20 Amazing Uses for Baking Soda

A glass jar of baking soda.

Baking soda is a versatile and multi-purpose substance that can be used for a wide range of household tasks. (Image: Geografika via Dreamstime)

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate as it is also known, is a common household ingredient with a wide range of uses. From cleaning and deodorizing to enhancing the beauty of plants, baking soda is an effective and versatile tool. It is classified as “food grade” or “industrial” so be sure you check out the label on the back of the package to be sure you have the right one for your intended use.

20 uses for baking soda

1. Wash away pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables

Add a teaspoon of baking soda per quart of water. Stir to dissolve, then put fruits or vegetables in and soak for five minutes. Pesticide residue will be removed.

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2. Make plants more beautiful

Spray baking soda water on the leaves of plants and then wipe them with a damp cloth. This will give the plant’s leaves a bright, shiny look.

Bright shiny leaves of an eternity plant sitting in a room with a white wall.
You can use baking soda to keep the leaves of your houseplants looking bright and shiny. (Image: Tetiana Kolubai via Dreamstime)

Additionally, if you water hydrangeas with diluted baking soda water, it will make the flowers look more saturated in color.

3. Refresh your home

Using baking soda to clean windows, doors, floors, and bathroom fixtures can make them shine like new.

4. Remove grease and grime

Baking soda can remove grease and dirt. This is because when it comes in contact with grease, it creates a saponification effect that makes the grease dissolve in water.

5. Clean the floor

Soak a rag in baking soda water and wring it out to clean the floor. Then wipe the floor again with a clean rag. The floor will be very clean.

6. Wash clothes

When washing clothes, in addition to laundry detergent, you can also add some baking soda. This not only enhances stain removal but also makes the colors more vibrant and non-fading.

Washing machine sitting next to a window beside some shelves with bottles of detergent or fabric softener and folded laundry along with laundry baskets on the floor with a houseplant on the window ledge.
Adding baking soda when doing laundry enhances stain removal. (Image: Evgenyatamanenko via Dreamstime)

7. Clean collar and cuffs

Mix together a small amount of baking soda and warm water to form a paste. Apply this to the collar or cuffs and use a soft-bristled brush or an old toothbrush to work it into the fabric. Allow the paste to sit for 15-30 minutes before rinsing it off and launder as usual. The cuffs and collar will be very clean.

8. Deodorize the sink 

Baking soda can deodorize. Pour it down the sink when you finish washing the dishes to effectively remove odors.

In addition, it can also prevent the drain from clogging. Simply pour some baking soda into the drain and then run the hot water for a while.

9. Clean in one wipe 

Put orange peels in boiling water. Boil for 15 minutes on low heat. Then add baking soda. The ratio of water to baking soda is about 200:1. You can use this boiled solution to wipe greasy tabletops or kitchen appliances. It works very well.

10. Clean cutting boards

Using baking soda to clean cutting boards can remove stains on the surface as well as odd smells.

11. Clean range hoods

If the range hood is too greasy, you can use baking soda paste to clean it. Smear it on dirty areas and let it sit for a while. The grease will come off easily.

12. Remove crayon marks

Crayon marks on furniture can be removed with a damp wrung-out cloth with some baking soda.

13. Remove tea stains

Stubborn tea residue in cups can also be cleaned with baking soda. Use your fingers or a sponge with a small amount of baking soda to wipe out the cup and you should be able to remove the stains.

Empty green cup with tea stains sitting on a saucer on a wooden table.
Stubborn tea residue in cups can also be cleaned with baking soda. (Image: Loganban via Dreamstime)

14. Clean stains on induction cooktops

To clean the surface, soak a rag in a baking soda solution. Use this to wipe the cooktop and then wipe it again with a clean damp cloth. 

15. Remove dirt on keyboards

The keyboard often has dirt on it that is difficult to remove. Baking soda can do the job. Soak a rag in baking soda water, wring it out and wipe the dirt on the keyboard. Finally, use a clean damp rag to wipe it again a few times.

16. Clean microwave ovens

Microwave ovens contain not only the smell of food, but also food residue. Using baking soda can remove both. The cleaning method is the same as for induction cooktops. 

17. Deodorize the fridge

Putting a jar of baking soda water in the refrigerator can eliminate the odor completely.

18. Remove closet odors 

Baking soda can also remove odors in the closet. Put some in an open container, place it at the corner of the closet and replace it every three months. It is not only non-toxic but also effective in removing odors.

19. Clean toilet and garbage cans

Sprinkle baking soda evenly in the toilet or garbage can. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes. Then clean with detergent or vinegar. It not only deodorizes but also cleans very well.

20. Eliminate foot odor

Soaking feet in baking soda water can improve the problem of smelly feet. Simply pour 1 quart of warm water into a basin, add in 3 tablespoons of baking soda, stir well, and soak your feet for about 10 to 15 minutes. Doing this routinely can effectively improve foot odor.

Translated by Cecilia

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