3 Uses for Bicarbonate of Soda (That aren’t baking)

locationJune 2018

Bicarbonate of soda (or baking soda if you’re from across the pond) is a surprisingly versatile kitchen staple worth keeping around the house. It’s not just good for baking, it’s also a very effective cleaner and it won’t break the bank.

Not to be mistaken with baking powder which is more commonly found in your pantry but not an effective cleaner. Bicarb works well because it’s a mild alkali. Many people like to use it instead of cleaning products as it’s non toxic and natural.


  • Scrub wooden or plastic chopping boards with a mixture of bicarb, salt and water and then rinse well afterwards.
  • Add some to the sink or dishwasher for cleaner dishes.
  • Sprinkle over the sofa, leave for a few hours then vacuum off.
  • Run the dishwasher and washing machine with some bicarbonate of soda in to clean between washes.
  • Make a paste with 2 parts bicarb to 1 part water and apply to stains on kitchen tops.
  • Make a paste with bicarb and water and scrub the sink with a toothbrush.
  • Sprinkle on the toilet then spray with vinegar and scrub.
  • Sprinkle over cuddly toys, leave for 15 minutes then brush off.


  • Keep an open container of bicarbonate of soda in the fridge or pantry to remove bad smells over time.
  • Sprinkle some into the bottom of the bin to freshen it up.
  • Put ½ cup of bicarb in a jar and add a few drops of essential oil and keep by the toilet.
  • Sprinkle into your shoes and leave overnight for a fresh smell
  • Wrap bicarbonate of soda and some essential oil in muslin and leave in your sock draw
  • Sprinkle on your pet’s fur and brush out or use in litter trays.


  • Soak tea and coffee stained items in 1 part bicarb to 4 parts water for 15 minutes.
  • Polish silverware (and jewellery) with a mix of bicarb and water.
  • Soak saucepans with baked-on food in hot water and bicarb.
  • Clean plastic Tupperware in the same way.
  • Get clothes looking brighter by adding some to the washing.
  • Remove naughty children’s drawings from the wall by sprinkling a wet sponge with bicarb and wiping walls.