The Joy Of Super Non-Toxic, Do-It All-Baking Soda!

28 ways to use baking soda from The Tao of Dana

One day, long ago, I got inspired to buy myself a giant box of baking soda.

It was the best purchase I have made at well under $3.00 for the GIANT box.

I was inspired by reading something about how you can use baking soda as a hair rinse, and wanted to see more.  After all, I always jump at the chance to get a beauty treat without synthetic chemical poison.

Little did I know, my adventure with miraculous sodium bicarbonate was just beginning!

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28 Amazing Uses For Baking Soda:

  1. First, I sprinkled some baking soda in a bowl and added sweet orange essential oil (about 20 drops to a cup of baking soda).  I stirred up the globby, citrus mix and used a sponge to lift up heaps of it and scrub my tub.
  2. I poured a cup of vinegar into my toilet and let it sit for about an hour.  I came back with a half cup of baking soda and alternated sprinkling baking soda into the bowl and scrubbing it…and that worked beautifully!
  3. I soaked the iron grates on my stove burners in a solution of baking soda and water. A quick scrub with Brillo and they were leagues cleaner.
  4. I sprinkled more scented (this time, lavender esential oil ) baking soda on the carpet and used my vaccuum to suck it all up and scent the whole house.
  5. For the marks on my walls, a paste of baking soda and water applied to a moist sponge works better than a “Magic Eraser” to take away scuffs!
  6. A cup or two of baking soda in your bath water can be very detoxifying.
  7. If you dip your toothbrush in some peroxide and then sprinkle baking soda on it you have got the best whitening tooth polish.  I do not use this often, but man, it works!
  8. On that note, baking soda with a drop of peppermint essential oil mixed in will sub for toothpaste in a pinch!
  9. A palm filled with baking soda and a bit of water to make a creamy paste = a great facial cleaner.
  10. You can use baking soda as a DIY dry shampoo, but I would only use a little bit and after rubbing into your roots, brush it out well!
  11.  Now, that hair rinse: weekly, a solution of 1/2 cup baking soda and about a cup of water can be a killer hair treatment for removing product build-up.  You can rinse with a solution of one-part cider vinegar and 10 parts water afterward, then i put conditioner in my ends.
  12. I washed the kitchen floor with a half cup of baking soda in a bucket of water with a few drops of tea tree oil and orange oil to brighten the space energetically.
  13. My shower curtain got a face lift with a bit of baking soda on a damp sponge.
  14. If you sprinkle it under your sink (you know, where the pipes are) it can repel bugs without rocah & ant spray poison laminated to your kitchen!
  15. Your laundry can get brighter and softer if you add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the wash.
  16. Baking soda can put out fires, so its nice to keep an extra box open in your pantry should your flambe or pan fry turn to flames!
  17. You can gargle with baking soda to neutralize your mouth & get a fresh feeling.
  18. Who can forget the classic- and important- trick of placing an open baking soda box in your refrigerator AND freezer to keep the air clear.
  19. On that note, when you wash your fridge, which you should, use a mild solution of baking soda and water to freshen it completely.
  20. If you don’t have deodorant and are in a rush, a bit of baking soda can be rubbed under your arms to deodorize in a flash (though Iwouldn’t try this as a permanent solution, there are other great alternatives that are natural like THIS one)
  21. Soak your produce in a baking soda and water solution to get it clean.
  22. In lieu of harsh chemicals, run a mild baking soda solution through your coffee maker to get it totally clean.
  23. You can also brush your dog’s teeth with baking soda, even though mine loves chicken flavored toothpaste!
  24. Pour it down your drain to clean the drain… and follow with warm to hot water!
  25. You can sprinkle some on the bottom of your trash can, and use it to clean the trash can frequently with a wet sponge.
  26. That hair brush filled with gunk could use a soak in baking soda and water.
  27. For dry elbows & feet, mix up baking soda and some fresh lemon juice into a past.  Rub on the rough spots and moisturize well afterward!
  28. For all you cat lovers, a nice blanket of baking soda on the bottom of your litter box can dramatically cut down the odor!

Feeling inspired?!  I’m telling you, you can never have enough baking soda on hand.  You will always find something great to do with it! xoxo Dana

 

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Jane October 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Oh my, i knew 2 or 3 tips fro Baking Soda but this is amaaazing!!
I’m trying all of these at least once! ^.^
Thank youuuu !!

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Marcy January 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Great list!! Baking soda became my number one cleaning go to a couple years ago. I love it!! It replaces everything, with no chemicals and allergy inducing scents.

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Rita December 11, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Whow. Baking soda has so many useful properties. I am amazed. I knew only 3or4 useful ways of using baking soda. Thanks .will try out.

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