Thursday, October 09, 2008

Amazing Baking Soda

My two favorite cleaners around the house are baking soda and vinegar. As of right now (prices keep hiking here for everything) both items are pretty cheap. The best part about baking soda and vinegar is that they are natural products and aren't going to kill your pets or children. Below are my favorite ways to use baking soda.

  • Sprinkle baking soda on your stove top and add a small amount of hot water (I squeeze a bit out of a wash cloth) to create a paste. Scrub with a soft cloth and rinse. Don't worry if you don't get it all rinsed off perfectly; the bits of soda will dry into a powder that can be brushed off.
  • Keep an opened box of baking soda in your refrigerator and another one in the freezer to absorb odors. After a couple of months, replace the boxes with fresh ones. Pour the old soda down the kitchen drain and rinse with water to keep the drain smelling fresher. Also, pour a box down the bathroom drains to do the same thing.
  • Use baking soda to clean your toilet, bathroom sink, and bathtub. Make a paste of soda and hot water (add a tsp. of lemon juice if desired) and scrub the fixtures. Rinse thoroughly.
  • I make my own powdered laundry soap with 1 box Borax, 1 box Super Washing Soda, and 1 bar of grated Fels Naptha laundry bar. When I want to boost my laundry with softer water, I add a half cup of baking soda to the load. You can add soda to any detergent for fresher, cleaner smelling clothes.
  • Sprinkle baking soda sparingly on carpets before vacuuming for a fresher smelling carpet. This is especially great if you have pets (or children!) in the house. A word of warning: sweeping powders with your vacuum too often can burst the bag or clog the filter.
  • This isn't a cleaning project, but I like to make my own baking powder with 1/2 tsp. baking soda and 1/4 tsp. cream of tarter. This is equal to 1 tsp. baking powder, but there is no aluminum in it.


Rebecca said...

I am always amazed by baking soda and its myriad uses. I don't keep boxes in my refrigerator and freezer and don't seem to have problems with smells. I'm wondering, though: after you take it out of the fridge, couldn't you still use it for cleaning rather than throwing it down the drain? I know that it cleans the drain, but it seems like you could still get a little more mileage out of it. Hm.

Thanks for joining us for Thrifty Green Thursday!

Rita T. said...

You're right. Baking soda that was kept in the fridge could certainly be used for cleaning. I'd be sure to keep it in a different storage space than what I use for cooking though.

Joy said...

Honestly my enthusiasm for baking soda is a bit hard to contain! I have a few upcoming posts on it's many uses. It's just so darn cheap, versatile, and effective. Thanks for being a part of our TGT!

FromThe Creek said...

Awww...baking soda the homemakers miracle worker! This is why I buy the 3 lb. boxes at Wal-mart LOL.

Gray Matters said...

It really is such a versatile product - love finding new uses for it.