November 22, 2014

50 Fabulous Uses for Baking Soda

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50 Fabulous Uses for Baking Soda. My frugal, miracle product!!

A few weeks ago I shared my post, “For the love of Baking Soda.” It was my salute to this all natural, penny pinching, miracle product that is one of the staples I use most often in my home, and I found out I wasn’t alone.

A few poor souls still assumed it was just for baking, and I understand. For years, I thought the same. I just didn’t know what I didn’t know. Then as a newlywed, I took a few baby steps, and put an open box in my fridge to ward off odors. I felt so domestic!

When I learned how it freshened, I began dumping the Baking Soda down my drain and running the garbage disposal to clean that nasty area, and by the time we had our first child, I was completed converted to the wonders of this “Miracle product”.

Diaper Pail or Garbage smells? No worries, pour a little baking soda in the bottom and just keep it there.

Mishaps on the sofa, and it doesn’t quite smell fresh and clean? Sprinkle just a tad in between the cushions and it will freshen with in a day or two. Then vacuum up the remnants.

Baking Soda For the Love of Baking Soda

Those were few things I learned early on, but as you can tell I’ve come a long way from our first child. Now we have five children, and I purchase Baking Soda in bulk because it’s one of the best, most natural all-purpose product on the market.

You will be convinced: 50 uses for Baking Soda.

75% of them I’ve tried personally, but then some were shared by my great readers. I know we haven’t covered them all, so feel free to help us round the list to 100. :)

Baking Powder Substitute: Since we all know to bake with it, did you know you can substitute it for baking powder by mixing it with cream of tartar or vinegar?

Produce Wash: More and more pesticides and wax are added to our produce. Fill your sink with water and wash fruits and vegetables with baking soda.

Clean and Freshen Drain: I’ve used a Baking Soda and vinegar rinse for cleaning my drains, as well as keeping the septic balanced for years.

Clogged Drains: Hsmominmo takes it a step further to unclog her drains. “It does a great job cleaning out clogged drains. I pour baking soda to fill the drain hole, pour in a couple cups of vinegar and let it bubble. Leave sit for a time (30 minutes?) and let the fizzy reaction do it’s work then flush with hot water. Repeat if necessary.

Clean Shiny Sink and bathtub: I love the thought of a sparkling clean sink and one of my first blog posts, entitled Baby Steps of Organization shared my goal of going to bed with a shiny sink each day. It’s still a goal, and that goal is made easy with just a bit of elbow grease, water and my baking soda paste. The same goes for our bath tub. You have NO idea just how bad our three sons’ tub is – embarrassing really, but with a little dedication, the rings and gunk comes right off, and I’ve tried many cleaners.

“Degunk” Washing Machine: With five kids, I see a build up of various “unknowns” in our washer from time to time. I use one cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar in the washing machine to degunk it from detergent and such. Just run through the washing cycle once by itself.

Coffee Pot Cleaner: Similar to rinsing the washing machine , do the same for the coffee pot. Add 1/4 cup baking soda to one quart of warm water and scrub those nasty stains away. I always just let it soak over night and then wipe clean in morning.

Stove Top Cleaning: Two Jennifers, plus me, (makes three) shared Baking Soda’s wonders on cleaning stove tops. “I had liquid from cooking on the stove top that was blackened and IMPOSSIBLE to get out. Used baking soda with a little water on a paper towel and voila, it was gone!!!! So excited!!! “It is my favorite thing to clean my stove top! I ruined my last stove top by using abrasive cleaners to get the grime off. Not anymore! Baking soda is strong enough to make is sparkle without leaving a scratch!

Cleaning Outside Grill: Scrub baking soda paste mixture on the grate to cut through the grease, as well as on all the metal parts. The grease comes off fabulously.

Home Deodorizer: While I store my baking soda in quite little mason or glass jars, Cheryl took me one step further by sharing that you can add a few drops of essential oils to your baking soda and it makes a fabulous deodorizer.

Clean Burned Pans: If you don’t want to spend all day scrubbing, put baking soda with enough water to cover the bottom of the pan and bring to a boil for about fifteen minutes. It will begin loosening the food until you can clean with greater ease.

If there’s just a bit of burned food, make a thick paste of baking soda and water, and use it to scrub. Works on both enameled cast iron and stainless steel pans.

Chrome: If you have some chrome that needs polishing, use dry baking soda on a dry clean soft cloth. It will make your chrome sparkle. A friend’s table has chrome legs and uses this method to keep the legs shining and looking like new.

Clean Silver: Use baking soda to clean silver jewelry. Make a paste of it and rub it in with either your fingers or a soft brush, then rinse and pat dry. You’ll be amazed how shiny silver gets!

Fresh Flower Help: Keep freshly cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the vase water.

Foot /Shoe Deodorizer: Every single one of our sons’ shoes have baking soda sprinkled in them. I wish I was joking about this, but it’s true.

Drawers: Sometimes when I buy secondhand furniture there might be odd odors. I regularly sprinkle baking soda in the drawers and it freshens tremendously. I now do this in my sons’ dresser drawers as well, just because… ;)

Toothpaste: I first started using baking soda to clean and whiten my teeth back in high school. I don’t use it daily, but whenever I see coffee stains pop up, it’s baking soda to the rescue. I wet my toothbrush and dip it into my little baggie of baking soda and scrub. It tastes horrible, but works wonders. Even my teens are hooked on this natural remedy as well. Many of my friends only use water and baking soda, but ask your dentist because it may be too abrasive for daily cleaning.

Sore Throat: When you have an irritated throat, just add baking soda to a cup of water, squeeze half a lemon to it, gargle and spit.

Mouth Wash: Put a teaspoon in a glass of water and rinse your mouth just like you would a traditional brand. It helps eradicate the odor and bacteria, not just cover it up.

Natural Deodorant: I know, it sounds quite radical, and I have not done this, but some of my natural friends love it. Some just use a baking soda paste or use a powder puff to apply it dry, while others have mixed it with Essential Oils and coconut oil to actually make a deodorant.

Clean Brushes and Combs: Our hair leaves a lot of oils on our brushes, but a simple soak in water and baking soda will freshen them back like new.

Facial and Body Scrub: Corrine shares, “My favorite thing to use baking soda for is as a facial scrub. Because the ph is different than our skin, it makes the skin refresh itself. My skin feels as smooth as a baby’s behind when I’m done. Then for a little coconut oil and my face is happy! ” Another shares, “I mix baking soda and lemon juice and keep it in a jar in my bathroom for washing my face. It keeps my face clean and removes blackheads.”

Bath Soak: Sprinkle a bit of baking soda with epson salts into your bath water. The salt will draw out toxins and the baking soda will ensure that your body won’t reabsorb the toxins and it will make your skin feel soft like a babies bottom.

Hand Odor – If you have strong stubborn smells on your hands, rub them with baking soda and water.

Dry Shampoo: Most salons now offer a “designer” version of dry shampoo to allow you to go a few days between washes. Why not try baking soda first? Pour a small amount in the palm of your hand and apply to scalp and roots of hair. It absorbs oil, freshens hair, and also boosts your shampoo the next time you wash in the shower! Shampoo: The “No-Poo” movement is out in full force. Many of my readers and friends echo this praise, “I use it instead of shampoo, then rinse with mild vinegar shampoo. I made the switch about 3 years ago, and my wavy hair has done SO much better…less frizz {and this in SC and TX!} and more definition. Plus, I can go longer between cuts because the ends don’t split and dry out nearly as quickly. And…it’s dirt cheap”

First Aid Kid: “I keep a small ziploc of baking soda in my glove box first aid kit. If anyone gets stung by a bee or steps into a pile of fire ants, I mix the baking soda with a little bit of water to form a paste. Spreading the paste onto the bite/sting seems to sooth the pain.”

Bug “Bath”: Over the years, a few of our children have stepped on yellow jacket nests. I immediately get them in a bath filled with baking soda to help sooth and calm the stings.

Jellyfish Stings: Shari shares, I keep a little container of white vinegar + a baggie of baking soda in my beach bag. A local EMT told me about it, and sure enough, it works. More than once, I’ve come to the aid of a stranger with a screaming child with just those two little things. It really works!

Heartburn: Jennifer shared, “A little dissolved in water, gulp it down (because it tastes terrible!) and heartburn is gone almost instantly, and won’t come back for days! Which is great, because I get a LOT of heartburn! Works MUCH better than any over-the-counter antacid meds!

Dentures: Diane shared, It’s hard to say my favorite baking soda use with so many. Most often used would be for my dentures. Ovenight Arm & Hammer makes them clean,white and odor free!

Tacke It Challenge - 50 Uses for Baking Soda

Last month, I had a “Tackle It Challenge” where I attacked some of my nastiest messes with Baking Soda. I conquered.

Cleaning Outdoor Furniture: A paste made from water and Baking Soda allowed me to tackle my outdoor plastic furniture.

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Clean Vinyl Outdoor Siding: Our home’s siding was horrible. This project took a bit longer, but it also worked like a charm, while working on my arm muscles at the same time.

Pet Accidents: LoriLynne shared, “I used ARM & HAMMER®baking soda and vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to clean up “pet puddles” from the carpet. Works great!

Erupting Volcano: This old stand by classic science fair project is created by a mixture of baking soda, vinegar and dish washing liquid. Always a fun one!
Extinguish small fires: Sprinkle and put out small fires on rugs, upholstery, clothing, and wood. Someone shared they even keep it in their car, just in case of emergencies.

Refresh mattresses We flip our mattress every few months. Sprinkling a little on the mattress top and then vacuuming helps deodorize and freshen.
Freshen Sheets and Linens: Get towels and linens clothesline fresh…right from the wash! Add 1/2 cup of ARM & HAMMER®Baking Soda to the rinse cycle and get ready for the great outdoors

Aquarium Cleaning: When you have to tear down the aquarium for a full cleaning, use baking soda to scrub the Aquarium inside and out. It works really well, and if you need a little more scrubbing power just add a little salt.It gets them sparkling clean

Cleaning the Dog: “Baking soda is better than tomato juice for removing skunk smell from doggie! Mix hydrogen peroxide with water, one to one. Sprinkle baking soda on your wet dog, and pour the water mixture over the fur, rubbing it into the hair. It will fizz and then freshen.

You can also use it to “dry clean” your stinky dog. Sprinkle baking soda liberally all over the dog, massage into the coat, then brush it out. It pulls out the dirt and grease in the coat and leaves the dog smelling fresh. Works great in the winter when you don’t want to get the dog all wet with a bath and it’s great since it’s non toxic. As an added bonus, do this to your dog on your wood floor and then sweep up the baking soda, it will leave your floors clean.”

Decorating Christmas Tree to give “fake snow look” Sift on the Christmas Tree to make it look like a light snow fell on the branches. It’s not harmful to people or pets, and helps with the worry of the tree catching on fire. Not only that, but it keeps the air fresh, as well as carpet. It’s easy to vacuum when taking down the tree. It can also can be used on artificial trees, and it’s much prettier than the sprayed on snow and safer. Go Green!

Cleaning the Pool: Baking Soda helps maintain the ph of the pool water, while keeping the water sparkling clear and helps prevent eyes from burning.

This list of possible uses for Baking Soda could just keep going and going, but I’ll let you finish it. I hope I’ve convinced you to go grab some for yourself. It’s inexpensive and can really tackle nearly all your cleaning and deodorizing challenges.

Have I missed any?


Comments

  1. Awesome post! I now need to find a place to buy a reallyinexpensive big ole bag of baking soda!!! thanks!!!!

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    Jen Reply:

    @Annie Kip, Annie – I get it in bulk at either Sam’s Club or Cosco. Lasts forever!

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    Lurry Reply:

    yes it so amazing! i should try this

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    Sharon Johnson Reply:

    Best place I have found for this is Costco or Sam’s Club. I love having a large bag of Baking Soda sitting in my kitchen. The new large bags even have a zip-lock closure which is very convenient.

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    Jen Reply:

    Yes, those bags are the best, aren’t they?

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  2. Awesome post! I love, love, love this! I always say that baking soda can clean anything and now here is a mega-list to back that statement up.

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    Jen Reply:

    @Rebecca, Seriously, and I ended up just getting tired of typing. I probably could have thought of more. ;)

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  3. WOW that is SOME list! Can’t wait to try some new to me uses.

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  4. This is great. Alot of ideas I did not know.

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  5. Julia Anderson says:

    My girls do the “no poo” thing with baking soda, and they also use baking soda and vinegar in the clothes washer instead of detergent. I use a baking soda paste to scrub off pots and pans when I burn something!

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  6. I love baking soda and tend to use it all over the house, I love it as a natural deodorant and usually add a few drops of lavender oil to it. It never irritates my sensitive skin like regular deodorant.

    And then, toothpaste. I use it to brush my teach a few times of week. Keeps them white, naturally. I just sprinkle it over my toothpaste.

    Yes, it’s a great and economical thing to have around!

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  7. I love Baking Soda!! I have been using it so much more lately to clean everything! It works great on a glass top stove!

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  8. I have an old house with lake water that it horrible on the sinks. Adding the BS and vinegar has been a lifesaver!!

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  9. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to comment. I am a mother of
    5 also. Three girls, two boys ages 10, 9, 8, 6 and 2.We home school as
    well… busy days! I just read the 50 ways to use Baking Soda and went
    and washed my face with it right away! I am a missionary in Papua New
    Guinea with my husband and so many things here are twice as expensive
    as they are in the states! I will be using baking soda instead of
    buying the pricey stuff here! Looking forward to reading more of your
    ideas of how to make our lives a bit easier! thanks!

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  10. You inspired me! My son’s little potty had a stain that was almost part of the plastic, thanks to urine being left in it when we went on vacation. I made a baking soda paste, let it sit for a while, and it wiped clean! Yay! Clean, almost new again potty!

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  11. Thanks for the great tips! Sure wish I’d read this last week when I had a sore throat!

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  12. Keeping in line with the facial scrub – I was diagnosed with rosacea about a year ago and have been using baking soda on my face every day and it keeps it in check. I’m not a doctor and I’m not sure how it works, but it does. My face always feels smooth and wonderful without any of the icky red blotches/bumps from the rosacea.

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    Jen Reply:

    I just LOVE that testimonial. That is amazing to know that it has helped with your rosacea!

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  13. Jacqueline Murphy says:

    I have used baking soda for many years to clean just about everything! It is an inexpensive and effective “green” tool – wouldn’t be without it!

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  14. My grandmother uses baking soda in her cat litter box to help neutralize the ammonia smell.

    I also buy baking soda in bulk (@ BJ’s)–just got two huge bags yesterday! I’ve read that if you heat it in the oven, it will turn into washing soda. Then you can use the washing soda, some borax, and some grated or microwaved soap into laundry detergent.

    I have also just tossed some in the the washing machine to take odors out of extra stinky laundry or to boost the effectiveness of store bought detergent.

    In the past I have spread a decent amount of baking soda over a pee soaked spot on a memory foam mattress. I was concerned to use chemical cleaners on it, and I can’t stand the smell of them at all. Then I would spray vinegar on and let it do its magic…and last came the wet dry vac. It got the pee smell out and I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a ring around the spot either.

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  15. A pinch in iced tea makes it so much better.

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  16. Wonderful list! Thank you for taking the time to compile it; it’s even better than the list on the baking soda package! After reading through the whole list, though, I didn’t see anything about using it in place of the “bacteriostat” in humidifier tanks to keep the water from growing algae. I’ve been looking for a “green” substitute for that product because we absolutely NEED our humidifier! Thank you for any help you can provide!

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  17. Amazing usage i wasn’t aware of so many usage but for sure i knew it a wonderful power to clean teeth strains. mix few drops of lemon and baking soda for that confident smile.

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  18. Hi, if you dissolve baking soda in hot water, and line your sink with aluminum foil, then tarnish will lift right of silver as long as its touching the aluminum and is under the water. I think its a catalytic reaction.

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    SheilaBird Reply:

    @Rod,dear Rod, i don’t quite understand what you mean by the tarnish lifting off the silver, would you explain that please?

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    Meg Reply:

    @SheilaBird,
    I think he means that dark stuff/spots that appear on our silver that we buy the silver cleaner for, it’s called tarnish I think, that this will remove the tarnish, the dark spots, from the silver and leave it shining. I haven’t tried this trick, but I have heard of it. I wrote it down and will be trying it if just making the paste w/ water doesn’t do the trick.

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  19. yesterday I used 8oz peroxide, 3 Tbsp baking soda and 1 drop of liquid hand dish detergent, put it all in a bottle and shook it up. Then, I sprayed it on my matress to removed the stains. There were huge rust colored stains and blue stains from where sheets had bleed and removed all of it with in 10 minutes! After the mattress dries vacuum off any left over baking soda. I read that you should use the mixture quickly (with in like 30 minutes) bc the ingredients only remain active for a short while. And don’t worry about saving any left over bc the pressure will push it up the tube and cause it to leak out of the bottle. I was amazed that the results considerable how old my mattress is :-)

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  20. Have one more use works great if car battery acid gets on clothes or any fabric. Quickly mix water and baking soda apply to area let set for 10mins. Or until dry then just vaccuum up. Completely nutrilizes acid.

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  21. Baking soda gets rid of rust! Just make a paste with water and scrub it off!

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  22. I just had a kid, and that means poop stained onesies. I found that the easiest way for me to get the stains out is to dampen the affected area, pour some baking soda on it and scrub, then let it soak in hot water with baking soda, then launder as usual. I have sparkling white onesies and bright stainless colored onesies.

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  23. I’ve always wondered… One of the things on your list says that it can be used to get rid of blackheads, but can it be used as a mask as well?

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    Jen Reply:

    I am not sure about a mask, since I haven’t tried it. I tend to think it might be drying if it sat for awhile, but for a minute? If you try, let me know.

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    amanda Reply:

    @Mandy,
    I mix it with some lemon juice and allow it to dry. About 10 min then use it as a scrub when you rinse. Don’t do it too often or it can be too drying but this works great for blackheads and stubborn pimples. Also, helps to even out skin tone and gently erase acne scars..

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    Jen Reply:

    Amanda – thank you SO much for sharing this. I am going to have my teen try it as well. We’ve tried all the expensive routes and maybe this is the key.

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  24. Brittany says:

    Wonderfull!! The one about the coffee pot… If you actually run the hot water and baking soda through a full cycle then again with just warm water it will clean out the insides of your machine too not just the pot.

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  25. Wow, really interested about treating Roseacea with baking soda.
    How do you apply/use it please ??
    Thanks…..
    Yvie

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  26. Hi I am loving the uses for baking soda around the house, but had no idea it could be used as a facial scrub / cleanser. Can you give me a bit more detail about this, e.g. ratio of baking soda to lemon juice? would you use this daily?
    Thank You

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  27. I use baking soda as a deodorant, and it works great! Much better than all the actual (aluminum-filled) antiperspirants I’ve tried. No smell, skin breathes and no staining on clothes :)
    I just use water and baking soda, though, and have to remember to moisturize every once in a while.

    Have to remember to try the facial wash :)

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  28. Randelle R. says:

    I now have to go out and get me a big container of baking soda. Thanks for this list!

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  29. When we were potty training my son to sleep in his bed with no pull up we used baking soda to clean up any accidents he had. You must put it on as soon as the spot is found but no pee smelling mattress’! And it does a great job of absorbing the mess.

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    Jen Reply:

    That is a great one. I sure wish I had thought of that when my kids were potty training. We had some wetters.

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  30. Cara Martinez says:

    I just read a post about using a baking soda paste on wood slivers. Apply the paste, then wait a few minutes, and the sliver will pop out! Amazing! Haven’t tried it myself, but I would try it in order to avoid digging the slivers out of my daughter’s hands.

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    Jen Reply:

    No way???? oh my, I will definitely try this. Wouldn’t that be great?

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    Wendi Reply:

    @Cara Martinez, Makes total sense, because it does draw out the toxins injected with a bee sting and even mosquito bites. :-)

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  31. Michele Myankazt says:

    I knew some of these already but the others are absolutely great also. Thank you for posting this info, I try my best to live natural as possible. I’m just frugal I guess.

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  32. How about bee stings? Make a paste and apply to the bite. Takes the stinger out and the pain along with it.

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  33. Helen J. says:

    Love, love all these ideas!! What hubby and I’ve used baking soda for was our car headlights and car body. We had a old Subaru, which was white but looked grungy. I mxed up a paste of baking soda and water and then hand rubbed the headlights and the car after we washed it. Looked sparkling white again and the headlights shone like new. Also, the cars finish felt so smooth afterward. Not sure how it would work on another color.

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  34. ” As an added bonus, do this to your dog on your wood floor and then sweep up the baking soda, it will leave your floors clean.”
    ” Do you mop or vacuum afterwords?

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    Meg Reply:

    @Nancy,
    I just tried this on my black lab. We live in Florida and it’s really hot here, so she’s shedding a lot. I can’t give her a bath as often as I’d like, it’s just too hard on my back and her skin, so I wanted to give this a try in hopes it would help with the doggie odor. It only took a little bit to get all over her. I just sprinkled it all over her, mostly her back and belly, and rubbed and petted. Lots and lots of hair fell to the floor along with some of the baking powder. Then I vacuumed it up. I figured it would help my vacuum smell better, too, and it did! Now my dog doesn’t smell, nor does my vacuum! I didn’t need to mop. Hope this helps.

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  35. S'Tracy says:

    I will advise to make sure and NOT leave baking soda in your pet’s fur due to skin irritation/burning. If tried on yourself or own skin you will understand how it begins to burn and make your skin red. I used a medium bowl to mix lots of baking soda into my dog’s shampoo; bathed her underarms and tummy and whole body; then, after rinsing it off real good, I rinsed her with vinegar straight-slowly pouring from her behind her ears (to avoid getting it into her eyes) to her bottom and tail. leave in for a few minutes; then again rinse off really well. This takes away any dog smell; was unable to stop petting her puppy fur. She was a white chow! PS In summer DO NOT bathe your pet on your yard because as strong as this home remedy is, it will discolor your yard.

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  36. When cooking a chicken carcass for bone broth, I add an acid like lemon juice or vinegar to get the pH low so it will dissolve more easily. Before using the broth, I add a tiny bit of baking soda at a time until it no longer fizzes, to bring the pH back up to normal.

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  37. I never thought of using it to “bathe” my dog! I have a large hound mix, and he HATES water. The last time I had to bathe him, I ended up needing to mop my bathroom floor and dry the walls. Thanks!

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  38. Some really great uses for Baking soda, just goes to show how powerful that stuff is! It’s got natural beauty benefits and home cleaning benefits!

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