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Cleaning with Bicarb Soda

Have you ever thought of Cleaning with Bicarb Soda? Here are some magical ways you can use the humble bicarb soda (sodium bicarbonate, baking soda) to clean and deodorise your house!


Clean your chopping boards – wooden and plastic boards can be refreshed by giving them a scrub with a paste of a tablespoon each of bicarb, salt and water. Rinse the boards afterwards.

Cleaning your dishes – add a couple of tablespoons to the sink with your dishwashing liquid or add in to your dishwasher with your normal tablet or powder to cut through grease and grime. Deodorise your dishwasher by sprinkling some bicarb in the bottom between washes.

Remove stains from your kitchen benchtop – make a paste of 2 parts bicarb to 1 part water and apply to stains on your benchtops, gently rubbing in a circular motion, then wipe clean.

Deodorise your fridge and pantry – just sit an open box of bicarb or some in an open jar in the fridge or pantry for up to 6 months to absorb food odours, discard it down the sink to give the drain a quick clean and freshen up.

Deodorise your garbage and recycling binwipe the inside of your bin with a damp cloth sprinkled with bicarb, then rinse. Once dry you can sprinkle a little bicarb in the bottom to keep it smelling fresh.

Dirty saucepans and Tupperware – a sprinkle of bicarb, topped with hot water and an overnight soak will get burnt food off saucepans and funky smells and stains off plastics.

Stainless steel sink – Wet your sink, sprinkle baking soda over the surface, scrub, and then rinse before lining the sink with vinegar soaked paper towel for 20mins. Use a soft toothbrush with a bicarb paste to scrub sink rim and caulk. Your sink will sparkle.

Coffee and tea stains – put teapots, coffee plungers, pots and mugs in sink with 1 part bicarb to 4 parts water soak for 15 minutes and rinse.

Polish silverware (and jewellery) - with bicarb paste and a soft toothbrush and rinse clean.


Bathroom and Laundry

Boost your laundry detergent – for whiter whites and brighter colours add ½ cup (top loader) or ¼ cup (front loader) bicarb to your wash, you may also need less detergent as bicarb softens the water.

Absorb bad odours – Instead of using air freshener, grab a dish or jar (decorate if you like) fill with ½ cup bicarb and a few drops of essential oil and sit it near the toilet. Replace every 3 months, tip it down the sink to give the drain a quick clean and freshen up.

Grout – make a paste of equal parts lemon juice, vinegar and bicarb and scrub grout with a soft toothbrush then rinse.

Clean toilet – sprinkle with ½ cup bicarb, let sit for 30 minutes, spray with vinegar to moisten then scrub and flush.


Pets and Children

Clean baby bottles – add 3 tablespoons to a full pot of boiling water, boil bottles for 3 minutes.

Smelly Shoes – sprinkle some bicarb inside each shoe and leave overnight – shake out excess powder in the morning and the smell will be gone.

Clean stuffed animals – sprinkle bicarb onto stuffed animals, let it sit for 15 minutes then dust off.

Deodorise sock/underwear drawers – put bicarb and a few drops of your favourite essential oil in a muslin cloth and secure with an elastic band, your draws will smell lovely for months.

Crayon on the walls – remove by sprinkling a wet sponge with bicarb and wiping walls.

Remove odours from sofa – sprinkle with bicarb, leave for a few hours and vacuum out.

Deodorise pets – litter trays just need a sprinkle of bicarb to absorb odours. Stinky animals just need a sprinkle with bicarb then brush out their fur.

What do you use bicarb for around your home?







  • Mishmash

    Its also a fantastic hair shampoo as well. Just mix with alittle water to make into a paste and apply to hair. Rinse out with alittle vinegar and water. This is fantatic for pp with fine hair!!

  • Nosba

    My husband takes a flask of coffee to work. Coffee as you can imagine leaves stains and residue. I do this weekly – Add two (2) heaped teaspoons to the dirty flask add hot water, let it over flow. Screw on lid and leave over night. Rinse with warm water and voila clean fresh flask!

  • trinadade

    It also works a treat when made into a paste for cleaning marks off walls. Use the paste then wipe down with a damp cloth after.

  • Nicola

    Once I burned something (quinoa I think) onto the bottom of a saucepan really badly. The bottom was black!! So I made a really thick bicarb soda paste (mostly bicarb with a bit of water) and spread it on really thick and left it to dry (actually I kind of forgot about it for AGES….) Anyway, the paste dried onto the bottom but when my husband scraped it off all the burnt stuff came away too – saucepan was back in action!!

  • Ads

    I mix bicarb with a little dish washing soap and a tiny bit of vinegar to make a paste for a great shower cleaner. It cleans glass, tiles and the shower floor really easily!

  • Kirsten

    A bicarb paste spread on the underarms of smelly shirts and left for a while before washing does wonders to freshen them up and remove odour!

  • Melissa

    Can you use it to clean a dirty frypan?

    • http://www.stayathomemum.com.au Jody Allen

      Depends on what your frypan is made of Melissa, I would suggest boiling water and a bit of washing up liquid and leave it for an hour or so. Bicarb might scratch a non-stick surface.

  • Sandra

    After recently moving into a new rental, the toilets were stained and really grosse looking!! So I used a few teaspoons of bicarbonate and vinegar and left it for 30mins or so and the scrubbed with toilet brush, and what do you know?!! Clean toilet :)

  • Janelle

    I love using bi-carb and vinegar. Love the fizzing reaction, and love the results. Have cleaned oven racks by soaking in hot water with bi-carb & vinegar in my laundry tub. I keep a spray bottle filled with vinegar, and a shaker of bi-carb within easy reach in kitchen/laundry/bathroom for various quick clean-ups.