Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is an inexpensive product that is a staple in almost everyone's house or stockpile. But baking soda is much more than just an ingredient in that favorite cake recipe. While it's common knowledge that baking soda kills odors in the refrigerator and helps whiten teeth, you might be surprised at the other ways it can be used all around the house!

 

 

1. Clean the Vacuum

I like to sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda onto my carpet and then vacuum it up. The baking soda helps kill odors inside of my vacuum cleaner while giving my carpet a fresh smell.

 

2. Clean Burned Pots

Yes, I'm the lady who is such a bad cook that she burns water. Okay, maybe I'm not that bad. But I do have a lot of burned spots on my pans and pots. To remedy this, I just pour some baking soda into the pot and add about 1 inch of water. After boiling the water for a couple of minutes, I remove it from the burner and scrub the stains with a brush or sponge. And voila! — a clean pot! If stains are particularly stubborn, I just repeat the process again.

 

3. Fluffier Eggs

There's no excuse for flat scrambled eggs or omelets when you’ve got baking soda in the house. I like to add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to every three eggs that I use. I know it sounds like a strange tip, but I promise it doesn’t leave a funny taste. Baking soda fluffs up my eggs, making it look like I actually know what I'm doing in the kitchen.

 

4. Hair Brush Cleaner

All hair brushes and combs tend to get a bit oily after a while. My solution? I like to fill up my bathroom sink with warm water and add 2 teaspoons of baking soda. I let the combs and brushes soak for about 10 minutes and then scrub them with a soft brush. After rinsing them with clean, warm water, I let them air dry beside the sink. I like to do this once a month to keep my hair styling tools sparkly clean.

 

5. Hair Shiner

I don't just use baking soda to clean my brushes; I like to use it to clean my hair too. Baking soda helps remove any buildup from the mousse, hairspray, shampoo and other hair products that I torture my strands with. Every other week, I mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a dollop of shampoo and wash my hair. My hair always feels softer and looks brighter and shinier after each use.

 

6. Drain Cleaner

When a drain in my house gets clogged, I use baking soda rather than expensive and poisonous store-bought drain cleaners. I just pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain followed by 1 cup of vinegar. I let the solution bubble like crazy for about 10 minutes and then run the hot water. This usually takes care of the clog, but if not, I just repeat the process.

 

7. Produce Cleaner

I don't waste my money on those fancy produce cleaners to get rid of pesticides and dirt from my fresh fruits and vegetables. Instead, I fill up my kitchen sink with water and sprinkle in 1/4 cup of baking soda. I let my produce soak for a minute and then gently scrub it with a washcloth or brush. After rinsing with clean water, my apples and carrots are ready to eat!

 

8. Weed Killer

I don't need those expensive – and potentially dangerous – weed killers taking up room in my garage. Instead, I like to sprinkle baking soda onto the offending weed and allow it to sit for 24 hours. The baking soda kills the weed, making it easy to pull out by hand the next day.

 

8 Uses for Baking Soda