While it was once the solution to an assortment of household dilemmas, baking soda is that go-to pantry staple that has since fallen by the wayside. It has been replaced by an assortment of chemical based products, each of which promising to smell better and work better than the competition. It makes it all that much easier to be swayed by modern day cleaning and beauty products.
It likely comes as no surprise that we love baking soda in this house. It is always to be being used. In fact, it is used so often that we bypass buying the big box and go straight in for the mega bag. The little scoop that comes with it makes it easy for us to use the baking soda in various ways. Oh, the little things. This is our overview of the many ways that we enjoy using baking soda around the house. I’ve broken up the ways we utilize baking soda into two groups (cleaning and beauty) and listed a number of ways we are able to eliminate the presence of harsh chemicals in our home.
Baking Soda Uses
Removes stains and scratches from porcelain sinks.
This is one of my favorite tricks my mom taught me. It takes a scratched, nasty sink from yuck to wow. Sprinkle baking soda around the edges of the sink and over any troubled areas in the middle. Let it set for several minutes before dampening a rag and scrubbing the sink in a circular motion.
Used in homemade laundry detergent.
Technically, I make our laundry detergent using washing soda (baking soda with slightly different elements), but you can bake baking soda to make your own washing soda. I’ve been using a simple recipe (here) of Borax, washing soda, and bar soap for years now and can’t imagine going back to store bought. It cleans well, plus it’s good for the water system and our health- I’m hooked.
Removes soap scum from bathtub/shower.
Liberally dust baking soda around the edges and center of the bathtub. (To give the cleaning power an extra boost, spritz citrus infused vinegar over the baking soda.) Let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Then, scrub with a bristle brush or rag. It even does wonders for removing soap scum from glass showers.
Cleans toilet bowl.
It doesn’t stop with soap scum. Adding 1/2 cup of backing soda to a toilet bowl and pouring a splash of vinegar followed by a little scrubs is all it take to make it shine like new.
Cleans and shines metal faucets.
While you are cleaning the sink, don’t forget the faucet. Baking soda cuts through the grime that builds up on metal faucets. Sprinkle baking soda on and around the faucet. Spray with a little bit of water or white vinegar for extra cleaning. Use the baking soda to lightly scrub the faucet and wipe it clean. It will be shining like new.
Used to clean floors.
This is another recipe using washing soda but can also be made with baking soda. A mix of washing soda/baking soda, vinegar, and tea tree oil is enough to leave floors clean and with a nice shine. (Full post on that here.)
Most of us are familiar with keeping an open box of baking soda in freezer or refrigerator to eliminate odors, but there is more. Spread it over carpets and rugs to absorb undesirable scents. Just sprinkle over the area, let it sit for a while, and vacuum.
Baking soda and coconut oil is a mix I have been using for years and has never let my skin down. For more information and precautions read our post on making your own face wash.
Baking soda is a key ingredient in our toothpaste recipe. Combined with coconut oil and a few essential oils, our teeth and gums have never felt cleaner.
For naturally soft hair and help fighting dandruff, try this shampoo recipe. You can also just massage a little baking soda directly to scalp to help exfoliate.
We have only scratched the surface of all the ways to use baking soda. It undoubtedly carries the big guns in the house. I’m sure with a baby due to join our household anytime now, we will quickly be adding more and more to our list of favorite baking soda uses.