Using Baking Soda for Baby’s Bath, Diaper Pail, Cradle Cap, and More!

Discovering new ways to use natural, inexpensive products gives me a slightly bizarre thrill—like winning the lottery, fully reversing global warming, or seeing my toddler son first thing in the morning. 

You can imagine my euphoria when I found out that a fifty cent box of baking soda could replace diaper cream, eco-friendly cleaners, and baby bath without any artificial ingredients or phthalates.  For those of you that didn’t catch last week’s post, you might want to read up on how baking soda can also replace deodorant, shampoo and even toothpaste!

Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses You’ve Probably Never Thought of” offers a plethora of ideas using for baking soda with babies and throughout your house.  The book is chock full of ways to replace potentially toxic mainstream products and expensive green cleaners with simple baking soda solutions. The list below is compiled from the book’s section on caring for babies and children. 

Diaper rash treatment.  Generously dilute baking soda with water and gently sponge onto baby’s skin to neutralize the acidity of urine.

Baby bath. Skip the bubbly stuff, and add a few tablespoons of baking soda to baby’s bathwater to soften the skin.

Bath toys. If you have bath toys that are prone to mildew or mold, sprinkle them with a bit of baking soda every now and then.  It will prevent the green stuff from growing on junior’s rubber ducky.

Cradle cap treatment. Make a paste of baking soda and add a bit of baby oil.  Then gently work the mixture into baby’s scalp and carefully rinse.

Deodorizer for baby bottles and nipples. Soak baby them overnight in hot water and a half of a box baking soda.

Cleanser for baby’s room. Rather than using harsh chemicals, just mix baking soda and water to clean cribs, bassinets, and the changing table.

Diaper deodorizer. Whether you add it to your load of cloth diapers, dump it into your diaper pail, or sprinkle it into your wet bag on the go, baking soda can make cloth diapering infinitely less smelly.

Do you have another tip on how to use baking soda for baby?  Please enlighten us!

Everyone with a creative idea about reusing, recycling, or going green for less is welcome to join our Thrifty Green Thursday blog carnival.  Follow these directions carefully if you’re wondering where to begin–and don’t forget to include a link in your post back to this page.  Thanks for joining us this week at The Green Baby Guide!



  1. i actually just posted about cleaning with baking soda today. it takes odors out of fabrics you can’t wash–like couch cushions. sprinkle, let it sit, vacuum, and repeat if needed. for odors…baby and otherwise;)

  2. ok, i linked…buying toys secondhand. thanks!

  3. Great ideas I hadn’t thought of yet! I use it routinely for cleaning but hadn’t thought of in the baby’s room.

    Here is a link to excerpts of the book if you’re looking for more:,+Fun+and+Frugal+Uses+You%27Ve+Probably+Never+Thought+of#PPA49,M1

  4. I’m in awe of baking soda! I’ll have the get that book. 🙂

  5. Thanks for these tips – I’m always looking for more ways to use baking soda. I’m going to use it for cradle cap today 🙂

  6. I love using baking soda for just about everything. I’ll have to try the cradle cap treatment, since my son still has some scaly stuff on his head and the baby brush I use when he’s in the tub doesn’t seem to get it all. I love using it with the cloth diapers in the pail, and I like to think when I throw them in the wash that it helps neutralize odors when the baking soda mixes with the vinegar rinse water. Who knows if that works though.

  7. Wow, I’d like to get that book too. It’s only a penny at Amazon but then there’s always that pesky shipping charge. humph. I’m working on a post on re purposing old clothes but I’m not sure if it’s going to be done for this week’s Thrifty Thursday.

  8. I love using baking soda! Never thought of using it in the bath though – I’ll have to give that a shot tonight. And for the diaper rash too. We’ve switched over to cloth and it seems rashes start sooner because the wetness isn’t totally drawn from the skin, maybe a wipe down each change will help!!

    Thanks for the tips!

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