Pinbusters – The Magic of Baking Soda

Have you ever wondered if the stuff people post on Pinterest is true? Well I have, and I test them all so that you don’t have to, ’cause ain’t nobody got time for that.  Click here to check out all of the pins I haven taken on. You might be surprised by some of the results!

This post is a two for one. You’re welcome.

The two pins I tested were cleaning your glass stovetop with baking soda, and cleaning your old, gross pans or cookie sheets with baking soda and peroxide. As luck would have it, I had a disgusting glass stovetop



AND an old, gross pan circa 1998.


The instructions for the glass cooktop are pretty simple. Soak a cloth (I used a dishtowel) in hot, soapy water.


Sprinkle baking soda on your “problem areas,” which for me, was, well …


Makin’ it rain snow.

Then you wring out your wet rag, place it on top, and let it sit for awhile.


While I waited, I tackled the old pan. I mixed baking soda and peroxide into a paste, and then I started scrubbing. And scrubbing. And scrubbing. It definitely worked, but it required a lot of elbow grease.

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You can see the improvement, but no miracles were performed. Plus I’ll tell you a little secret: I didn’t bother to scrub the rest of the pan. I dried it off and put it away just like that.

By now it was time to address the stovetop. Again, this process required a lot of hard scrubbing too. The baking soda worked well to remove the spots that were really baked on, but it also created hundreds of little balls of baking soda that were time consuming to gather up.

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It worked to clean the glass, though, and I am now the proud owner of this:

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I will say this: I have a product for cleaning the glass stovetop (Cerama Bryte Cooktop Cleaner), and it comes with a little red scrubby thing, and it works equally well. So there’s that.

I wish other people would test out cleaning and home improvement pins … at my house.

6 thoughts on “Pinbusters – The Magic of Baking Soda

  1. Did I tell you I tried this too? I wasn’t super impressed either. Did you do the baking soda on the teeth thing? A dentist that sat next to me on a flight said that it doesn’t work, so now I’m wondering.

    • No, you didn’t. You should guest write Pinbusters posts! I was skeptical of the baking soda thing too, but wasn’t willing to risk my own teeth to try it out 😉

      • I use baking soda and peroxide on my teeth 1-2x a week. I’ve actually noticed a difference in the color after the first few uses. You just can’t use it everyday because peroxide can be harsh on your gums. Just mix a table spoon of baking soda with enough peroxide to make a paste and brush with it. It tastes horrible, but it works.

  2. In the 80’s when I was a pre teen and teen, I used baking soda every time I brushed my teeth. We just never had regular toothpaste. Anyway, now in early 40’s and I have no cavities and strong teeth. I don’t know the pin you reference, but can only say I had good results with it.

  3. With the baking soda and peroxide on the pan try letting it sit for an hour or so before scrubbing. It will still need some elbow grease but less. It is the only thing I have found to get the really stuck on mess from the bottom of my pots. My husband once overflowed the pot he was using to deep fry and it made a huge mess. He cleaned the kitchen I cleaned the pan and it all came off with baking soda and peroxide.

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