What Can You Clean with Baking Soda?

If you have Coke, Pepsi, or any other type of soda in your home, you have one of the safest and most effective cleaning products available at your fingertips. Not only is soda perfect for getting rid of grease stains on your favorite clothing, as well as your pots and pans, but it will also take care of rust. The truth is that while soda may not necessarily be good for your teeth, it does have plenty of cleaning potential.

If you aren’t familiar with everything you can use your favorite soda to to clean, you’ll definitely want to keep reading and even if you are already a huge fan of soda’s cleaning abilities, you may just find a few new things you can use it on.

Clothing Stains and Odors

Grease and blood stains are notoriously difficult to remove from clothes and all those expensive stain removers on the market often leave a little behind. The next time you run into this problem, throw your clothes in the washing machine, pour in your detergent and a can of soda, and set it to run through a normal cycle. You’ll be shocked at how clean your clothes are.

At the same time, a can of soda is perfect for eliminating any weird, lingering odors on your clothes. Follow the same directions above and you’ll see for yourself how a single can of Coke can break down and neutralize odors.

  Pots and Pans

If you’ve let your dirty pots and pans sit for a bit too long, you aren’t destined to spending the next hour trying to scrub off baked on grease. Instead, put your pot or pan on the stove. Set the temperature to low heat and pour in a can of Coke. Let it sit for about an hour before using a scouring pad to wipe away the leftover grime. You can also use this to remove food that got stuck on while you were cooking, such as pasta or rice.

Garage and Driveway Stains

If your concrete garage floor or driveway is spotted with oil, a can of soda may be just what you need to get rid of that stain. Pour a bottle of soda over the spill and allow it to sit for several hours. Then, take a hose and wash it away. If there is any residual, pour a little more soda on the spot and scrub it with a wet brush. Then, watch as it fades and disappears.

Rusted and Tarnished Items

When it comes to rusted metals and tarnished items, including jewelry, Coke can work wonders. Submerge whatever you need to have cleaned in Coke. Allow it to sit for 24 hours. This gives the citric acid it contains time to dissolve any metal oxides. Once the day is up, take the item out and rinse it in water to get rid of any stickiness. It’s really that simple.

Dirty Grout

If your floor’s grout has seen better days, pour a little bit of Coke over it for several minutes. Then, wipe it clean to check out the amazing results. If you have a really tough stain, be sure to scrub the grout before wiping it clean.


If you are struggling to get rid of bugs that have become caked on your windshield, Coke is the answer. Simply pour it over the area you plan to clean. Allow it to sit for a couple minutes and then, wipe it away with a wet washcloth. Your bug problem will be gone.

Dirty Toilets

Yes, you can even use Coke to clean your toilet, especially if you’ve noticed rust rings. Pour a can around the rim, allowing it to coat the entire bowl. Give the acids in the Coke about an hour to break down the stains. Then, come back and give the bowl a good scrub with your toilet brush. Then, flush it and check out the results.

Car Batteries

Even car batteries with corrosion can benefit from Coke. Pour the Coke over the terminals where corrosion is present. After letting it sit for a few minutes, take a toothbrush and scrub the corrosion away. To get rid of any sticky residue, pour a little bit of warm water over it.


Even if you don’t drink soda, you’ll want to pick up a bottle or can the next time you head to the grocery store. You never know when you might need to clean something.