Do you have a nasty odor, stuck on grease, or just an all-around seemingly impossible cleaning job that you have been dreading to begin? Stress no more with a fun (and natural!) way to clean all that gunk, in no time!

While the many uses of cleaning with baking soda  was eloquently described a while back, sometimes, certain jobs require you to get down and dirty. Pull out the “big guns,” per say. For us at Daily Mom, that means using baking soda as a paste!

What makes it different? 

Allowing the paste to dry on the stain (or odor) neutralizes it and permeates deep into it while you wait. An added bonus? It’s a fun “science experiment” to share with your kids, too!

How To:

  • Mix baking soda with water to form a paste
  • Spread the paste on your stain and allow to fully dry.
  • Spray the dry baking soda with vinegar (it will sizzle)
  • Use a natural sponge or steel wool to scrub the stain, until it comes off.
  • Wipe clean with plenty of water with a natural fiber towel.

Here are some ideas on where you can use baking soda paste:

Around the kitty litter box: Have you noticed that there is a weird odor on the floor around the litter box? If your litter box is located on tile, or linoleum, use this paste around the box to neutralize the odor. Cat urine has a very strong ammonia smell, and using this trick regularly can really help cut back on the prevalence of the odor.

 Around the base of the toilet: Do you share a household with a boy who may not always have the best aim? Try using this paste around the base of the toilet. It will be sparkling clean, and any stinky smells will be flushed away!

Your dirty stove: Let’s face it, commercial chemical oven cleaners are undeniably toxic. If you don’t feel like dressing yourself in HAZMAT gear to clean your oven, consider giving this paste a whirl. It actually works! You will want to scrape off any “solid” food, or stuck on gunk with an old spatula and then apply the paste generously. Wait for it to dry, and then use steel wool, or the rough side of a sponge, and start scrubbing in circular motions after spritzing with vinegar.

What are some problem areas in your home that you foresee being able to use this paste on? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comment section!
For another natural cleaning tip, check out this post on How to Make Vinegar Smell Better.

Photo Credits: The Memoirs of Megan and The Art of Making a Baby


  1. This is a wonderful and helpful tips to know what are the other uses of the baking soda as a cleaner of our home furniture. I normally use baking soda to remove stains and whiten the dark spots and it is very useful.

  2. This words wonder on the stovetop. I have been having issues with getting it squeaky clean for a while. No longer! I have been using a variation of this baking soda idea and it is perfect. Thanks for sharing Megan.

  3. Sounds really easy and nice! I don’t like cleaning the oven and every advice is welcome! I usually use chemical cleaners but the results are not so great so I am planning to try our the soda! Many of my girlfriends are using it to clean around the house so I will too! Thanks for sharing! 🙂


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