Bicarb soda’s claim-to-fame is in its power to freshen and clean just about any spot in your home. Here are 16 excellent reasons to stock up on this product right now.

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Bicarb soda has multiple uses in and around the home. Photo: iStock/pixelfit.

Clean your stained plastic food containers

Freshen up your containers with a clean sponge sprinkled with baking soda. Tough stains on your containers? Soak them in a mix of 4 tbsp of bicarb soda and 3-4 cups of water.

Make your fridge smell good again

Bicarb absorbs odours, so it’s little wonder it’s a popular choice for cleaning out your fridge.

Remove dirt and wax coatings from produce

Sick of the waxy coating on your supermarket produce? Mix bicarb with water to remove any remaining dirt.

Hit up your dirty kitchen

Mixed with water, bicarb can help with almost every surface in your kitchen. Use it to clean countertops, stainless steel sinks, microwaves, your range hood and cooking utensils.

Freshen your pet’s bed

Fluffy’s favourite spot near the couch needs some love too. Sprinkle a dash of bicarb over the top, give it 15 minutes and then vacuum up.

Fix greasy dishes and pans

Got leftover food hardened on your pots and pans? It’ll come away far easier with bicarb.

Deodorise upholstery and carpets

To freshen the soft spots around your place, sprinkle their surfaces with bicarb soda and let it sit for about 15 minutes before vacuuming.

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Brighten your whites

If you add a cup of bicarb soda to your next laundry load, your whites and colours will come out brighter. Combine this with your liquid detergent to keep the pH levels balanced.

Eradicate mildew from your bathroom

Got mildew issues? You’re not alone. Give your sink, shower and tub a scrub with a damp sponge and some bicarb soda. Give it a rinse and spot your newly gleaming surface.

Clean your floors

If you have tile floors, use half a cup of bicarb in a bucket of warm water. This simple floor cleaner will go a long way.

A simple air freshener

Make a super easy air freshener free of toxic nasties by mixing bicarb soda and a few drops of essential oils.

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Freshen your microwave

Grotty microwave? Fix it quick by sprinkling bicarb onto a damp cloth and scrubbing away any leftover mess.

Clean out your oven

Sprinkle bicarb onto the bottom surface of your oven. Spray it with a damp water bottle to dampen it and let it sit overnight. Give it a scrub in the morning and rinse thoroughly.

Deodorise your rubbish

Stinky bins? Sprinkle some bicarb onto the bottom of your bins to keep bad smells at bay.

Deodorise your kitty litter

Cover the bottom of your litter tray with bicarb soda and then add your usual litter. Between changes, sprinkle bicarb on top of the litter after a thorough clean.

Fresher flowers for longer

If you have cut flowers at home, extend their freshness   by adding a teaspoon of bicarb to their water.

What’s your favourite bicarb soda hack? Let us know in the Comments below!


  1. Cats will vomit indoors on carpets.!! Clean with paper towel absorbing the stain and vomit material. Then bicarb on top with a little water. Leave the spot damp with bicarb will dry then vacuum the bicarb.