1. Baking. Okay this is an obvious use but a post about the usefulness of baking soda would not be complete without a shout out to baking.
2. Getting Grease Stains Out. I usually make a paste with baking soda and water, spread it on the grease stain and let it sit. There’s also a formula here that uses dishwashing soap and has more detailed instructions.
3. Cleaning. In our home, our main cleaning ingredients are vinegar and baking soda. In particular, we scrub our sinks and toilets with baking soda (In the toilet we pour in some baking some, put a few glugs of vinegar and let it fizz for a while — then we scrub with a toilet brush). We also clean our car battery terminals with a baking soda and water paste.
4. Washing my hair. Yes, you read that right. I was inspired last year by the blog “a sonoma garden” to give up shampoo in favor of a water/baking soda wash. My always-greasy-the-next-day hair turned into hair I have to wash every 4-5 days, and I love it. I did give up on this for a little bit after Ruby was born as I was missing that shampoo lather. But now I’m back to baking soda and loving it. I mix up a water bottle with about 1 part baking soda and 8 parts water (sometimes I add a few drops of lavender oil, too), squirt it over my hair, and then scrub, scrub, scrub. I also use it as a dry shampoo somedays, too — I’m not sure how well this works for people that aren’t blonde, though.
5. Deodorizing. Almost everyone knows you can leave a box of opened baking soda in the fridge and it is supposed to help absorb odors. I’ve never been sure if this actually works, but we do it anyway, just for kicks. We also sprinkle baking soda liberally in our bunny’s litter box to cut down on odors. And we’ve used baking soda to make our own deodorant.