Less Waste Pantry: Baking Soda

While certain items are tough to come by during this COVID-19 madness I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some of my favorite pantry staples. Each item can be used for several different purposes while keeping your home eco-friendly. First up, baking soda.

Baking soda is cheap, comes in recyclable packaging (look for the boxes) and can we used in multiple ways in a home. I stock up on this almost every time I go to the store because I use it so often in so many ways. Here are a few ways you can put baking soda to good use.


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The most common known use for baking soda is baking. I keep a small jar of baking soda in the kitchen just so I can make up some yummy baked goods like cookies or cakes.


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Scrubbing Pans

Adding water to some baking soda you can create a paste that acts as a scrub for those pans with extra stuck on grease and grime. I find this works better than some advertised item pan cleaners and it is safe on non-stick pans if you happen to own any.

Cleaning Fruits and Veggies

To clean your hard skinned fruits and vegetables, sprinkle baking soda on them, using water scrub them to get them clean. Be sure to rinse them well to remove all baking soda.


Adding baking soda to your laundry will both help remove odors and as a scrubbing agent help clean your clothes. I use baking soda in my powder laundry detergent recipe but in the past have added it to my liquid cleaner to be sure something extra stinky was washed clean.

Brushing your Teeth

If you are desperate for toothpaste or want to try something new you can use baking soda to brush your teeth. Making a paste with water acts similar to the scrubbing of pans and will whiten your teeth over time. I’m not a dentist so I strongly suggest researching this method more if you are choosing to go with this full time but as a quick fix it does the trick.


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Sprinkling some baking soda on your carpets and letting it sit for awhile will allow it to absorb odors. Vacuum it up to remove. I find my dog occasionally has accidents or brings in strange odors, so this helps me keep carpets from stinking up the place.

Fridge, Clothes and Shoes

Leaving a small amount of baking soda in your fridge will capture odors your food might leave behind. Likewise you can make up a old stocking with baking soda and a few drops of essential oil to keep your hamper from smelling of your dirty clothes. Sprinkling some baking soda into your smelly sneakers overnight will freshen them up for the morning. Just be sure to dump the baking soda out in morning.

Bug Exterminator

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If you are looking for an eco way to keep your home safe from insects try sprinkling some baking soda outside of your house. The bugs will eat it and die, and if you are an insect lover, be sure to avoid this method!

And so much more…

There are many other uses but these are just some of the most basic. Including it into more Do-It-Yourself projects you can see the wide range this product has. So be sure to check out all the ways you can use baking soda and keep it stocked and at the ready in your home.

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My name is Kate and I'm a world traveler looking to make a positive impact by reducing my waste and single plastic use.