Ways to Use Baking Soda in the Home

Solve household issues with this inexpensive must-have item in the kitchen

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is often used in baking. When mixed with ingredients like honey and yoghurt, it will cause baked goods to rise. Beyond baking, baking soda can be used in a multitude of ways in the homes. We show you fifteen ways to tackle everyday problems in the home.

1. Burned some of that dinner while cooking it? Remove gunk and grime from the pan easily by soaking it in a baking soda solution. Leave it for 10 minutes or more, as needed, before washing.

2. Make a paste of baking soda with water to create an effective cleaning agent to scrub hobs and countertops.

3. Use baking soda as a deodoriser. To neutralise odours in the home, leave an open box or bowl of baking soda in the desired area.

4. What to do with a clogged drain? Pour baking soda into the drain, and then add on vinegar. This chemical reaction can help unclog build up in the drain.

5. If your vase of cut flowers is looking a little wilted, add a teaspoon of baking soda to refresh the flowers.

6. Want to get rid of stains and odours in the bathroom? Simply pour a cup of baking soda in the water closet. Don’t flush it down immediately. Instead, let it stay for an hour, which will help get rid of odour and clean stains away.

7. To polish stainless steel and chrome material, make a paste by adding water to baking soda and then wipe down the surfaces with the mixture.

8. If you find odour in your shoes or shoe cabinet, tackle the issue together. First, sprinkle baking soda in your shoes. Next, place an open container of baking soda in the cabinet to absorb the odour.

9. Measles and chicken pox can cause unbearable itchiness for children. Help soothe the condition by letting your kids soak in a tub of water with baking soda. Just add half a cup of baking soda to the bathtub. This can relieve the itching and irritated skin.

10. Baking soda is great for removing oil build up. Soak combs and hairbrushes in a solution of baking soda and water. Then clean them with a soft brush. You can also do the same with your hair to remove oil and product build up from shampoos and conditioners, as well as to soften hair.

11. Fruits and vegetables can host dirt and pests, so make sure you clean them properly before consumption. To do that, soak your vegetables and fruits in a tub of water with quarter of a cup of baking soda for a few minutes. Follow that by rinsing with clean water.

12. We know, ovens can be a pain to clean. Make your job less tedious with baking soda. Create a paste of water and baking soda, then spread the mixture over the inside surfaces of the oven. Leave the paste on for at least two hours. This makes it easier to scrub off the grime in the oven.

13. Some fabrics in the home can be hard to clean. Think carpets and rugs. These trap odours, and to get rid of them, simply sprinkle baking soda and let it sit for a while. After that, vacuum up the baking soda.

14. Get rid of water rings on wood surfaces by wiping them with a mixture of baking soda with a little bit of toothpaste.

15. Are ants invading your kitchen? Try placing baking soda on windowsills and other spots where there’s high ant traffic.