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Baking Soda’s Many Mommy Uses

Written by Jessika Firmage


  1. Add 2 T. of baking soda to your baby’s bath water to help heal diaper rash.

  2. Reduce spit up odor on baby’s clothes, or your clothes.  Take a damp cloth, dab it in baking soda, then wipe clothes.  No need to change outfits!

  3. Sprinkle your cloth diaper pail with baking soda to reduce odor.

  4. Use for washing cloth diapers.

  5. Use to remove odors from bottles and sippy cups.  Just add a T. to hot water and scrub.

  6. Make playdough: combine 1 1/4 cups water, 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup cornstarch.

  7. Freshen un-washable stuffed animals.  Sprinkle on the stinky toy, let stand for 15 minutes, then brush off.

  8. Add 1/2 C. baking soda to your load of burp clothes to remove the sour smell.

  9. Use a mixture of mild soap and 1/2 C. of baking soda in your washing machine to remove chemicals from new baby clothes.

  10. Use 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water to make a paste, use the paste to apply to cradle cap before bed time, rinse in the morning.  Do not use with shampoo.  Leave the paste on over night.  May need consecutive applications for full treatment.


  1. Make a non-abrasive cleaner.

  2. Remove crayon from walls.  Use a damp cloth, sprinknle on some baking soda, and rub lightly.

  3. Pour 1/2 C. down stinky drains, while running hot water to deoderize.

  4. Add 1/2 C. of baking soda to your laundry, in addition to your detergent to give it a boost!

  5. To clean burned food from the bottom of a pan, sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda on the burned food, moisten with water, and let sit overnight.  Scrub away in the morning!

  6. Scrub trash cans with hot water and 1/2 C. baking soda to remove the stink.

  7. Run baking soda through your dishwasher instead of soap to give it a good cleaning and reduce odor.

  8. Run baking soda and water through your coffee maker to remove stains, and freshen it up!

  9. Sprinkle dry on to your canvas purse, and scrub with a dry toothbrush.

  10. Scrub your wood and plastic cutting boards with a paste made from 1 T. baking soda, 1 T. salt, and 1 T. water.


  1. Bee Sting relief: 1 t. baking soda, a few drops of water…apply to affected area, and let dry.

  2. Dandruff treatment:  Wet hair in the shower, sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda into hair and rub into scalp.  Do not use shampoo.  Do this every time you shower rather than using shampoo.  Your hair may seem dried out at first, but will even itself out soon.

  3. Mouthwash:  dissolve 1 T. baking soda in half a glass of water.  Gargle, will kill bad breath on contact.

  4. Canker Sore relief:  1 T. baking soda dissolved in half a glass of water will also relieve canker sore pain.

  5. Toothpaste:  Dip your wet toothbrush in baking soda.  Scrub your teeth. Simple as that.  Whitens and freshens.

  6. Deodorant:  Use a brush or powder puff to apply to underarms.

  7. Athlete’s Foot:  Dust your feet, especially between your toes, and your shoes and socks to combat athlete’s foot.

  8. Strip residue from your hair by mixing 1 t. baking soda with your shampoo.  Do this once a week.

  9. Remove chlorine from hair by mixing 1/2 t. baking soda in 1 pint of water and using it to rinse your hair after swimming.

  10. Clean your nails and soften cuticles by using a nailbrush dipped in baking soda to scrub them.

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Jessika Firmage