Uses of Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate

| April 10, 2015 | 2 Comments

Most of us may think that Baking Soda is used only for cooking while some of us have already discovered other uses for it. The Baking Soda in your kitchen is actually more than what you think it is. This amazing compound which is also known as Sodium Bicarbonate, acts as a neutralizing agent that keeps any substance from being too acidic nor alkaline. This natural effect is the reason why Baking Soda is the perfect and non-toxic cleaning compound. We have compiled some of the many and different uses of Baking Soda below and we hope that you will find them very useful.

Uses of Baking Soda

A comprehensive list of the many uses for Baking Soda.

Housekeeping

Having a clean house for our family is a very rewarding thing. Unfortunately, making and keeping it clean is not an easy task. Good thing there is Baking Soda to help us out. Check these simple yet effective tips to help maintain a clean house.

1. Removing Stain on Surface
You can safely clean any tile, marble, granite and any hard surface like floors, counter tops, walls, sinks, etc. Apply Sodium Bicarbonate on a damp cloth or sponge and gently rub it on the stained surface. I personally tried this cleaning our marble floor because there are lots of black hardened grime that wouldn’t go off. One thing I can say is that it is very effective and efficient. Try it for yourself and you will not get disappointed.

2. Cleaning Dishes and Burned Pots or Pans
It’s really hard to clean burned food on dishes or the blackened grime on pots and pans but with the help of Baking Soda, you can easily remove this hard stain with a breeze. Just apply a mixture of Sodium Bicarbonate, water and liquid detergent soap. This will help loosen the grime for easy scrubbing. Try this and voila! see the difference!

3. Cleaning Toilet and Bathroom
You can also use it for a squeaky clean toilet and bathroom. Mix it with liquid detergent then use it as a rubbing compound . This will easily remove any molds or dirt that accumulated and hardened.

4. Clean Kitchen Appliances
It is also very good to use when it comes to cleaning kitchen appliances and utensils. Just mix 1 cup of Baking Soda with 4 cups of warm water. Soak your cleaning cloth or sponge on the mixture and use it to wipe or rub on dirty kitchen appliances such as rice cooker, toaster, dish washers, oven or micro wave. Remember to wipe and dry with clean cloth.

5. Clean Silverware, Sterling or any metal utensils
Silverware, bronze, sterling and other metal utensils get tarnished over time. You can use it by mixing it with water then use it as your cleaning compound. Don’t forget Rinse well and buff with a dry cloth to bring back the lush and shine of your precious metal wares.

6. Clean Furniture
By now we know that Sodium Bicarbonate is a very effective cleaner. You can use it too to clean stained furniture. Just apply a dash of it on a damp cloth and gently wipe furniture until the dirt is gone.

7. Wash of Clothes, Towels, Curtains, Rags and Any Cloth
Mix it with your powder or liquid detergent will not only boost the cleaning effect but will also remove and prevent foul smell on any cloth. This will also prolong the life of the fabric.

8. Remove Oil and Grease Stains
It is very good at neutralizing the balance of any substance which works quite well in removing oil and grease stains. Mix it with water and gently apply to brush away that sticky and slippery oil and grease.

9. Clean Fruits and Vegetables
Washing fruits and vegetables with only water is not enough to remove unseen dirt and I think you’ll agree that you don’t want to use any kind of detergent to clean them. It is very safe and efficient way to clean your fruits and vegetables without contaminating them with toxic chemicals.

Removing Foul Smell

Some things or personal belongings easily picks up foul smell specially when they get wet with humid or sweat. If not washed properly, they acquire a foul smell over time. Sodium Bicarbonate is a very powerful deodorizer that removes bad odor. Here are some tips where you can apply it to remove that nasty smell.

1. Deodorize Trashcans and Garbage Disposals
Decomposing trash like rotten food emits a very strong foul odor. This smell will not only pollute the air in your house but will also stick to your trash can. To help break the smell down, sprinkle a dash of it directly on the trash and at the base of your trash can.

2. Deodorize Sinks and Drainage
Nasty smell will sometimes resurface from sinks and drainage specially for clogged ones. To apply, mix it with hot water and gently pour on the drain. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing. This will surely bust that yucky smell away.

3. Remove Bad Odor From Carpets
Carpets are notorious of acquiring foul smell. To deodorize your carpets, dilute 1 part of Baking Soda with 4 parts of water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray on the carpet. Let it stay overnight then use a vacuum cleaner. I have tried this myself and it is very effective.

4. Remove Unpleasant Odor From Vacuum Cleaners
Bad odor can build up on places that accumulate dirt and your vacuum cleaner is one of them. To prevent this, sprinkle about half cup inside the container of your vacuum cleaner. This will neutralize the composition of dirt and prevent any unpleasant odor.

5. Deodorize Refrigerators
Foul smell can build up inside our refrigerators if not cleaned often. If you don’t have time to defrost and clean your refrigerators once a week then this is the perfect solution for you. Just put a cup or an open box of Baking Soda at the back of your fridge and see the wonder it will do.

6. Deodorize Rubber and Plastic Wares
Over time, plastic and rubber wares like lunch boxes, food sealers and the like will have foul smell due to oil build-up. Spray a mixture of Sodium Bicarbonate on these plastic wares to chase that bad odor away.

7. Deodorize Sports Gear
We often use our sports gears to break a sweat and keep a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, accumulated sweat can produce a bad odor that sticks even after washing. To deodorize sports gear like helmets, knee and elbow pads, water jugs, gym bags and the likes, just spray them with a mixture of Baking Soda and water then brush it. Let it sit for a few hours then rinse thoroughly and wipe it clean.

8. Deodorize Shoes
Do you get embarrassed when there is stinky smell coming from your shoes? Well don’t worry, every one who has stinky shoes gets embarrassed 🙂 Fortunately, there is a way to remove and prevent awful smell coming from shoes. Sprinkle a dash of Sodium Bicarbonate inside shoes and let it sit there overnight and see the magic.

9. Freshen Up And Deodorize Your Car
Car interiors can sometimes get a lingering bad odor over time. This could be due to smoke, food left overs and simply damp carpets. To help remove that not so pleasant smell inside your car, spray a mixture of Baking Soda and water on your car seats, carpets, sidings and dashboard. Let it stay there overnight for a maximum effect. Then use a vacuum and a clean cloth to wipe it out. Remember to always keep your car clean moving forward to avoid the nasty smell.

10. Deodorize Sponges
Sponges are notorious on emitting foul smell due to the dirt and oil that gets stuck inside. To eliminate the odor, dilute Sodium Bicarbonate in water and soak your sponges for about an hour. This will not only remove the smell but will also remove the bacteria lingering inside the sponge.

Personal Care

Taking good care of our body in terms of cleanliness and health is very important for a holistic well being. Here are some uses for it to assist you in this aspect.

1. Use as Toothpaste
Did you know that Sodium Bicarbonate is a very effective ingredient for having pearly white teeth? Some leading brand toothpaste use it as part of their ingredients. You can definitely use it as your alternative toothpaste by creating a paste out of it mixed with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide.

2. Use as Mouthwash
A spoonful of Baking Soda mixed on a glass of water can be used as mouthwash. Gargle with this mixture for 2 minutes to remove bad breath. The good thing about this is that, unlike other commercial mouthwash, it does not mask bad breath but neutralizes the acid in your mouth and breaks down the bad odor. Try this for a long lasting fresh breath.

3. Clean and Disinfect Toothbrush
Did you know that your toothbrush is a breeding ground for bacteria? To prevent swallowing these unfriendly organisms when brushing your teeth, clean and disinfect your toothbrush before you use it. You can use Sodium Bicarbonate to disinfect your toothbrush. Mix 2 spoonful with water and dip your toothbrush for 5 minutes then rinse thoroughly. This should be enough to wash those bacteria away.

4. Use as Deodorant
Tired of seeing black shadow on your underarms? This is due to the chemical that is present in most commercially available deodorants. Try using it as your deodorant for a month. You won’t have body odor and your underarms will get whiter in time. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone.

5. Treat Rashes and Insect Bites
Sometimes, our skin gets irritated and gets rashes. Other times, insect bites can cause severe itchiness that is almost unbearable not to scratch. You can use it to soothe your irritated skin and tone down that itchy feeling.

6. Facial, Body, Hands and Foot Scrub
For a clearer and smooth skin, you can use it as facial and body scrub. It will gently peel off dead skin leaving you with a rosy while and glowing skin. Mix 4 table spoon with a cup of water and apply it on your face or body. Gently scrub then rinse thoroughly. Try it out and see the results in just 3 weeks.

7. Treat Hyperacidity, Heartburn and indigestion
If you ran out of antacids, you can use it as a substitute as well. It is very effective and safe to use to relieve that burning sensation in your stomach caused by hyperacidity or chest pains caused by heartburns. Mix a teaspoon of Baking Soda with a cup of warm water and sip. This should relieve the pain after a few minutes.

8. Use as Hair Cleaner
Hair styling products often contain hard and sticky substances that is very hard to remove. This substances are left on your hair even after a thorough shampoo. For a seamless removal of such oil, grease and sticky substances on your hair, use it together with your shampoo to boost its cleaning effect without damaging your hair.

This list is just a part of the in-exhaustive uses of Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate. A marvelous compound that has so many uses not to mention the fact that it is non-toxic so its good to the environment. In summary, Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate is a very useful ingredient that can aid you in terms of cooking, household cleaning, deodorizing and personal care or beautification. We love to hear from your personal experiences. Share them to us an we’ll gladly include them on the list.

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  1. Erica says:

    Thanks for sharing this very comprehensive list. All of them are very useful. What surprised me the most is that Baking Soda can be used for personal care like mouthwash and toothpaste.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for liking this article Erica. Yes, Baking Soda has indeed lots of uses. Other than using it as alternative mouthwash and toothpaste, you can also use it for body scrub.

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