Household Baking Soda Tips - 19 Amazing Uses

June 29, 2011 One comment View all articles in Home

Our previous article, 23 Uses for Baking Soda in the Kitchen, tells you how it's possible to rely on baking soda for the majority of your kitchen cleaning, deodorizing, restoring, and various other needs. But there are plenty more uses for this magical elixir around the house; all of which will enable you to get the job done with fewer tools, harsh chemicals, or specialized, store-bought products. Here is a working list of all the ways baking soda may prove useful in and around your home.


  • Remove crayon marks from walls: Children will be children, and children tend to redecorate walls with their crayons. To clean up what is most likely some charming original artwork, just dip a damp rag into some baking soda and lightly scrub the marks. They should come off with very little effort.
  • Wash wallpaper: Brighten up dingy wallpaper by wiping it with a rag or sponge dampened in a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart water. To remove grease stains from wallpaper, rub a paste of 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon water on the stain, let it set for 5-10 minutes, then rub clean with a damp sponge.
  • Deodorize rugs and carpets: Freshen your rugs and/or carpets by lightly sprinkling them with baking soda, letting it settle in for 15 minutes or so, then vacuuming it up.
  • Remove wine and grease stains from carpet: First, get a towel and blot up as much of the stain as possible. Then sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the spot, and give the soda at least an hour to absorb the stain. Finish by vacuuming up the remaining powder.
  • Remove odors from books: If you've just taken some books out of storage or bought some used, chances are they're potent with that characteristic musty odor. Have them smelling like new by first placing them in a brown paper bag with 2 tablespoons baking soda, then tying the bag up and letting it sit in a dry environment for about a week. When you open the bag, shake any remaining powder off the books, and the smell should be gone.
  • Polish silver and gold jewelry: Make a thick paste with ¼ cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Apply with a damp sponge and gently rub, rinse, and buff dry. Cover gold jewelry with a light coating of baking soda, then pour a bit of vinegar over it, and rinse clean. [Note: Do not use this technique on jewelry that contains pearls or gemstones, as it could damage the finish and loosen the glue.]
  • Remove yellow stains from piano keys: Mix a solution of ¼ cup baking soda in 1 quart warm water. Place a thin piece of cardboard between each key to avoid seepage, then apply the solution to each key with a dampened cloth. Go over each key again with a cloth dampened with plain water, and then buff dry.
  • Remove white marks from wood surfaces: White marks from hot cups or sweating glasses can show up on your coffee table or other wooden furniture. Remove them by making a paste of 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon water and gently rubbing the spot in a circular motion until it disappears.
  • Remove cigarette odors from furniture: Eliminate the lingering smell of cigarette or cigar smoke from your upholstered furniture by lightly sprinkling your chairs or sofas with some baking soda. Let it sit for a few hours, then vacuum it off.
  • Shine marble-topped furniture: Marble-topped coffee tables and/or counters can be revitalized if you wash them with a soft cloth dipped in a solution of 3 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart warm water. Let it stand for 15 minutes to a half hour, then rinse with plain water and wipe dry.
  • Remove mineral deposits from showerheads: Cover the showerhead with a thick, sandwich-sized bag filled with ¼ cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar. Loosely fasten the bag – allowing for some of the gas escape – with adhesive tape or a twist-tie. Let the solution sit for about an hour, then remove the bag, and turn on your shower to wash off any remaining debris.
  • Absorb bathroom odors: Place a decorative dish filled with ½ cup baking soda on top of your toilet tank or on the floor behind the bowl to keep your bathroom smelling fresh and clean.
  • Clean your toilet bowl: To clean both the tank and the bowl, pour half a box of baking soda into your toilet tank once a month, letting it stand overnight, and then give it a few flushes in the morning. You can also pour several tablespoons of baking soda directly into your toilet bowl to scrub away any stains.
  • Clean air-conditioner filters: First vacuum off as much dust and dirt as possible, then wash the filter in a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 quart water. Let the filters dry thoroughly before replacing.
  • Keep your humidifier odor-free: Eliminate musty smells from your humidifier by adding 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the water each time you change it. Just be sure to check your owner's manual or consult the unit's manufacturer before trying this.
  • Strengthen liquid detergent and bleach: Get your whites whiter and your colors brighter by adding ½ cup baking soda to your usual amount of liquid laundry detergent. The baking soda also softens the water, so you can use less detergent. Adding ½ cup baking soda in top-loading machines (1/4 cup for front-loaders) also increases the potency of bleach, so you only need half as much.
  • Wash new baby clothes: Get the chemicals out of your newborn's clothing by washing them with some mild soap and ½ cup baking soda.
  • Remove perspiration and other stains: Pretreat clothes with a paste made from 4 tablespoons baking soda and ¼ cup warm water. Rub it into shirts to remove sweat stains; for really bad stains, let the paste dry for about two hours before washing. For collar stains, rub in the paste and add a bit of vinegar as you're putting the shirt in the wash.
  • Wash mildewed shower curtains: Try cleaning your dirty or mildewed plastic shower curtain or liner in your washing machine with two bath towels on the gentle setting. Add ½ cup baking soda to your detergent during the wash cycle and add ½ cup vinegar during the rinse cycle. Let it drip-dry; don't put it in the dryer.


Emerita Umali on May 21, 2017 at 7:14 p.m.

Can I use baking soda on removing water stains in our stainless sink and stainless faucets?

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