Baking soda in a spoon being used to clean a sink

8 Best Household Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda is inexpensive and oh so versatile! If you’re looking for a greener way to clean your home, then consider cleaning the following spots with baking soda instead of harsh chemicals.


You know that grade school volcano experiment? The one that erupts like a real volcano when you pour vinegar onto baking soda? Based on this actual science, baking soda can make a huge difference in the smell and the efficiency of your drains. Try adding baking soda under hot running water to freshen the drain. Baking soda can even be used in combination with hot water to unclog a drain.

Washing Machine 

It’s probably not a surprise to you that adding baking soda to a load of laundry can help freshen and brighten clothing and shoes. But baking soda can go beyond that when used in your washing machine. Baking soda can make a great fabric softener when added to the wash. Or try using baking soda to neutralize odorous spills. Baking soda is also a great tool to clean your washing machine.


If the most you’ve ever done with baking soda in your refrigerator was to open a box and leave it in there, you might be missing out on some of the best benefits of using baking soda in the fridge. Try sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of your crisper drawer. Baking soda can also be used to remove stains in a refrigerator.

Pots and Pans 

Try using baking soda with enamel and copper pans. If you have a stained pan, baking soda does a fantastic job at removing or at least reducing the visibility of stains. Nonstick pans that tend to absorb the odor of the food that they cook could also benefit from a baking soda soak.


Baking soda is a great tool to use when cleaning a microwave because it tackles grease, odors, and stuck on particles of food. It can also remove oil and tomato-based stains. Baking soda does wonders on the inside of the microwave and you won’t have to worry about chemical residue. (Another fun thing to try is to warm up a cup of vinegar in a dirty microwave for 1 minute in order before you clean it – the food residue will come off much easier!)


Baking soda can tackle tough stains in your oven as well as stuck on grease and residual odors. Baking soda is simple to use. Make sure your oven is completely cooled down before spreading a layer of baking soda in the bottom. Use a water bottle to spray the baking soda until it is damp but not saturated. Repeat every few hours and watch as the particles of food in your oven begin to dissolve.


Baking soda with a little Borax makes an inexpensive and highly effective homemade dishwashing detergent. What’s more, adding a little baking soda to the rinse cycle of your dishwasher can help freshen the machine and remove grime and dirt inside.


Baking soda can help keep the trash smell from overpowering your home. It can be as simple as sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of the trash can, or directly into the trash sack. Baking soda also can be the perfect cleaner to scrub your trash can, helping to remove odors, freshen, and clean.