Baking Soda Uses: DIY Cleaning Products For The Household

Posted by Tarvin Realtors on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 8:33am.

baking soda usesBaking soda uses go beyond what its name implies. We should remember that for decades, household cabinets have been filled with countless products (almost indistinguishable from each other) claiming to have specific uses for specific problems. Do you have a mysterious odor emanating from the depths of your walk-in closet? Buy this! Don't like the way your favorite piece of cookware has gone through changes like a color spectrum? Buy that! Do you have a stubborn, dog-flavored stain on your carpet? Buy this, too! How much of this stuff do we actually need, or rather, how much of it can we do without?

Modern households are more about seeking healthy, responsible practices that minimize the impact to our own health and our environment. One such simple, eco-friendly, yet oft-neglected solution is actually hiding right in our cupboards: that magical white powder known as sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda. It has countless uses and can be mixed with water, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, or on its own for a myriad of purposes. These days more and more retailers are stocking their aisles with sustainable household products in the organic section, but using that box of baking soda in your home is an inexpensive, equally non-toxic alternative to traditional household products containing harmful chemical solutions.

Effective DIY Cleaning Products

The use of baking soda at home to make DIY cleaning products comes from a mixture of tradition, a dash of old wive's tales (that just happen to be true) and of course, a fair bit of science. With enough experimentation, you'll find that use for baking soda goes beyond those third grade volcano science fair experiments. You'd be surprised to know that baking soda has plenty of applications around the house--in the kitchen, in the bathroom, in the laundry--even in your body. Here is a list of just some of the many household uses for baking soda:

All Purpose Cleaning

  • all-purpose household cleaning agent (e.g. kitchen sinks, countertops, bathtubs, floors, windows)
  • multi-surface cleaner (e.g. rubber, plastic, wood, stainless steel, glass)
  • stain remover (e.g. coffee stains on your mug or accidents on your carpet)
  • deodorizer (e.g. the potpouri of food smells in your fridge)
  • drain clogger

Personal Care & Hygiene

  • beauty treatment (e.g. hair and dandruff, acne, skin conditioning)
  • toothpaste and teeth whitener
  • natural deodorant (e.g. expired underarms or smelly feet)

Kitchen

  • cleaner for stubborn grease and food on pots and pans
  • cleaner for ovens and dishwashers
  • homemade baking powder (just add cream of tartar and corn starch)
  • extinguishes small grease fires

Laundry Room

  • enhances laundry detergent effects
  • deodorizer for dirty laundry
  • food stain remover

Outside Your Home

  • lawn and patio furniture cleaner
  • barbecue grill cleaner
  • discourages weed growth on sidewalks
  • keeps flowers fresh for longer
  • neutralizes car battery acid

Medical

  • natural antacid (e.g. to treat acid indigestion or heart burn)
  • treats sunburn, bug bites, and poison ivy rashes

Do you know of any other creative uses for baking soda? Add them in the comments section!

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