Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, can be used as a natural, non-toxic alternative for many cleaning and bath products. Drastically reduce your consumption, eliminate your use of toxic products, and save a lot of money with simple baking soda solutions.

Using baking soda for bath and beauty needs, cleaning, deodorizing and other eco-friendly uses is easy. For solutions, stir together about 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of baking soda with 1 quart of water until dissolved. For pastes, stir together three parts of baking soda with one part water. For sprinkling, simply store baking soda in a jar or bottle with a shaker-type cap.

Baking Soda In The Bath

  • Shampoo: Use baking soda as a shampoo, rinse, then use apple cider vinegar as a conditioner.
  • Spa Bath: Add baking soda or bath salts to your bath.
  • Toothpaste: Dip your wet toothbrush into baking soda to brush your teeth, whiten your teeth and freshen your breath.
  • Teeth Whitener: Create a paste with a teaspoon of baking soda and water. Rub paste on your teeth once a week, let sit for five minutes, then rinse.
  • Deodorant: Lightly pat baking soda under your arms.
  • Mouthwash: Add one teaspoon of baking soda to a small glass of water.
  • Exfoliant: Mix three parts baking soda with one part water to use as an exfoliant to gently remove dead skin cells. Rub in a circular motion, then rinse.
  • Insect Bites: Make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply to skin.
  • Clean Combs And Brushes: Remove oil build-up by soaking combs and brushes in a glass of warm water mixed with one teaspoon of baking soda. Rinse and let dry.
  • Oral Appliances: Clean retainers and dentures with two teaspoons of baking soda dissolved in a cup of warm water.

Body Uses For Baking Soda

  • Hand Softener: Mix baking soda with warm water and rub on your hands to clean and soften.
  • Rash: Use two tablespoons of baking soda in bathwater to relieve rash.
  • Antacid: Use baking soda to relieve heartburn, stomach upset and acid indigestion by drinking half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with half a cup of water.
  • Canker Sores: Used as a mouthwash to relieve canker sore pain.
  • Windburns: Moisten baking soda with water and apply.
  • Feet: Soak your feet in a warm bowl of water with three tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Sunburn: Apply a paste of baking soda mixed with water.
  • Bee Stings: Create a poultice of baking soda mixed with water.
  • Measles And Chicken Pox: Relieve general skin irritations such as measles and chicken pox by adding baking soda to your bath.
  • Itchy Skin Relief: Mix baking soda with water to create a paste – then rub it on your skin.
  • Splinters: Splinters come out naturally after a few days of soaking in baking soda twice a day.

Health Benefits Of Baking Soda

  • Ulcers: Baking soda neutralizes stomach acid and is beneficial for ulcers. Add a pinch of baking soda to your drinking water.
  • Cancer Prevention: Eating baking soda can offer nutritional and immune support for people with cancer. Add a little baking soda to your drinking water. Baking soda increases the pH of acidic tumors without affecting the pH balance of healthy blood and tissues. A pH imbalance causes unhealthy organisms to flourish, damaging tissues and organs and compromising immune systems.
  • Exercise Enhancer: Mix a pinch of baking soda in your drinking water before workouts. Baking soda absorbs lactic acid in muscles during vigorous workouts, prolonging fatigue and enhancing athletic performance.
  • Kidney Function: Low-functioning kidneys have difficulty removing acid from the body. Baking soda buffers acids and maintains balanced pH levels in your body.

Bathroom Cleaning With Baking Soda

  • Soft Scrub: Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge to scrub bathtubs, showers, tiles and sinks – then rinse and wipe dry.
  • Vinyl Shower Curtains: Sprinkle baking soda on a damp brush to scrub shower curtains, rinse and allow to dry.
  • Toilet Cleaning: Add one cup of baking soda to the toilet and scrub.
  • Clogged Drains: Unclog your drain with one cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar.

Laundry Uses For Baking Soda

  • Laundry Detergent: Use half to 1 cup of baking soda in the wash cycle to get clothes clean and smelling fresh naturally.
  • Laundry Detergent Boost: Add half a cup of baking soda to detergent to get clothes brighter.
  • Pre-Soak: For heavy odor and dirt issues, use baking soda as a pre-soak. Dissolve 1 cup of baking soda in warm water. Fill the washer or sink with water and add the dissolved baking soda and clothes to soak overnight before washing.
  • Fabric Softner: Add half a cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle to balance pH levels and suspend detergent or mineral deposits in the water that make clothing feel stiff.
  • Iron Cleaner: Remove built-up starch and scorch deposits from irons with a mix of baking soda and water, then wipe the plate with white vinegar.
  • Cloth Diapers: Add half a cup of baking soda to 8 cups of water to soak cloth diapers.

Kitchen Cleaning With Baking Soda

  • Floors: Mix half a cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Mop and rinse clean.
  • Microwave: Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge or cloth to clean inside of microwaves and remove odors.
  • Cookware: Shake baking soda onto pots and pans, add hot water and soak for 15 minutes before washing.
  • Oven: Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom surface of your oven and spray with water. Allow to sit overnight, then scrub and rinse.
  • Cookware Oil And Grease: Add a heaping scoop of baking soda to your regular dish soap to help cut oil and grease.
  • Dishwashers: Deodorize and cleanse your dishwasher by adding baking soda to the wash cycle.
  • Dishcloths: Sweeten sour dishcloths with baking soda.
  • Cutting Boards: Sprinkle baking soda on cutting boards, scrub and rinse.
  • Drains: Unclog your sink with one cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar.
  • Polish Silver: Mix baking soda and water to create a paste and rub onto silver with a clean cloth, then rinse and dry.
  • Stainless Steel And Chrome: Rub with a moist cloth and dry baking soda. Rinse and dry.
  • Fridge And Freezer: Clean with baking soda sprinkled on a damp cloth, then rinse.
  • Food And Beverage Containers: Wash food and beverage containers with baking soda and water.
  • Melted Plastic Bread Bags: Use baking soda to remove melted plastic from bread bags by dampening a cloth and creating a mild abrasive with baking soda.
  • Counters: Clean with baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge.
  • Thermos Bottles: Wash out with baking soda and water.
  • Coffee Pots: Clean glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not aluminum) with 3 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with one quart of water.
  • Coffee Makers: Run coffee maker through its cycle with a baking soda solution, then rinse.
  • Garbage Disposals: Eliminate odors by slowly pour baking soda down the drain while running warm water.

Outdoor Uses For Baking Soda

  • Barbecue Grills: Sprinkle baking soda on barbecue grills, let soak, then rinse off.
  • Garage Floors: Sprinkle baking soda on greasy garage floors. Allow to stand, then scrub and rinse.
  • Repel Rain From Windshields: Apply gobs of baking soda to a dampened cloth and wipe windows.
  • Patio Furniture: Sprinkle baking soda under chair cushions to freshen patio furniture.
  • Weeds: Sprinkle baking soda between the cracks of your walkway to keep weeds away.
  • Cars: Mix baking soda with warm water on a soft cloth, brush or sponge to clean off dirt and bugs.
  • Garbage Cans: Wash garbage cans with baking soda and water.
  • Hands: Remove odors from hands by wetting hands and rubbing them hard with baking soda, then rinse.


Cleaning With Baking Soda

  • Furniture: Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and rub furniture lightly. Wipe off with a dry cloth.
  • Surfaces: Clean and remove stains from marble, formica and plastic surfaces by scouring with a paste of baking soda and water.
  • Batteries: Create a baking soda paste and apply with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion off batteries. Use caution as batteries contain acids. Disconnect battery terminal before cleaning, and to prevent corrosion wipe on petroleum jelly.
  • Oil And Grease Stains: Sprinkle baking soda on oil and grease and scrub with a wet brush.
  • Crayon Marks On Walls: Add baking soda to a wet cloth to remove crayon marks on walls.

Deodorizing With Baking Soda

  • Air Freshener: Add one tablespoon of baking soda to water and a little essential oil.
  • Refrigerator: Place an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator.
  • Rugs And Carpeting. Sprinkle baking soda on rugs and carpet, wait 15 minutes or overnight, and vacuum.
  • Garbage Cans: Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of garbage cans.
  • Sports Gear: Sprinkle baking soda into gym, sport and golf bags.
  • Closets: Place an open box of baking soda in closets. To ward off moths, add a few drops of lavender oil.
  • Toilets Odors: Add one cup of baking soda to the toilet and allow to sit an hour before flushing.
  • Stuffed Animals: Clean stuffed toys by sprinkling them with baking soda; brush off after 15 minutes.
  • Fireplaces: Reduce soot odor by cleaning the ashes out of your fireplace and placing a bowl of baking soda inside.
  • Vacuum Cleaners: By vacuuming baking soda into the vacuum cleaner, you deodorize the vacuum.
  • Shoes: Shake baking soda into shoes.

Baking Soda Companion Animals Uses

  • Dry Bath: Sprinkle baking soda on dry fur, brush it in then brush it out. Keep away from eyes.
  • Wet Bath: Bathe your dog with a solution of 1 tablespoon of baking soda for every 1 1/2 cups of warm water. Let it soak into fur for a few minutes. Thoroughly rinse, then apply apple cider vinegar to condition fur – 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per cup of warm water – allowing to sit for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly, then dry. Keep both solutions away from eyes.
  • Accidents: Clean up companion animal "accidents" by scrubbing the area with club soda, then allow the area to dry. Sprinkle baking soda on the area and let stand for a while, then vacuum up.
  • Teeth And Gums: Brush your companion animal's teeth by dipping a damp, soft brush in baking soda and brushing gently.
  • Animal Bedding: Sprinkle baking soda liberally onto pet bedding, allow to sit for 15 minutes before vacuuming.
  • Animal Carpet Odors: Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet, let dry, then vacuum.
  • Litter Box Odor: Layer the bottom of the box with baking soda, add litter on top.
  • Litter Box Cleaning: Empty old litter and pour in a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Let stand for 15 minutes, then scrub, pour out and dry.
  • Cage And Crate: Scrub with a solution of baking soda dissolved in warm water. Rinse and dry.
  • Dishes: Scrub dog and cat bowls with baking soda and water.
  • Toys: Dissolve baking soda in warm water to wash pet toys. Rinse well and dry.
  • Blankets And Towels. Add half a cup of baking soda to the wash.
  • Skunk Odors: Combine 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of grease cutting dish detergent. Wash your animal with the solution.
  • Bee Stings: Remove stinger from animal if needed, then apply a baking soda paste.
  • Nail Bleeding: If you cut your animal's nails too close and draw blood, dip the nail in baking soda and apply pressure.
  • Bad Breath: Mix half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of baking soda with one cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray your animal’s mouth regularly.

Food Uses For Baking Soda

  • Produce: Scrub produce with baking soda under water to remove pesticides and residue.
  • Baking: Baking soda, as its name implies, can be used as a leavening agent in baked goods. It causes dough to rise.
  • Beans And Bloating. Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda in water while soaking dry beans to reduce bloating.
  • Tea: Add a pinch of baking soda to a gallon of freshly brewed tea to remove bitterness and cloudiness.
  • Lunch Boxes: Place a spill-proof box of baking soda in a lunch box between uses to absorb odors.
  • Ants: Mix equal parts baking soda and salt and sprinkle in areas where ants are entering your home.

Babies And Kids Uses For Baking Soda

  • Baby Bottles: Clean baby bottles with baking soda and hot water.
  • Cloth Diapers: Dissolve half a cup of baking soda in two quarts of warm water and soak diapers thoroughly before washing.
  • Diaper Rash: Add two tablespoons of baking soda to your baby's bath water to help relieve diaper rash.
  • Play Clay: Combine 1 1/4 cups of water, two cups of baking soda and one cup of cornstarch.
  • Baby Spit Ups: Moisten a cloth, dip it in baking soda and dab at the dribbled clothing.
  • Baby Pools: Add baking soda to the bottom of a mildewed baby pool, then hose it down.

More Baking Soda Uses

  • Cut Flowers: Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a vase of flowers to expand their life.
  • Fill Wall Holes. Mix baking soda with white toothpaste to fill holes in a plastered wall.
  • Small Fires: Toss baking soda at the base of the fire to help put a fire out.
  • Ashtrays: Remove odors from ashtrays with baking soda and water. Sprinkle dry baking soda in ashtrays to prevent smoldering and reduce odor.
  • Canvas Bags: Use dry baking soda with a brush to rub canvas handbags clean.