You probably have a container of it in your pantry. Maybe you tried to make cookies a few months ago that didn’t turn out so well (and didn’t try again). But what you don’t realize is that cleaning with baking soda can be a lifesaver in any room of the house.

While cleaning with baking soda may seem very old-fashioned (like something your Grandmother would do!), there’s a reason this tried-and-true method was popular for so long. Though it’s long since been replaced with lavender-scented surface sprays and Tide pods, baking soda is a surprisingly diverse and effective cleaning tool.


  • Clean your drains – run hot water through your shower or sink drain before pouring 1/2 cup of baking soda down. Let it sit for a quarter hour, and then rinse away all the nasty drain smells!
  • Sprinkle baking soda on a cleaning cloth covered in dish soap, work it to a lather, and voilà! Multipurpose cleaning cloth. You can also just sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge to give it an extra cleaning kick.

(Bonus Tip: the sponge can also be used on painted surfaces, just wipe down with a dry cloth after)


  • Store your open box of baking soda in the refrigerator to help keep the air fresh
  • Sprinkle baking soda in the trash can between layers to keep your kitchen smelling fresh
  • Sprinkle baking soda on a lemon (yes, that 20 cent fruit in the grocery store!), and scrub your stainless steel sink with it!
  • Make a paste with baking soda and water to scrub your stove and oven,spray it with vinegar until it starts foaming, and let it sit for 15 minutes. You will be able to wipe of baked-on food easily!

Around The House

  • Add a cup of baking soda to your loads of laundry to keep colors bright and whites white
  • Sprinkle in litter box after you clean it out so the cat deodorizes their own space as they dig
  • Sprinkle baking soda over carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture, let sit for a quarter hour, and vacuum it back up to get rid of unwanted odors.

Personal Hygiene

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