77 Uses for Baking Soda — and How It Could Save Your Life

Sure, it keeps the fridge smelling sweet. But did you know you can also use it to clean the tub, kill roaches, keep spinach greener or de-stink the dog?

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16. Rehab a pet bed. Over time, Fluffy’s or Fido’s bed cushion will get a little sniffy. Use soda to absorb smell, then vacuum.

17. Rehab the pet. Soak a bandanna in a baking soda solution and allow to dry. Tie it around your pooch’s neck. It’s a doggy deodorant!

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18. Banish that old-paper smell. If a book starts smelling musty, sprinkle soda on the pages and let them air. According to Tipnut.com, you can treat mildewed pages by rubbing soda on the spots and putting them out in the sun’s bleaching rays.

19. Neutralize spit-up odor. Fill a small spray bottle with baking soda solution. The Coupon Sherpa blog says it will neutralize the impact of that ubiquitous spit-up odor. Spray and then blot dry.

20. Wash your hands. Cleaning fish or chopping onions? Take the smell off your fingers by washing them with baking soda and water.

21. Freshen the dishes. Get those same smells off your utensils and plates by mixing a teaspoon of soda into the dishwater.

22. Freshen the dishwasher. You can do this in a couple of ways. First, try putting a layer of soda on the bottom of the appliance overnight. The next morning, use a damp sponge to scrub the dry powder into the inside walls and door; wipe off most of it, and then run the dishwasher on empty (and without detergent) to remove the rest.

Alternate tactic: Run a rinse cycle in an empty dishwasher with a cup of baking soda.

23. Improve the smell of a water bottle or baby bottle. Plastic H2O container smelling a bit stale? Soak it in a baking-soda solution, then rinse well.

Or perhaps you have a mostly empty baby bottle that got left in the car overnight. Eeewww. Baking soda to the rescue.

24. Spruce up your lunchbox. If your lunch bag or box smells like the Ghost of Mealtimes Past, add a heavy layer of soda and allow it to stand overnight. Wash in hot water with plenty of dish soap.

25. Deodorize the carpet. If the wall-to-wall carpeting smells bad, sprinkle it with baking soda, wait 15 minutes and then vacuum up the powder. The smell will come with it.

26. Get rid of stinky feet. Sprinkle a little baking soda into smelly shoes. Hey, if it’ll freshen your fridge, it’ll also do wonders for your footwear.

27. Eliminate odor from luggage and sports gear. Got an old trunk or suitcase that smells suspicious? Bid bon voyage to bad smells by sprinkling in some soda, closing up the luggage, letting it sit for a couple of days, and then vacuuming.

You can also sprinkle some dry soda into your gym or hockey bag. While you’re at it, smelly equipment also can get a new lease on life with a baking soda solution.

28. Revitalize sponges. Kitchen or cleaning sponges tend to develop a stale or mildew smell over time. Soak them in a baking soda solution.

29. Freshen the mattress. Every so often apply a thin layer of baking soda atop the mattress. In a few hours, vacuum it up.

30. De-funkify the trash can. Put a layer of baking soda in the bottom of the receptacle. Note: This is especially useful for the trash can that you use for dirty disposable diapers.

31. Tame the litter box. OK, nothing will really freshen a kitty toilet. But you can reduce its impact by covering the bottom of the box with soda before adding the litter. After scooping, sprinkle more soda on top of the remaining litter.

32. Pretreat gasoline- or oil-fouled clothes. Got a mechanic in the family? According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, you should seal gasoline- or oil-fouled clothes in a trash bag with baking soda for a few days. After that, wash as usual.

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