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What Are Some Odor-Removing Uses for Baking Soda?

Baking soda can be sprinkled into shoes and left to sit overnight to help eliminate foul odors.
Baking soda can be used to deodorize a litter box.
Baking soda added to soap can be used to wash hands that smell like onions.
Patio furniture cushions can be stored with baking soda sachets to keep them smelling fresh.
Baking soda may be used to remove the smell of garlic from hands.
To eliminate odors in athletic shoes, sprinkle the insides with baking soda after taking them off.
Jar and a scoop with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).
Many people use baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb odors.
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There are literally hundreds of household uses for baking soda. Not to be confused with baking powder, which has added acidifying and drying agents (typically cream of tartar and starch, respectively), baking soda is pure bicarbonate of soda. The beneficial qualities of baking soda are the result of its ability to act as a buffer, neutralizing both acidic and alkaline substances to regulate pH. This is the secret behind its effectiveness as an odor remover—it doesn’t just mask offensive smells, it neutralizes them.

Baking soda is inexpensive, environmentally friendly, fragrance-free, and nontoxic, making it a perfect deodorizer for use in areas frequented by children or pets or where food is handled.

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OeKc05
Post 10

My friend uses baking soda to get rid of the dog urine smell in the carpet at her house. She is currently training her puppy, and he's having a few accidents along the way.

I have dogs, but I have hardwood floors, so that is something I don't have to worry about. However, baking soda has come in handy for me a time or two when the dogs come back from their adventures smelling awful.

I have one dog who often comes home smelling slightly like a skunk. He doesn't like it when I do this, but I sprinkle baking soda all over him and rub it into his fur.

I've never managed to get to the step of brushing it out, because he is large and strong and runs away from me. I'm lucky just to get the baking soda on him at all!

shell4life
Post 9

@seag47 – Yes, you can. I used baking soda in my washer to get rid of the dog urine smell on the comforter.

I poured baking soda in with my regular laundry detergent. I added half a cup to the liquid detergent before I turned on the washer.

It was the only thing that got rid of the urine smell. I was so glad!

You can also use it as a mild bleach for white items in the washer. I wash my white towels in baking soda to get them brighter.

seag47
Post 8

Can I use baking soda in my washing machine? Some things that I wash still have an odor after they come out. I'd like to see if baking soda would remove that odor.

JackWhack
Post 7

You can use baking soda as a dry shampoo on yourself, too. Just don't put it right onto your scalp, because you'll have a tough time getting it off.

If you stand in the bathtub with your head down, you can rub the baking soda into your hair without getting it on your scalp. You can massage it all the way up to the roots this way. Since they are the oiliest part of your hair, they need it the most.

ZsaZsa56
Post 6

Can I use baking soda to get rid of cat urine odor?

I recently got new cat and the old cat is not taking too well to it. There have been a lot of territorial battles and marking of things and suddenly my apartment reeks of cat urine.

backdraft
Post 5

This is not exactly an odor removing remedy, but you can wash your hair with baking soda. If you just mix a little into a cup of water and work it in to your hair it will get clean and shiny without having to use harsh chemical shampoos.

vigilant
Post 4

I use baking soda as a kind of foot powder. I sprinkle some in my shoes and sometimes I will rub it on my feet as well.

It dries up the moisture, masks some of the odor and makes my feet fell clean. I don't know if it is a perfect equivalent to foot powder, but it works for me.

anon234948
Post 3

Baking soda is the daddy of cheap solutions when it comes to odours. I'm a carpet cleaner and I use it a lot.

cmsmith10
Post 2

I like to sprinkle baking soda into my vacuum bag. It reduces the musty smells that your vacuum seems to disperse.

Ever had a smelly mop? Mix together a gallon of water and 4 Tbsp. baking soda and soak your mop in it.

wesley91
Post 1

Some more ideas for baking soda:

Sprinkle some baking soda in your crisper that you keep your vegetables in. Cover the bottom with a paper towel. This will keep your veggies crisp and fresh.

Run baking soda through your dishwasher about once a month instead of detergent to get it good and clean.

Baking soda can also be thrown onto a stove fire to put the flames out. Carbon dioxide is generated when the baking soda burns and it starves the fire of oxygen.

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