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Cleaning with baking soda is super easy – we’ve 20 different uses for baking soda at home to give your green cleaning a kick start!

Baking Soda Uses 

Baking soda is an essential for keeping in stock at home in the cleaning cupboard.

There’s just so many household jobs you can use it for.

Cleaning with Baking Soda – Baking Soda Surface Scrub 

To clean surfaces with baking soda just sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda onto a damp cloth and rub the surface gently, although it is abrasive it’s not likely to scratch the surfaces if you use it gently.

Dishwashing with Baking Soda

Use baking soda to loosen burnt on food. You can soak pots and pans in hot soapy water with a few teaspoonfuls of baking soda to loosen burnt on food.

You can also sprinkle it into the pan and use it as a scourer – rub with soft damp cloth.

Baking Soda to Clean the Microwave

Sprinkle onto a damp cloth and scrub the inside of the microwave, the tiny particles will help to remove any splatters and spills.

You might also like our easy way to clean the microwave using just lemons and water. It’s super simple. 

Baking Soda to Clean the Oven

Yes, you can use baking soda to clean the oven and it works surprisingly well!

Use Baking Soda to Deodorise the Fridge

Pop a small pot of baking soda into the back of the fridge to absorb any stale odours and keep things smelling fresh.

Baking Soda Carpet Freshener

We use a homemade natural carpet freshener recipe to freshen up rugs and get them smelling lovely.

This simple homemade cleaning product is easy to make using just baking soda and dried lavender or rosemary. 

Get the natural cleaning – carpet freshener instructions here. 

glass pot filled with homemade rug freshener with lavender and bicarbonate of soda.

Homemade Natural Baking Soda Bath Cleaner

Simply mix a cup of baking soda with a drizzle of washing up liquid and 1/2 cup of vinegar and use the frothy mixture to scrub the bath tub. Rinse well for a streak free shine.

Get more homemade cleaning products recipes here

How I Clean the Coffee Machine with Baking Soda

I run a tank of water with a tablespoon of baking soda and a squirt of washing up liquid through the coffee machine each week.

Be sure to rinse the machine through a good few times with plain water to remove any residue.

Always check the manufacturer instructions too as your coffee machine may not be suitable for this method of cleaning.

Using Baking Soda to Cleanse Toothbrushes

Soak toothbrushes once a week in a solution made from 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup of warm water. Rinse them well before using.

Using Baking Soda and Vinegar to Clean a Drain

Tip cup of baking soda down the plug hole and pour on a cup of vinegar. Let it fizz in the plughole for 20 minutes then rinse through with boiling water.

I do this once a week to keep drains running clear and to keep them free from any fatty build up.

Check out ways to dispose of cooking fat and oil here.

Homemade Baking Soda Floor Cleaner

Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your warm soapy water in the bucket for a little extra sparkle on your mopped floors.

Remove Crayon from Walls with Baking Soda

If you’re little ones have crayoned on the walls – sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto a damp cloth.

Then rub very very gently to remove the crayon – be careful not to spoil the decorated  surface by rubbing too hard – not suitable for wallpapered surfaces. 

More housework tips here

Using Baking Soda as Ant Deterrent 

In summer add a line of baking soda around areas where ants are entering the house as a deterrent.

How to Deodorise Shoes Naturally with Baking Soda

Sprinkle stinky shoes with a tablespoon of baking soda and leave over night to absorb the smells and freshen up the shoes. Don’t forget to tip it out in the morning…

Use Baking Powder to Remove Stains from Laundry

Add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to the washing in the machine for a little extra boost when trying to remove tough stains.

How to Deodorise the Bin with Baking Soda

Keep your kitchen bin smelling fresh by adding a sprinkling of baking soda to the bottom of the bin

Get more general cleaning tips here

Homemade Face Scrub with Baking Soda

You can use baking soda to make a simple natural face scrub.

Baking Soda Hair Rinse

Dissolve a tablespoon of baking soda into a cup of warm water and pour through your hair after shampoo and conditioning for a glossy shine.

Baking Soda Bath Soak

Sprinkle a few tablespoons of baking soda into a nice warm bath for a soothing bath soak that will help soften skin.

Baking Soda Bread

This Nigel Slater soda bread recipe is utterly delicious and definitely a good thing to do with baking soda!

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