Getting rid of stains on clothes

How to Use Baking Soda for Stains

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Use Baking Soda for Stains

Baking soda has many uses in the home and one of the most effective is that it is a good stain remover. It is also much more cost effective than detergent and you can combine it with detergent for even better results. On the other hand, if you are allergic to detergents, bicarbonate of soda is an equally effective alternative. Moreover, baking soda is also perfect to remove bad odours from clothes. On OneHowTo we teach you how to use baking soda for stains if you are looking for an affordable solution to treat the worst ones.

You'll need:

  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Vinegar
  • Detergent
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Steps to follow:


One trick to remove sweat stains is to mix a quarter cup of water and four tablespoons bicarbonate of soda. You'll get a mass to apply on the stains of the garment. Then wash it as you do normally. You will see that there is no trace evidence of sweat!

How to Use Baking Soda for Stains - Step 1

This method lightens the colours slightly, so do not use it on coloured or dark clothing. Apply pure baking soda to the stain. Then rub and leave it to sit for a while, until you see the stains are gone. This is effective for removing oil, grease and rust stains.


Want you clothes to be bright white? We know a very simple and practical way. Pour half cup of sodium bicarbonate with bleach or detergent in the washer. Combining both products your laundry will get even whiter.


If what you need is to remove stains on cotton or other natural materials, we suggest the following. Make a paste of three parts of baking soda to one part water. Then, rub this homogeneous mass on the stains. Wait an hour for the substance to act and put the garment in the washing machine or hand wash.

How to Use Baking Soda for Stains - Step 4

Bicarbonate of soda is also effective mixed with other substances. For example, if you combine it with vinegar to make a paste you can apply it on clothing stains as in previous methods. Put your clothes in the washing machine. Add a cup of vinegar and a cup of bicarbonate of soda to the machine and wait until it finishes its wash cycle. You will see that your whites are whiter than before.

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  • If you want to avoid the bad smell on your clothesbasket , sprinkle it with bicarbonate of soda. It will absorb unpleasant odours and keep your clothes basket smelling fresh.
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How do I remove sweat stains off of a mattress. It’s a foam type and is covered in material. Is it safe to use vinegar and baking soda?
OneHowTo Editor
It is safe and might be a good call! It shouldn't change the foam material unless there is something in it which would cause a reaction.
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