Household Uses for Bicarbonate of Soda

Updated February 21, 2017

Bicarbonate of soda, also known as baking soda, is a white compound that has a number of uses including as an antacid, whitening agent, and a toothpaste substitute. The substance is available at grocery, drug, and retail stores as well as online. Bicarbonate of soda also has a number of household uses, and easily removes dirt and grime from a variety of surfaces and materials.

Fire Extinguisher

Bicarbonate of soda extinguishes both grease and electrical fires, including fires in the kitchen and garage. The substance also extinguishes fires on clothing or carpet without having to use a commercial fire extinguisher or other device.

Vegetable/Fruit Cleaning Agent

Bicarbonate of soda removes dirt, dust, and grime from vegetables and fruits by dissolving the debris without damaging the food's surface.

Household Cleaning Agent

Bicarbonate of soda is a nonabrasive cleaning agent that removes dirt and grime from the inside of garbage cans, glasses, cups, home appliances, bathtubs, sinks, and other items in your home. The substance also cleans combs, brushes, and other personal accessories.

Laundry Cleaning Agent

Bicarbonate of soda breaks down oil and grease on shirts, trousers, hats, shoes, boots, jackets, diapers, and other clothing without having to use a commercial product or stain removal treatment. Add 1/2 cup of bicarbonate of soda to your washing machine load to remove stains and odours from your clothing and towels.


Bicarbonate of soda is an odour absorbent that removes smells in refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, carpet, pantries, bathrooms, litter boxes, and other areas/items.

Stubborn Stain Remover

Bicarbonate of soda, mixed with warm water into a paste, breaks down stubborn stains on marble, Formica, plastic, and other surfaces without damaging the surface's finish.

Grill Cleaner

Bicarbonate of soda is a grill cleaner that safely removes food debris and grime build-up from gas/charcoal grill grates and grilling tools. The substance also acts as a soaking agent for caked-on debris on pots, pans, trays, and other kitchen/grill items and accessories.

Silverware Cleaner

Bicarbonate of soda is a nonabrasive silverware polisher as well as a tarnish and grime build-up remover.

Glass Cleaner

Bicarbonate of soda cleans glass and porcelain surfaces, including mirrors, sinks, and glass-top surfaces. Just sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on a damp cloth and wipe.

Septic Tank Cleaner

Bicarbonate of soda is also a septic tank cleaner that is safe to pour down any drain in your home, and it helps maintain the proper alkalinity and pH levels inside the tank.

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