Ingenious Home Improvement Uses for Baking Soda

Tired of spending hundreds of dollars on fancy cleaning products? The solution to many household cleaning and freshening problems is probably sitting in your cupboard right now: Baking Soda.

Make Silver Shine

For an effective silver polish, make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water; rub onto silver with a clean cloth, then rinse thoroughly and dry. If silver is extremely tarnished, line your sink with aluminum foil and place the silver inside. Pour in a cup of baking soda, a dash of salt, and enough boiling water to cover. Let rest for a few minutes and rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

Remove Soap Scum

Baking soda can be used as a nontoxic scrub for bathroom tubs, tiles, sinks, and fiberglass. Simply sprinkle baking soda onto a clean, damp sponge and wipe down surfaces, then rinse with cool water. For heavier bathroom cleaning jobs, make a paste of baking soda, salt, and liquid dish soap. Spread evenly on the surface, then wipe clean and rinse.

Freshen Laundry

Add ½ cup of baking soda to your liquid laundry detergent to get clothes fresher, cleaner, and brighter. For extremely smelly gym clothes, use another half cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle. To pretreat dirty diapers, dissolve ½ cup of baking soda in two quarts of water and soak overnight.

Remove Corrosion on Batteries

Baking soda is an alkaline substance and can therefore be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on car, mower, and other household batteries. First, disconnect battery terminals before cleaning. Make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water and apply paste with a damp cloth and wipe clean. Reconnect battery terminals and wipe them with a thin film of petroleum jelly.

Clean Floors and Deodorize Carpets

Dissolve ½ cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water to make an effective cleanser for no-wax and tile floors. For scuff marks, sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge and gently rub until the scuff is gone. To remove odor from carpets and rugs, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the carpet and let it sit overnight. Vacuum until all baking soda is removed.

Deodorize Everything

Everyone knows that an open box of baking soda can neutralize odors in the fridge. You can also use baking soda to dispel foul odors in most smelly locations, including garbage cans, garbage disposals, dishwashers, and litter boxes. Simply sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the container or appliance, let sit for several hours or overnight, then rinse or wipe clean with a damp sponge.