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Great Uses for Baking Soda {It’s not just for baking}

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Baking soda has been around forever! You are almost always guaranteed to find a box of this stuff in every home cupboard or freezer. Baking soda is a great household pantry product that has tons of uses outside just keeping your fridge smelling fresh and your baked goods rising. Here are are some Great Uses For Baking Soda that you may have forgotten about. This little inexpensive box of powder goes a long way in every room of your home!



Insect Stings & Bites: Mix with water to create a paste and apply to insect stings, bug bites and wounds. This helps soothe and draw out any poison. Great for wasp and bee stings especially!

Toothpaste: Use baking soda with a little hydrogen peroxide to make a great paste to help clean and whiten your teeth. Low cost toothpaste!

Deodorant Replacement: Dab under your arms for an alternative deodorant. Run out? Use a bit of baking soda to keep the odor at bay until you grab more of your regular deodorant and antiperspirant.

Remove Hair Product Residue: If you use a lot of hair products, they can build up and leave your hair lacking shine and volume. Once a week use a tablespoon of baking soda on your hair in the shower to help strip away the residue. Don’t use too much or too often though. Baking soda has been known to cause split ends and breaking when used too often.

Remove Coffee & Tea Stains: Coffee pots and cups can quickly build up a bit of a stain ring due to the dark coloring. Soak your coffee pot, cups and tea kettle with a bit of baking soda and warm water to get rid of the stains and residue.

Remove Pet Odor From Carpets: Have a dog or cat that has had an accident or two on your carpets? Sprinkle baking soda over the area and leave overnight if possible. Vacuum up and see the odor disappear.

Put Out Fires: Small kitchen grease fires are often easily managed when doused with baking soda. Keep a box handy in your kitchen to control any fires that happen to crop up.

Bleach Booster: Baking soda helps to regulate pH levels in the wash water by keeping it from being too acidic or alkaline. Just add 1/2 cup of baking soda to each 1/2 cup of bleach and your whites will be whiter, while bacteria is reduced effectively.

Baking soda is a great inexpensive item to keep on hand in your pantry. Not only will it help your baked goods turn out great, you’ll have a cheap way to get rid of odors and do tons of other things around the house. Keep a box in every room so you always have some handy for these great uses for baking soda!

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  1. I can totally vouch for the baking soda on stings! I got stung by a wasp and put a baking soda mixture on it… it felt sooo much better. Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas with us at Merry Monday this week!

  2. Pinning to my Handy Tips board! We would love to have you at our To Grandma’s house we go link party – it starts every wednesday!

  3. I had no idea you could use baking soda all these ways! That is what I love about #HomeMatters is you can learn & be inspired by so many! Thanks for sharing!

  4. It’s also great for removing splinters. My daughter is terrified of getting splinters removed. Much like for bug bites, you make paste with water. Cover the splinter, cover with a band-aid, leave overnight. In the morning the splinter is often gone. (visiting from Meet Up Monday)

  5. Hi Michele,
    I love posts like this with so much helpful tips that I never knew about! I knew about using baking soda in place of toothpaste, but not as deodorant. Thanks for sharing and for partying with us at #TALENTEDTuesday.

  6. I love all the ideas you’ve managed to write down. I think it’s great to find out all the different ways our store cupboard essentials can be used. Thanks so much:) visiting you from Dorset, England




  7. We also mix it with vinegar and it makes a great paste to clean the bathroom with. Especially when I’ve been using brightly coloured bath bombs!

    Sally @ Life Loving

  8. Great share I use baking soda for so many things I always keep large bag around. 🙂

  9. Three cheers for baking soda! I didn’t know it would put out fires… glad I haven’t needed to test that! LOL. Thanks for joining us at From the Archives Friday

  10. Baking soda is pretty amazing! I have used it as toothpaste and for removing odor from upholstery. I actually sprinkled some on my tile floors after something leaked and the odor was gone shortly. The substitute deodorant is a new one. May have to try that in a pinch! Visiting from Pretty Pintastic Party.

  11. Baking soda is amazing and you’ve provided some fabulous uses here!

    I never knew about the coffee/tea stains trick – awesome.

    Thanks for sharing!

  12. I have used it for pet odors and it does work – Thank you for sharing these tips with Pin worthy Wednesday

  13. Cynthia Carlson says:

    Thanks for the reminder of its use for removing hair product!

  14. I had never heard of some of these ways to use baking soda! Thanks so much for sharing – I love stuff like this! 🙂 Please join us again for tomorrow’s link party! 🙂

  15. Great tips, especially in the case of the “run out of my deodorant” emergency! It’s true that we often over look the many uses of baking soda. Thank you for linking up on the #HomeMattersParty linky. I hope you will come back and link up again.

  16. I’ve used it for stains and deodorizing but never thought about it as an underarm deodorant. Brilliant!