20 Alternative Uses for Baking Soda (It’s Not Just for Baking!)


  1. Use in place of your regular scouring powder to scour sinks, showers, and bathtubs, and to remove stains from countertops
  2. Clean yellow stains off of piano keys with a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart warm water
  3. Use as a natural deicer on your walkways in the winter. Unlike salts and commercially available chemical deicers it won’t harm floors if tracked in
  4. Remove crayon marks from walls by scrubbing lightly with a damp cloth dipped in baking soda
  5. Polish your silver with a paste of baking soda and water. Rub on to remove tarnish, rinse in warm water and dry with a soft cloth
  6. Mix baking soda with water to form a paste, and use it to clean and polish stainless steel and chrome
  7. Apply a paste to barbeque grills, allow to dwell, scrub and rinse
  8. Dry clean the dog – rub baking soda into Fluffy’s fur and comb out
  9. Mix baking soda into cat litter to help control odor
  10. Scatter baking soda around vegetable gardens to keep rabbits out
  11. Got ants? Pour a solid line of baking soda across points of entry – ants won’t cross it
  12. Sprinkle some baking soda into your vacuum bag to prevent odors from being released into the air when vacuuming
  13. Remove coffee and tea stains from china. Dip a damp cloth in baking soda and gently rub the stains away
  14. Relieve heartburn by drinking a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in half a glass of warm water
  15. Wash new baby clothes without any harsh detergents – just use some mild liquid soap and 1/2 a cup of baking soda
  16. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to vases of fresh cut flowers to extend the life of your blooms
  17. Add two teaspoons of baking soda to your baby’s bath water to clear up diaper rash
  18. Forget those expensive scrubs – a paste of baking soda and water makes the best facial exfoliant you will ever try!
  19. Clean mildew from shower curtains by soaking them in baking soda and water
  20. Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda on the soil surrounding your tomato plants