Baking soda, despite what the name suggests, can be used in so many more way than just in baking.
Baking soda’s incredibly versatile – it’s healthy, it’s natural, it’s anti-inflammatory, it’s absorbent, it’s a natural exfoliant, it can help remove odors. And that’s to just name a few uses.
This is why you will find it in several different DIY recipes or healthy swaps for everyday beauty products, starting from masks, to toothpaste, to shampoo and deodorant and even cleaning purposes.
So, scroll down to find 25 ways you can use baking soda you might not have known about.
1. Make a face mask or face scrub
Baking soda’s a natural exfoliant which makes it perfect for a face scrub, whereas its anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for treating acne. To make a scrub just mix three parts baking soda and one part water, whereas for a mask mix 2 tbs of baking soda with 2 tbs of water and 1 tbs of lemon juice. Leave it on for fifteen minutes and repeat 2-3 times a week.
2. Use it as a drain cleaner
To fix clogged or stinky drains, just pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, pour some vinegar and leave them like that for a couple of hours. The two ingredients will dissolve any gunk that’s stuck in your drain. Finally, after two hours pour about a gallon of hot water to wash it down.
3. Remove stuck burnt-on food
If burnt food is stuck to a pan or serving dish, then you can use baking soda to remove it. If it’s a pan, boil some water mixed with baking soda in it, and for a serving dish, soak it in warm, soapy water and add about a tablespoon of baking soda before wiping it off with a cloth.
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4. Keep your cat’s litter box fresher
Before you pour the litter in just add a layer of baking soda so it will be kept fresh for longer.
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5. Remove carpet stains
Just pour some vinegar over the stain and then pour a heaping of baking soda. Wait a few minutes for the baking soda to absorb the stain and then wipe it off and vacuum it.
Baking soda also helps remove grease stains – just pour some over the stain, wait a while, and wipe it off.
You can also use it to freshen up a carpet and remove odors by sprinkling on baking soda, leaving it for a few minutes and vacuuming it up.
6. Freshen your mattress
The same trick also works for removing odors from your mattress. Just sprinkle baking soda into the mattress, leave it for about an hour and then vacuum it up.
7. Clean your bathtub
If you have a bathtub with pulsing water jets that are starting to stink up, then filling the tub until it covers the jets and pouring in 2 cups of baking soda before running the jets for 10 minutes should help you out with that.
8. Keep your fridge from becoming stinky
Just fill a small container or a cup with baking soda and in your fridge to stop them from stinking up.
9. Freshen up a sports bag
Baking soda can also keep your bags from becoming stinky. You can just pour some in the bottom of the bag or hold it in a small bag to help keep odors at bay.
10. Polish your silverware
Take a baking dish or a pan, cover it with aluminum foil, and add 1 tbs baking soda. Pour in 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of boiling water. Put your silverware in the dish, leave them for about 30 seconds (more if they’re really dirty) and they should start clearing up.
11. Make toothpaste
Just mix 4 tbs of coconut oil with 2-4 tbs of baking soda to make a DIY toothpaste. Adding baking soda to your regular toothpaste also helps whiten them.
12. Make a mouthwash
To remove a stinky breath or relieve canker sores, just mix a teaspoon of baking soda with 1/2 of water and rinse your mouth with it as with a regular mouthwash.
13. Make your own deodorant
Melt 3 tbs of coconut oil and 2 tbs of shea butter in medium heat over a double boiler. Remove from heat and add in 3-5 tbs of baking soda and mix them well. Leave it to cool and you have your own DIY all-natural deodorant.
If you hate the sticky, gooey feeling of deodorant, dusting your underarms with baking soda will also keep them smelling fresh. Or, make your own deodorant using the powder.
14. Keep a trash can from not stinking up as much
You can do that by just sprinkling some baking soda in the bottom of the trash after you replace it.
15. Remove the grout from your bathroom
Just mix some baking soda and hydrogen peroxide into a paste, then scrub into the grout with an old toothbrush.
16. Use it to cook greens
If you’re boiling beans or any other green vegetable, adding a pinch of baking soda will stop them from becoming brown.
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17. Hair cleaner
Add a tablespoon of baking soda to some of your regular shampoo and wash your hair with it as you normally do. If you regularly use styling products, doing this once a month will help remove any that’s been built-up.
18. Mix it into your tea
For a smoother-tasting tea, whether it’s cold or hot, just add a pinch of baking soda.
19. Clean fruits and vegetables
To truly clean your veggies and fruits, rub them with a damp sponge and baking soda.
20. Whiten your nails
Mix three parts baking soda with one part water to make a paste and apply it to your nails to whiten them.
21. Remove the smell from food containers
Use a damp sponge and baking soda to remove the smell from food containers.
22. Fight itchy skin
Baking soda can also help relieve itchy bug bites. Just apply some of the two parts baking soda, one part water on the affected area, or soak in a bathtub with two cups of baking soda added.
23. Keep your laundry white
Since baking soda has proven to work wonders in cleaning, then adding 1/2 of baking soda with your regular detergent will keep our laundry whiter.
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24. Get rid of weeds
Just pour a bit of baking soda where the weeds are, or where they’re starting to develop and it’ll kill them.
25. Relieve diaper rash
If your baby has a diaper rash, putting two tablespoons of baking soda in their bathwater will help relieve them.
What else do you use baking soda for?