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Baking Soda – Not Just For Baking Anymore

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I’ve written previously about some of my favorite cleaning items like BORAX and WHITE VINEGAR. So, I thought I’d cover another one of my favorite household use items – Baking Soda. Yes! It’s cheap! Shew! I just get so excited about simple, cheap things that make my life easier. You can get excited too! I’m about to make your life easier.

Yes, we all know that we can put baking soda in the fridge and freezer to keep everything fresh. Although, sometimes even baking soda cannot combat the stench that can come out of a refrigerator. Who knew cottage cheese could turn THAT green? There are also lots of other uses for baking soda in the kitchen. Keep baking soda handy to put out small grease fires. Do not use water. The townhouse next to me burned down because some genius thought he could put out his grease fire with water. No. He should have had baking soda. Learn from his mistake. Notice I said small fire….a large fire wouldn’t be put out with a little box of baking soda. I’m not sure they make a box that big. Maybe you should check at Sam’s if that’s your goal.

You can clean your fridge and freezer with dry baking soda sprinkled on a wet cloth. Just scrub and wipe to rinse. If you have a food or drink container that has a funny smell (onions, garlic, green cottage cheese), you can sprinkle in some baking soda, add a little water and let it sit overnight. It’ll take that smell right out! To clean your coffee maker, run a baking soda and water solution through it. Then make sure you do a rinse cycle so your coffee doesn’t taste funny. Why ruin a good pot of joe? Run your dishwasher with a load of soda instead of soap to clean it.  These are just a few!

Let’s move to the bathroom. One of my favorite rooms! I do tons of my thinking there. You can clean your sink, tub, tiles, or shower wall with dry soda sprinkled on a damp cloth. Scrub and rinse. Sprinkle soda on toothbrush and brush your teeth. It’ll make them nice and clean! It doesn’t taste really great, but this isn’t a food post anyway. Put baking soda in your bath water to make your skin soft, or put it in your baby’s bath water to help with butt rash. Man, I hate butt rash. If you run out of deo and fear the stinkiness of your body, you can rub your pits with it too. Might cause a rubbing rash – in that case, just take a bath in it.

Baking soda is also good for medical things. You can relieve sunburn by rubbing on a paste of baking soda and water. For bug bites or bee stings, make a poultice of baking soda and water. Gargle with a mixture of ½ teaspoon of baking soda and ½ cup of water to get rid of nasty breath. Keep this in mind for Christmas. Give baking soda to friends who have rank breath……but don’t tell them why. Ha, ha! Taking the same amount of baking soda and water and swallowing it instead of rinsing will get rid of indigestion. Who needs Zantax?  Do your shoes smell RANK? Sprinkle dry baking soda inside them and let it sit overnight. This one works! I have done it lots of times. I guess the soda just absorbs all the nastiness. Baking soda is just a miracle. It really should be the 8th Wonder of the World. Give it to your nasty brother-in-law and maybe it will absorb him. Just a suggestion.

So, I’ve saved the best for last! This is the one that my mom taught me and I passed along to my husband. Do you know those annoying little sores you get on your tongue if you eat too many tomato things or acidic foods? Take a little baking soda and dab it on them. Do it a few times a day and they’ll go away really soon. The soda neutralizes the acid or something scientific like that. Here is a warning though. It burns like hell-fire.  You heard it here first!

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. Cy Vanover says:

    Many people don’t even realize that this stuff is commonly used in hospitals as a potent medication. Yes, it is totally possible to get a shot of baking soda. Of course, in a hospital they never call it that. They refer to it as sodium bicarbonate. It is commonly used to treat metabolic acidosis, urinary alkalinization, aspirin overdose, and uric acid renal stones.

    Clean you teeth, squelch your stink, and cure your acidosis……what more could you want?

  2. Angela Tuell says:

    When Annie is a little older, and gets crayon on the wall, you will find another good use for baking soda 😉

  3. I think I’ll clean my fridge with some baking soda tomorrow! I never realized that, I’m always worried about using some kind of chemical cleaner in there.
    We had a suitcase that had been in the bottom of the closet for several years and had a musty smell to it. I wiped it down with clorox wipes, set it in the sun for a few hours then filled an old sock with baking soda, put it in the suitcase and zipped it up. After about a week, the musty smell was gone! And I have used baking soda to scrub burned on food off the bottom of a skillet (might not be good for the finish, I don’t know, but the finish was messed up anyway or it wouldn’t have stuck!) And when you have a preschooler (aka potty trainee) in the house, you can sprinkle it in the laundry hamper to help absorb the smells.

  4. I use baking soda as a sink scrub. It works plain, but I like to stir in a few drops of lavender essential oil before I put it in my (Dollar Tree) glass shaker jar. I keep it by the sink all the time and it works GREAT and smells divine! I also use it to scrub toilets and bathroom sinks. It works just as well as Ajax.

  5. I had a issue with my disposal last week and after trying all the regular tricks(resetting, etc), it was still whirring around, grinding food and not draining. The occasional vomit of the carrots that I had clogged it with were my only variation to the pattern. When I say vomit, I am not being dramatic, It was very like that. So, I cleared out the standing liquid -straining out the bits of carrots so it wouldn’t clog the OTHER drain (it was still draining on other side). Then I poured down half a box of baking soda with a chaser of a few glugs of vinegar. There was a satisfying whoosh and foaming action, but it was still not draining. I left it and came back in an hour and halfheartedly turned on the water and flipped the switch again and it worked! No repair call necessary. Still finding bits of carrot vomit in interesting places, though!

    BTW, don’t just keep shoving peels in there cause they are natural and vegetable. You never want to overwork kitchen appliances and tick them off. I was being lazy about hunting up a newspaper to put all the peels and ends in and just thought I would send them down the drain. NOT such a great plan. And yes, I think appliances can malfunction just out of pure orneryness.

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