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Simple Tips for Cleaning with Bi-Carb Soda

If you thought bicarbonate of soda could only be used for baking and cooking – you were wrong!  Thanks to it’s pH neutralising properties, bi-carb soda can be used to help clean a range of appliances and surfaces around your home and it’s also a great environmentally safe option compared to traditional cleaning products.  To learn just how useful it can be, we’ve put together a list of just 15 ways you can use bi-carb soda cleaning around your home to help save you time and money!



Clean your oven just by sprinkling some bicarbonate of soda over your oven and spray with some water to dampen the soda. Leave overnight before cooping out the bicarb soda and grime with a damp cloth.

Pots and Pans

Sprinkle a generous amount of bicarbonate of soda on the baked on residue found on your pots and pans, simply then add some hot water and dish detergent before letting sit for 15 minutes and wash as usual.


Dissolve 1/2 cup of bicarbonate of soda in a warm bucket of water before mopping your floors as normal.


To clean your bbq grill, sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda onto a scrubbing brush and brush the grill and hot plate, rinse with warm water.


To make your own bathroom cleaner, add 1/4 cup of bicarbonate of soda with 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Use as required.


Clean your dishwasher by running an empty cycle with just bicarbonate of soda.


Give your carpets and rugs a freshen up by sprinkling some bicarbonate of soda over the top and let it sit for a couple of hours (preferably overnight) before vacuuming the powder up.

Shower Curtains

Sprinkle some bicarb soda onto a damp sponge or brush.  To clean it, all you then need to do is scrub your shower curtain and rinse before hanging up to dry.

Furniture Cleaner

To make your own furniture cleaner, which will also remove marks from walls – simply sprinkle bicarb soda onto a damp sponge and lightly rub onto the area you want to clean. Once the marks have gone, wipe any excess with a dry clean cloth.


Make a bicarb soda paste with 3 tablespoons of bicarb soda to one part water. Use this past to polish your silverware before removing any excess with a cloth.  Ensure you rinse and dry throughly.


Sprinkle bicarb soda onto a damp clean sponge and gentle wipe the surfaces of your microwave inside and out.  Once you have finished, wipe over with a clean damp sponge to remove any residue.

Sponges and dishcloths

Clean your cleaning tools by soaking them in a solution made up of 4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 litre of water.

Combs and Brushes

Keep your hair brushes and combs clean by removing any natural oil or product built up. Simply soak your combs and brushes in a container with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and water.  Leave for half an hour before rinsing with clean water and drying.

Cloth Nappies

Combine 2 litres of water with 1/2 a cup of bicarb soda in a large bucket and soak your soiled nappies for a couple of hours.

Oil and Grease Stains

Sprinkle some bicarb soda over light oil and grease stains on your garage floor or driveway and then simply scrub the stains away using a wet hard bristle brush.

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Do you use bi-carb soda around the house?


Lauren Matheson

Lauren Matheson

Lauren founded her website Create Bake Make as a way to justify the ridiculous amount of baking she loves to do. She has a super sweet tooth and enjoying a slice of cake (or two) is one of her guilty indulgences. As a Mum of two little boys, when she isn't creating fun activities for the kids or breaking up arguments over toy trucks and cars, you will find her in the kitchen baking up a storm - or hiding in the pantry with the latest cooking magazine and a hot cup of coffee!

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