Baking soda is a staple every household needs. It has many, many uses that can make life easier, healthier, and simpler. It is versatile and super cheap to buy. You can use it in its natural form or use it as a paste. You can also combine baking soda with other inexpensive products to make other concoctions. Anytime I am at the store, I stock up on baking soda. I NEVER EVER have enough baking soda.
36 Inexpensive Uses for Baking Soda
1. Freshen Breath
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water to create an easy mouthwash that neutralizes odors.
2. Tooth Polish
Baking soda can be used as a natural tooth paste. It makes polishing and whitening your teeth simple and effective.
3. DIY Deodorant
Since baking soda is a natural deodorant, you can make your own home made deodorant. Be mindful of sensitive skin.
4. Gentle Exfoliate
Mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub the mixture gently on your skin in a circular motion, then rinse clean.
5. Skin Irritation Relief
Add baking soda to your bath water to leave your skin soft and get rid of irritation.
6. Heartburn Relief and More
Baking soda is a safe antacid. You can learn more about this property here.
7. Insect Bite Relief
Make a paste using water and soda then apply to the affected area. This will stop itching and promote quick healing.
8. No Shampoo
Baking soda can be made into a shampoo that’s finished with an apple cider vinegar rise. It can disrupt the pH of your scalp, so beware.
9. Brush and Comb Cleaner
Soda will naturally remove oils, product build up, and residue on combs and brushes. Soak them in 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 cup of water. Then rinse and dry thoroughly.
10. Diaper Rash Relief
Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to baby’s bath water and the diaper rash will disappear!
11. Pamper Feet
Soaking your feet in this solution will help soothe and soften tired feet. The solution is 3 tablespoons of baking soda into a small tub of warm water.
12. Easy DIY Soft Scrub
Sprinkle baking soda on tubs, sinks, or tile and wipe with a clean damp cloth. Rinse and dry for sparkling tubs, sinks, and tile. A baking soda paste (soda + water) also works.
13. Floor Cleaner
Use a 1/2 cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm water to mop your tile floors.
14. Grease Cutter
Add a heaping scoop of baking soda to dish soap and letting that grease covered object soak will make cleaning it easier.
15. Air Freshener
Use soda and essentials to create a DIY air freshener. This concoction is less harmful than store bought fresheners.
16. Easy Microwave Cleaner
Sprinkle baking soda on to a damp cloth and scrub away the microwave grime. Clean + Deodorized= Win Win.
17. Polish Silver Flatware
Make a paste consisting of 3 parts soda to 1 part water. Rub the mixture on to silver flatware with a sponge or cloth. Then rinse and dry for a shine.
18. Oven Cleaner
Sprinkle it on the bottom of the oven, spray it with water, and let it sit over night. Come back to scrub and rinse thoroughly and your oven will be clean!
19. Crayon Eraser
Did the kiddos color on the wall? Erase it off the wall by applying baking soda to a damp cloth and rub lightly. Dry the spot with a dry cloth.
20. Laundry Detergent Booster
Add baking soda to your wash cycle and it will help soften the water making the clothes cleaner, fresher, and softer. You only need 1/2 a cup of baking soda.
21. Cleaning Cloth Diapers
Dissolve 1/2 a cup of soda into 2 quarts warm water and soak the diapers in the solution. Then launder as normal.
22. Oil and Grease Stain Remover
Sprinkle baking soda on stains in the garage and then scrub with a wet brush.
23. Fridge Deodorizer
Tear the box open and let it sit in your refrigerator and change it every couple of months.
24. Unclog Drains
Pour baking soda and vinegar down your drain(s). Let the solution bubble. Then chase it with water. Repeat as necessary until the drain performs to your standards.
25. Deodorize Garbage Can
Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the can for a cleaner smelling can.
26. Carpet Deodorizer
Sprinkle and let it sit over night. Sweep then use the vacuum to get the rest.
27. Freshen Coat Closet
Just like the refrigerator, open the box and let it sit in the closet.
28. Absorb Toilet Odors
Pour 1 cup of soda into the toilet and leave it for 1 hour. Flush it down and you will have a clean toilet.
29. Deodorize Cutting Boards
Sprinkle it on the board, scrub it, and rinse.
30. Deodorize Garbage Disposal
Pour down the drain and run warm water at the same time.
31. Litter Box Deodorizer
Cover the bottom of the pan with baking soda and fill the box with your usual litter. Then sprinkle some soda on top of the litter after a thorough cleaning.
32. Hand Odors
Rub soda and water on your hands to rid odors like garlic and onion.
33. Flower Freshener
Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding 1 tsp of baking soda to the water in the vase.
34. Neutralize Gassy Beans
Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda in the water while soaking the beans to prevent gassy issues and improve digestion
35. Produce Wash
Add 1/4 cup of baking soda to a sink of water. Wash the produce in the solution then rinse with clean water.
36. Ant Barrier
Mix up equal parts salt + soda and sprinkle this mixture where ants are entering. You won’t have any more unpleasant visitors anymore.
As you can see you can just about deodorize, neutralize, freshen, or clean just about anything with baking soda.
That’s why it is such a great thing to have around. Any grocery store I’ve been too sells it for less than a dollar or around a dollar. We typically buy the off-brand or store brand, so it’s usually around 98 cents. My favorite use is as a drain cleaner. I can imagine we would spend a ton of money on drain cleaner at our apartment if we didn’t use baking soda and vinegar.
We have to clean our drains on a regular basis because the plumbing in our apartment is backwards…literally. We had one issue and after that we took it upon ourselves to keep the drains clean as much as possible and as cheaply as possible. I will forever use baking soda and vinegar as a drain cleaner. I only plan on buying drain cleaner unless I absolutely have to.
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