75 Extraordinary Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda is a chemical compound that appears as a fine powder. It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with an acid and a liquid. It’s most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent. The following are 75 other uses for baking soda aside from making muffins soft and fluffy.

Health Uses

1. Use it as an antacid.

2. Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.


3. Mix half a teaspoon with peroxide paste and use it as toothpaste.

4. Use it as a face and body scrub.

5. Add a cup to bathwater to soften your skin.

6. Relieve skin itch from insect bites and pain from sunburn.

7. Remove strong odors from your hands by rubbing them with baking soda and water.

8. Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.

9. Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritations.

10. Take a baking soda bath to relieve skin irritations.

11. Heartburn? Take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water.

12. Freshen your mouth by gargling half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed water.


13. Relieve canker sore pain by using it as mouthwash.

14. Use it to relieve bee stings.

15. Use it to relieve windburns.

16. Apply it on jellyfish sting to draw out the venom.

17. Unblock stuffy nose by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.

In the Home

flower vase

18. Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.

19. Put out small fires on rugs, upholstery, clothing, and wood.

20. Put an open container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb the odors.

21. Sprinkle it on your ashtrays to reduce bad odor and prevent smoldering.

22. Sprinkle it on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foul odor.

23. Turn baking soda into modeling clay by combining it with one and 1/4 cups of water and one cup of cornstarch.

24. After feeding your baby, wipe his shirt with a moist cloth sprinkled with baking soda to remove the odor.

25. Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.

26. Improve the smell of dishrags by soaking them in baking soda and water.

27. Suck it in with your vacuum cleaner to remove the odor.

28. Freshen the air by mixing baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts. Put the mixture in small sachet bags.

29. Restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a cup of baking soda.

30. Put it under sinks and along basement windows to repel cockroaches and ants.

31. Scatter baking soda around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from eating your veggies.

32. Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants.

33. Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.

34. Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to deodorize their fur and skin.

In Cooking

35. Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.

36. Wash fruits and vegetables with it.

washing vegetables

37. When boiling a chicken, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Feathers will come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white.

38. Soak dried beans to a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.

39. Remove the distinctive taste of wild game by soaking it in a baking soda solution.

40. Make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.

41. Remove the fishy smell from your fillets by soaking the raw fish in a baking soda solution for an hour inside the fridge.

42. Make fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs used.


43. Reduce the acid content of your tomato-based recipes by sprinkling them with a pinch of baking soda.

Cleaning Purposes

44. Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.

flushing toilet

45. Use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs

46. Spray it on walls, mirrors, and countertops.

47. Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.

48. Remove grease from pots and pans.

49. Dry clean carpets and upholstered furniture by sprinkling baking soda over the fabric and gently brushing it. Leave it for an hour or overnight, then vacuum.

50. Boost your laundry detergent’s cleaning power by sprinkling a handful on dirty clothes.

51. Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.

52. Remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls.

53. Clean your shoes with it.

cleaning shoes

54. Clean garbage cans with it.

55. Use it to wash diapers.

56. Clean the fridge with it.

57. Soak brushes and combs in a baking soda solution.

58. Mix it with water to wash food and drink containers.

59. Put three tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water, then use the mixture to wash marble-topped furniture.

60. Absorb it with a damp sponge, then clean Formica countertops with the sponge.

61. Use it to get rid of stale odors from cooling containers and thermos bottles.

62. Run your coffee maker with a baking soda solution, then rinse.

63. Combine with hot water to clean baby bottles.

64. Sprinkle it on barbecue grills, then rinse it off.

65. Scatter it on your greasy garage floor, scrub the floor, and rinse.

66. Remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a baking soda solution for 10 minutes before washing.

67. Clean your ashtrays with a baking soda solution.

68. Keep your drains clean by putting four tablespoons of baking soda in them each week. Flush it down with hot water.

69. Clean your shower curtains by soaking them in baking soda and water.

70. Put it on a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.

71. Use it to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from a toaster. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp rug, then use the rug to clean the toaster.

72. Use it to clean your retainers and dentures.

cleaning dentures

73. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, and used it to scrub enameled cast iron and stainless steel.

74. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water, and use it to clean the inside part of an oven.

75. Use it to unclog gas stoves.

The most amazing thing about baking soda is that it’s very cheap. You can do all these things for a very small cost. Baking soda is truly a miracle product, whether it’s used for baking or not.

65 Comments so far

  1. Imogene Hart on November 14th, 2008

    I\’ve used baking soda to gently remove cradle cap from baby\’s head.

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  3. Martin on January 1st, 2009

    Mix a little baking soda with water, then apply the mixture to a corroded auto battery terminal - the corrosion will be dissolved and can then be washed away.

  4. Kaye on January 4th, 2009

    I add a little bit of baking soda to shampoo to rid hair and scalp of styling products build up. It also works very well to neutralize oily hair and scalp.

  5. ANNETTE on January 19th, 2009

    I am so thankful for all the uses for Baking Soda. It is not harmful to breathe like so many of the cleaners. It truly is one of the Worlds Best Kept Secrets. I told my daughters that I am going ‘Green”. It is really unbelievable how it cleans so well. And makes everything smell so fresh and clean. I am trying to get them to join me in going”Green”.

  6. Kali on January 21st, 2009

    I use it on my face and its amazing. I just mix baking soda and water into a paste like mixture and rub it all over my face. Then i let it set for about 5-7 minutes. Then i take a wash cloth and soak it with warm water and wash the baking soda mixture off my face. I don’t need to use any acne products. The baking soda is gentle yet it caused the bumps on my face to turn into white heads and when i washed my face off with water they all popped on their own. It was amazing. The only downside is, it dries your skin so you have to moisturize immediately after you dry your face. I use dry skin lotion. My face is soft, clean and clear!

  7. Phyllis J LayPort on January 28th, 2009

    I did not know about baking soda for repelling ants & roaches. I have a tremendous ant problem and am sure going to try this immediately. Thanks

  8. cindy on January 31st, 2009

    I just read in “Cooks Illustrated” that baking soda (for baking) should be replaced every 6 months. Sooooo, I am happy to find all these uses for the baking soda that I remove from the pantry. I will probably cycle it to the fridge and freezer and cycle those to the cleaning supplies or the drains.

  9. Carol White on February 10th, 2009

    For number 71 do you mean to say rag not rug?

  10. Everett Sneed on February 27th, 2009

    What is a good mixture of baking soda and water for cleaning and neutralizing battery acid, if used in a spray bottle.

  11. FrugalNYC on March 4th, 2009

    Great List. I’m linking to your post from my blog post soon.

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  13. CasinoInArizona on March 12th, 2009

    epic list, thanks!

  14. Flo7912 on March 17th, 2009

    I use the baking soda to clean my jewerly. It is great.

  15. rande powell on March 19th, 2009

    Would a solution of baking soda and water help with smoke odor removal? Or add it in the laundry? Had a small kitchen fire and am looking for solutions.

  16. Leela on April 2nd, 2009

    Great Blog.
    Keep the ideas coming - I use baking soda to soak my beans before boiling - it removes the gas.

  17. SONIA RENE on April 18th, 2009


  18. Albert Doria on May 3rd, 2009

    I heard that drinking a glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda can be used to clean colon and removes internal bad odor, is that true? Please confirm.

  19. Tamra on May 4th, 2009

    What are the long term health effects of baking soda in food? Does anyone know if it causes cancer? I am very curious! Thanks!

  20. Shelby on May 12th, 2009

    I use baking soda to wash my dreads. I mix a big bucket of warm water, a hit of lemon, and a hit of salt.. soak them in that for 5 minutes or so, let them sit in a towel then rinse rinse rinse. They feel clean and smell fresh.

  21. John on May 13th, 2009

    We use baking soda to help balance the PH of our body.

  22. Sandra Terrill on May 14th, 2009

    I have been a long time user of baking soda. Thank you for the practical and safe uses of baking soda.

  23. Denise on May 21st, 2009

    I am having acne problem and ants problem and I going to try these baking soda idea along with the others.

  24. Becky Everhart on May 31st, 2009

    Is there a downside to using baking soda? Sounds like a miracle product without the cost.

  25. glada on June 4th, 2009

    Amazed I learned many new things


  26. heather on June 6th, 2009

    1 Tbsp mixed w/about 32 oz. water is good for aleviating pain from a urinary tract infection. Neutralizes the acid of the urine and helps prevent kidney infections! I swear by it!

  27. Debbie in Atlanta Georgia on June 7th, 2009

    Thanks for all your tips and ideas. Please keep them coming. I have use baking soda for quite sometime. I always like to receive new ways of using it. Thanks again.

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  29. Nana Sabine on June 12th, 2009

    Can dentures be soaked overnight in baking soda and water. If so, how much BS is safe???

  30. Elaine of Jackson, Tn on June 12th, 2009

    I am happy to hear all of the uses for baking soda. I like natural remedies. I was looking for a remedy for the blemish (I don’t really know what to call it) on my face. It came from the medication I was taking for sinus. I never reply to anything online. I also have to represent my home town; nobody else will.

  31. Amy on June 14th, 2009

    Go poo-free and use baking soda as a shampoo. I mix 1-2 Tbsp to one cup warm water and spray it onto dry hair while in the shower, wait about a minute and rinse with cool water and hello salon style!!!! Great hair, no oil, no sls buildup, and can we say cheap!

  32. Mike on June 16th, 2009

    I work at Rona and Rona has led the way into the Eco ,green way of doing things. Baking soda is without a doubt the best ECO way to help save the planet. thanks for all these tips ! :)

  33. Erin on June 30th, 2009

    Works great in a recipe for iced tea as well…keeps the tea clear and not bitter! Just a pinch with which ever recipe you like!

  34. Mercy on July 3rd, 2009

    I just started using Baking Soda to brush my teeth with….. after a deep cleaning given by my Dentist because I was diagnosed having gingivitis. I’m hoping that with a long term use of Baking soda along with a few drops of peroxide I can help get rid of the gingivitis, keep my teeth clean and white.

    My sister told me that her husband has used it for many years and his teeth are not only very white but he never has cavities or gets gingivitis.

    Thanks for the information as I now know that is safe to be using it instead of toothpaste and also for so many other wonderful things!

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  36. Christine Fawcett on July 9th, 2009

    If your pet or yourself has been sprayed by a skunk bathe in tub with baking soda. Totally takes the smell out.

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    waw.. this is nice!

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  40. donny on July 24th, 2009

    we have a chow chow dog,he’s over a year old now,he used to stay inside our house playing with my kids,but now he only stas outside because the whole family cannot stand his awful smell,we tried a lot of things to get rid of that foul odor to no avail.Can baking soda help?if yes how much amount should we use?

  41. D on July 25th, 2009

    Pour some baking soda into a drain and add vinegar to help clear drain build up and prevent clogging.

  42. JL ESTES on August 3rd, 2009





  43. ruthless on August 5th, 2009

    i’ve been using baking soda to whitens my teeth since i’m smoking cigarette. and i notice that baking soda removing the stains of my teeth and even fresher my breath. so practical. love it!

  44. Oz on August 10th, 2009

    3-Awesome products, from curing cancers and multiple diseases that the FDA and our government(as well as others) continue to deny(even with evidence), to washing clothes, and brushing your teeth.
    1) Hydrogen Peroxide (Food Grade-ONLY)
    2) Vinegar
    3) Baking Soda

  45. mocca on August 12th, 2009

    m a nature lover at heart and eco friendly suporter and i do my very best to go green as much as i can and usin bs and vinegar as my cleaning agent is my own litel way to go green however wen usin bs as cleaner on windows or glasses leaves cloudy traces cn u giv me advise on proper usage ? i dilute bs on pail of water and wipe straight on glasses wid cloth and wen it dries it leaves cloudy marks,pls help

  46. dogg on September 1st, 2009

    Can soda be used as a water softener?

  47. James on September 7th, 2009

    If you’re participating in a very physical activity, you can take a combination of baking soda and water. I think the formula is 1 tablespoon per 100 lbs of body weight.. don’t quote me exactly. In any case, it will help neutralize the lactic acid your body produces. The negative part is that it will cause diaherria. It’s advised to take the mixture 2 hours or more in advance.

  48. carie on September 8th, 2009

    For the past 3 weeks, I’ve been using a baking soda/water mix and an apple cider vinegar rinse every other day in place of my shampoo regiment. As a result, my hair is healthier and has more volume. I have curly hair, and I’ve never seen my hair curl as beautifully as it does when I wash with baking soda. The fact that it lacks all of the harmful chemials of conventional shampoo is a definite plus. It makes me a happy person :)

  49. James Feldman on September 9th, 2009

    I open a box of baking soda and put it in my refridgerator. After a month I then take the box out and dump it in the bottom of the kitchen garbage pail prior to putting in the garbage liner. A month later I dump the contents into the garbage disposal in my sink. I often buy the baking soda in bulk quantities so that I can recyle the smaller boxes or place the baking soda in bowls, etc. instead of purchasing boxes each time I plan to change them.

  50. langgita on September 10th, 2009

    wow! totally amazing!
    I can’t believe it really…i’ll buy baking soda on the pay day! LOL

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  53. Lez on September 28th, 2009

    I mix baking soda and lemon juice and keep it in a jar in my bathroom for washing my face. It keeps my face clean and removes blackheads. It is also a very good under arm wash. It is an excellent body scrub and leaves your skin very soft and smooth.

  54. Kathryn on October 7th, 2009

    I get really bad heartburn every once in a while. I have tried Tums, Rolaids, Crackers, OTC, Pepto Bismal and it none of them work like a teaspoon of baking soda mixed in 4 oz of water.

    Heartburn is gone immediately….great remedy!

  55. mindy on October 11th, 2009

    Well, my daughter at the age of 9 is going through a tough time of puberty! The Best thing I can offer is to put bs in the tub(about a half cup) and HELLO! She comes out smelling like the little girl she should smell like-instead of the whole football team coming in after a long workout!!! Her under arms smell so good! And her hair is so pretty and shiny. Best thing I ever thought long and hard about! Even thought of the vinegar and went the baking soda way, yeah me!

  56. Sonz on October 12th, 2009

    it can be used to heal gum boils and other soars in the mouth

  57. Ivanna:D on October 21st, 2009

    This is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. Rose Marie on October 27th, 2009

    Depending on what you are using it for, realize that the routine box you would buy in the grocery store contains aluminum. You may purchase aluminum free brands at most health food stores. Aluminum has been thought by some to contribute to memory lose when too much is ingested over the course of years…Better safe than sorry :-)

  59. Bob on October 29th, 2009

    We drink reverse osmosis water to get away from tap and the chlorine / fluoride that goes along with tap. RO water is acidic though running around PH 6.0 - we add 1/8 tsp (teaspoon) per quart of RO to bring it to PH 7.0 or so. You can buy PH strips online or in a health food store. Fiji water is the best but who can afford that stuff to drink on a regular basis. TIP: Add the soda to the water the night before to your water you want for the next day. Gives the soda time to dissolve completely …. no soda taste what so ever :)

  60. Magilee Daley on November 2nd, 2009

    I heard that baking soda can be used to remove built-up fur from a kettle. What’s your take on this?

  61. Magilee Daley on November 3rd, 2009

    I tried out many of the uses of baking soda, as stated on this list and they work wonders!!!!!!!!

  62. David on November 5th, 2009

    I just bought some baking soda for cleaning possibly my face and hair as well as eliminating odors. I will say though that when I was about 15, I used pure baking soda for a couple years to brush my teeth and although it kept them white and fresh, after a few years my teeth became real sensitive. It was because of the baking soda whitening my teeth by partially taking the enamel off of my teeth. So now I take a flouride rinse to strengthen my teeth, so I don’t recommend regular use of baking soda to clean your teeth.

  63. Rene on November 6th, 2009

    Thank you so much for all the helpful information! I never knew about all these uses until today!!

  64. Kathleen Pike on November 6th, 2009

    Is baking soda good for removing old carpet stains? My daughter has an off white carpet with old stains.

  65. Regina on November 10th, 2009

    Cloth diapering is pretty easy now days even at night thanks to baking soda. If you sprinkle a little on the overnight cloth diaper, there is no ammonia smell in the morning!!!! Most mamas don’t put it against baby’s skin, but under a doubler. However, some mamas just sprinkle it on top and say the baby’s skin is nice and soft in the morning, versus red and chapped from ammonia build-up during the 12 hour sleep stretch.

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