I’m sure you’re all familiar with that little orange box in your fridge, freezer or baking cupboard. Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda has been helping generations of Canadian families cook and clean for decades. It has SO many uses! In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, I’m sharing 67 Ways to Use Baking Soda that you should know about.
67 Ways to Use Baking Soda
1-5 – Baby, baby, baby:
Baking soda is an all-natural cleaning product that’s gentle enough for even the tiniest baby clothes, yet effective enough for big baby odours.
Treat spills on carpets by soaking up as much of the spill as possible. Clean the stain and allow it to dry. When it’s completely dry, sprinkle well with baking soda, let sit for 15 minutes, and vacuum away.
You can also use baking soda to clean baby equipment and toys, and deodorize baby bottles and diaper pails. Use about 4 T. of baking soda in a quart of water. Wash thoroughly and rinse well.
Freshen up stuffed animals by sprinkling on baking soda, letting sit for 15 minutes, and then brushing away.
6-10- Have you tried it in the bathroom?:
It helps remove the dirt and grime from bathroom tiles or no-wax floors quickly and easily. I use a paste made of baking soda and water on scratch resistant surfaces and a solution (as above for the baby items) for more delicate ones.
It’s also effective at cleaning shower curtains, deodorizing drains and wastebaskets, surface-safe cleaning and for septic system care.
Pour about half a small box down a clogged drain and follow with 1 cup of white vinegar. Let sit and bubble up for about 15 minutes. Run hot water down the drain for approximately 5 minutes. If the clog is particularly stubborn, repeat this process but instead of running hot water down the drain, use 2 cups of boiling water. Doing this process once every week or two is a good preventative for clogs forming in the first place too.
11-18 – Not just for cooking in the kitchen:
Yes, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda is a staple baking ingredient as it causes dough or batter to rise, becoming light and porous when heated, but it can also be used in the kitchen to clean lunch boxes, microwave ovens, dishes, pots and pans, recyclables, drains and garbage disposals.
To clean your microwave, simply put 2 T. of baking soda in a cup of water and place in the microwave. Heat on high for 3 minutes. Leave in the microwave with the door shut for another 3 minutes. Wipe down the interior of the microwave, dipping a sponge into the baking soda solution if needed. Rinse well.
Did I mention it also removes odours from plastic containers, polishes silver, freshens sponges and stinky sinks, refreshes teapots, cups and mugs and works great as a fruit and vegetable scrub? Sprinkle on some baking soda, and scrub with a damp sponge or old toothbrush. Rinse well.
Of course, it’s also a common deodorizer for fridges and freezers. Changing the box regularly (every 30 days is recommended) helps ensure optimal odour elimination.
19 – 20 – Don’t fret about your floors:
Baking soda can help remove unsightly scuff marks without unwanted scratch marks from tile and no-wax floors.
It’s also great at neutralizing common household odours and freshens stale-smelling air in your home.
21 – 28 – Baking Soda Tackles the greasiest of garages:
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda safely cleans your car lights, chrome, windows, tires, vinyl seats and floor mats without you having to worry about unwanted scratch marks.
It’s also a great deodorizer for car interiors and camper water tanks and tackles oil and grease stains on your garage floor or driveway.
29 – Smelly gear no more:
Use Arm & Hammer baking soda to clean and deodorize smelly sports equipment like hockey or camping gear, as well as gym bags.
30 – 36 – Don’t forget to take it outside:
It is a must-have for your next camping trip! It’s a dish and pot scrubber, hand cleanser and deodorant, just to name a few.
It also cleans your plastic and vinyl pool toys as well as lawn furniture when it’s time to bring them out for the summer and works wonders on barbecue grills.
And that’s not all!
37 – 42 – Baking Soda has some great personal uses too!:
Because of the gentle and all natural formula of Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda, it’s a popular personal hygiene product for many.
It can be used as a body and facial scrub, hand cleanser and a refreshing bath soak. It also helps to fight bad breath and body odour and is great for washing hair.
43 – 46 – Health Care ideas:
Baking soda is a safe, effective antacid. Just follow the instructions on the package.
For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water. Apply to bug bites to relieve itching.
Soak in a mixture of baking soda and warm water for a few days and splinters should pop right out on their own.
Sit in a lukewarm bath with baking soda in the water to soothe a sunburn.
47 – 48 – Using Baking Soda For Household Safety:
I can’t remember a day when my mother didn’t keep a shaker of baking soda on the back of the stove. I’ve always followed suit too. It has come in handy several times when we’ve had stovetop or oven fires. Sprinkle it on to smother the flames.
Baking soda is also a great way to absorb oil/grease spills. This will help prevent any falls on the slippery surface until it can be thoroughly cleaned up.
49 – 53 – Use baking soda as part of your pet care regime:
Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your cat’s litterbox to help absorb odours. You can also sprinkle some on top each time you scoop the box for additional odour reduction.
Sprinkle baking soda over your pet’s stinky bedding, leave for 15 minutes, and then brush away to freshen up. I also use baking soda as a “dry shampoo” in between baths for our dog.
If your pet has an accident on the rug, sprinkle some on it to absorb the urine and neutralize the smell.
Finally, baking soda can come in handy if your dog gets skunked. Mix together 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 1 tsp of dish soap. Bathe them with this and rinse well. It can greatly reduce the stinkiness! Use the same mixture to clean clothes or bedding that have also been skunkified.
54 – 66 – Assorted Other Great Baking Soda Tips:
Hands all stinky after chopping onions or garlic? Rub with baking soda and water to get rid of the smell.
Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in the water when you are soaking dried beans. This helps make them more digestible (and less likely to cause, ummm, gassiness!).
You can keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to their water.
Equal parts of baking soda and salt sprinkled at the entry points can help keep ants from entering your home.
Seal books in a large plastic container with some baking soda to remove that musty smell.
Clean silver with a paste of baking soda and water. For brass, use baking soda sprinkled on a lemon wedge.
Sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of your laundry hamper to prevent odours.
Create a paste of baking soda and water and rub it over the residue left behind by labels or stickers.
Run some baking soda through a regular cycle of your dishwasher. This can help clear out all of the built-up grease and grime.
When packing away your camping supplies like tents and sleeping bags, add some baking soda to keep them from smelling “stale” when you pull them back out again next spring.
Soak combs and brushes once a month in a solution of 1 tsp. baking soda in a small basin of warm water. This will help remove hair product residue. Rinse well and let dry.
67 – My Super Secret Special Oven Cleaning Tip:
You’re not going to believe this tip. It’s so simple but so effective! I like to start by covering the element with aluminum foil to protect it. Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your oven.
Spray with water to make a paste, making sure the entire bottom surface of the oven is coated. Lay a black trash bag (I don’t know why it needs to be black but it does. And I’ve found that the cheaper the bag is, the better it works!) over the baking soda paste and leave it for several hours. It’s even better if you leave it overnight.
Remove the bag and wipe away the baking soda paste with a damp sponge. It generally removes all bits from the oven but if you find you have an especially stubborn one, you can use a scrub brush too.