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How-To: Multitasking With Baking Soda

Baking soda doesn't just keep your fridge smelling fresh. It has oodles of uses around your house. You might know some of them already, but I bet you don't know all of them. Check out my top 10 favorite uses for baking soda below.

  • Safety first! Keep a box of baking soda by the stove. If you have a grease or electrical fire, toss handfuls of baking soda on it to extinguish.
  • Do you have marble-topped tables or furniture? Then clean it with baking soda. Mix three tablespoons in a quart of warm water, wipe it on the marble, let stand, and then rinse.
  • To get your laundry sparkling clean, add 1/2 cup baking soda to your washing machine load.
  • Get your garbage cans smelling fresh by washing them with baking soda.

Curious about the rest? Then


  • Do you have Formica counter tops in your kitchen? Wipe them down with baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge.
  • To get odors and stains out of your coffee maker, run it through its cycle with a baking soda solution. Rinse.
  • Encourage free-flowing kitchen and bathroom drains by running four tablespoons of baking soda through them once a week. Just drop in the baking soda, then follow it with hot water.
  • Are you a pup person? Get that doggy smell out of your carpets or rugs with baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet, let it sit for half an hour or more, and then vacuum it up.
  • You can also get your whole house smelling fresh by adding baking soda to your vacuum cleaner bag.
  • Scrub down all of your bathroom fixtures with baking soda on a damp sponge. It acts as a mild abrasive, and gets fixtures shiny.


LoveSarah LoveSarah 9 years
My mom swears baking soda is amazing, but I never knew all of the things it could do!
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
I knew about some of these ideas but not all of them. Thanks for the other tips CasaSugar :)
chancleta chancleta 9 years
i use if for my homemade cleaning solution (baking soda, white vinegar, and castille soap) it works wonders
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Salernol928, I use white.
Salernol928 Salernol928 9 years
What kind of vinegar do you mix to use it on your drains?
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Yes, ms660bk. It will not harm your clothes.
ms660bk ms660bk 9 years
I can toss it in with any kind of laundry? colors, whites, delicates?
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
mudnessa mudnessa 9 years
you can also use it as a hair wash. i have stopped using chemical riddled shampoo and conditioner and use a baking soda wash and a vinegar rinse. its great. check it out here:
hanako66 hanako66 9 years
I do the vinegar baking soda mixture for much of my cleaning!
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I use it for everything. I always sprinkle on my carpet before I vacuum. A good thing to do to clean your drains is to mix baking soda with vinegar.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Neat! I never knew baking soad had so many uses :P
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