101 Baking Soda Uses

Check out these 101 baking soda uses: you'll be surprised how many problems you can fix with one small box of baking soda!
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Laundry Baking Soda Uses

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38. Remove Blood Stains

To remove dried blood stains from clothing, add a pinch or two of baking soda to cold water. Allow the item to soak in the water for a couple of hours and then wash as usual. The baking soda will help lift and remove the blood stain from the clothing item.

39. Freshen Up Clothes Hampers

We all know how funky that clothes hamper can get, especially if it’s been tucked away in the closet for a few days. You can keep your clothes hampers from getting that musky, smelly odor by adding some baking soda to it every day or two until wash day arrives.

40. Remove Spit-Up Smell from Clothing

When your baby spits up on your favorite shirt or his and you don’t have time to change, you can get rid of the smell. Dip a damp cloth in baking soda and dab at on the area. When it dries, dust it off and the smell is gone.

41. Make a Laundry Detergent Booster

Add half a cup of baking soda to your washing machine to help give your laundry detergent a boost so your clothes will come out a little cleaner. It works by balancing the pH in the wash load and that leaves your clothes cleaner and smelling fresher.

42. Remove Tough Stains from Baby Clothes

To remove tough stains from baby clothes without using harsh chemicals, add half a cup of baking soda to your wash load. It’s strong enough to lift and remove stains yet gentle enough for babies, so you don’t have to worry about exposing your child to harmful chemicals.

43. Freshen Up Those Stinky Gym Clothes

Add half a cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle when washing your gym clothes to help neutralize odors. It will leave them smelling fresh and clean every time and it’s gentle enough to use each time you wash.

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44. Eliminate Stale Refrigerator Food Odors

Want to eliminate all those stale food odors in your refrigerator? Open up a box of baking soda and sit it inside the back of your fridge (or buy one of these boxes specially designed to deodorize the fridge). The baking soda neutralizes the odors and freshens up your fridge in no time.

45. Freshen Up Those Stinky Closets

If your closets tend to have a musky or mildew smell you can easily freshen them up with a box of baking soda. Just open it up and sit it on the top shelf and it will neutralize all those smells.

46. Deodorize Pet Bedding

If you’re a pet owner then you know just how bad your pet’s bedding can smell. However, you can get rid of that bad smell by sprinkling some baking soda all over the bedding and surrounding area. Wait at least minutes and then vacuum the baking soda and odors away. Add some essential oils: lemon oil with keep things fresh, tea tree will keep bugs away, and lavender oil to give it a nice smell and help your pet relax 😉

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47. Remove Odors from Rugs and Carpets

When your rugs or carpet begin to smell a little funky, it’s time to pull out the baking soda. Mix baking soda with some essential oils (peppermint, lavender, clove are my favorites for this) and sprinkle a generous amount over the entire surface area and let it sit overnight if possible. Then vacuum up and enjoy the fresh, clean smell.

48. Clean Your Stove-top

Sprinkle baking soda all around on your stovetop. Then use a spray bottle to spray hot water on top of the baking soda. Use just enough water to make it dissolve and let it soak for about half an hour. Then use a clean washcloth to wipe clean.

49. Bathe Your Large Dog without Using Water

Giving your large dog a bath can be challenging, especially in the wintertime. Now you can give him a dog bath without using water by sprinkling him down with baking soda. Rub it into his hair and then brush him out. It’s that simple and safe to use.

50. Clean and Deodorize Your Mattress

Clean and deodorize your mattress by pouring a whole box of baking soda over it, covering it completely. Then use a soft brush to rub it into the fabric. Allow it to set for awhile and vacuum it up. Your mattress will look and smell much cleaner.

51. Deodorize Vacuum Cleaners

When your vacuum cleaner gets that awful smell that makes you want to store it away in the closet for good, sprinkle a little baking soda on your carpet and vacuum it up. Allow the baking soda to sit in your vacuum cleaner for awhile and it will neutralize bad odors.

52. Eliminate Bad Odors in Vehicles

Sprinkle a little baking soda on your seats and the carpet in your vehicle. Let it sit for about half an hour and then vacuum it all up. The baking soda will neutralize the odors and eliminate them, leaving your vehicle fresh and clean again.

53. Deodorize Sports Gear

Sprinkle a little baking soda in your gym bag, backpack, golf bags, etc to deodorize them and to give everything inside a fresh, clean smell. It only takes a minute and it really works to keep your sports gear smelling nice in-between cleanings.

54. Freshen Up Those Stinky Sneakers

Do your sneakers smell like they have seen better days even when they’re still fairly new? You can freshen up those stinky sneakers by sprinkling baking soda inside them and leave it until you are ready to wear them again. Be sure to shake or vacuum out before wearing.

55. Deodorize that Litter Box

Before putting liter in your cat box, cover the bottom of the pan with baking soda. It will help neutralize the odor in-between cleanings so you don’t have to deal with all those bad smells. Baking soda is non-toxic so it’s safe for your pet.

56. Refresh Stuffed Animals

Over time stuffed animals can begin to smell bad and washing is not always an option. You can refresh them and make them smell good again by sprinkling them down with baking soda. Let them sit for a little while and then vacuum off all the powder.

57. Eliminate Trashcan Odors

You expect trashcans to get dirty but you don’t have to deal with that awful smell in-between cleanings. Just sprinkle a little baking soda on the bottom of the trashcan and it will help eliminate odors and keep your home smelling fresh.

58. Deodorize Your Dishwasher

Does your dishwasher have a funky smell that you just can’t seem to get rid of no matter how much you clean? Sprinkle some baking soda inside the bottom of your dishwasher or run it through a cycle using a pinch of baking soda to eliminate odors.

59. Deodorize Recyclables Containers

Recyclable containers can start smelling pretty rough after awhile but you can deodorize and give them a fresh smell with baking soda. Just sprinkle a little on top of the contents each day and it will help eliminate all types of odors.

60. Garbage Disposals

Pour a little baking soda into the garbage disposal and then run hot water down the drain. This will neutralize the odors from all those foods you put in there. It will also keep the bad smells from resurfacing later.

61. Neutralize Stale Ashtray Odors

Ashtrays can really smell and leave that stale cigarette smoke odor lingering throughout your home. One way to get rid of the odors and freshen the air is by putting baking soda in the bottom of the ashtrays to neutralize the smell.

62. Deodorize Tub Drains

Pour a half a cup of baking soda down your tub drain. Then run hot water down the drain to help eliminate and deodorize the drain. It will also help to keep odors from reoccurring later and it’s safe for all types of pipes.

63. Remove Wet Dog Odors

When fluffy goes out in the damp grass to do her business, she can come back smelling pretty bad. You can remove that wet dog odor by sprinkling her down with baking soda and let it sit for a few minutes. Then brush it out along with the bad smell.

64. Absorb Toilet Bowl Odors

To absorb toilet bowl odors, pour a fourth a cup of baking soda directly into the toilet and allow it to sit at least an hour. Scrub it with your brush and flush. It will clean your toilet bowl while absorbing the odors and leave your bathroom smelling fresh.

65. Deodorize Cutting Boards

Cutting boards absorb all types of odors from the foods you prepare. You can deodorize your cutting board and remove odors by sprinkling it with baking soda. Let it sit for a few minutes, scrub with a washcloth or brush and then rinse in the sink.

66. Use as an Air Freshener

Make a safe and great smelling air freshener by mixing baking soda and just a few drops of your favorite essential oil together. Add one tablespoon of baking soda and your essential oil to a spray bottle and fill with water. Shake and it’s ready to use.

67. Deodorize Rubber Gloves

Deodorize and keep your rubber gloves smelling clean by sprinkling a little baking soda on the inside of them. It will also make it easier to get them on and off and the baking soda won’t irate your skin, so it works great.

68. Keep Your Luggage Smelling Fresh

In-between those business trips or vacations, you can keep your luggage smelling fresh by spreading a little baking soda around on the inside. Leave it until it’s time to use them again and then vacuum them out before packing for your trip.

69. Make Musty Upholstery Fresh Again

When your upholstery begins to smell a bit funky you don’t have to replace it. Get rid of that musty smell by sprinkling baking soda everywhere there is an odor. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes and then vacuum up for a fresh, clean smell.

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