Baking soda can be used for much more than just cooking (or deodorizing your refrigerator). A few Tip Heroes have written about other ways baking soda can be used, such as to cure heartburn, whiten teeth, and to make your own dishwasher detergent.
TipNut.com put together a list of 50 household uses for baking soda. Most of them involve using it for various cleaning jobs or as a deodorizer. We pulled out a few of our favorites and listed them below. We also encourage you to click through the link at the bottom of this post to view all 50 uses.
For cleaning surfaces such as stovetops and crusty pans:
1. Stovetop A Mess? Generously sprinkle baking soda around the top of stove then spray hot water (boiling hot if possible) over it all–-enough to dissolve baking soda without making it run all over. Let soak for about 30 minutes then scrub clean.
2. Crusty Roasting Pan Fix: Clean crusty roasting pans by sprinkling pan generously with baking soda, pour hot water over top about an inch or two deep and soak for a couple hours. Try boiling for a few minutes first if the mess is bad.
4. Bathtub Miracle Paste: Make a cleaning paste with baking soda and bleach then apply to wet sponge to scrub off grime when wiping the tub down.
It can also be used as a deodorizer and air and carpet freshener:
11. Luggage Freshener: Musty trunks and funky smelling luggage pieces can be freshened up by sprinkling baking soda inside, closing the case and then let sit a day or two. Remove the baking soda with a vacuum.
13. Homemade Air Freshener Spray: Mix 2 cups hot water with 1/8 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup lemon juice, shake to dissolve and spray in the air as needed.
28. Cheap & Natural Carpet Freshener: Sprinkle carpets with baking soda and leave sit for a few hours then vacuum up. Your carpets will smell noticeably fresher.
And a few miscellaneous uses:
38. Blood Stain Removal (Laundry): Blood stains, if fresh, may be removed by washing in cold water. If hard and dry steep for a few hours in cold water, to which add a pinch of baking soda. Washing and bleaching will finish the process. Never put blood stains in hot water.
40. Slippery Sidewalks: If you sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on icy patches on walkways, it’s much easier on the cement than salt and makes a slip free zone.
46. Crayon On Walls: Remove crayon scribbles from walls by making a paste of baking soda and water then use it to gently scrub the marks. You could also just sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and rub.
50 Household Uses For Baking Soda (TipNut.com)