Save The Day With These 15+ Baking Soda Hacks

Diply 18 Oct 2018

Everybody already knows (or should already know) how awesome sodium bicarbonate — better known as baking soda — is.

Yes, it's a powerhouse when it comes to cleaning and deodorizing. Yes, you can use it to keep your fridge fresh or brush your teeth. But we're going to go a little beyond that today and explore some out-of-the-box ideas for that box of Arm & Hammer.

1. Get your couch looking (and smelling) like new.

YouTube | Robert von Rotz Roy

Couches can be super difficult to clean effectively, especially when they don't utilize slipcovers. This solution from YouTuber Robert von Rotz Roy utilizes citrus juice and baking soda to create a quick way to refresh your couch.

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2. Make a simple face scrub.

YouTube | Ella Ebells

When your face needs a quick refresh and you don't want to mess around with gunky masks, a baking soda-based exfoliant is perfect. YouTuber Ella Ebells shared the recipe: one part water and three parts baking soda, then apply it to your face.

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3. If you like hardboiled eggs, you need to know this.

Reddit | Thesteelman86

There are a few ways to make the shells of hardboiled eggs easier to peel, but this one from Redditor Thesteelman86 is probably the easiest. Just a half teaspoon of baking soda added to the water as it boils makes peeling a breeze.

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4. Clean silver without scrubbing.

Wikihow | Wikihow

Wikihow shares a hack so awesome, it seems like wizardry. A solution of very hot water, baking soda, and a sheet of aluminum foil placed inside a pot or pan will magically clean silver once it's immersed in the water and touches the foil.

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5. Refresh tired leather.

Reddit | anastacianicolette

Light-colored leather has a way of getting dirty in no time. You can easily get it looking like new again with baking soda and its best friend, white vinegar. Redditor anastacianicolette used an equal ratio to make a cleaning paste that made the leather look good again.

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6. Give your oven some TLC.

Clean Mama | Clean Mama

Clean away baked on and hardened messes with this DIY from Clean Mama. A paste of water, baking soda and a bit of dish soap works wonders when smeared onto the inside of your oven. Give it a few minutes, then wipe it all clean.

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7. It cleans everything and the kitchen sink.

YouTube | Hannah's Happy Home

YouTuber Hannah's Happy Home shows how easy to keep metal sinks clean: just scrub baking soda onto the surfaces using steel wool. If you can incorporate this into your daily habits — say, after you do the dishes — your sink will never get grimy.

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8. It stains wood, too.

Instructables | rougedamascus

Baking soda isn't entirely about cleaning and deodorizing. Instructables contributor rougedamascus submitted a recipe for a baking soda wood stain. Getting the right color is more of an art than a science, so make sure you practice first.

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9. Dead simple deodorizing.

Reddit | zucchinipiano

The same power that makes baking soda an effective odor eater for the fridge comes in handy with shoes, too. Redditor zucchinipiano shares this simple tip for deodorizing shoes: just put baking soda inside thin socks, then stash it in your shoes. Thank me later!

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10. Warm your hands on a budget.

Instructables | Happy_Mad_Scientist

Store-bought chemical-based hand warmers do a great job, but they're pricey. Happy_Mad_Scientist shared this diabolical homemade handwarmer on Instructables. Gather baking soda, vinegar, ziplock bags, and a few other accessories, then follow the in-depth instructions to make your own.

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11. Easily freshen up your dishwasher.

YouTube | Clean My Space

Yes, you should fully clean your dishwasher regularly. But if it just needs a refresh, YouTuber Clean My Space has this helpful hint. Sprinkle a bunch of baking soda into the bottom of your dishwasher, leave it overnight, then run a load without dishes. Easy!

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12. Treat your cutting board right.

YouTube | ICON Network

Wood cutting boards are tricky to take care of: you don't want to soak them in water, but you want to keep them fresh. ICON Network shared instructions for making a great cutting board refresher! Combine two tablespoons of white vinegar, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and two tablespoons of baking soda, then rub the mixture onto your board.

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13. Vinegar and baking soda: more than a science experiment.

YouTube | Tip of the Iceberg

These two ingredients have incredible cleaning power, even when it comes to tough carpet stains. Tip of the Iceberg shares instructions: basically, douse the area in white vinegar, sprinkle baking soda, spritz more vinegar, rub it all together, and let it work its magic.

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14. A more natural alternative to Febreze.

YouTube | Household Hacker

For a fresh-smelling natural spray with powerful deodorizing power, Household Hacker shared this simple recipe on their YouTube channel. Just combine water, a good amount of citrus juice, and about a tablespoon of baking soda in a spray bottle.

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15. For aspiring spies.

Instructables | cfleis1

Secret messages and hidden codes are always fun projects to do with your kids, and this baking soda-based craft is no exception. Instructables contributor cfleis1 made this awesome project with baking soda, a sheet of paper, water, a couple of heat sources, and a paintbrush.

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16. Clear up old mason jars.

YouTube | Sensational Finds

This straightforward hack from Sensational Finds is as simple as boiling Mason jars in water with baking soda. This will not only obliterate any stubborn labels, it'll also get hazy-looking glass looking crystal clear again.

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