Clean Wood Cabinetry And Furniture Stains With Baking Soda

baking soda for household cleaning

Ok, I might as well add more tips for keeping your home clean today and discuss how baking soda has helped us around the house recently. Also, see my post today regarding the Crayola stain guide.

We’ve had this bizarre problem now that the sun is out. I’ve never actually seen it occur, but there were weird, greasy streaks on our doors and wood cabinetry at exactly La Jolla Girl’s height. Finally, I linked it to her sunscreen. We use California Baby and it definitely works for her. I have no guilt about using it since it’s natural. The marks kept appearing with more and more frequency, so even La Jolla Dad declared that we need to explore other sunscreen options. The stains seem to go deep into the wood finish because they can’t be wiped off even with wood cleaners like Murphy’s Oil.

I Googled until I stumbled on a website that suggested baking soda as method for cleaning stains off wood products. I made a small paste with water, rubbed it on and it was like magic when they disappeared. Sometimes I had to apply the baking soda twice, but I was so relieved.

My family is messy. My cleaning supply cabinet is way too cluttered with specialty cleaners. In fact, today a pile of them came crashing down as I tried to reach into the very back to get a new sponge. So, I’m interested in consolidating, especially with green cleaners.

Simple Ways To Clean With Baking Soda

1.  I ran out of stainless steel cleaner so I sprinkled baking soda on my stove, wiped it and, voila, it was nice and shiny.  Same with my stainless steel fridge.

2.  Grease fires can be put out by using baking soda. I put a box in a cabinet by the stove for easy access.

3.  Use baking soda to clean burned food off the bottom of pots. This happens all the time in my house. I normally use Barkeepers Friend which I ran out of, so I tried baking soda. It worked with some elbow grease.

4.  It cleans the kiddie pool. La Jolla Girl has a huge Little Tikes pool that we struggle with keeping clean in the summer. It wasn’t used for a few days and grew some green funk in it. I used a few sprinkles of baking soda, a sponge and a hose to get rid of it. Easy.

5.  Use equal baking soda and white toothpaste to remove water stains on wood coffee tables. I haven’t tried it but baking soda apparently will remove alcohol stains. We get a lot of the latter in our house since we have a dark wooden coffee table. On our table, I can’t differentiate between what is water and alcohol so I just cleaned all of the rings simultaneously.

6.  Crayon marks on painted walls can be wiped off with a sponge and baking soda. Though Magic Eraser works pretty well!

7. I haven’t tried this yet, but it supposedly brightens clothes if you use it in your laundry.

We all know the obvious—baking soda is non-toxic, multi-purpose and really cheap. This is an excellent option for those trying to go green around the house.

I went to the Arm and Hammer website and they allow you to register for special offers, though it takes 8 weeks to process. And, no, they didn’t in any way prompt me to write this post.

How do you use baking soda?  Leave your housekeeping tips and tricks.

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  1. You can use baking soda to get stains off of your fridge. All you need to do is make a sorta paste just mix baking soda with a little water and it will get all the stains off.

    You can also use coconut oil for body cream, hair shampoo, wood cleaner,

  2. mario@bathroom illuminated mirrors says:

    It’s been two years now that I clean my sinks only with baking soda to avoid spreading chlorine in the environment and I must say that the sponge I use to do this is much cleaner than if I used it with a commercial scouring powder.

    The same goes with washing floors with vinegar. First it smells much better (french fries), and second the mop and pail are much easier to clean afterwards. So the whole procedure is much faster.
    .-= mario@bathroom illuminated mirrors´s last blog ..Bathroom Mirror Medicine Cabinet =-.

  3. And toothpaste mixed with salt! Amazing stuff actually.

    Stopping by from SITS.
    .-= Ms. Mama´s last blog ..Family Camping =-.

  4. Particular utilitarian dispatch but there are some point where I wish not agree. But overall its altogether good.

  5. Awesome tip. Great for cleaning stainless steel sinks too I’m told!

  6. What great tips! My mom used baking soda on a mattress to get rid of stale odors. Works like a charm! I’ve taken the same technique and use it to freshen up a rug.
    .-= A H.I.T.´s last blog ..Making Amends =-.

  7. Great tips! Belated congrats on your SITS day!
    .-= Joy´s last blog to the blog’s stampers’ sampler magazine giveaway! =-.

  8. I brush my teeth with it hehehe but this is a very innovative list :) hehe

  9. I think the only time I’ve ever used baking soda is in cookie recipes…I might have to expand that horizon…Happy SITS day!
    .-= Éimí (Amy in Gaelic)´s last blog ..Photo shoot 07aug09 =-.

  10. The Redhead Riter says:

    I LOVE BAKING SODA. I have brushed my teeth with it weekly for as long as I can remember.

    HIGH FIVE SITS girl!
    .-= The Redhead Riter´s last blog ..My Blog Is Pregnant With Multiples =-.

  11. borex works just about the same way
    .-= Tiaras & Tantrums´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  12. You can also brush your teeth with it, if you run out of toothpaste!
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..If You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover… =-.

  13. Hi! stopping by from SITS a day late. great helpful hints!

  14. The Dapper Darling says:

    GOOOOD TIPS…I am now a follower!

    xooxo Grazie

  15. Baking soda is used for making cookies… and that’s about it!

  16. Wow I never ever though of all the uses that baking soda has! I have been trying to go more natural in all my cleaners as the chemical based ones tend to give me really massive migraines and I am SO glad that I saw this in the sits blog! YAY!
    And googling this… how neat! Gotta try to see if I can’t find other natural cleaners. I already make our own laundry detergent, using ivory for now but will soon be using my own soaps!

  17. I never even thought of Googling something like this! I have white rings on my dark kitchen table and I just figured I’d have to live with them for the rest of my life haha. I’m definitely going to try baking soda!
    .-= Jessica – This Is Worthwhile´s last blog ..2:50 pm =-.

  18. great tips, and very natural and green, good idea for a post!
    .-= Karen MEG´s last blog ..Musical Musings =-.

  19. Visiting from SITS! Thanks for the great tips – and I learned about Barkeepers Friend! I also have some Baking Soda eco-friendly tips too you might like

  20. Besides for baking, we use baking soda to clean up around the house. I like to use it to make a paste and then scrub the tub. We don’t have a bathroom window so I hate using chemicals in there.

    Great tips!
    .-= Nicole- Chasing Blue´s last blog ..Chasing fresh starts… =-.

  21. I’ve used baking powder and vinegar to unblock drains and also sprinkled it baking powder on carpet to rid it of smells or into a paste to remove stains.

    It’s great stuff!!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..The House That Jack Built….. =-.

  22. Wow, I should try some of these! Thanks for the tips!! Happy SITS day!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..IT’S OFFICIAL!!! =-.

  23. Simply Mommy says:

    Happy SITS Day!!! What great ideas. I hate using all the cleaners with strong chemicals. Thanks, I just might try them all.
    .-= Simply Mommy´s last blog ..How has Motherhood Changed Me? =-.

  24. We use baking soda a lot. In particular we use it (combined with vinegar) as a fabric softener. In the wash we put the normal washing powder and then 1/4 cup of baking soda. We set the cycle to have no spin. Then when that is done we put 1/4 cup of vinegar in and set to rinse and spin. I was cynical at first (my husband is working towards us using all green cleaning products) but it works really well.

    My maternal health nurse also told me that making a paste of baking soda is good for removing cradle cap on babies. I’ve been doing it for my 10-week-old and it is definitely loosening it up. You put it on the head about 10 mins before a bath!
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..Portable UV Dummy Sterilizer =-.

  25. I’m going to have to try this for sure. I recently found that if you make a paste of it you can put it in your hair if there is hair spray buildup. Having 3 girls that has started being a problem now & then! Enjoy your day in the SITS spotlight!
    .-= The Mom @ Babes in Hairland´s last blog ..Thought for Thursday =-.

  26. I love baking soda. I too am working on twiddling down my huge supply of cleaning products because you can clean just about anything with baking soda and vinegar.
    BTW, I have tried the baking soda in the wash and it does work.

    Happy SITS day!!!
    .-= Missy´s last blog ..Camping fun =-.

  27. Great tips, thank you so much!
    Happy Sits Day!
    .-= Lani´s last blog ..And the Winner Is… =-.

  28. Great info! I use baking soda instead of “barkeeper’s friend”. If the cooking spray doesn’t come off of a pan, making a paste of b.s. and water gently “scratches” it off. My favorite is to mix it with vinegar for cleaning. Pour some b.s. down your sinks/tubs, follow up with vinegar, and when it’s done fizzling follow up with some hot water. No more spending a ton of money on Draino anymore! Also… we fill an empty Parmesan cheese shaker with b.s. Walk around and sprinkle it all over the carpet, let it set overnight and vacuum up the next day – goodbye stinky floors!

  29. Unknown Mami says:

    I use it as a carpet freshner.
    .-= Unknown Mami´s last blog ..Guess Where I’m Taking You? =-.

  30. thanks for the tips! over from SITS!
    .-= ttjenkins´s last blog ..Why can’t I figure this stuff out by now? =-.

  31. Thanks for including the list of ideas. I really need to have more than one box on hand. Baking Soda is such a versatile product!
    .-= Maureen´s last blog ..Scrapbooking as an Educational Tool Part2 =-.

  32. Stopping by from SITS these are great ticks. We just discarded a burned out pan because nothing was working, but now I know for the future
    .-= GReedyGirl1´s last blog ..Drinks on Us: Low-Calorie Cocktails =-.

  33. I love natural cleaning products. I use baking soda for deodorant. happy SITS day
    .-= Nadirah´s last blog ..Stubborn Baby Stains? =-.

  34. I will definitely be trying these when I get home tonight!! I have a couple of the things on your list that need to be taken care of. :)

    .-= Alma´s last blog ..oink, oink =-.

  35. We live in FL, and my Mom used to always make a baking soda paste with water to put on mosquito bites. Takes the stinging out, cools and reduces the swelling!
    .-= Viv´s last blog ..Talking Up the Weight of Silence =-.

  36. I was just wondering last night what to do about a spot on my dresser. I’m so glad to find this post! I’ll have to give some baking soda paste a try. Thanks!
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Outdoor Flower Pot Gardening =-.

  37. I like to mix baking soda with honey and wash my face with it. It’s amazing!
    .-= Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork´s last blog ..SITScation ‘09 Contest! I Need YOUR Help! =-.

  38. Baking soda has to be one of the greatest inventions with the most unintended uses of all time! Great stuff here, popping by from SITS.


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