15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Clean With Baking Soda

Baking soda is like magic. There, we said it. This common little compound is cheap, readily available, and often more effective at getting things clean than pricey, chemical-laced, specialty cleaning products.

You probably already have a box of baking soda sitting around that you use for baking. Maybe you even figured out that a box of baking soda in the fridge helps to absorb odors. But did you know that baking soda can also help you clean your entire house?

Grab a box of 100% sodium bicarbonate and get ready to enjoy a deeper clean for a fraction of the cost!

1. Scrub your kitchen

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Clean without the chemicals. | Geo-grafika/iStock/Getty Images

It’s so easy to achieve a sparkling clean kitchen using nothing but baking soda. Simply sprinkle a bit of baking soda on all the dirty surfaces and follow up with a wet rag, sponge, or microfiber cloth. Baking soda has no smell, but you can add a few drops of essential oil (lemon works well) if you prefer a subtle scent.

Next: A natural chemical reaction makes this possible.

2. Polish tarnished silver

a silver fork, spoon and knife on a white plate

Pretty soon, it’ll be good as new. | iStock/Getty Images

There’s just no need for toxic silver polish if you have a box of baking soda on hand.

To clean your good silver, add aluminum foil to a glass baking dish and put all your tarnished silver items on top, making sure each piece is touching the foil. Then add a mixture of boiling water and baking soda to the dish and watch as the tarnish naturally disappears! Polish as usual with a dry cloth and your silver will look new again.

Next: You don’t need to rent a professional machine for this task.

3. Clean the carpets

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The natural odor-absorbing qualities of baking soda make it perfect for freshening up dingy carpets, especially in high traffic areas like hallways and family rooms. Sprinkle the entire area with baking soda and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes, then vacuum as usual. Voila! Your carpets will feel like new, no scary chemicals or bulky cleaning machines required.

Next: Caked on food doesn’t stand a chance against baking soda.

4. Scrub pots and pans

Baking soda to soak and remove burnt-on food

Removed burnt food with ease. | ThamKC/iStock/Getty Images

No matter how closely you keep an eye on dinner, it’s inevitable that cooked on bits may remain on your pots and pans. To safely remove grease and grime on your cooking tools, let them soak in a sink filled with baking soda and water for 15 to 20 minutes. Any food residue should scrub right off after that.

Next: Keep your baby safe with baking soda.

5. Safely clean baby clothes

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No need to worry about rashes or irritation from chemicals. | Dash_med/iStock/Getty Images

You’re supposed to use gentle detergent when you wash all those itty bitty baby clothes as a way to protect your baby’s delicate skin. But if you really want to make sure they don’t get irritation or rashes from the chemicals in detergent, clean those onesies with baking soda instead. Just add a cup your laundry for clean, chemical-free clothing.

Next: This common appliance benefits from baking soda.

6. Clean the microwave

Cleaning of Microwave Oven

Remove grease and stuck on food. | Tab1962/iStock/Getty Images

Cleaning the microwave doesn’t have to be so complicated. When you notice yours getting icky, add a teaspoon of baking soda to a damp rag and scrub away stuck on food particles. This combo easily removes grease and also helps to naturally deodorize as you go.

Next: Cut grease naturally when you use it here.

7. Assist the dishwasher

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Make sure those dishes are extra sparkling. | AlexRaths/iStock/Getty Images

Use a sprinkle of baking soda with your dishwashing detergent to help eliminate built-up grease and grime from your dishes with literally zero effort.

Next: Baking soda can help save your shoes from the trash can.

8. Deodorize your shoes

Sports workout shoes

Don’t let those shoes get smelly. | Grinvalds/iStock/Getty Images

Stinky shoes? No need to throw them out just yet. A few sprinkles of regular old baking soda can help to absorb those unpleasant odors and get your feet smelling fresh again.

Next: Fight back against cracked heels naturally.

9. Clean your feet

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Get your feet back on track. | Sasha_Suzi/iStock/Getty Images

If you’re like so many people suffering from cracked heels and toenail fungus, a simple baking soda soak may be the solution you need. Fill a basin with warm water and a tablespoon of baking soda to help heal your feet and kick bacteria to the curb.

Next: Coffee and tea lovers should follow this easy advice.

10. Remove stains from your coffee pot

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Make sure your coffee always tastes amazing. | Ktasimarr/iStock/Getty Images

Remove coffee stains from your coffee or teapot using a mixture of ¼ cup of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water. This combination also helps to eliminate the weird tastes that come from using an improperly cleaned pot. For tough stains, allow the mixture to sit for a few hours before scrubbing.

Next: Baking soda can assist with this mold magnet.

11. Clean the shower curtain

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Spot clean mildew marks on your shower curtain with a bit of baking soda. A small amount mixed with water should make unsightly stains wash right away.

Next: Forget air fresheners … baking soda does it better.

12. Freshen your closet

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That box of baking soda you keep in your fridge can also be stashed in other areas that need deodorizing, such as closets, laundry rooms, mudrooms, or anywhere else that has a tendency to smell a little funky.

Next: Use baking soda and save hundreds on cleaning this item.

13. Wash your car

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It’s perfect for getting rid of grease. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

You could pay hundreds of dollars to have your car detailed … or you could just tackle the task yourself with a box of baking soda. Since baking soda naturally cuts through grease, it’s the perfect solution for cleaning your car.

Make a cleaning paste by combining ¼ cup of baking soda with 1 cup of warm water and scrub down tires, lights, seats, rims, and more.

Also, you can use baking soda diluted in a gallon of water to wash the paint on your car. Just be sure never to use powdered baking soda directly on your exterior panels as it could chip or scratch the paint.

Next: Pet lovers need baking soda, too.

14. Keep pet smells at bay

Gray cat

Make sure your cat’s litter box doesn’t stink up the place. | Nikolas_jkd/iStock/Getty Images

Those odor-absorbing qualities of baking soda extend to pet smells as well. Keep your cat’s litter stink-free by covering the bottom with baking soda before you add the kitty litter. Every time you clean it, sprinkle the top with even more baking soda to eliminate odors.

Next: Skip scary chemicals when you’re cleaning this area of the kitchen.

15. Clean the drain

Kitchen sink

Unclog your drain with what you have in the pantry. | Rkafoto/iStock/Getty Images

Mix baking soda with apple cider vinegar for a bubbly combination that can help to unclog your drain. Sprinkle a few shakes of baking soda down the drain, then add your apple cider vinegar and allow it to do work for about 15 minutes. Then, follow up with a rinse of hot water, and you’re done!

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