How to Use Baking Soda


Baking soda, which is also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a type of salt that often comes in the form of a white powder. Because baking soda is edible and environmentally friendly, many people like to use it around the house in place of commercial cleaners. But baking soda also has many other uses, including eliminating odors and helping foods rise.

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Cleaning with Baking Soda

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In a spray bottle, combine 1 teaspoon (5 g) of baking soda, ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of liquid dish soap, and 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of vinegar. Shake the mixture and allow it to bubble and settle. Then, fill the bottle the rest of the way with warm water. Always shake the bottle before using.[1] This spray can be used in the kitchen and bathroom, on floors and walls, to clean the sink and refrigerator, and to wipe down appliances and other surfaces. Baking soda is slightly alkaline and mildly abrasive, so it can be used effectively as a cleaner around the house.

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For stains, tough jobs, and baked-on foods, make a baking soda paste by combining equal parts baking soda and coarse salt. Then, add a few drops of liquid dish soap and just enough water to stir the mixture into a paste.[2] Apply the paste with a clean cloth, soak for 10 minutes, and then scrub the area before rinsing. This paste can be used to scrub a number of surfaces, including: Dishes with baked on foods Storage containers with sauce stains[3] Teacups, coffeepots, and teapots with stains[4] Microwaves and ovens with baked-on foods and grease Dirty grills Grimy showers and sinks

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You can use baking soda to absorb grease and oil in the kitchen, on dishes and appliances, and even in the garage floor or on the driveway. For oil and grease spills outside, sprinkle baking soda over the spill and leave it to absorb for about 10 minutes. Scrub the area with a brush and rinse it with a hose. Inside, sprinkle baking soda over the spill and wipe it with a clean cloth after 10 minutes. To remove grease from dishes, add a scoop of baking soda to the soapy dishwater and soak the dishes for 10 minutes before scrubbing clean.[5]Our Expert Agrees: For stovetopcleaning, you can just pourbaking soda right over any greaseand grime. Let it sit for a fewminutes, then wipe it away with ascrub and a damp wipe. You canalso sprinkle baking soda over anoil stain in your driveaway.Scrub the stain with a bristlebrush, then rinse it away withwater.Our Expert Agrees: For stovetopcleaning, you can just pour bakingsoda right over any grease and grime.Let it sit for a few minutes, thenwipe it away with a scrub and a dampwipe. You can also sprinkle bakingsoda over an oil stain in yourdriveaway. Scrub the stain with abristle brush, then rinse it away withwater.Our Expert Agrees: For stovetop cleaning,you can just pour baking soda right over anygrease and grime. Let it sit for a fewminutes, then wipe it away with a scrub anda damp wipe. You can also sprinkle bakingsoda over an oil stain in your driveaway.Scrub the stain with a bristle brush, thenrinse it away with water.Our Expert Agrees: For stovetop cleaning, you can just pour baking sodaright over any grease and grime. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wipeit away with a scrub and a damp wipe. You can also sprinkle baking sodaover an oil stain in your driveaway. Scrub the stain with a bristlebrush, then rinse it away with water.Our Expert Agrees: For stovetop cleaning, you can just pour baking soda rightover any grease and grime. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it awaywith a scrub and a damp wipe. You can also sprinkle baking soda over an oilstain in your driveaway. Scrub the stain with a bristle brush, then rinse itaway with water.

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Baking soda can get your laundry cleaner by cutting grease, whitening, and eliminating odors. Just add 1 cup (220 g) of baking soda to the washing machine drum and wash your clothes using your regular detergent and washing settings.[6] Baking soda is particularly good for deodorizing gym clothes, sports gear, cloth diapers, baby clothes, musty towels, and other stinky fabrics.

Part 2
Deodorizing with Baking Soda

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Baking soda absorbs and eliminates odors, and there are many ways you can use it to deodorize small areas. For enclosed spaces, open a box of baking soda and place it on a shelf or under a seat. This method is ideal for deodorizing: Small rooms Refrigerator Closets CarsOur Expert Agrees: Place somebaking soda in a small opencontainer inside of yourrefrigerator to help reduce badodors and keep your produce freshlonger. You can also remove foulodors from your household drainsby pouring half a cup of bakingsoda down the drain, followed byhalf a cup of vinegar. Whenyou're finished, pour 4 to 6 cupsof hot water down the drain.Our Expert Agrees: Place some bakingsoda in a small open container insideof your refrigerator to help reducebad odors and keep your produce freshlonger. You can also remove foul odorsfrom your household drains by pouringhalf a cup of baking soda down thedrain, followed by half a cup ofvinegar. When you're finished, pour 4to 6 cups of hot water down the drain.Our Expert Agrees: Place some baking soda ina small open container inside of yourrefrigerator to help reduce bad odors andkeep your produce fresh longer. You can alsoremove foul odors from your household drainsby pouring half a cup of baking soda downthe drain, followed by half a cup ofvinegar. When you're finished, pour 4 to 6cups of hot water down the drain.Our Expert Agrees: Place some baking soda in a small open containerinside of your refrigerator to help reduce bad odors and keep yourproduce fresh longer. You can also remove foul odors from your householddrains by pouring half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed byhalf a cup of vinegar. When you're finished, pour 4 to 6 cups of hotwater down the drain.Our Expert Agrees: Place some baking soda in a small open container inside ofyour refrigerator to help reduce bad odors and keep your produce fresh longer.You can also remove foul odors from your household drains by pouring half acup of baking soda down the drain, followed by half a cup of vinegar. Whenyou're finished, pour 4 to 6 cups of hot water down the drain.

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Sprinkle liberal amounts of baking soda on the furniture or floor. Let the baking soda sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuum the area thoroughly.[7]

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You can also sprinkle baking soda directly on smelly objects and appliances to improve their odor. Sprinkle ½ cup (110 g) of baking soda into the bin, bowl, or drum of a stinky hamper, garbage bin, drain, toilet bowl, garbage disposal, dishwasher, or washing machine.

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Because baking soda is non-toxic and safe to consume, it’s also great for deodorizing shoes, toys, and other small personal items. Sprinkle on some baking soda, let it sit for 15 minutes to absorb smells, and then dust off the baking soda outside.[8]

Part 3
Using Baking Soda for Personal Care

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Dissolve ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) of baking soda in ½ cup (118 ml) of warm water. Rinse your mouth and gargle with the solution for 30 seconds. Then spit out the mixture and rinse your mouth with fresh water. This simple mouthwash can eliminate bad breath, kill bad bacteria in your mouth, and help prevent tooth decay.[9]

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In a small bowl, combine 1 cup (235 ml) of warm water and 1 teaspoon (5 g) of baking soda.[10] Place your combs and brushes into the bowl and let them soak for about 30 minutes to remove oils and residue. Remove the combs and brushes from the solution and rinse them with fresh water. Pat them dry, and leave them to air dry completely. You can also use this same method to clean and deodorize toothbrushes, retainers, dentures, and other oral appliances. Use 2 teaspoons (10 g) of baking soda per cup (235 ml) of water to clean these items.[11]

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Small amounts of baking soda can be dissolved in water to help soften skin and even alleviate diaper rash. Fill a large bucket, footbath, or baby bath with warm water and add 2 tablespoons (30 g) of baking soda. Soak your feet or hands in the bath for about 10 minutes to soften skin. For diaper rash treatment, dip the baby’s bottom in the water.[12] In very small amounts, baking soda can be safe to use for diaper rash because it will help to neutralize the acid (found in urine and feces) that’s causing the rash.[13] Only use baking soda sparingly and in small quantities on your skin, as the high pH can irritate and damage the skin.

Part 4
Using Baking Soda in Cooking and Baking

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When the baking soda combines with liquid and acid, it creates carbon dioxide bubbles that will help breads, cookies, and other baked goods to expand. You can add baking soda to any recipe that contains a liquid (such as water or milk) and an acid, such as:[14] Lemon juice Cream of tartar Sour cream Buttermilk Vinegar

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The alkaline nature of baking soda will cut the acidity in foods that have too much. For instance, if you're making tomato soup or sauce and find that it’s too acidic, stir in 1 teaspoon (5 g) of baking soda to neutralize the flavor.[15] You can also add baking soda to lemonades, store-bought soups and sauces, canned tomatoes, and even tea to cut the acidity and bitterness.[16]

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You can make your own baking powder by combining 2 teaspoons (7 g) of cream of tartar with 1 teaspoon (5 g) of baking soda. Whisk the powders together thoroughly to produce 1 tablespoon (14 g) of baking powder. Use equal parts homemade baking powder as a substitute for the store-bought version.[17]

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Wet your produce with a small amount of water and sprinkle baking soda over the skin. Scrub the fruit or vegetable with a damp cloth to remove dirt and residue. Rinse the fruit or vegetable with fresh water before eating or preparing.[18]