10 Ways Baking Soda Can Help a Parent


Baking Soda, the magical white powder that can do just about anything.  As a parent, Baking Soda is one of those staples to have in the cupboard at all times.  Plus, at under $1.00 per box, you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.  Here are 10 ways Baking Soda can help make your life as a parent easier.

Remove Crayon Markings on Walls – Make a paste to gently scrub away scuffs and crayon marks from walls.

Clean Toys – Mix 4 tablespoons to 1 quart warm water and use with a clean cloth or sponge to wipe baby’s toys clean. Rinse with warm water.

Keep Bugs out of Sandbox – Blend in one box of baking soda for each 40 pounds of sand which you possess within the backyard. It’s a good method of keeping ants and other insects out of your kid’s sandbox. This won’t hurt your youngster at all.

Deodorize and Clean Baby Bottles – Soak the bottles, nipples, and rings overnight in a solution of 4 tablespoons to 1 quart warm water. Wash with hot soapy water and use as normal.

Relieve Diaper Rash – Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.

Laundry – Especially if you have hard water, add 1/2 cup of baking soda to each load of laundry for softer, fresher-smelling clothes. Adding baking soda is also good for coaxing out spit up and other tough stains.

Freshen Stuffed Animals – Sprinkle baking soda on dry stuffed animals to get rid of odors. Wait 15 minutes, then thoroughly brush or vacuum the baking soda off.

Freshen Baby After Eating – After feeding your baby, wipe his shirt with a moist cloth sprinkled with baking soda to remove the odor.

Deodorize Diaper Pail – Whether you use cloth or disposable diapers, periodically sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda into the diaper pail. It won’t hurt the cloth diapers to wash with baking soda, and the soda will keep odors at bay until you’re ready to clean and permanently dispose of the diapers

Get Rid of Smelly Carpet – We all know the spills kids can get on carpet leading to a nice stink.  Sprinkle on carpets, wait 15 minutes, then vacuum up smells.


What do you use Baking Soda for?  Leave a Comment!



Thomas Brogan

Thomas Brogan, a native of Des Moines, was the original founder of Des Moines Parent and is a father to an 8 & 10-year-old. In his free time, he likes to explore nature, try new local restaurants and enjoy life as best as he can. Check out more of Thomas at www.broganlist.com.

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  1. Avatar Angela K. says:

    I use it to turn baking soda into modeling clay. Combine it with one and 1/4 cups of water and one cup of cornstarch. Kids love it!

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