How To: Clean With Baking Soda

One of the more important things I’m learning about living life on the frugal side is that many things can be used for multiple purposes - like vinegar, which not only makes my sandwiches delicious, but also can be used to clean everything from toilets to coffeemakers, which is pretty full of the awesome. Another one of the green cleaning products I’m learning about is baking soda; specifically, how to clean with baking soda.

First, what the nuts is baking soda (besides something used for baking)? Baking soda, or sodium hydrogen carbonate, is a chemical compound, a white solid often sold as a fine powder. It’s often used as a way for bakers to make their delicious treats rise in the oven, and can be used in the laboratory to neutralize both acids and bases. But that’s neither here nor there.

how to clean with baking soda

That’s what baking soda looks like. Except with less balls.

Baking soda is a rad cleaning agent for a number of reasons:

  1. It’s non-toxic, even in large amounts.
  2. It’s green – which means that it also won’t hurt the environment
  3. It’s cheap as dirt.
  4. It’s got a ton of different uses.

(check this out – it’s pretty rad if you’re into green baby stuff. Not like GREEN babies, because that’s just awk)

Let’s get to the good stuff, shall we? Here’s how to clean with baking soda:

1) How To Clean With Baking Soda: Fire Retardant. If you’re prone to grease fires in the kitchen, sprinkling some baking soda on the fire can put the fire out.

2) How To Clean With Baking Soda: The Fridge. So you get some funky smelling shit in your fridge. It happens. A really simple way to reduce those nasty odors is to throw (read: place) a box of baking soda into the fridge, freezer or stinky cupboard to absorb the odors.

3) How To Clean With Baking Soda: Surfaces. To clean the surfaces in your kitchen, sprinkle a lightly wet cloth with baking soda, wipe the surface, then rinse it clean with fresh water. To get rid of super stubborn stains, make a paste using three parts baking soda to one part water, rub the paste into the stain, then rinse with warm water.

4) How To Clean With Baking Soda: Burned pans. We’ve all (raises both hands) burned some food to the bottom of a pan. One of the best ways to get that nasty shit gone is to sprinkle the bottom of the pan with baking soda, then soak overnight in hot water. Makes the nasty food easier to scrub clean.

5) How To Clean With Baking Soda: Hair Stuffs. To clean out your hairbrushes and combs (who the nuts uses combs?)(don’t answer that), clean ‘em with a solution of baking soda.

6) How To Clean With Baking Soda: Clogged Drains. Very little is grosser than clogged drains – so avoid ‘em by pouring a quarter of a cup of baking soda down ‘em once a week. Be sure to rinse the drain super carefully with loads of hot water.

7) How To Clean With Baking Soda: Laundry. Substitute half the normal amount of laundry detergent with baking soda – keeps clothes supa fresh.

8) How To Clean With Baking Soda: Kids Toys. One of the harder things about parenting is keeping kid’s crap clean. Why? Because they’re germ factories. So make a mixture using a quarter cup baking soda in one quart of warm water and submerge their germy toys in them. Then rinse the toys off with clean water.

9) How To Clean With Baking Soda: Litter Box. We all know cat poo stinks. So sprinkle some baking soda in the litter box to help remove some of the nasty stench from the house.

10) How To Clean With Baking Soda: Carpets. So your carpets stink. Happens. Luckily, you don’t have to live with it. Sprinkle the carpets with baking soda, let stand for over fifteen minutes, then vacuum up. Repeat this as needed.


What are some other ways you can clean with baking soda? I’m all ready to get down and dirty with green cleaning. Wait – that sounded weird.
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13 thoughts on “How To: Clean With Baking Soda

  1. I wish we had huge boxes of baking soda in our Swedish supermarkets. I really don’t know why we don’t. May have to make someone import for me. Very certain that this will be found suspicious, and the customs and police will investigate.

      • Chemically, baking soda and bicarbonate of soda (or sodium bicarbonate) are the same. However, washing soda is also bicarbonate of soda and bicarbonate of soda can be purchased at the hardware store. The Arm Hammer brand baking soda is in a bright yellow box or plastic bag and is labeled Baking Soda . If it is another brand, read the label. If it does not say it is suitable for baking do not use it. The baking soda variety of bicarbonate of soda is the only one certified to be free enough of other contaminates to be fit for human consumption. The answerer who mentioned that it has tartaric acid added is confusing it w/ Baking Powder. One of the acid/alkaline combinations for Baking Powder is baking soda and cream-of-tarter (tartaric acid). The ratio for making baking powder using baking soda and cream-of-tarter is: 4 parts of baking soda to 5 parts of cream-of-tarter. This home made baking powder is equal, measure for measure, to commercial powders.

  2. I also just remember that baking soda removes elmer’s glue from hair. I had a friend in high school who had the most magnificent mohawk, and would wear it in liberty spikes. She used elmer’s glue (it was the 80s, before spiking glue) and beaking soda was how she washed the glue out.

  3. Kinda hate to be literal and all Sheldon like, but you asked for cleaning with baking soda…ha ha ha.

    SO let me give you one more thing to clean with frugally that can also be used for other things, along the line of Baking Soda. (Staying with your theme)

    Cornstarch. Can be bought at Sams or Costco in bulk for about $5 – $10. Can be used in baking…but who bakes?

    If you get grease on your microfiber couch from the bag of extra butter popcorn you microwaved and put next to you on the couch, while watching a movie in the dark alone – put cornstarch on it and let it sit. Then vacuum.

    If you animal decides the one spot in the entryway, where everyone will smell piss upon entering your house/apt/trailer is their new bathroom, put it down, let it absorb, and vacuum in a few hours. And use Vicks on the area around it. They will no longer piss in that spot. BUT if they are assholes, they will just find another spot that doesn’t smell like Vicks.

    If you have greasy skin, and put on makeup, mix this in with the remainder of your loose face powder and have it dry up your oil like never before. Reuse your old makeup container and just keep putting in the cornstarch.

    If you want longer looking lashes but not extensions, put on some mascara only on the tips. Then dab a qtip in cornstarch and touch lashes. Reapply mascara and it will build on top of the cornstarch, making them look much longer without the $$.

    Ok done. Just had to.

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