It can be overwhelming to walk down the household cleaning products aisle in the store, with each product promising so much. How can you know which will actually work without burning your lungs and breaking the bank?! Thankfully, good old-fashion baking soda can be the answer to most of your household cleaning needs. It’s not only effective, but affordable and has several different uses. You might be most familiar with its ability to let your cake rise and neutralize odors in the fridge, but there are many more things baking soda can do in your home. Keep reading to learn more uses for baking soda in your home, and click this link to read all 20 uses.
“Baking soda is the utility player of the cleaning world,” says Bryn O’Connor, chief cleaning officer of MyClean, an eco-friendly cleaning service available in New York City and Chicago. “It strikes the perfect balance between being gentle and effective.”
O’Connor says most commercial cleaning products “contain harsh chemical ingredients that are harmful to the environment and detrimental to our health.” Baking soda, however, achieves the same results (if not better!). And it does more than clean, too.
Household uses for baking soda
Here are 20 ways you can use baking soda to scrub, deodorize, and freshen your home and everything in it.
Remove stains in bathrooms: Sprinkle a little baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub the tub, sink, tiles, and fixtures. Rinse and wipe off the residue, then dry.
Dissolve grease and gunk: Add 2 tablespoons baking soda to soapy dish water, and soak pots and pans covered in baked-on food. Then scrub pots and pans with a sprinkle of baking soda on a damp sponge.
Clean the microwave: Sprinkle baking soda on a sponge and gently clean the inside of your microwave. If that doesn’t work, boil a cup of water in the microwave; the steam will loosen stubborn food stains.