If you were to find a box of baking soda in my home, it wouldn’t be for baking because I am no baker, unless preparing boxed desserts counts. I have always used a baking soda to help eliminate odors, especially by placing a box in the back of my refrigerator, but there are so many more non-baking uses for Baking Soda!

Here are 20 non-baking uses for Baking Soda…

20 non-baking uses for baking soda

Beauty & Health

  • Mix a little baking soda into your conditioner and use as normal. It will help keep your hair healthy and help fight split ends.
  • Is your stomach a little bubbly, a little gassy, or do you have some heartburn? Baking soda is a great antacid. Put about a teaspoon of baking soda into a cup of warm water and drink it. It doesn’t taste great but it helps you feel better.
  • Baking soda can also be used for treating burns.  Add enough water to make into a paste and apply to the burn. This may also work with sunburns and bug bites.
  • Dry rough skin? Make a paste using 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water for a natural exfoliant.
  • For softer skin, add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath, trust me your sin will be softer than ever.
  • Pat baking soda onto your underarms to help neutralize body odor instead of using deodorant.
  • Put 2 tablespoons of baking soda in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.


  • Rub your hands with baking soda and water to get rid of strong food odors.
  • Shake baking soda into your sneakers when they are not in use to help eliminate the odor.
  • Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of a stinky trash can or dirty clothes hamper to get rid of the smell.


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  • Ring around the bath tub or gunk around the burners on the stove? Use baking soda to scour them right off by mix baking soda with just enough water to make a paste.  Apply the paste directly to the area you want to clean and removed with a damp sponge or towel.
  • Clean and remove marks from walls by applying baking soda to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Safely clean dirt and residue off of your fresh fruit and vegetables by sprinkling a little baking soda on a clean damp sponge. Scrub and rinse.
  • Coffee maker a little grimey? Make a mixture of 1 part baking soda to 4 parts water and run a full cycle as if you were making a cup of coffee. Then follow with a full run with clean water. You can also do this with your dishwasher as well.
  • Use baking soda to get baked on food off of pots and pans. Just sprinkle a little baking soda on the pot or pan, let it sit for a bit and then scrub until all the grime off. Rinse off with hot water and wash as you normally would.
  • Use baking soda to freshen carpet by sprinkling the carpet with baking soda and allowing it to sit for a while (the longer the better). Simply vacuum up afterwards.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on top of any oil and grease stains you have in your garage. Let it stand for a bit and then scrub with a wet brush. Use damp cloth to clean up.
  • Keep your grill clean by putting some baking soda on a damp brush, scrubbing the grate and then rinsing rinsing it off.

*When using baking soda for cleaning, you should not mix it with other cleaning solutions.


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  • Use baking soda to pre-treat stains. Make into a paste and use a toothbrush to gently brush into the stain. Allow to sit a few minutes before throwing into the wash.
  • Do you have a hard time getting rid of the stench and stains? Try adding a cup of baking soda to your next load of laundry (along with your regular detergent) to give that wash a boost.

What other non-baking uses for Baking soda do you know of? I’d love to hear them.

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