Baking Soda Cleaning, What Can You Clean With It?

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Attention: Do you want to know how to clean your house with baking soda? Did you know baking soda and bicarbonate of soda are the same thing?

Its chemical formula is HNaO – NaHCO, and it has many uses in the kitchen as well as around the house.

Baking soda is a versatile cleaning agent that can be used for scrubbing, deodorizing, and more. It’s eco-friendly and super cheap! 

The best part about baking soda cleaning is that it doesn’t leave behind any residue or film on surfaces like other cleaners do. You can use it in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room—anywhere you need a little extra help getting things clean. 

It also has some great natural odor-fighting properties so if you have smelly clothes or shoes this might be just what you need! 

Baking soda is one of those items that always seems to come in handy when I least expect it. If I ever find myself without my usual arsenal of cleaning products at home, I know I can count on this simple ingredient to get me through the day.

So how does baking soda work?

The chemical name of baking soda is NaHCO3. As the name suggests, it is in actual fact a chemical, however, a natural chemical found in mining. The chemical is burned and then combined with carbon dioxide to create a chemical ash called sodium bicarbonate or baking soda as most Americans know it.

Clean Cooker Hood Filters with baking Soda

The number one way I use baking soda for is cleaning cooker hood filters. I remove the filters, place in the sink, pour over a generous covering of baking soda and then pour over white distilled vinegar. It’s so satisfying to watch. The grease literally just weeps out of the filter, then all you do is rinse, dry and replace the filters. 

Scrub The Sink With Baking Soda

The second way I use baking soda is for sink scrubbing. Simply sprinkle the baking soda into the sink and rub with a damp sponge or microfiber cloth. Baking soda works as a mild abrasive so won’t scratch your surfaces. Do not use an abrasive sponge on any surface that could scratch. These include stainless steel and glass. 

Baking Soda For Cleaning The Oven

The third thing I can clean with baking soda are ovens. Again, sprinkle some baking soda into the oven. Pour in some vinegar until it starts to bubble and rub into the floor and walls of the oven. You can mix this solution prior to adding to the oven but I find it’s more effective to let the bubble happen inside the oven. Then use an abrasive sponge or scourer to scrape away the debris.

Cooking With Baking Soda

I’d like to say that I use this wonderful naturally found chemical in all my cooking but the truth is I don’t cook or bake so no comment on that front.

However, there are still many ways you can incorporate baking soda into your life.

Use As A Deodorant

Now if you’re going all natural, baking soda is a really brilliant alternative to deodorant. The natural odour fighting properties in baking soda will leave smelling and feeling freaky freaky fresh. Just rub some into your underarms after a shower or bath. This isn’t something i’ve personally tried but i hear good things so give it a go if you’re brave enough.

Pet Odours

And following on from the above statement, it can help eliminate pet odours. I have seen many clients use baking soda in pet litter trays. Do your own due diligence on the safety of this though.

Clean the Dishwasher with baking Soda

cleaning the dishwasher with baking soda

For the toughest and most long-standing dishwasher stains, you can’t use anything but baking soda. It doesn’t just cut through even the toughest grease, it also has bleaching properties to help get rid of any tough marks from your stainless steel interior.

Simply sprinkle a good layer of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and literally throw in around 3-4 cups of white distilled vinegar and watch the fireworks. Well, maybe not quite fireworks but it is definitely a cool volcano experiment.

the vinegar and baking soda fizzing up


So this was my roundup on baking soda cleaning, I don’t personally use it for absolutely everything because I like to keep things fast and practical. However, these are the things I do clean with baking soda quite regular because store bought products just don’t have the same effectiveness. 

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Sarah Goldsmith

Sarah Jane Goldsmith is the owner of multiple award-winning cleaning company. Purple Cleaning. With 7 years of industry experience and working with some of the most exclusive clients the Northeast of England has, she's gained a wealth of knowledge in cleaning and home organization. Her company, Purple Cleaning Services have won multiple awards for service in the commercial and domestic sectors. They are corporate members of the British Institute of Cleaning Science, leading the way in safe, effective, and aesthetic cleaning. Sarah runs many social media channels including her successful YouTube channel where she teaches people how to clean and how to get the most from their homes. Her private community of raving fans love being part of her exclusive membership programme, Keep It Clean Club, which can be found at In her spare time, Sarah enjoys nothing more than spending time with her family, she has 2 young daughters and a teenage son. By day she is engrossed in helping many people stamp out the mess in their homes and live happier cleaner lives.

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