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Clean Wood Cabinetry and Furniture Stains with Baking Soda

A natural way to clean.

BY La Jolla Mom
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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.

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 my toddler’s height.

Finally, I linked it to her sunscreen. She would occasionally transfer the sunscreen to our cabinets should say her arm brush against them as she walked by. The stains seem to go deep into the wood finish because they can’t be wiped off even with wood cleaners like Murphy Oil wood soap.

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

My family is messy and our cleaning cabinet is full of specialty cleaners. Recently, a pile of them came crashing down as I tried to reach into the very back to grab a new sponge.

So, I’m interested in consolidating cleaning products, especially with natural cleaners.

Simple Ways to Clean with Baking Soda

Use as a Stainless Steel Cleaner

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

Put Out Grease Fires

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

Clean Pots and Pans

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

Clean Kids’ Toys

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

Remove Water and Alcohol Stains on Wood

Use equal parts 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 on wood. We get a lot of wine stains 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 left by glassware on the table simultaneously and it worked.

Wipe off Crayon Marks on Walls

Crayon marks on painted walls can be wiped off with a sponge and baking soda. (Magic Eraser works pretty well, too.)

Brightens Laundry

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. It’s an excellent option for those trying to go green around the house.

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

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96 thoughts on “Clean Wood Cabinetry and Furniture Stains with Baking Soda

  1. I love baking soda! I put it in the bath tub for sunburns, or bug bites, or even diaper rashes for my boys. Helps take the sting out… at least it has for me 🙂

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  3. Great Tip!! I don’t have any Baking Soda tips to share I’m afraid. In fact I am about as domesticated as a 14 year old boy. But I love anything that makes life easier and that sounds like it does!

    The only tip I have is never eat yellow snow. You can have that one! 😉

    Congrats on making FB!

    LBM xxxxx
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  4. Thanks for the tips–I never knew baking soda could be so useful! I’m going to share about this on my Friday “Things I Learned This Week” post at with a link back here.

    Visiting from SITS–first time visitor here.
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  5. This is awesome! My son keeps splattering milk on my wood furniture, and if I don’t catch it immediately, it makes a stain, so I’m going to have to give the old baking soda trick a whirl. Thank you!!!

  6. Those are great ideas. Especially #1, #3 and the cabinets, of course. (can you tell we make a mess at our house?)

    Happy SITS day!
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  7. I don’t usually use baking soda for cleaning, but I’m going to try it on my dishwasher.
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  8. Baking soda in the fridge and freezer to keep things fresh and smelling good.
    I use it for many of the same things you do. It’s a great natural product!

    I’ll have to go to their website – hadn’t ever thought to do that (duh)…

    Happy SITS day! 🙂
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  9. I’m a big fan of baking soda for cleaning as well.
    For your bathroom sink, try a little baking soda + water paste.
    You can make a homemade cleaning solution with some baking soda made into a paste with a little vinegar and 1 or 2 drops of citrus essential oil. Great “green” cleaner.

  10. Great post I had no idea!! I am going to try that at my house, I have a similiar problem!! Thanks so much for the tip, Happy SITS day!!
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  11. Love this post!! I use baking soda for so many things as well! It is what I use to clean our bathtub every week – it’s great and gets rid of all the soap scum!
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  12. Amazing! I think baking soda just became my new favorite cleaner! Thank you so much. My grandmother always said it was good if you were out of toothpaste. just wet your brush, stick some on, and voila! Sparkley shiney teeth!

    Happy SITS day!
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  13. I will have to print this out so I can remember all the good uses for baking soda!
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  14. Baking soda is fantastic! I actually have used it in my laundry and it works great!
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  15. I use baking soda, too! I use it to take coffee stains out of the sink in the kitchen. It’s great on counter tops, too. It gets crayon off of my kids’ plastic table like nothing else. Love it.

  16. I use baking soda in the laundry and it is great to help get rid of the smell in towels especially during the humid days of summer here in Florida.
    I also don’t use shampoo on my hair at all, I just use water and some conditioner every few days. But I do use baking soda to wash my hair after I’ve been swimming in a clorinated pool or salt-water. It works really good without stripping the natural oils in your hair.
    I’ll have to try some of the other cleaning tips.
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  17. I love using baking soda as a cleaner. These are some great tips. I use it to clean my tile shower floor in place of cleansers like Comet. It also works great to take odors out of coolers and water jugs. I just make a paste and scour the insides, then rinse really well. No more water that tastes like homemade rootbeer, apple juice or punch. 🙂
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  18. I use baking soda for all sorts of cleaning projects. Great post!!
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  19. I knew it was a useful product….but who knew just how usedful! It’s on my shopping list.
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  20. Thanks for sharing your secrets….
    I too heart baking soda for cleaning!!

    Sassy Chica
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  21. 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.

  22. 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!
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  23. 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. 🙂

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  24. 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
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  25. 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!

  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!!!
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  27. 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

  28. 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!
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  29. Happy SITS Day!!! What great ideas. I hate using all the cleaners with strong chemicals. Thanks, I just might try them all.
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  30. 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!
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  31. 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

  32. 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!
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  33. 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!

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

    HIGH FIVE SITS girl!
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  35. 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!

  36. Great tips! Belated congrats on your SITS day!
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  37. 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.
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  38. And toothpaste mixed with salt! Amazing stuff actually.

    Stopping by from SITS.
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  40. 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.
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  41. 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,

  42. I am definitely going to try a couple of these once I run out of the cleaners I currently have. I buy the all-natural stuff, but this is even better, and probably cheaper (and more fun!). 🙂

    Best regards!
    St Paul’s Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  43. I use baking soda for cleaning water stains in the toilet. They are very hard to remove. With a lot of effort and scrubbing it works! I mixed vinegar and baking soda to spray the bathtub, too. I hope my tips are useful. Best regards!

  44. Thank you for your post! I️ was able to get sharpie off my old light wood kitchen table with sunscreen. Just wiped it away! But when I️ tried the same trick on my new dark wood table, it cleaned the pencil but left lotion marks! Baking soda paste did the trick to clean that. Then I️ applied wax and it looks perfect again. Thanks!!

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