51 Amazing Uses for Baking Soda


I don’t mean to sound seditious here, but I have a rebellious plan to combat the ills that many corporations are perpetrating in the name of fighting grime and germs. My main gripe is about the environmental pollutants from cleaning and personal care products that we wash down our drains and into our water systems, resulting in situations like the chemical triclosan (a pesticide added to many products as an antibacterial agent) being found in dolphins.

So the simple plan is to encourage everyone to use baking soda in any of these 51 applications. Besides showing kindness to aquatic life, we can also protect ourselves from the array of toxins in household cleaning products. Conventional cleansers can expose us to multiple chemicals linked to asthma, cancer, and other documented health problems.

Baking soda also makes a perfect stand-in for many personal care products, which are adding their own twist to the toxic tangle of pollutants and personal health (mainly in the form of synthetic fragrance (and it’s almost all synthetic), sodium laurel sulfate, and parabens).

So exactly how does baking soda fit into my scheme to make the world a better place? Baking soda, aka sodium bicarbonate, helps regulate pH—keeping a substance neither too acidic nor too alkaline. When baking soda comes in contact with either an acidic or an alkaline substance, it’s natural effect is to neutralize that pH. Beyond that, baking soda has the ability to retard further changes in the pH balance, known as buffering. This dual capability of neutralizing and buffering allows baking soda to do things such as neutralize acidic odors (like in the refrigerator) as well as maintain neutral pH (like in your laundry water, which helps boost your detergent’s power). It’s a simple reaction, but one that has far-reaching effects for a number of cleaning and deodorizing tasks. And so without further ado, I’ll remove my scientist cap, put on my rebellious housekeeper’s cap, and get this folk-wisdom revolution rolling…

Personal Care

1. Make Toothpaste

A paste made from Baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution can be used as an alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpastes. (Or here’s a formula for a minty version.) You can also just dip your toothbrush with toothpaste into baking soda for an extra boost.

2. Freshen Your Mouth

Put one teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse. Odors are neutralized, not just covered up.

3. Soak Oral Appliance

Soak oral appliances, like retainers, mouthpieces, and dentures, in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in a glass or small bowl of warm water. The baking soda loosens food particles and neutralizes odors to keep appliances fresh. You can also brush appliances clean using baking soda.

4. Use as a Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant

Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use. (For a stronger exfoliant, try one of these great 5 Homemade Sugar Scrubs.)

5. Skip Harsh Deodorant

Pat baking soda onto your underarms to neutralize body odor.

6. Use as an Antacid

Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach and/or acid indigestion. Refer to baking soda package for instructions.

7. Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin

For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a salve onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower. For specific tips on bee stings, see Bee Stings: Prevention and Treatment.

8. Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener

Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or 3 parts baking soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean. You can try this honey and cornmeal scrub for hands too.

9. Help Your Hair

Vinegar is amazing for your hair, but baking soda has its place in the shower too. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly–baking soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.

10. Clean Brushes and Combs

For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.

11. Make a Bath Soak

Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft. Epsom salts are pretty miraculous for the bath too, read about the health benefits of epsom salt baths.

12. Soothe Your Feet

Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak feet. Gently scrub. You can also make a spa soak for your feet.


13. Make a Surface Soft Scrub

For safe, effective cleaning of bathroom tubs, tile and sinks–even fiberglass and glossy tiles–sprinkle baking soda lightly on a clean damp sponge and scrub as usual. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. For extra cleaning power, make a paste with baking soda, course salt and liquid dish soap—let it sit then scour off.

14. Handwash Dishes and Pots & Pans

Add 2 heaping tablespoons baking soda (along with your regular dish detergent) to the dish water to help cut grease and foods left on dishes, pots and pans. For cooked-on foods, let them soak in the baking soda and detergent with water first, then use dry baking soda on a clean damp sponge or cloth as a scratchless scouring powder. Using a dishwasher? Try these energy saving tips.

15. Freshen Sponges

Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid of the mess (4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water). For more thorough disinfecting, use the microwave.

16. Clean the Microwave

Baking soda on a clean damp sponge cleans gently inside and outside the microwave and never leaves a harsh chemical smell. Rinse well with water.

17. Polish Silver Flatware

Use a baking soda paste made with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for shining sterling and silver-plate serving pieces.

18. Clean Coffee and Tea Pots

Remove coffee and tea stains and eliminate bitter off-tastes by washing mugs and coffee makers in a solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. For stubborn stains, try soaking overnight in the baking soda solution and detergent or scrubbing with baking soda on a clean damp sponge.

19. Clean the Oven

Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Spray with water to dampen the baking soda. Let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub, scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge, or vacuum, and rinse.

20. Clean Floors

Remove dirt and grime (without unwanted scratch marks) from no wax and tile floors using 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water–mop and rinse clean for a sparkling floor. For scuff marks, use baking soda on a clean damp sponge, then rinse. Read Natural Floor Cleaning for more tips on avoiding toxic floor cleaners.

21. Clean Furniture

You can make a homemade lemon furniture polish, or you can clean and remove marks (even crayon) from walls and painted furniture by applying baking soda to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.

22. Clean Shower Curtains

Clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda directly on a clean damp sponge or brush. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse clean. Hang it up to dry.

23. Boost Your Liquid Laundry Detergent

Give your laundry a boost by adding ½ cup of baking soda to your laundry to make liquid detergent work harder. A better balance of pH in the wash gets clothes cleaner, fresher, and brighter.

24. Gently Clean Baby Clothes

Baby skin requires the most gentle of cleansers, which are increasingly available, but odor and stain fighters are often harsh. For tough stains add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your liquid laundry detergent, or a 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle for deodorization.

25. Clean Cloth Diapers

Dissolve ½ cup of baking soda in 2 quarts of water and soak diapers thoroughly.

26. Clean and Freshen Sports Gear

Use a baking soda solution (4 tablespoons Baking soda in 1 quart warm water) to clean and deodorize smelly sports equipment. Sprinkle baking soda into golf bags and gym bags to deodorize, clean golf irons (without scratching them!) with a baking soda paste (3 parts Baking sodato 1 part water) and a brush. Rinse thoroughly.

27. Remove Oil and Grease Stains

Use Baking soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.

28. Clean Batteries

Baking soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers, etc. because its a mild alkali. Be sure to disconnect the battery terminals before cleaning. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, apply with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion from the battery terminal. After cleaning and re-connecting the terminals, wipe them with petroleum jelly to prevent future corrosion. Please be careful when working around a battery–they contain a strong acid.

29. Clean Cars

Use baking soda to clean your car lights, chrome, windows, tires, vinyl seats and floor mats without worrying about unwanted scratch marks. Use a baking soda solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Apply with a sponge or soft cloth to remove road grime, tree sap, bugs, and tar. For stubborn stains use baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge or soft brush. Here’s how Sustainable Dave washes his car.



30. Deodorize Your Refrigerator

Place an open box in the back of the fridge to neutralize odors.

31. Deodorize the Cutting Board

Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse. For how to more thoroughly clean your cutting board, see How To Clean Your Cutting Boards.

32. Deodorize Trashcans

Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your trashcan to keep stinky trash smells at bay.

33. Deodorize Recyclables

Sprinkle baking soda on top as you add to the container. Also, clean your recyclable container periodically by sprinkling baking soda on a damp sponge. Wipe clean and rinse. Learn about how to recycle everything.

34. Deodorize Drains

To deodorize your sink and tub drains, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water–it will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain. (This a good way to dispose of baking soda that is being retired from your refrigerator.) Do you know what you’re not supposed to put down your drains?

35. Deodorize and Clean Dishwashers

Use Baking soda to deodorize before you run the dishwasher and then as a gentle cleanser in the wash cycle.

36. Deodorize Garbage Disposals

To deodorize your disposal, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water. Baking Soda will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain.

37. Deodorize Lunch Boxes

Between uses, place a spill-proof box of baking soda in everyone’s lunch box to absorb lingering odors. Read bout safe lunch boxes here.

38. Remove Odor From Carpets

Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long as possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger amounts of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest. (Note that your vacuum cleaner bag will get full and heavy.)

39. Remove Odor From Vacuum Cleaners

By using the method above for carpets, you will also deodorize your vacuum cleaner.

40. Freshen Closets

Place a box on the shelf to keep the closet smelling fresh, then follow these tips to organize your closet in an eco-friendly way.

41. Deodorizing Cars

Odors settle into car upholstery and carpet, so each time you step in and sit down, they are released into the air all over again. Eliminate these odors by sprinkling baking soda directly on fabric car seats and carpets. Wait 15 minutes (or longer for strong odors) and vacuum up the baking soda.

42. Deodorize the Cat Box

Cover the bottom of the pan with baking soda, then fill as usual with litter. To freshen between changes, sprinkle baking soda on top of the litter after a thorough cleaning. You can also use green tea for this purpose!

43. Deodorize Pet Bedding

Eliminate odors from your pets bedding by sprinkling liberally with baking soda, wait 15 minutes (or longer for stronger odors), then vacuum up.

44. Deodorize Sneakers

Keep odors from spreading in smelly sneakers by shaking baking soda into them when not in use. Shake out before wearing. When they’re no longer wearable, make sure to donate your old sneakers.

45. Freshen Linens

Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle for fresher sheets and towels. You can also make homemade lavender linen water with this formula.

46. Deodorize Your Wash

Gym clothes of other odoriferous clothing can be neutralized with a ½ cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle.

47. Freshen Stuffed Animals

Keep favorite cuddly toys fresh with a dry shower of baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda on and let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing off.


48. Camping Cure-all

Baking soda is a must-have for your next camping trip. Its a dish washer, pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste,f ire extinguisher and many other uses.

49. Extinguish Fires

Baking soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen fires, because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. For small cooking fires (frying pans, broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can safely do so. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame to help put out the fire–and call the Fire Department just to be safe. (And, you should have a fire entinguisher on hand anyway, here’s why.

50. Septic Care

Regular use of baking soda in your drains can help keep your septic system flowing freely. 1 cup of baking soda per week will help maintain a favorable pH in your septic tank.

51. Fruit and Vegetable Scrub

Baking soda is the food safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse. Here’s another way to clean your vegetables as well.

OK, so there are my 51 suggestions (with a little help from the Arm & Hammer baking soda site, thank you). Do you have any tips or tricks that I missed? Please share in the comments.

About the Author

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Updated August 2014

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  • karen

    Whenever I start to feel like I am getting sick–stuffy nose, runny nose, sinus headache, sore throat–at the first sign I dissolve about a quarter of a teaspoon to a half a teaspoon of baking soda in water and drink it down. I will do this three times a day. Usually by the next day, I feel completely better but continue to take a dose or two until I am certain I fine. It works every time.

  • Joan

    A solution of one part baking soda and two parts hydrogen peroxide will neutralize skunk odors on your pets in one rinsing. Mix solution, rub into pets fur, let sit 10 minutes or so, rinse thoroughly.

  • Patsy Brennan

    When sink drains start to run slow, sprinkle baking soda in the faucet and wash down with vinegar. As well as deodorising, it keeps the drains runnung freely.

  • Jen

    I have been using straight baking soda on a wet toothbrush for the majority of the time with an occasional use of fluoride toothpaste in between. My teeth are whiter and all three of my cavities have completely stopped being sensitive. I like the idea of mint and may try grinding some herbs in with the baking soda or adding an essential oil.. I admit, I tried it with salt and it was just too salty for my tastes.

    • I use baking soda on my teeth as well and in just a few weeks I could tell they were whiter! Love it and use it much more than store bought toothpaste. I actually use a mix of baking soda, peroxide, and peppermint extract (recipe on my blog: http://blueeyedbeautyblogg.blogspot.com/2012/08/homemade-whitening-toothpaste.html).

      Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

      • Selina Heaton

        Helen – Although baking soda is a great substitute for ordinary toothpaste – it should only be used occasionally as will remove the enamel from your teeth. My son had been using it daily and unfortunately my biological dentist discovered alot of the enamel had worn off his teeth – and said baking soda must NOT be used daily for this reason. I make a great toothpaste from the same ingredients as the Tooth Soap that is selling for about $25 a bottle on line. Here’s the recipe:
        Combine the ingredients listed.
        1. 5 tablespoons of organic coconut oil
        2. 1 tablespoon of organic extra virgin olive oil
        3. 10 — 12 drops of orange oil or tea tree oil
        4. 10 — 12 drops of peppermint oil
        Blend the ingredients together thoroughly. If the consistency is thicker than desired, more olive oil can be added until it reaches a pourable texture. This makes enough for months of use!
        I will post this for the author too!

  • Catch

    If it’s job is to neutralize ph, is it used in garden beds when growing vegetables?

  • Patty


     1 0 i Rate This/**/Whenever I start to feel like I am getting sick–stuffy nose, runny nose, sinus headache, sore throat–at the first sign I dissolve about a quarter of a teaspoon to a half a teaspoon of baking soda in water and drink it down. I will do this three times a day. Usually by the next day, I feel completely better but continue to take a dose or two until I am certain I fine. It works every time.

    Keep in mind that baking soda is a salt; the excess sodium can be very dangerous for some people!

  • Becky

    lifts out spilt wine on carpet! 🙂

  • F.P. Ingram

    This comment is completely wrong: “Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use.”

    the skin has a pH of about 4 (i.e. quite acid). This is part of the skin’s function as a part of the ‘non-specific immune system’ in that the acidity discourages bacteria, fungi and other pathogens from inhabiting the skin and causing infections. Carb soda is a fairly stong alkaline substance (not sure of the pH, but it would be about 10 ish) (neutral is 7.5; acid from 7 – 1; alkaline from 8 – 15). Soap, also is about pH 10 = alkaline. Simply, by scrubbing the skin daily with a strong alkaline substance you will get (a) dry skin (b) worse acne / eczema / psoriasis (in fact any skin condition will get worse; I have seen this occasionally in my practice when people tell me they have been scrubbing off their top skin layer with carb soda – their skin condition is usually very inflamed and scabby or dry and cracking by the time they get to me). As soon as they stop grinding off their skin with carb soda, and using appropriate (pH neutral or mildly acidic) skin preparations and remedies, their problems beging to abate. So, this is VERY poorly thought out advice. Apart from that, the upper skin layer will gradually toughen up as a result of constant exfoliation = accelerated ageing. enough for daily use.”

    • Julie

      This didn’t sound right to me either, I’m no expert; but, I have long suffered from acne breakouts. For the past 8 months I have been cleansing my face with a combination of good olive oil and caster oil. Not only does it dissolve the dirt and oil in my pores, it leaves my skin very soft. And for those who feel that putting oil on your face will encourage more acne and oily skin – you’re wrong… at least for me it doesn’t. I’ve given up on buying commercial facial cleansers and soaps – they just don’t compare to this more gentler way to cleanse.

      • Maria

        My nephew has really bad acne, does the olive oil and caster oil really work? He’s tried proactive and other skin care products. I think he’s currently using clinic products. I see it controlling a little of the acne, but not really clearing anything up.
        What part olive oil and what part caster oil do you use?

        • Carol

          Organic cold pressed coconut oil is the best thing for your skin.

          • Felicia

            I use coconut oil to remove makeup and often to “wash” my face. I rub on a fair amount and then rinse with very warm water and blot dry. My skin loves this! As for its affect on acne I don’t know but it would be worth a try. I had acne as a teenager but i didn’t know about coconut oil back then… I’d also suggest removing all junk food from the diet and going “paleo” for at least three months. Cleaning up diet is bound to do more good than just putting stuff on your skin. Check out the blog Mark’s Daily Apple. I eat this way about 75/25% and will never go back to my old ways!

          • john

            I’ve used Organic coconut oil for years on my dry skin and I don’t get rashes etc anymore 🙂 Yippeee
            I also use it in my hair as well and it never seems overly oily. In saying that some people that produce an oily complexion may not be able to use it. Its great in smoothies as well. A tablespoon with a banana, some Pineapple, Paw Paw and Yummo!

        • Mike

          In high school I found that eliminating soda decreased acne, then cut out chocolate and less acne. Then cut out cow milk from cereals and almost no acne. These three were the largest acne contributors.

  • Name Claudia

    You are probably allergic to the sodium lauryl sulfate in tooth paste. It took me years to figure it out but when I stopped using tooth paste all the sensitivity went away. It’s in just about everything; it’s a foaming agent, not fit for human consumption but makes cheap filler. My hair stopped falling out when I changed to a shampoo and rinse, Costco, without sodium lauryl. You really have to read labels I just found it’s even in angel food cake mix.

  • Debi Parsons

    There are so many uses for baking soda and when used with salt and/or vinegar the uses are multiplied. I have taken the film off of my headlights with a solution of equal parts baking soda and vinegar: wipe the paste on, let dry and rinse off. I have taken paint transfer off of vehicles with the 3 parts soda to 1 part water.
    Also, equal parts baking soda, salt and vinegar can remove simple clogs from sink drains or as a preventative for serious clogs. Pour paste into drain(s), let sit one hour then pour boiling water down the drain(s).

  • Donna

    If your pet has an accident especially diarrhea, heavily sprinkle baking soda on accident and wait for it to dry. Easier clean up and deodorizes as well.

  • vita

    …i read it is not safe to use it internally as a pH balancer on a regular basis as it influences the absorption of some vitamins & enzymes…could any1 bring some more light on2 that please?…

    • robkim55

      better to use it once or twice a week …..no more ….the idea is to use it and then stop when one does not feel comfortable with it.
      I believe it can have a pH of 8.0 and blood must be maintained at a pH of around 7.35 -7.45, therefore one must monitor the pH in the urine (with simple Litmus Paper or better) so that one does not go overboard.
      Note that it can also be neutralized by the strong stomach acid before it gets into the blood. So one has to figure out a way of going around this.

  • Sarah

    Does baking soda also neutralize PH in the body? For instance, does it bring down the acidity of my cookies? Or if I were to add it to apple juice, would it make it more alkaline? How much would be required to make a difference?

    • robkim55

      yes it does but one must mix it with other drinks so that it is not neutralized by the stomach acids.

  • You must be careful to buy pure Bicarbonate of Soda – in some countries, eg UK, the product called ‘Baking Soda’ has other ingredients added such as flour.

  • Jacqueline Dickens

    I like learning about eco-friendly and cost effective ways to live a better and safer life for me and the environment.

  • Lish

    Great advice & reminders on baking soda uses. Another one: 1 strawberry + 1/2 tsp baking soda is an effective teeth whitener (thanks to the malic acid in strawberry). High acid, so use no more frequently than 1x week.
    There is no need for toxic chemicals in the home, garden or anywhere in our lives. (Vinegar is as effective as Roundup!)

    Thank you Melissa for this reminder to all of us!

  • Anne Gregoroff

    Ms. Breyer:
    Is Arm & Hammond actually a company providing baking soda, or were you meaning to credit Arm & Hammer?

  • tangophora

    1 teaspoon dissolved in a glass of water when you feel a urinary tract infection coming on can be really helpful. it alkalises the urine, making it harder for the bacteria to grow and less painful to flush out. I do this about four times in the first 12 hours and alternate with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in water every other hour. works very well.

  • robkim55

    I have found that sodium bicarbonate is quite effective in the digestion of food if taken with the green drink.
    One should not take more than a quarter teaspoon (yes…teaspoon) with greens as the reaction can be intense.
    One doctor uses sodium bicarbonate to neutralize the acidic conditions found around Cancer tumor. He uses baking soda to treat cancer and I hear he has been successful with patients. He is Doctor Simocini from Italy (google him up).
    I have used it to reduce the acidity in my blood. I am suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome but I feel much better knowing baking soda is around and that I can use it whenever I feel like. The sodium bicarbonate for internal use must be free from contaminants for best results.
    Thanks for writing this wonderful piece about baking soda.

  • gina

    I am a cosmetologist and it works great to quickly clean up the nail polish that falls on the floor. Also it works great for cleaning pretty much anything when used with hydrogen peroxide and or vinegar.

  • Great information, thank you. Hail to the almighty baking soda!

  • I researched baking soda tonight and came across these assertions, for what they are worth. It’s important to no to worship anything as a panacea and to be mindful and knowledgable of its potential dangers. The author of this article mentions Arm and Hammond brand baking powder (presumably she means Arm and Hammer), but A&H might could be tainted with aluminum (though another source at end of my comment says not so). I am going to email A&H and find our for myself! Will post their response here when I get it. So, for now, and for what it’s worth:

    1) Do not use baking soda which has had aluminum added to it, such as Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.


    2) Baking soda can and actually does dissolve orthodonthic glue. Don’t use this recipe if you wear braces or any other kind of permanent/fixed dental correctors!


    Another person seems to think that A&H does not have aluminum in it (aluminum is toxic to many bodily systems in humans):

    “In all seriousness I emailed the company (which if you have a question you should ask them), and here was their reply:

    “Thank you for taking the time to contact Church & Dwight Co., Inc. regarding ARM & HAMMER ® Baking Soda.
    In response to your inquiry, ARM & HAMMER ® Baking Soda is 100% sodium bicarbonate and does not contain aluminum.” (emphasis mine)”


  • Sarah

    Baking soda is great for soothing nappy rash on babies too. Sarah, Ireland

  • Maria Yamashita

    Got a smelly dog and can’t wash it! Sprinkle it with baking soda and brush.

  • Maria Yamashita

    I had a cat with a breast tumor, the oozing was foul. i used baking soda as a sprinkle and the odor vanished

  • These are great tips and compliment some of the products that I have been using for personal self care. I am wondering what the effects may be for people with skin disorders (psoriasis, rosacia or exema). Does anyone have any ideas?

  • I love these articles with baking soda uses! So many uses from just one eco-friendly ingredient! I actually just put a book out with 500 uses for baking soda – http://www.amazon.com/500-Uses-Baking-Soda-ebook/dp/B00B5HEF3A/

  • John Albrecht

    Backing Soda acts as a catalyst when added to super glue. I sometimes use it when super gluing parts to beef up the area for strength. Just apply a bead of glue and drop a bit of baking soda on it, it will instantly solidify instantly. Blow off the excess baking soda, repeat as needed.

  • Meloni

    was wondering if anyone new of a thing called “magic brew” which is add a tsp of salt and a tsp of baking soda to a quart of water and sip (can be chilled). I read it in an allergy book in an allergy doctor’s office and when I typed the note into my phone, well I’m not sure if I typed the whole thing correctly? the first part talks about taking buffered vitamin c for those who become acidic when allergic and then I wrote for those who are alkaline use just ascorbic acid. then in the next sentence was the “magic brew” and says it stops allergic reactions, eases headache, soothes,upset stomach, and restores body pH. so wasn’t sure if anyone knows if this works for both acidic and alkaline or just the alkaline people. not sure if the book wasn’t clear or if I typed it incorrectly?


    a treasure of wonderful knowledge of sod bicarb in day 2 day practice in home and any surroundings

  • Robin

    Hi – what about baking soda to regulate pool ph, both alkalinity and acidity? Does it do both?

    • Janet Holmes

      fixed both in our pool

  • Janet Holmes

    I used baking soda to fix too much alkaline and Ph issues with our swimming pool. I was already using bromine. I just need to fix the other two. One box did the trick.