What not to clean with baking soda - Ceramic hob

Baking soda is a true marvel in the world of natural cleaning products. From removing mould and keeping your family safe to deodorising your cutting boards, baking soda is amazingly versatile.

However, as phenomenal as baking soda is for cleaning, it’s important to recognise its limitations. We’ll delve into ten surfaces that should remain untouched by the granular might of baking soda. Join me in this exploration to safeguard your surfaces and preserve their splendour.

In this article:

  • 1. Glass surfaces
  • 2. Aluminium pots and pans
  • 3. Ceramic hobs
  • 4. Marble and quartz surfaces 
  • 5. Wooden furniture 
  • 6. Antique silver
  • 7. Surfaces with deep grooves or cracks
  • 8. Gold-plated dishes or utensils
  • 9. Wooden floors
  • 10. Stainless steel appliances
  • Is there a way to clean baking soda residue?
  • Conclusion

1. Glass surfaces

Glass surfaces, whether we’re talking about mirrors or windows, need delicate care. Keep in mind that baking soda is abrasive. Will it scratch your glass surfaces? Absolutely. It’s less of a risk and more of a guarantee.

If you’re looking for a homemade glass cleaner, look no further than a white vinegar solution with rubbing alcohol and water.

2. Aluminium pots and pans

Everybody enjoys the shine of brand-new aluminium pots and pans. However, this gleam can be tarnished by baking soda’s prolonged touch. Baking soda causes aluminium to oxidise, which leads to an unwelcome brown hue.

If you quickly rinse the soda, you can prevent this chemical metamorphosis. But your safest bet is keeping baking soda away from your aluminium pots altogether.

3. Ceramic hobs

This one might be a little surprising. If you’re a regular reader, then you probably remember baking soda was the staple of our ceramic hob cleaning method.  So how come am I now telling you not to use baking soda on your ceramic hob?

It’s simple. If you use baking soda on your ceramic hob alone, you will scratch it. That being said, if you use it in combination with vinegar as we showed you in our guide, your ceramic hob will be absolutely fine and scratch-free.

There are many nuances in cleaning. Sometimes doing things you shouldn’t normally do can help you get amazing results. As long as you know what you’re doing.

4. Marble and quartz surfaces 

The allure of marble and quartz is undeniable, but baking soda threatens this allure by eroding the protective layer over time. Keep baking soda away from those surfaces and instead check out the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.

5. Wooden furniture 

Wooden furniture has a ton of finishes and sealants. You need to be extra careful when cleaning it because you don’t want to strip them off.

However, baking soda’s abrasive nature will remove them. It will erode sealants and compromise the essence of the piece. That expensive wooden table you bought? Baking soda can ruin it without a second thought. Look to the manufacturer for instructions on how to clean your wooden pieces.

6. Antique silver

Antique silver is a testament to bygone eras. It usually carries sentimental value so cleaning it requires a delicate touch. In our silver cleaning guide, we were very particular about not using soda on antique silver.

While baking soda swiftly removes tarnish, its abrasiveness threatens the patina. It’s best to leave cleaning antique silver to the professionals.

7. Surfaces with deep grooves or cracks

Surfaces with deep grooves or cracks create intricate patterns. But baking soda leaves behind a residue that disrupts this pattern. Opt for alternative cleaning methods to maintain the intricate detail without the dusted residue. And if that proves too much of a challenge, don’t hesitate to book our domestic cleaning services in London.

8. Gold-plated dishes or utensils

Gold-plated dishes and utensils require a delicate touch. Baking soda risks scratching and tarnishing them. Preserve the shine and smoothness of these surfaces with gentler cleaning alternatives that honour their golden legacy.

9. Wooden floors

Like wooden furniture, wooden floors are susceptible to the abrasiveness of baking soda. Use specialised wood floor cleaners to maintain the natural beauty and durability of your wooden floors.

10. Stainless steel appliances

Surprisingly, even stainless steel can sometimes succumb to the abrasive nature of baking soda. Never use baking soda in its powdery state to clean stainless steel appliances. However, you can still use it if you make it into a paste with water. Or you can use dedicated stainless steel cleaners. You can still clean your stainless steel sink with baking soda.

Is there a way to clean baking soda residue?

So, you’ve made a mistake and now that you’ve used baking soda where you shouldn’t you’re wondering if there is a way to remedy the situation? Good news is, there is.

If you’re struggling with baking soda residue for any reason, your best bet to remove is using white vinegar. The white vinegar will neutralise the soda and remove the residue.


Cleaning with baking soda requires we use our common sense. It can be used to clean a whole heap of different surfaces, but it does have its limitations.

By embracing surface-specific cleaners, we can curate a home that is clean, safe, and comfortable without extra hassle. If you find these tips useful, don’t hesitate to share them. And, as always, if you need us, we’re never more than a phone call away.

Samyx Cleaning - Branding Consultant, Author - Atanas
Author: Atanas Dzhingarov

Hi, I’m Atanas - brand consultant and writer. I’m helping Samyx Cleaning create the best cleaning company blog on the Internet. Join us on our journey and learn how to live a cleaner, healthier, happier life in the process.