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27 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda

Lots of green cleaning power in a little orange box
by Noël-Marie Taylor
Welcome, Googlers! If you like this article, you may also like the articles Vinegar: (Almost) the Only Cleaner You'll Ever Need, Make Your Own Natural Dishwashing Powder, Natural Cleaning Alternatives and Washing Soda Experiments. Thanks for visiting!

There are many non-poisonous products that can be used for basic household cleaning. Next to vinegar, the most useful of these is baking soda.

Like vinegar, baking soda has three major things going for it as a cleanser:

  • It's non-toxic. Sure, eaten in large amounts it might make you feel unpleasant, but it's not poisonous.
  • It's multi-purpose. The suggestions in this article are only a few of the many ways that baking soda can be used as a household cleanser.
  • Best of all, it's CHEAP! The cost of baking soda (especially when purchased in several pound large boxes) is far less than that of any other, specialized cleaning agent.

Baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda, as it is also known) is a naturally occurring material, present in most organic life forms. It can be "made" from sodium carbonate, or soda ash. The soda ash is dissolved in a carbon dioxide rich solution, and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) precipitates out.

As its name suggests, baking soda can be used for cooking. It can also be used medicinally, and, as we will discuss in this article, for cleaning.

In the kitchen
The kitchen is the most likely place to find baking soda. Don't stop with using it for baking, though!

1. A box or small bowl of baking soda in the refrigerator, freezer, or any cupboard will keep away unpleasant odors.

2. Similarly, baking soda will keep away garbage odors; sprinkle the bottom of the pail, and then sprinkle again after you put a new bag in.

3. Grease fires can be put out by sprinkling them with baking soda.

4. To clean surfaces, sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth. Wipe, then rinse with clean water.

5. To remove stale smells from food containers, rinse out with hot water and baking soda. If the smell persists, let the container soak overnight in the baking soda and water mixture.

6. To clean silver, use a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Rub the paste onto each item, then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

7. To remove scuff marks or grease spills from the floor, sprinkle with baking soda and then wipe with a warm, damp cloth. This is even safe for no-wax floors!

8. For burnt-on food in the bottom of pots, sprinkle with baking soda, then add hot water. Let soak overnight; the dried on food will come loose much more easily.

In the Bathroom

9.To remove stubborn stains from most surfaces, use a baking soda paste (3 parts baking soda, one part water). Apply, let stand, then scrub or wipe clean.

10. Hairbrushes and combs can be cleaned in a baking soda solution.

11. To avoid clogged drains, pour 1/4 cup baking soda down weekly. Rinse through with hot water.

All Around the House

12. To remove scents from a carpet, sprinkle with baking soda. Let stand for at least fifteen minutes, then vacuum. Repeat as needed.

13. If there is a smoker in the house, put baking soda in the bottom of each ashtray to keep away some of the stale smoke smell.

14. Baking soda in the litterbox will help prevent odors.

15. To quickly clean pets and remove "wet dog" odor, sprinkle with baking soda and brush out their fur.

16. To help remove spills, blot as much as possible. Then clean as you normally would. When finished, sprinkle with baking soda. Vacuum. This will decrease the chance that some of the spilled item will remain in the carpet and cause unpleasant odors later.

17. Children's toys can be cleaned using 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart warm water. Submerge in this mixture (or wipe with a cloth dampened in it), then rinse with clear water.

In the Laundry

18. Replace half of each measure of laundry detergent with baking soda to keep clothing fresh.

19. To remove grease stains, either add baking soda to the wash load or pretreat the stains with a baking soda paste.

20. Pretreat diapers in their pail with baking soda. This will keep odors from becoming overpowering between washings.

21. Baking soda increases the effectiveness of chlorine bleach. Add 1 / 2 cup to your laundry, along with the usual amount of bleach.

22. If you keep a laundry hamper, add some baking soda every day to keep the hamper from smelling between emptyings.

Outside the House (Yard and Garage)

23. Baking soda can be used to help clean up grease spills.

24. To remove burnt food from the grill, sprinkle with baking soda, then soak. After several hours, the charred pieces will come loose easily.

25. Lawn furniture can be easily cleaned with a rinse of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart warm water.

26. The children's pool can be cleaned and have mildew removed by washing with baking soda in warm water.

27. Before packing away your camping gear after a trip, sprinkle with baking soda.

If you really get into using baking soda for cleaning, consider buying it in bulk; see if you can join a co-op or if your local natural foods or bulk store can order it for you. After all, it doesn't spoil, and the uses for baking soda are nearly endless!


Noël-Marie Taylor is a freelance writer located in Columbia, Maryland. Her work has appeared in many magazines, including PC Magazine and The Mother Is Me. A stay-at-home mom to two children, she is also the designer of several cross-stitch kits for children.

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Guest's picture

Cat urine on rubber mat

We have a rubber mat that levels out 1 piece of furniture in our basement. We put the litter box on there, and the cats ended up urinating on it when we went away and our friend did not clean the box as often as they liked... We were unable to remove the mat due to the furniture, and no matter how much we cleaned it, every time it got wet it smelled horribly. It also had a general urine smell that was unpleasant the rest of the time.

After trying everything, I sifted (heavily) baking soda all over it and let it sit. It pulled all the urine and odor out of the carpet after 2 applications. It was difficult to vacuum however, due to the bottom-most layer becoming very paste like. I did find that the small tip normally used for cleaning corners and crevices did the job with a little effort.

C.Arlene's picture

Refrig cleaning

just got a new frig and they say to clean the inside with baking soda. Got the soda but no mixing instructions for powder and water. suggestion?

Christine Cline's picture

dog urine on woodwork

I have chihuahuas (don't ever get males) and let me tell you they are hard to train...they did their business on the hallway baseboard...I tried everything, washing my floors every day, wiping everything down with bleach, spent a fortune on air freshners...you guessed it..I sprinkled baking soda on the woodwork (it's still there after 3 days) and asked my children (3 young adults who would always complain,,,Mom, that smell!!)..it's gone (I even got down on my knees to put my nose to the baseboard)...I leave it there as long as I don't have company. I always lock my male dogs away when no one can keep an eye on them...hope this helps someone else...

Brian's picture

Cleaning with Baking Soad

Another use: great for cleaning copper pans.

erika001's picture

Thank you

Thank you for this exhaustive list of natural cleaning methods. I hope it's not a phase, but cleaning (even the laundry) is more exciting these days now that I'm implementing chemical-free cleaning in my home. It's not only safer for my baby and the planet, but saving us money!!!

Additionally I find that I can use the baking soda as a stand alone detergent (no mixing necessary) for a normal load.

Guest's picture

cleaning frig with baking soda

You can just make a paste with the soda and water, add enough water to make a consistency like frosting. I make a natural 'soft scrub' with baking soda, water and a little dish soap or dr. bronners. it's great! and cheap.

xJodyx's picture

Baking soda

Never clean pet messes up with bleach, it has amonia in it which is also in urine, pets will smell the amonia and think that's the toilet. I'm glad you found baking soda to work it's amazing stuff along with vinegar too. Big grin

Guest's picture

somewhat wrong, but you should know this....

AAAhh, never use bleach when cleaning urine! Bleach does not have amonia in it, they are two different products. Yes, amonia and urine have very similar properties. But, Bleach and Amonia together makes Mustard Gas! A very toxic/deadly substance to inhale. I once forgot the connection and decided to bleach my cat's litter box, once I realized the combination was foaming up and producing a gas I ran the box outside and sprayed it with the hose. My new rule of the household is this, no amonia, no bleach. There are better substitutes that aren't toxic and I don't have to worry about my kids getting into.

Guest's picture

Here in the UK, litter tray

Here in the UK, litter tray liners can be purchased which makes the cleaning of the trays so much easier. Just tie up and throw way in the dustbin (garbage can). I f we can get them here surely you might get them in the US

Sis03's picture

bleach doesn't have ammonia in it

Bleach does NOT have ammonia in it, BUT Do NOT ever mix bleach with anything that does have ammonia in it. It will make a poisonous gas--chlorine gas--that can damage your lungs, mucous membranes in you nose, throat and lungs, and can easily kill you in a small space with not enough fresh air. Don't even try it with all the windows open. It is truly very dangerous.

Guest's picture

Bleach

Bleach and Urine are not similiar. Bleach does not have ammonia in it. I think what you are speaking of is the bleach ammonia mix that can be deadly. Bleach WILL kill the urine odor but will also cause you serious medical issues. Everyone always warns you NOT to mix the two together.

A good solution to ridding the smell is allowing the pan to soak in a vinegar solution for about 30 minutes drying it out and adding baking soda to your litter.

Guest's picture

no ammonia in bleach

Ammonia and bleach are completely different substances, bleach does not have ammonia in it, bleach is hypochlorite, it contains hydrogen, chlorine and oxygen, Ammonia is nitrogen and hydrogen, mix the two and you get a poisonous gas. This is something you should have learned in middle school.

Guest's picture

Male Dog Problems

Hello,

Also you may want to buy small baby diapers. Turn the diaper side ways and put on the male chihuahua. Secure with tape. This will prevent the dog from lifting his leg on your wall. My mom breeds Yorkshires and all males wear diapers.

Good Luck

johnell's picture

thank you

Smiling thank god i looked at this website i have been going nuts trying to keep my house clean i have O.C.D. and i must have everything cleaned to prefection my girlfriend leaves messes everywhere and it drives me nuts plus it saves me money from buying all these expensive cleaning products that have harmful chemicals in them thanks i really appreciate the tips

jamie's picture

Are your male dogs neutered?

Are your male dogs neutered? I had the same problem with my two male dogs until I had them neutered. Now no more peeing in the house! Plus neutering keeps them healthier less chance of getting cancer and they are just better pets now. I do love cleaning with baking soda it's the best.

Angel's picture

Baking Soda on Body Odor

Baking soda is very essential in getting away from the embarrasing body odor caused by the bacteria on our armpit's sweat. after bathing, apply baking soda on your underarm and for sure that you will get rid of the embarassing odor of your armpit.. you can also dilute it in water and use it as your deodorant.. it's safe, effective, cheap and eco-friendly.. try it now..

Guest's picture

can i ask if baking can make

can i ask if baking can make your armpit white?,..

vashti pramsook's picture

can it be used on your face as a cleanser?

i saw a video on youtube where this girl mixed baking soda with water an applied it as a paste on her face to remove blackheads, so i tried it and it worked it cleaned my face great , the on;y thing is it dried out my skin an i have oily skin, is it safe to use on my face ?

Guest's picture

Ive been given a second hand

Ive been given a second hand washing machine and it smells of damp when you open the door. Will Baking soda get rid of the smell?

Guest's picture

I have had this same problem

I have had this same problem with my washing machine. baking soda will help, try bleach and baking soda wash on hot water (empty). be sure to open the lid when finished to let it dry good. i have to leave mine open when not in use to keep the smell from coming back. i was told by a appliance repair man that the main cause was my use of liquid detergent, so i have switched to powder and it also helped. i didn't realize that liquid det. had oil in it and can cause bad build up in the machine that will mildew. hope this helps.

mick's picture

baking soda

How do i remove stains from the lounge suite while the family is away

Juliebug's picture

Sticky Labels

I have found that baking soda paste is just the thing to take the sticky residue of jars and such when you peel off a label. Just rub it over the sticky part and rinse away. Most comes off very easily but it may take several applications or scrubbing.

Betty Silver's picture

using baking soda to clean soot from ceilings

I had a kerosene heater that smoked up my house. A professional cleaning service cleaned the house but now several years later, I have painted the ceiling with 2 coats of primer - Kilz and a coat of paint. After 6 months black marks became apparent on the ceiling rafters. Can you provide any advice for cleaning the ceiling with baking soda and how effective that may be before I paint once again?

Thanks,

Guest's picture

Baking soda and homemade laundry detergent

I have been making my own laundry detergent now since about the beginning of the year, saving at least $10 a month! However, I did notice my whites getting dingy and a film built up in the washer tub and agitator. After doing a little research, I learned this is common in areas with hard water. I used something called "washer magic" to clean the washer (it's mainly citrus oils and did a great job), and it took off all the film. Today I purchased a 50# bag of non food-grade baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) at the local feed store and am using 1/2 cup per load to soften the water. I immediately noticed a difference in the load of towels I did...I had noticed that my dishtowels didn't seem as absorbent as they used to, even though I do not use fabric softener on them. After washing towels with the baking soda, my dishtowel was nice and thirsty again, plus the towels smelled nice and fresh.

The 50# bag of soda only cost $12 (and some change), which if I figured right is like 50 small boxes of baking soda. The cheapest baking soda around this area is like 47 cents a box. So, I've essentially got $23.50 of baking soda for $12. I love saving money!!

***YOU SHOULD NOT USE THIS FOR BAKING*** only use food-grade baking soda for baking!

Guest's picture

Baking soda & borax

I also make my own laundry soap and LOVE IT. I have hard water and a machine that tends to smell of mildew. Switching to a homemade base detergent has rid me of both problems. My combination is Borax, washing Soda and a bar of soap (I like powder better than liquid). Both of these powders a relatively inexpensive and last a while. You only need a tablespoon or two per load. My mildew smell issue has changed remarkably. My clothes have never smelled fresher. There is just something about a freshly scented towel after a long hot shower that makes my day.

WORKS WONDERS! My clothes have never been fresher.

Guest's picture

what type of soap?

Hi. I'm interested to know what type of soap you are using to mix with borax and baking soda. Thank you Celeste

Miataluvr's picture

Soap

Try Fels Naptha or ivory soap

Guest's picture

May I put picture links on my blog to yours??

Hi Noel-Marie,
Please may I put picture links on my blog to this page about baking soda and also your vinegar pages...they are both excellent sources of info and I want to encourage my readers to clean green.
Thanks in advance for considering this, Patricia

Lynn's picture

Hi

This is Lynn, and I'm the one who'd give permission. That's fine, as long as there's a link to us.

Rita Miller's picture

Cleaning carpet stains

I recently read somewhere on the web that you can remove carpet stains using a paste made from baking soda and vinegar. Firstly, I would try this on a "test" spot...say in a closet first. I don't have an actual recipe. I just poured a bit of baking soda and vinegar in a bowl to make a wet mixture. I poured the mixture on several carpet stains and worked it into the carpet. Then I used a steam vacuum and cleaned it up. The next day I noticed white spots....some of the baking soda was still in the carpet and so I shampooed this area of the carpet with a soap solution. The stains are gone...no white spots! I have tried everything you can imagine to get various carpet stains out and have had no luck until I tried the baking soda and vinegar mixture.

Monstrosity's picture

Soap Scum Killer

Big grin
It's really awesome on bathtub soap scum!! I just tried it where all my cleaners and bleach had failed and it was brilliant- mixed to a sloppy paste with about one part bicarb to 3 parts vinegar.

Anton's picture

soap scum killer

so do you wait until the volcano resulting from mixing b.s and vinegar has stopped or do you use it while still frothing?

Guest's picture

I have very bad hard water

I have very bad hard water stains on my bathroom glass door and kitchen faucet. I try not to use chemicals at home because I have a toddler and a very young child. Can baking soda get rid of the hard water stains? And if so, what is the recipe and application?

Anton's picture

I have very bad hard water

No, I have tried it without success!However I did find the cleaner for ceramic oven tops works!

marce's picture

hard water stains on bathroom glass doors

I, too have had this problem. There are two ways to do this. One is easy and one take some elbow grease. First I used soda paste and tried scrubbing. It worked but killed my back. Then I decided to take the doors outside and poured full strength vinegar on them. It worked like a charm! I use vinegar for all hard water stains and use soda for stains and odor removing.

Guest Maria Didsbury's picture

yellow plastic in my motorhome shower area

Shocked I have a six month old motorhome and the standing area of the shower cubicle is going yellow I have tried cif - a citrus based spray and bleach non of which worked have you any suggestions

barbara garlisch's picture

aluminum

can I remove the oxidation (very bad) off some trays that are aluninum??

Shirley Marjanovich's picture

baking soda and swimming pools.

We just opened our pool and shocked it. However the pool is cloudy and someone told me to add baking soda to the pool to clear it up. Is that true and if so how much? We have an above ground 13x30 pool. Thanks in advance. Will wait for the answer.

Isaiahsmommy11108's picture

Pool

I don't know if you will read this, since it's almost a year later but we have a salt water filter for our pool and it's amazing! We love it! No chemicals and no changing filters all the time. Last year we only used one filter. And about a bag of pure salt. So, that cost us about $10. That's it. No chlorine, so shock and beautifully clear water! Of course it does have a salty taste, but not as strong as the ocean or anything. Plus, no faded bathing suits and no dried out hair! I highly recommend a salt water filter! Smiling

Suelisa's picture

Brick cleaning

Shocked My house is an older brick home I dont want to use muriatic acid or TSP, so I am trying to find a natural cleaning solution. have heard that you can use Baking Soda, is that true?

Ingrid hoffman's picture

Facewash

after washing your face with your favorite facewash, get half a teaspoon of baking soda and wash your face in a circular motion. It works like an exfoliate.

BT's picture

Grout

Pour some baking soda into a bowl. Also need a bowl of water. Dip tile scrubbing brush into water to wet. Dip a tile scrubbing brush just at tip of bristles into baking soda. Scrub grout. Comes off like a charm. Also want to add, if you don't like the powdery mess, for a few more dollars, resolve carpet cleaner works like a charm as well.

Anton's picture

smelly dishwashing machine

I use a 'gentle' eco friendly powder in my didshwashing machine but it keeps developing a scum around the inside and smelling. Does anyone have any tips re dishwashers and baking soda?

Guest's picture

Hello, Just out of curiosity,

Hello,

Just out of curiosity, did you ever find an answer to this?

Thanks!

Lynn's picture

check out the article on this site

Guest's picture

Cream of Tartar works great

Cream of Tartar works great to clean the inside of my dishwasher. Just pour into the detergent cup & wash as usual.

Guesttheresa's picture

dishwasher odor

have you found the answer I have the same problem can you use baking soda

Bluehounddawg's picture

Yes, sprinkle about 2

Yes, sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of baking soda on the bottom of your DW before running it (w/DW detergent as usual). Results in cleaner dishes.

Guest's picture

Baking Soda

I use baking soda to brush my teeth once a week for coffee stains. It works and it's safe. Also I live in the country and do get stung by wasp from time to time. I rush in making a paste of baking soda and water, rub it on sting and it helps the burning go away. I love using baking soda for several things it is so versatile.

dana pallessen's picture

baking soda and it's uses

i use baking soda to clean the iron/red/orange color from my blonde hair after using our very heavy iron content well water. dana pallessen toutle washington

Guest's picture

Cleaning smoked up walls

Big grin

I found your site searching for something I could do about the smut my gas logs left on my woodwork and walls.
I have really learned a lot about safely cleaning
from this article. Thank you so much. I know it will also save me a lot of money on cleaning supplies. I once tried washing my clothes with magnets un the washer instead of laundry detergent. The article sold me on the idea that it was the water that cleaned our clothes. I used them for awhile but quit
mainly because the whites looked dingy and no clean smell. I think I'll try them again using baking soda also and see how that works. Thanks again and please keep more tips coming. Thanks Betty

blakekellogg's picture

We have a rubber mat

We have a rubber mat that levels out 1 piece of furniture in our basement. We put the litter box on there, and the cats ended up urinating on it when we went away and our friend did not clean the box as often as they liked... We were unable to remove the mat due to the furniture, and no matter how much we cleaned it, every time it got wet it smelled horribly. It also had a general urine smell that was unpleasant the rest of the time.
After trying everything, I sifted (heavily) baking soda all over it and let it sit. It pulled all the urine and odor out of the carpet after 2 applications. It was difficult to vacuum however, due to the bottom-most layer becoming very paste like. I did find that the small tip normally used for cleaning corners and crevices did the job with a little effort.
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Des's picture

Baking Powder

I use it for baking!

Guest's picture

bleach and baking soda

Smiling Loeved all the tips, For really really really bad hard water stains I use bleach and baking soda mixed in to a milky paste. Use a green scouring sponge and the stains melt off. Plus th baking soda keeps the bleach smells from becoming overwhelming especially since I have such a small bathroom with very little ventilation other than the fan!!!!! Eye-wink

Guest's picture

Baking powder

Laughing out loud Thank you for the wonderful advise. Can I use baking powder for cleaning lounge suit?

Al's picture

Baking Soda

Can any one help me?
Is it true that baking soda kills toe nail fungus? How does it work?

Al. C

Guest's picture

Toe fungus

I do know that vinegar and hydrogen peroxide do help over time with fungus on the toes, i have used it, and it has disappeared.

I mixed both in a spray bottle and sprayed the toes morning and evening, thank God it worked.

GillytheFilly's picture

Fermented whey

Fermented whey will rid you of this fungus. You can get it from someone who makes milk kefir or you can purchase it from Bioforce if it's available in your local health food shop. Either ingest it (although some people aren't too keen on the taste) or paint it on with a cotton bud (but don't double dip!)

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i love this site. it's really

i love this site. it's really amazing.

Guest's picture

Baking soda.

If u have kids and have one that enjoys drawing on everything other than paper!! I have found that using a bit of baking soda on a wet/damp cloth and rubbing on it removes it quite well even the ones that have been there for awhile. Then just wipe over with a different damp cloth and your wall is scribble free Big grin

Guest's picture

For carpet stains

2 tblspoons of clear dawn, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 cups warm ater- white washcloth or white microfiber towels for carpet spots- scrub scrub scrub, let dry - VOILA! Works great!

Romero's picture

electric stove

I have an electric stove, which came with my house (I have a double-wide mobile home), and I'm trying to find out a way to clean the coils on the stove. Is there a way to clean and deodorize coils from having that burning smell every time something is on the stove, without having to purchase new coils?

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Guest's picture

red wine stains on white carpet!

had a large glass of wine dump on builder beige whitish broadloom carpet... New house of course... Sucked out excess with hand tool on rug machine. Doused with hydrogyn peroxide. Put baking soda over it to make paste. Let sit about 5 min. Extracted. Near perfect but not pristine. I was surprised it worked that good. Going to try another soaking to see if it goes away totally.

Guest's picture

bleach and ammonia

i was looking at a website that had instructions on how to grow AMAZING crystals!!!! then i noticed one thing......in the instructions it said to fill a container with bleach than add salt and baking saoda, after that it said to add ammonia!!!!!!! i was wondering if the baking soda and salt made the mixture of the bleach and ammonia non-toxic!!!!!! if it did work it would make sence because compounds made of toxic elements can make things that are very harmless, but then again i don't want to take any risks of inhaling toxic gas! if anyone has the answer PLEASE HELP!!!!

Lynn's picture

I'm not a chemist

...so I can't answer that question. My immediate response would be no, I wouldn't do it.

Guest's picture

Uses of baking soda

Baking soda, which contains sodium hydrogen bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate), is a chemical - as are all substances on earth. It is a by product of the industrial production of sodium carbonate and is not "natural". In baking soda it is mixed with a mild acid (such as potassium hydrogen tatrate, sodium aluminium sulphate etc., all synthetic chemicals). It is a weak alkali and readily breaks down to carbon dioxide and salt (e.g. potassium tartrate) when wet. The carbon dioxide gas is what makes the bubbles which leavens the cake mixture.
It is possible to buy pure sodium bicarbonate - I bought it from a Chinese food supplier.
Mixing sodium bicarbonate and ammonia is harmless. Mixing ammonia and baking powder will theoretically cause the production of ammonia from the action of the acid but, as ammonia is very soluble in water, it is unlikely to cause a problem.
Mixing chlorine bleach and ammonia makes chloramine, NH2Cl. This is a powerful germicide. It is also very unstable when dry and will explode violently at the slightest shock.
I don't know what the "amazing crystals" would be but it sounds a pretty toxic mixture to me.

Guest's picture

baking soda rocks!

baking soda rocks! Sticking out tongue Jawdropping! Big grin Cool Evil

Guest's picture

Baking soda and vinegar-- miracle workers

Thanks for the post. I love baking soda (and vinegar) and use them for nearly all cleaning in my house. Including me. I haven't used shampoo or conditioner in a year and a half. I simply do a baking soda rinse (I have naturally oily hair so I use about 1.5 - 2 Tbsp per cup of water) and my hair gets squeaky clean. (And since doing this, my hair takes much longer to get oily.) A vinegar rinse conditions and shines though, because baking soda doesn't dry my hair, I find I rarely need to condition. I use this for my 3 y.o. daughter too. She has curly, highly textured hair (use much less baking soda, followed by a good vinegar rinse-- she requires conditioning always) and it gives her glossy, ultra manageable curls.

DJ's picture

toxic combo???

I wouln't mix ammonia with any product except pine sol, too risky Shocked

Frank Apostol's picture

baking soda, vinegar,etc. as cleaning agents

To Whom it MAY Concern:

I'm sure that many of the people who have sent in information on the various uses of baking soda, vinegar, borax and salt mean well; however, they should learn exactly why a ratio of ingredience is important. A little bit/whole lot to a little bit/whole lot are ratios, but they are useless. Just what the hell is a little bit and/or a whole lot?

Also these people should learn to write down exactly what they want to say. So that the reader knows exactly what is intended.

I could have learned much from this sight if I could have been certain of what the message was. This is sad, because I believe that these people really wanted to be helpful. But they're just not thinking.

Hopefully, my comment will be construed as intending to be helpful.

teen hun's picture

human pee

Daughter had an accident middle of night on the couch. I got up because had the nerve something was up. Find out she peed all over the couch.

Does baking soda help remove smell? Help need some input its a friends couch...

Guest's picture

Barn Smells

Just wondering if baking soda could help with taking away barn smells on your clothes and even body when exposed to them. For instance a 10 hour shift of general cleaning, shovelling crap, wiping down pee and other bodily fluids. It would be no fun to go home on transit taking the barn smell everyday.

Kathryn's picture

poison ivy

My husband is severely allergic to poison ivy and oak. So much so, that he has to wrap the areas with bandages due to the weeping skin. This last time he used a thick paste of baking soda and water to cover the areas before bandaging. This mixture dried the areas more quickly and actually shortened the healing time. Plus, it is more soothing than Calamine/Caladryl lotion and doesn't stain clothing. Two more benefits: it's cheap and always available in our home.

Guest's picture

Carpet deodoriser

I add a few drops of my favourite essential oils to baking soda and sprinkle on the carpet pre-vaccuming to clean and deodorise without chemicals, works a treat for getting rid of pet odours Smiling

Joshua Trent's picture

500 Uses for Baking Soda

I love these articles with baking soda uses! So many uses from just one eco-friendly ingredient! I actually just put a book out with 500 uses for baking soda - http://www.amazon.com/500-Uses-Baking-Soda-ebook/dp/B00B5HEF3A/

Jerri's picture

For brushing teeth can you

For brushing teeth can you use baking soda for either household or for baking? Can you add oils to flavor? My husband wants to start making his own tooth paste with the baking soda. Puzzled

Lynn's picture

Baking soda yes, washing soda NO.

Otherwise not sure what you mean by household. If it's bicarbonate of soda, you're good. Here's a recipe for homemade baking soda toothpaste--I've never made it, mind:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Toothpaste-1/#step1

Jacob's picture

Tooth paste

I make my own tooth paate, by mixing baking soda, sea salt, peppermint oil and water. Works great...

Guest's picture

Bleach and ammonia

most urine contains some ammonia. Bleach and ammonia do not make mustard gas. They release chlorine gas, a lethal yellow-green elemental gas. Never mix anything that might have even trace amounts of ammonia with anything that might have trace amounts of bleach. Your best bet for deodorizing from pet waste is baking soda. I have used pinesol as well. If baking soda is not doing the trick, you might have to spend the money on an expensive enzyme cleaner to break down the crystals that have formed. Incidentally, for skunk spray, the best is a mixture of dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide.

Marianne's picture

cleaning

We have recently purchased new coffee filter machine but my husband says even after 10 tries finished coffee still smells and tastes of plastic. Will a solution of baking powder filterd through the machine solve this?

Barb S.'s picture

baking soda

I have a really weird question. I found a recipe for spray cleaner with just baking soda and water yesterday, so we made it. This morning, when I woke up, I found that it appeared all the baking soda had "climbed" out of the bottle and run down the side (out the spout and around the screw on lid). There is residue everywhere around the "pores" of the bottle, down the side of the bottle and on the counter. Any ideas? This is so weird to me.

Cyrus Pithawalla's picture

Use of Baking Soda

I would appreciate if you could email , me the use of Baking Soda for Marble Flooring , Counters , Dado etc & for Carpets .

Also , I also want the procedure of using Baking Soda for marble & carpets .

Warm Regards
C K Pithawalla

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Bathtub cleaning with baking soda

I've just cleaned the bathtub yesterday using only baking soda paste and a sponge (mixed about half a cup baking soda with water, until thick paste was created.) I did it simply because I ran out of my usual cleaner. It was great! I didn't need to use the gloves or ventilate the whole area after cleaning, and the results were the same or even better. I think I will continue to use baking soda for ANY cleaning purposes in the future. Tnx for the input!

More nice info on this subject that I've found: http://www.bakingsodavinegar.com

Cheers!

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I am impressed reading the

I am impressed reading the benefits of baking soda. Thanks for this great information. I will try it for cleaning my dirty clothes. Thank man.

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