Cleaning With Baking Soda: Transform Your ENTIRE Home With One Box

Cleaning With Baking Soda: Transform Your ENTIRE Home With One Box


Have you ever tried cleaning with baking soda? It's not just for baking cakes! A cheap box of baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda to some) can effectively clean your entire home. It's extremely versatile and can be used as a mild abrasive, scouring agent and deodoriser to dissolve dirt, tackle odours and cut through grime.

You’ll never spend on expensive cleaning products again once you find out the power of this multi-tasking product! Read on and discover our top cleaning hacks...

Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in May 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in June 2019.

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What is baking soda?

baking soda
Do you have some in your kitchen?

Baking soda - also known as sodium bicarbonate - is a leavening agent that is normally used to help baked goods rise - think pancakes, cookies, muffins, and more. If you don't have some in your kitchen cupboards, we'll be surprised!  

You can pick up baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, from your local supermarket. It's really inexpensive, and it makes a great natural cleaning product.

Clean your bathroom with baking soda

Get it spick and span, the natural way!

From the shower head to the toilet bowl, follow the tips below to get your bathroom sparkling with baking soda.

1. Replace your cream cleaner with bicarbonate of soda

Use a sprinkle of bicarbonate of soda on a sponge to clean any surface you would usually use a cream cleaner on. It'll work just as well to remove dirt and grime. It won't leave you with that harsh chemical smell either. Finish with a micro fibre cloth for an immaculate finish.

2. Use baking soda to clean your hairbrushes and combs

Your hair tools can get extremely gunky over time. Make sure they last a long time and remain in tip-top condition by giving them a good clean every few months.

Soak them in a mixture of 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 cups of warm water for an hour then rinse and dry.

3. Toothbrushes are not self-cleaning!

toothbrushes basic
Keep them clean and germ-free.

Don’t pass on bad bacteria to your mouth - soak your toothbrush heads in a mixture of ¼ cup bicarbonate of soda and a ¼ cup of water overnight and rinse the next morning.

4. Use baking soda to make your own bathroom scrub

Mix a ¼ cup of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of liquid detergent and add some vinegar to give it a nice thick consistency. Use a sponge with a large dollop of this home-made cleaner on all your bathroom fittings and you’ll never need to buy bathroom cleaners again.

5. Whiten your grout

Baking soda is great for whitening teeth, so why not use it to whiten your grout? Clean grout is hard to maintain, but this trick will certainly help.

To make your own grout cleaner:

  1. Mix together two parts baking soda and one part hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Use a cloth or an old toothbrush to apply the mixture to the grout.
  3. Optional step: You can also place cotton wool pads on the tile to hold the mixture in place for longer.
  4. Leave to sit for between 10-20 minutes.
  5. Rinse the mixture away with clean water. 

Cleaning with baking soda in the kitchen

Ideally, you want to avoid using chemical-based cleaners in a place where you prepare food. They can be highly toxic, and natural cleaners do the job just as well. We've found some easy switches that you can make with baking soda. 

5. De-grease your oven door

Cleaning with baking soda has never been more effective than in the kitchen.

Cleaning the oven is a job we all hate to do but it needn't be a chore with bicarbonate of soda. This tried and tested method will leave your glass oven door sparkling:

  1. Mix 3 parts bicarbonate of soda to 1 part warm water to form a paste.
  2. Warm the oven for a few minutes and then switch it off.
  3. Wipe the glass with a damp cloth.
  4. Spread the paste on both sides of the oven door.
  5. Leave for 2-3 hours until the paste turns brown.
  6. Wipe both sides with a damp sponge cloth.
  7. Use a plastic car scraper to remove any excess.

6. Unblock your kitchen sink

sparkling kitchen sink
Look at it sparkle!

Pour half a cup of baking soda down your sink followed by two cups of vinegar (malt is fine) and watch as the alkaline in the bicarb reacts with the acidic vinegar to create a volcano of froth. Leave to settle and it should help dissolve any built-up grime.

If your sink needs extra help, mix 1 cup of bicarbonate of soda with 2 cups of washing powder (great for de-greasing) then follow with vinegar. Finish with a kettle-full of boiling water.

7. Remove tea stains from mugs

The crystals in baking soda can effectively remove stains in your mugs and help return them to their former glory. Just be prepared to put some elbow grease into it!

Sprinkle some bicarb on a clean scourer and get scrubbing. It should take around 5-10 minutes to lift stains and reveal a good-as-new mug.

8. Freshen up smelly sponges

If your sponges are getting a bit smelly don't be tempted to bin them.

Baking soda works wonders at absorbing smells - soak sponges in a bowl full of warm water with 4 tablespoons of dissolved baking soda. Let them air dry and they should smell like new.

9. Keep your fridge fresh

open full fridge
What does yours smell of?

Smelly fridge? Keep it smelling clean with baking soda!

Bad smells aren't just off-putting when you're looking for a midnight snack, they can actually ruin the taste of surrounding food.

Keep a small bowl of bicarb in your fridge to help neutralise smells. It works like a sponge to soak up any bad odours - just remember to change it every month or so. 

10. Remove stains from your Tupperware

Whether it was a leftover curry or spaghetti bolognese that did the damage, you can easily revive your old Tupperware or plastic food containers. If yours are stained, greasy or smelly, soak them overnight in a bowl of hot water with a sprinkling of baking soda to leave them spotless.

11. Use baking soda to clean your dishwasher

Scatter a generous amount of baking soda into your dishwasher then run an empty wash. It'll be clean and fresh again in no time.

12. Remove baked-on residue from pans

Even pan cleaning is easier with baking soda! Shake a generous amount onto any dirty pans or roasting tins, add hot water, a squirt of your usual cleaning liquid, and let sit for 20 minutes. The baking soda will help dissolve any stubborn build-up making it really easy to clean.

13. Clean the microwave inside and out

cleaning microwave with baking soda
Get it spick and span!

Has your microwave been neglected?

A small amount of bicarbonate of soda on a damp sponge can effectively clean and cut through any grease in and on your microwave. If you've got a lemon and some vinegar to hand, you can give your microwave a deep clean.

14. Descale a kettle

It's magic!

Limescale is no match for bicarb! You can clean your kettle with it, too. Watch our video to see how it's done.  

Spruce up your living room with bicarbonate of soda

You can clean everything from the carpets to the windows with bicarbonate of soda. Keep reading to find out how!

14. Clean dirty rugs and carpets

Dirty carpet? Baking soda can be used for carpet cleaning. Liberally sprinkle baking soda on your carpet, wait at least 15 minutes then sweep as much of it as you can and vacuum as normal.

For the best results, leave the powder to settle overnight. Your carpet or rug should look brighter and smell good - a nice way to refresh your carpet naturally. Just think how much you could save instead of splashing out on expensive carpet treatments. 

15. Shine silver ornaments and fittings

Combine three parts baking soda to one part water, mix and rub onto and into your silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly then dry with a clean cloth – they’ll be sparkling!

16. Make your own version of Febreze

Get your fabrics smelling amazing with this clever hack:

  1. Fill an empty spray bottle with 3/4 hot water.
  2. Add 4 tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda.
  3. Shake well and allow to cool a little.
  4. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
  5. Once cooled completely, give it another shake to combine the ingredients, and then spray on clothes and soft furnishings.

17. Remove smells from a sofa

blue sofa
It looks brand new!

Over time your sofa may become a bit whiffy. Sprinkle some baking soda onto a dry sofa and let it sit for 10-20 minutes before hoovering or brushing off.

Use bicarb to clean your clothes

From dull whites to dull jewellery, baking soda will refresh and restore your whole wardrobe!

18. How to brighten whites with baking soda

Are your whites looking a bit dull? Try cleaning with baking soda! It's one of our favourite laundry detergent alternatives

Add 1 cup of baking soda to your next load of laundry along with regular liquid detergent. They’ll emerge much cleaner and brighter than before!

Use this little trick to whiten up the kids' school shirts and polos. It's a great bra-whitening tip, too! 

We also love using baking soda to remove hair dye stains. Find out how in our other article.

19. How to clean jewellery with bicarbonate of soda

clean jewellery
Clean and shiny. 

Make a paste using three parts bicarb and one part warm water until it resembles fondant icing. Then, using a cloth or old toothbrush, apply it to your jewellery. Rinse carefully and dry with a clean cloth.

As we said, baking soda is a great degreaser. Did you know you can also use it to get butter out of clothes?


Where can I buy baking soda? 

Most supermarkets will sell baking soda or bicarbonate of soda in the baking section. It can come in different packaging, including tubs or boxes. 

Are there any other uses for baking soda? 

Yes! Baking soda also has a whole range of health and beauty benefits.

Is baking powder the same thing as baking soda? 

Baking soda and baking powder might sound like the same thing, especially given that baking soda can also go by bicarbonate of soda, but they're very different.

Baking powder is baking soda but with an additional acidic ingredient. Because of the additional acidity, baking powder is not suitable for use in any of these beauty treatments. 

Is washing soda the same as baking soda? 

Although the two are very similar, they are not to be confused for the same product. Washing soda is sodium carbonate with additional cleaning ingredients.

You can make your own washing soda by heating baking soda. Simply spread onto a shallow baking dish and heat at around 200 C. Once cool, you can keep it in an airtight container. 


Thanks for reading! Do you have any clever uses for Bicarbonate of Soda? 


Please let us know in the comments section below!

Anushka F


A keen money-saver and fan of all things natural, Anushka enjoys making her own beauty products and is partial to a bit of crafting. Never short of a clever tip or two, she's always looking for new ways to make her money go even further.

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  1. Author T James on June 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Just brilliant !!!!

    1. Author Colleen B on June 17, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Great to hear you like Anushka's tips!

    2. Author Amanda on January 24, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      My dog has had an accident on carpet can I use it for cleaning it up

    3. Author Anushka F on January 29, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Yes! clean the mess up with some warm water and liquid soap. Apply disinfectant then scatter bicarb to remove lingering smells.

  2. Author T James on June 16, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Forgot to mention the only reason to date I have a constant supply in the cupboard is a self clean ! Its the ideal remedy for cystitis - 1 teaspoon to a luke warm small glass of water & hey presto its a fix

    1. Author Colleen B on June 17, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Interesting tip T, I didn't know that!

    2. Author Martha on October 3, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      That's really good to know my daughter suffers with cystitis ,paid loads money in past for over the counter sales. Thank you

    3. Author Anushka F on October 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      You're welcome Martha.

    4. Author Nicola perryman on September 14, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      It's amazing for cystitis I suffered terribly now one teaspoon In water and clears up within the hour

    5. Author sharon stevenson on June 18, 2018 at 8:16 am

      Hi ladies im a bit dumb but dont understand do you use this mixture for washing that area to clear cystitis or drink it (yuk lol ) but if it works im sure the taste can be covered up with a squeese of lemon ? sorry for stupid question xx shaz

    6. Author Maggie on March 28, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Yes drink it

  3. Author pog on July 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    If your sponge has a bad odour it means bacteria build up . Does bicarb actually kill the bacteria or just mask the smell ? Best to chuck it or maybe bleach it ?

    1. Author Anushka F on July 13, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Hi there, Bicarbonate of Soda is really good at masking smells but it can also help get rid of mild bacterias. If a sponge has a particularly bad smell I would just chuck it out though. Better to be safe than sorry.

    2. Author William on August 18, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      To clean a sponge I would soak it in vinegar, and then microwave it for a minute. The should kill the bacteria, plus it loosens any grime inside the microwave for easier cleaning.

    3. Author lynn jenkins on February 1, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      clean your teeth with bicarb on your toothbrush, leaves your teeth sqeaky clean and using regular whitens them, much better than any expensive toothpastes and it works. from lynn

    4. Author Anushka F on February 19, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      I do this too Lynn. More as a once weekly stain removing treatment.

    5. Author Shkeela on March 31, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      I wouldn't use on your teeth regularly, I did it every day for 3yr when I was 13 till 16, it took all the enamel off them and weakened them so bad I now have really bad trouble with them and I'm only 30 x

    6. Author Anushka F on April 6, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Oh no I'm sorry to hear that. Agreed, it should only be used as a treatment and not every day.

    7. Author Roma on May 7, 2016 at 6:48 am

      Yes be very careful with your teeth as using bicarbonate soda on them will damage them! I use to use it weekly on my teeth and kept getting really bad mouth abscess. It do weaken the enamel and can do more harm than good. Better be safe than sorry peeps! Love the different uses for bicarbonate soda tho.

    8. Author Rita Ikondu on September 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Awesome ideas! I'm going to try them on my house .thanks for sharing the information.

  4. Author Glen on July 13, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    You can use baking powder , to get rid of cup/mug rings on coffee tables etc. Sprinkle on ,and rub in ,then rinse off

    1. Author Anushka F on July 20, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      That's an interesting one Glen. I will be sure to try it next time I have some pesky cup rings. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Author Judy Pena on August 14, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Baking soda is amazing! I know that it is a very strong cleaner and has many uses around the house but I never think of it! I really need to try to make my own bathroom scrub and to use soda to unclog my drains! There are so many wonderful green cleaning recipes ! Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Author Anushka F on August 20, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      You're welcome Judy! It's easy to forget the power of baking soda - it really is very good, especially in the bathroom. Good luck with the scrub. Anushka

  6. Author Anita bowling on October 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I very interesting

    1. Author Anushka F on October 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks Anita!¬

  7. Author karen coates on October 2, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    if your hair has a build up of products ie hairspray, soak in a bowl of water with a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda then wash as normal

    1. Author Elizabeth on January 19, 2021 at 1:32 pm

      Now that's a great tip 👏👏👏

  8. Author Robina Bell on October 5, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    If you happen to burn your saucepan half fill with cold water add a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda leave on low heat for a little while then just rub burnt food with a wooden spoon. No scratched sauce pan and lovely and clean.

    1. Author Anushka F on October 6, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Interesting tip Robina, I will note it down and give it a try if I burn a pan. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Author Nick B on October 5, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Never would have believed it, Thanks for all these valuable tips

    1. Author Anushka F on October 6, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      I'm glad you enjoyed the article Nick! Let me know if you use any.

  10. Author Kay Hotson on October 7, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    God loving all these tips ,going out and getting some thanks

    1. Author Anushka F on October 8, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      I'm so glad Kay! Let me know how you get on.

  11. Author Angela Read on October 10, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Make you own bathroom scrub Mix ¼ cup of baking powder with 1 tablespoon of liquid detergent* Can you tell me what "Liquid Detergent" means, is that like washing up liquid that is quite thick, OR something like liquid floor cleaner that resembles water??? Thanks in advance x

    1. Author Anushka F on October 12, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Angela, apologies this probably wasn't the best description for it but any liquid soap or washing liquid will be fine to use.

  12. Author June on October 10, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Can you used to clean the inside of your oven

  13. Author Colette Houlihan on October 12, 2015 at 9:01 am

    We used to use Bicarbonate of Soda to clean coffee stains from our teeth. You've just reminded me to give it a go!

    1. Author Anushka F on October 12, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Hi Colette, great stuff! I use a small amount of bicarbonate of soda once a week to lightly whiten any stains, too.

    2. Author Sarah Louise Walter on January 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      How do you do this? Add bicarb to your toothpaste? Thanks for the article, some great ideas here and best of all it will save us money on all sorts of cleaning products!

    3. Author Anushka F on January 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      You can make a little paste with water and use it as a weekly treatment if you like.

    4. Author Denise Whitaker on November 17, 2017 at 11:37 am

      I was using bicarbonate of soda one a week mixed with toothpaste to remove stains but my dentist said don't use it as it strips the enamel from teeth so please don't recommend it for cleaning teeth. It is good for household cleaning.

    5. Author Stephanie C on November 17, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Denise. Thanks a lot for sharing your experiences with us and the professional advice from your doctor. Could I please ask where you've found us recommending it for teeth whitening so I can take a look? Thanks

  14. Author Angela preece on October 13, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Thanks for the tips, I will certainly be trying them out & let you know t by e results, I will be on the look out for more of your tips.

    1. Author Anushka F on October 20, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Thanks Angela. Let me know you get on, Anushka

  15. Author john audsley on October 25, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    have used bicarbonate of soda it really works wonders even cleaning ovens! no more expesive cleaning agents for me.

    1. Author Anushka F on October 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Great stuff John. I use bicarb on almost everything at home!

  16. Author Sandy-marie on October 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Bicarbonate of soda & lemon juice mixed together are brilliant for tooth whitening

    1. Author Anushka F on October 26, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      I agree! But only in moderation as you don't want to damage the enamel. I think once a week works well.

    2. Author Trevor on April 27, 2021 at 8:04 pm

      I it,s great stuff , it been used since the beginning of times, tho ,the Roman us it and many the Egyptians who now s😎

  17. Author Allen Beale on November 3, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I didn't know it can be used for all of this so I will be getting some when I next go shoping its first on my list thank you Allen

    1. Author Anushka F on November 6, 2015 at 10:12 am

      I didn't know either Allen! Now I can't live without it. Let me know how you get on.

  18. Author Pauline Dent on November 5, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Its good for cleaning flasks. A couple of heaped dessertspoons then pour on boiling water. Froths up leave for an hour or so and then rinse. I also use it in cups and mugs but put it in and boiling pour on water froths it up, leave to stand then rinse.

    1. Author Anushka F on November 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Great tip Pauline. Thanks for sharing it with everyone, I will have to give it a go.

  19. Author Tricia on November 10, 2015 at 3:40 am

    How do I apply

    1. Author Anushka F on November 12, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Hi Tricia, apply the bicarbonate of soda do you mean?

  20. Author Toni-Jane Bennett on November 13, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you for the useful bicarbonate of soda cleaning tip as I'm asthmatic and have to be careful with what I am using when cleaning the kitchen sides n bathroom. I was wondering if anyone knows if bicarbonate of soda is any good for refreshing carpets and rooms as I am finding it hard to find airfresheners and carpet refreshing products that are safe for me to use as well as being into carpets with a hard bristled brush

    1. Author Anushka F on November 16, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Hi Toni-Jane, thanks for the comment. Really happy to hear you've found the tips useful. You can indeed use bicarbonate of soda on carpets to freshen and mask smells. This is a useful article

  21. Author Brenda fletcher on November 25, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Spilt milk on carpet ..rotten smell...sprinkle bicarbonate of soda ..will absorb the smell.then wash .also rotten trainers sprinkle bicarb overnight ...fresh again.

    1. Author Anushka F on November 27, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Thanks for sharing Brends. Spilt milk causes the worst smell!

  22. Author Ellen Coleman on January 10, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Ive been using this for years it really does work

    1. Author Anushka F on January 22, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Great to hear Ellen.

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  24. Author Sian Chappell on January 16, 2016 at 10:28 am

    After reading the uses for bicarbonate I'm going to try some of them today . I never knew there were so many things to do with it. Thank you

    1. Author Anushka F on January 22, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Fantastic. Let me know how you get on Sian.

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  26. Author Debbie Cartwright on January 29, 2016 at 11:23 am

    When I have used my Thermos Flask I give it a rinse out and let it dry upside down. Before putting the lid on it I put a teaspoon of Bicarb in. When I want to use it next I just give it a rinse and use! You don't get that stale old tea smell.

    1. Author Anushka F on January 29, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Nice tip Debbie. Those flasks do start to smell a bit. Good to give it a refresh!

  27. Author Abdu on February 4, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you so much for the invaluable info. I will definitely use it from now onwards.

    1. Author Anushka F on February 19, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Glad it's of use Abdu.

  28. Author tracey on February 11, 2016 at 12:55 am

    love bicarbonate of soda I use it for almost everything around the house and I have just used it to draw glass from my foot

    1. Author Anushka F on February 19, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Ouch! Hope you're OK Tracey and happy to hear you're a fellow bicarb fan.

  29. Author Irene gattens on February 12, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Seems a good. Website

    1. Author Anushka F on February 19, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Hope you enjoy the articles Irene!

  30. Author M J BOWEN on February 27, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I sprinkle it in my boots last thing at night to take away the odour, works a treat.

    1. Author Anushka F on March 22, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Ooh that's a good one. Soaks it all up like a sponge!

  31. Author Ludwina on March 5, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    You mention cystitis. Can bicarbonate of soda also be used as a medicinal item for other ailments?

    1. Author Anushka F on March 22, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Hi Ludwina, most over the counter antacids such as Alka Seltzer contain some bicarbonate of soda in them so for occasional heartburn or indigestion you could try a home remedy: half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in half a cup of water. You should only use it as a short-term alternative, there are a few beliefs that it has other medicinal purposes but I would not want to advise on them as I'm not a professional. You should always seek medical advice before trying anything alternative :)

  32. Author Sarah Southgate on March 8, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I mix it to a paste with water to clean my worktops. it takes some elbow grease, but is great and safe for removing stains, also great for cleaning my enamel lined cast iron casserole pan. i have used it to clean mugs and soak my toothbrush, besides for baking purposes. Any ideas where i can get a extra large tub please? And your tips are great, thanks.

    1. Author Anushka F on March 15, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Thank you Sarah! I love making a paste too, it works really well at deep-cleaning mugs I agree. Amazon have the best prices for bags over 2.5kg - have a quick browse!

  33. Author Fiona on March 22, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Sprinkle some powder over your mattress,leave for an hour. Then hoover it off to refresh your bed

    1. Author Anushka F on April 6, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Nice tip! I do this too.

  34. Author Brigette on March 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Baking Soda will be on my next shopping list!

    1. Author Anushka F on April 6, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Excellent! Let me know how you get on.

  35. Author Valerie Moloney on March 30, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I always have bicarbonate of soda in my cupboard, it is great if you have heartburn, quarter of teaspoon in half cup of warm water, it really helps. I also use it in my grandsons trainers, just sprinkle into trainer and leave overnight and then empty out, no more smelly trainers.

    1. Author Anushka F on April 6, 2016 at 10:40 am

      That's an interesting one Valerie, I will have a little read on the effects of bicarb for heartburn. Thanks!

  36. Author Marian on April 1, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Been using this for ages to do all different types of cleaning. Salt is a good alternative with either some vinegar or lemon juice added! Another good tip Use denture cleaning tablets to keep your toilet bowl clean! Cheaper and better for the environment!

    1. Author Anushka F on April 6, 2016 at 10:36 am

      I have heard that one Marian with the denture tablets! Thanks for the tips, will try salt as an alternative.

  37. Author Jyotsna on April 14, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Hi I have a fairly new ceramic pan. Corners slightly turned brown, used baking soda and hot water to clean, but nothing has changed. It looks dull. Any advise? Thank you

    1. Author Anushka F on May 9, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Hi there did you try soaking it in very hot water for 30 minutes?

  38. Author Jyotsna on April 14, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Cleaning sinks with vinegar and soda does real magic! I use this method to clean my sink always. Soda helps clean plastic boxes/lids/tea or coffee filters amazingly!

    1. Author Anushka F on May 9, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Great stuff! I love it too, works a treat.

  39. Author julie morris on April 19, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    this sight is so good to learn from I wish I new it a long time ago and save a lot of money thank you very much and keep the good work up

    1. Author Anushka F on May 9, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Aww thank you very much Julie that's very kind of you. I'm so happy to hear you've been enjoying the articles!

  40. Author Debs on May 21, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Cool tips

    1. Author Anushka F on May 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks Debs!

  41. Author Marlene on June 1, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Cant wait to try these tips ?

    1. Author Anushka F on June 9, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Good luck Marlene, let me know how it goes!

  42. Author Angela on July 9, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Lots of really useful tips. Thank you.

    1. Author Anushka F on July 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Thanks Angela, I'm happy to hear you found them useful!

  43. Author Mrs L Routledge on July 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Ooh thank you! I'm off to clean my oven!! :0)

    1. Author Anushka F on July 26, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Haha have fun!

  44. Author Brenda on July 18, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Hi. Would anyone know if Is bicarbonate of soda - safe to use around pets, in particular cats. Thanks. b

  45. Author lois levy on July 27, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Excellent tips especially for the dreaded cooker - thank you

    1. Author Anushka F on August 25, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      You're welcome Lois. Nobody enjoys cooker cleaning...

  46. Author Christine Burridge on September 12, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I love to use bicarb to clean all sorts of things - inside my washing machine door it's a must, much better than those expensive machine cleaners that require running a hot cycle too! BUT, you advocate buffing with a microfiber cloth. Please don't!! All those tiny, tiny fibres in the wash, in the bath etc. going down the plughole - they are so fine that they go THROUGH the filters at waste treatment and end up going out to sea. Fish ingest them, and they're so fine that they are DIGESTED and end up in the tissues - then we EAT them!!

    1. Author Anushka F on September 29, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Hi Christine, that's very interesting thanks for sharing and warning everyone of this! I will do some reading on it and amend the article.

  47. Author Sandra Hampson on September 12, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Some really good advice there. Thank you!

    1. Author Anushka F on September 29, 2016 at 10:55 am

      You're welcome Sandra.

  48. Author Rita Ikondu on September 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm


  49. Author Gillian King on December 8, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Always put a few pinches in my batter, LOVERLY x

    1. Author Anushka F on March 9, 2017 at 10:19 am


  50. Author Julie Johnson on January 30, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Fantastic tips ill be using these

    1. Author Anushka F on March 9, 2017 at 10:08 am


  51. Author Lorr on April 6, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Great tip ?????

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 10, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Thanks, Lorr :)

  52. Author Karla Robinson on April 10, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Perfect for chickenpox, my daughters had them do I put bicarbonate of soda in their bath ? water, stops that itching!!!!

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 10, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Hi Karla :) I've never tried this but it's certainly an interesting one - miracle if it works!

  53. Author Karin Smart on April 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Dab some bicarb on mouth ulcers. It will sting for a second but ulcer will be clear in no time. X

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 19, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Hi Karin. This is an interesting tip & one we've not heard before. Thanks for sharing your wisdom! :)

  54. Author Mr Brian Lorimer on April 15, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Use it dissolved in warm water to create a sparkle when washing your Windows and no Smear's.

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 19, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Hi Brian. That's an interesting idea. Normally we just use vinegar & newspaper. Thanks for sharing! :)

  55. Author cherubEagleEyes on August 12, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I always use bicarb soda in with my washing up, and in the washing machine. I've also used it, with vinegar, to unblock the drains. There are hundreds of uses for bicarb soda n for acv, both for cleaning the whole household

    1. Author Stephanie C on August 16, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Hi :) There certainly are loads of uses for bicarbonate of soda - no wonder it's our favourite natural cleaning product.

  56. Author Jill on October 2, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Hi, I use bicarb as a carpet freshener. I have a flour shaker and fill it with the soda, I dry some lemon or lime peel and add it to the shaker. It is great for lifting pet smells on carpets and rugs. Leave for 20 mins or so and vacuum. It doesn't harm my dog and is a natural product.

    1. Author Stephanie C on October 2, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Hi Jill. This is a wonderful idea and one we use a lot. We've never tried adding the citrus peels however - will definitely be giving it a go. Thanks for sharing :)

    2. Author cherubEagleEyes on November 3, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Love that idea of using a salt shaker, Def have to buy one as it will be easier than just pouring it by hand, also using grated lemon peel

    3. Author Stephanie C on November 7, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Hi there. Salt shakers come in handy for loads of things, and you can upcycle them time and time again. Definitely worth investing! Glad you like the tips :)

  57. Author Amanda on May 11, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Just like my nana. She used this for bringing up the shine on her beer glasses. Nan and grandad had a pub. Also pour some in smelly shoes. Odour vanishes.

    1. Author Stephanie C on May 14, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Hi Amanda. Wow, I bet they had the sparkliest glasses around! It's amazing how bicarb has helped so many people over the years :)

  58. Author PAULINE POLLY WOODHOUSE on March 21, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I've just come across expert home tips I really love this amazing tips

    1. Author Joanne A on March 22, 2019 at 9:56 am

      Thanks for the kind feedback, Pauline!

  59. Author sarah baldwin on March 22, 2019 at 8:46 am

    trapped wind ???...1/2 tsp of bicarb in a small amount of water..stir swallow wind goes xx

    1. Author Joanne A on March 22, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Great tip, Sarah!

  60. Author Sylvia on March 31, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you everyone for tips on cleaning teeth with bicarb.

  61. Author Michael Attwood on April 2, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    All good. Although bicarbonate + acid produces carbon-dioxide + water. If we all started using bicarb in large amounts, what would the impact be on climate?

    1. Author Joanne A on April 2, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      It would have less of an environmental impact than using most commercial cleaning products.

  62. Author Janet on April 20, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    I want to use bicarbonate soda on my shower head, I’m not sure of how much to use and do I put the shower head in a bowl ? And how long do I leave it for - your hints will really help me , thank you

    1. Author Joanne A on April 23, 2019 at 10:54 am

      Hi Janet! If you don't want to take your shower head down, you can submerge it using a sandwich bag. Fill the bag with white vinegar and securely tie it around the shower head. Leave it to soak overnight and then rinse with water in the morning. You can also use baking soda mixed with a little water to make a paste. Use an old toothbrush and scrub the shower head with the mixture.

  63. Author Alison Milne on May 1, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Hi can I clean my sofas with bicarbonate of soda???xxx

  64. Author Tracy Reynolds on May 22, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Fantastic, can't wait to try a golden egg 🍳, thank you

  65. Author Terri McPolin on May 26, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I use bicarbonate of soda to wash my hair! Shampoo gives me scalp issues so I mix bicarbonate of soda with warm water, pour it over my hair, rub into scalp and hair as I would shampoo and wait for about 10 minutes. Rinse well and add a small amount of cider vinegar to rinse water as a conditioner. Clean, soft, strong, manageable hair and no itchy scalp. I've done this for at least 5 years.

    1. Author Joanne A on May 28, 2019 at 10:23 am

      We'll have to give this a try, Terri! We have given apple cider vinegar a go, and loved the results!

    2. Author Chris on April 18, 2020 at 1:18 pm

      I wash my hair with bicarbonate of soda paste, rinse, then as a conditioner the apple cider vinegar. Hair has never been better, have done this now for over a year.

    3. Author Joanne A on February 28, 2023 at 12:50 pm

      Using a bicarbonate of soda paste and apple cider vinegar as a conditioner can be effective for some people as a natural alternative to traditional hair care products. As long as they are used in moderation and working well for you, there is no reason why you shouldn't continue to use them as part of your hair care routine.

  66. Author Shwets on July 29, 2019 at 9:11 am

    This is an excellent article! Thank you for sharing :)

    1. Author Joanne A on July 29, 2019 at 10:11 am

      Thanks for the feedback!

  67. Author Jason Peterson on December 31, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Soda is good for cleaning stains on pots from vegetables like beet, potaoes with skin, dark beans, black currants or chokeberries. Coffee/tea stains take no elbow work and come right off. They say you shouldn't, but I scrub aluminum pots. That takes elbow grease to work into the cracks and pits. I think soaking without scrubbing (brushes, tender plastic) takes a stronger soda to be effective. Baking soda is so weak that it needs boiling. Try washing crystals or caustic soda: brown stains turn red and dissolve in water by themselves in minutes.

  68. Author Tony Smith on February 29, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    I've been told that baking soda sprinkled on mattresses for an hour or so substantially reduces dust mites. Have you heard this? Tony

    1. Author Joanne A on March 5, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      I hadn't heard this, but it sounds interesting!

  69. Author Deb on May 27, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Milk was spilt on my laminate flooring now it stinks will it get rid of the smell and how to apply ....thanks

    1. Author Joanne A on February 24, 2023 at 11:17 am

      To remove the smell of spilt milk on laminate flooring, clean up the spill immediately and use a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar to clean the affected area thoroughly. If the smell persists, sprinkle baking soda over the area and vacuum it up after a few hours, or use a commercial cleaner specifically designed for laminate flooring.

  70. Author Darlington on May 30, 2020 at 10:39 am

    How to use it to clean teeth and it become white.

    1. Author Joanne A on February 23, 2023 at 5:03 pm

      Mix 1 tsp baking soda with water to form a paste, then brush your teeth with it for 2 minutes before rinsing with water and brushing with regular toothpaste. However, excessive use of baking soda can potentially damage the enamel of your teeth, so it's best to use it in moderation.

  71. Author Margaret on August 18, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Talking about bicarbonated soda years ago my mother in law used to take it regularly for indigestion,but years later she had a perforated ulcer, do no tknow if the bicarb was a contributing factor but it may be, so caution or as they say everything in moderation. I also had an aunt who used toclean her teeth after every meal, but had to stop because she had cleaned all the enamel of her her teeth, it just makes you wonder sometimes, so take care with whatever you do, If you are not sure about what things do or do not do, whichever case try starting small.

    1. Author Joanne A on April 19, 2023 at 10:41 am

      Natural remedies and everyday habits can have unintended consequences or side effects, so it's essential to consult a healthcare professional and start small when making changes to your routine. This can help you gauge their impact on your body and adjust accordingly.

  72. Author Gloria Ann Otting on September 18, 2021 at 7:03 pm


    1. Author Joanne A on January 11, 2023 at 10:50 am

      Yes, Baking soda can be used to raise the pH level of the water if it is too low, and it can also be used to scrub away stains on the pool's walls and floor. However, using the right amount of baking soda is essential, as using too much can make the water cloudy and raise the pH level too much. Make sure you test the water level after adding the baking soda and adjust accordingly.

  73. Author Cathy on December 10, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    I notice our car starting having a stale smell I had tried several things but nothing helped so I decided to pick up more baking soda the kind with opining on each side and put it in the car .It worked great I change it out about every 30 days .I also sprinkle some in the carpet in the car let it sit a bit before a vacuum the vehicle that helps too .I know we can do these things in the home why not the vehicle .Maybe some others could use these idea .

    1. Author Joanne A on October 26, 2022 at 3:48 pm

      Great idea!

  74. Author Andrew fillmore on February 25, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Can u clean really dirty tiled floors with this plz

    1. Author Joanne A on March 3, 2022 at 3:33 pm

      You could certainly give it a try!

  75. Author Jessica P on May 6, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Does it help getting rid of cat pee smell please?

    1. Author Joanne A on November 1, 2022 at 12:15 pm

      Yes, it's excellent for deodorising smells! Make sure the surface is dry before you apply it.

  76. Author Cath Frances on February 4, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    I use bicarb for cleaning paint brushes after using water based paint. After rinsing the beush, soak it in warm water with a teaspoon or two of bicarb and then rinse. It's quicker than cleaning the brush with detergent which makes lots of froth and does a better job.

    1. Author Joanne A on February 6, 2023 at 5:08 pm

      That's a great suggestion! It's essential to rinse the brush thoroughly after soaking to remove all traces of baking soda, as it can affect the brush's performance and lifespan.


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