10 Baking Soda Cleaning Tricks and Hacks for the Home

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There are many items in your kitchen that can be used for multiple purposes. But one that stands out above the rest is baking soda. Yes, that’s right, simple, every day, right out of your pantry baking soda.

Are you interested in learning about using this ingredient in your home? Until you try you wouldn’t think it could help you clean so effectively? 

Read on to discover my top 10 easy baking soda cleaning tricks and hacks.

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What is Baking Soda?

ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda, 13.5 lb (Pack of 2), White

Baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate or baking powder. It is a naturally occurring mineral.

You are probably most familiar with it as a baking ingredient. Where it’s mainly used as a raising agent because it reacts with acidic ingredients to create air bubbles. This is what makes your cakes rise.

Another common use for it is as a cleaning agent where it can be used as an ingredient in cooking and a variety of eco-friendly cleaning recipes.

10 Practical Ways to Use Baking Soda for Cleaning

There are so many ways you can use this product around your home. Here are ten ways you can use baking soda that goes beyond simply adding it to your favorite baked goods recipe.

1. Unclogging a Blocked Drain

Did you know that baking soda is an environmentally friendly option for clearing your drain? It’s easy, less costly than the store-bought solution, and can be just as good.

With any blocked drain try this first and if it doesn’t work, you haven’t lost anything. Then move on to stronger more toxic solutions like drain uncloggers like with sulphuric acid. Or call a plumber!

Here’s what you do: Pour one cup of normal table salt, one cup of baking soda, and half a cup of plain white vinegar down the drain. Set a timer for 15 minutes and then pour two quarts of boiling water into the sink. Hopefully, this has removed the clog, if not give it another try. Follow this by running the hot water for at least one minute in the sink.

You’ll be shocked at how well this combination can work. Your drains will be clean, and you won’t have put anything harmful into the drain system.

2. Stain Remover

Baking soda, when combined with salt, is also a great stain remover and scouring powder. Combine one cup salt and one cup baking powder in a bowl.

Use this cleaning mixture combination in the same way you would any other scouring powder. An easy-to-make cleaning recipe that is both effective and less harmful to the environment.

3. Carpet Cleaner and Deodorizer

Before you start vacuuming sprinkle baking soda generously on your carpet and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.

I’d focus on applying this to high-traffic regions and those areas where your pets like to hang out. When the 10 minutes are up, vacuum any baking soda powder from your carpet.

4. In the Dishwasher

The next time you load your dishwasher, why not add a little baking soda. The baking soda will give your dishwashing solution an extra kick to make your dishes and glasses sparkle.

5. Deodorize a Cat Litter Box

Do you detect a strong odor from your cat’s box, that seems to pervade the whole house?

To achieve this completely clean the litter box, leave it to dry, and then sprinkle enough baking soda over the bottom of the tray to cover. Add your cat litter to the tray as you normally would.

The baking soda will aid in odor absorption.

6. Make Laundry Smell Fresh

Making a 50/50 combination of baking soda and laundry detergent. Use as you normally would.

This will stretch out the amount of laundry detergent you use and leave your clothing smelling wonderful.

7. Refrigerator Deodorizer

Arm & Hammer Fridge-N-Freezer Baking Soda Odor Absorber, 14 Ounces (Pack of 6)

If your refrigerator produces an unpleasant odor, place an open box of baking soda in it to absorb the smell.

Don’t forget to replace the box in your refrigerator once a month to keep it odor-free.

8. Freshen Fabric Upholstery on Furniture

This is a great way to freshen up and remove smells from fabric-covered furniture. This tip is particularly useful for well-used sofas that have pet s smells.

Sprinkle the baking soda generously all over the furniture, leave for an hour and then vacuum the baking soda away.

9. Removes Tea and Coffee Stains from Mugs

Baking soda crystals can effectively eliminate stains from your mugs and help them to look new again.

Sprinkle some baking soda onto a clean scourer and start scrubbing where the stains are. This approach will quickly remove stains and restore your mug to like-new condition.

10. Make Your Own Febreeze Fabric Refresher

With this clever hack, you can have the fabrics around your home smelling fantastic. A great freshener for fabric upholstery and curtains. This is a homemade version of the well know fabric refresher Febreeze.

Fill a spray bottle with hot water until it is three-quarters full. Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Shake the mixture well and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I’ve selected lemon as the fragrance, but I think florals such as lily are nice as well.

Before each use shake to combine before spraying.


Baking soda is really useful for cleaning, and you can do everything from unclogging a drain to deodorizing smelly furniture. 

From using baking soda as an odor neutralizer in your fridge or freezer to removing stains with it when washing clothes, there are so many ways that we’ve found it helpful in our home.

Give these hacks a try and see what they can do for yours!

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