clean Lawn Furniture:
Rinse off lawn furniture with a solution made up of 1⁄4 cup baking soda added to one quart of warm water.
31) Add Sparkle to Silver:
Add water to baking soda to make a thick paste, which helps clean silver. Gently massage the mixture into the silver using an old, soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse the silver under warm water. Buff with a clean cotton towel to add shine.
32) Fight Diaper and Dirty Clothes Smells:
Keep diaper pails and hampers smelling fresher than usual by sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of the containers.
33) Remove Rust:
Cut a potato lengthwise and dip in baking soda as a way to remove rust. Before scrubbing a rusty item, make sure to lightly moisten the surface first. After cleaning, thoroughly rinse the object.
34) To clean wood floors stained by dog urine:
Start off by soaking up the liquid with rags and old towels. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the wet area. Leave on overnight so that it has a chance to turn back into powder. In the morning, vacuum the baking soda. Follow up by washing in your normal manner to restore the shine of your floors.
35) To add shine to chrome trim on appliances, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on a damp sponge. Rub across the chrome. Let the appliance dry for one hour, and then wipe down with warm water. Use a clean cloth to dry off the chrome.
Silver -First, line a plastic or glass pan with aluminum foil, as you have done before. Then, lay the silver pieces in the aluminum, as each item should be touching the foil in order to complete the chemical reaction and tarnish transfer.
Then, boil a gallon of water and add one cup of baking soda to it. You might want to use the baking soda and water solution over the sink as it could fizz up in a way that makes a huge mess.
36) Eazy Peazy Shampoo:
Mix 1 Tbsp baking soda with 1 cup water, shake together in bottle and use. Shake the bottle before each use and gently massage into the hair and scalp for a minute or two and rinse.