Seven Household Uses for Baking Soda

 

Baking soda is not just the powder you use once in a while to bake something or the box that sits in the door of the fridge. It’s one of the most versatile, powerful and non-toxic items you can use to clean your house. Here are seven uses—though there are many more—for this magic powderhouse!

Tub and Tile
Sprinkle baking soda in a wet tub or on a sponge and scrub away. This cleaning method requires some elbow grease but it’s so gratifying watching those mildew and soap stains disappear without worrying about breathing in toxic fumes.

Carpet
If you want to freshen your carpets, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the floor coverings, wait 15 minutes, or longer, and vacuum.

Kitty Litter
Keep cat litter smelling fresh by dusting a bit of baking soda to absorb odors. This way, you can probably go a day or two longer between litter changes.

Laundry
Add a cup of baking soda to your load of laundry to get your clothes cleaner and brighter. 

Oven
Baking soda and white vinegar make a potent oven cleaner. Mix these two to make a paste then go at that built up grease, making sure you stay away from any heating elements. Then wipe the oven clean with a damp cloth.

Silver
Make a paste with water and baking soda and rub it on tarnished silver. Wash and dry.

Drain
For clogged drains, use a half-cup of baking soda, followed by a half-cup of vinegar. Wait five minutes, then flush with hot water.