• Thu, Mar 27 2008

60+ Frugal ways to use baking soda

So I promised a closer look at baking soda. It seems to be a huge resource for a lot of things. And you don’t get much cheaper than $1 for a powerful cleaning agent. So here is my list of the top uses for baking soda. Some will seem familiar as we have talked about them before.

In the Kitchen:

  1. Make a paste with water to clean up your sink that isn’t very abrasive.
  2. Stick a box in your fridge to keep the smell gone.
  3. Mix 3 tsp with hot water to soak and remove tea and coffee stains from thermos’ and tea cups.
  4. Use it on your counters to get rid of Kool-Aid stains off.
  5. Rinse your fruits and veggies with baking sod. Make sure you rinse well.
  6. Did you know it will tenderize meats?
  7. If you like fish but hate the smell, soak your fish in water and baking soda for an hour in the fridge.
  8. A pinch of baking soda added to tomato recipes can help cut down the acid in the recipe.
  9. When you make baked beans, add a pinch of baking soda to the beans to help rid them of their gas producing ability.
  10. 1/2 tsp of baking soda added to 3 eggs makes a light and fluffy omelet.
  11. Baking soda is just as good as lemon juice for getting rid of foul smells on your hands.
  12. I boil my baby bottles with baking soda to get them clean.
  13. Just as with your laundry detergent, adding baking soda to your dishwashing detergent is a great idea.
  14. Boil a little water and baking soda to get burned on food off your pots and pans.
  15. Use it to clean your oven as well.
  16. Make your own baking powder.
  17. Keep an extra box near your stove in case of a fire.
  18. Pour 1 cup of baking soda down your drain and chase it with 1c hot vinegar. 5 minutes later, chase it with 1 quart boiling water.
  19. For the naturalist in you, when you are taking the feathers off the chicken, add 1 tsp baking soda to the boiling water.
  20. Remove melted plastic bread wrappers from the toaster by using baking soda as a mild abrasive.
  21. Use it as a mild abrasive to clean those stubborn stains in your Tupperware.

In the Bathroom:

  1. Clear out slow drains.
  2. Baking soda and water rubbed on rough elbows, heels, etc will help smooth and soften. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
  3. 1/4 c baking soda and 2 cups warm water will work just as good as a clarifying shampoo.
  4. Use it as a tooth whitener.
  5. Put a box in the worst of the bathrooms (you know, the ones that the boys get hold of) to get rid of odors.
  6. Mix 1 part baking soda with 2 parts oatmeal as a facial scrub.
  7. Soak in the bath with baking soda will heal anything form poison ivy, sumac, sunburns, etc…
  8. Soak your hairbrushes with warm water and baking soda to get the oil off of them.

In the Laundry Room:

  1. Stretch your laundry detergent further.
  2. Get the smell out of your clothes.
  3. Soak cloth diapers with baking soda to get the smell and anything else that is there out.
  4. Soak oil or grease stains with baking soda and water before washing the clothes.
  5. You can also use it as a fabric softener in the rinse cycle if you use cold water.

General Cleaning:

  1. Use it with water to polish your silver.
  2. Mix it with Borax to make a great scouring powder.
  3. Put it on a wet sponge to clean crayon off a chalk board.
  4. Sprinkle it on your carpet or cloth covered furniture before you go to bed and them vacuum in the morning. Be careful not to let your kids crawl around before you vacuum.
  5. If you have pets, sprinkle baking soda where they lay and let it set for 30 minutes. Vacuum it back up.
  6. A bonus to vacuuming up baking soda is that it will help you keep your vacuum smelling better.
  7. Use it for general cleaning by adding 4 tbs to 1 q of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and wipe clean.
  8. Mix it with salt as a great soap scum cleaner.
  9. Freshen up stuffed animals by rubbing them with Baking soda and then let them sit for a while. Shake them off and you are good to go!
  10. Mix it with a little water as a great chrome cleaner.
  11. Wash your garbage cans with baking soda.
  12. Clean grease off the garage floor.
  13. To maintain good drains, pour 4 tbs baking soda down each drain each week and chase it with hot water.
  14. Soak your shower curtains with a baking soda/water solution to keep mildew away.
  15. Take a soft brush and baking soda to canvas bags to clean them.
  16. Take those stubborn black streaks off your RV or car with a little baking soda and a damp cloth.
  17. Baking soda works well to clean your fish tank.  Just make sure you rinse it really well.

General Household:

  1. Fill a pair of old socks with baking soda and place it in odorous shoes or your kid’s closet.
  2. Put a sock in your car for when your sweaty football players come home.
  3. Wipe water stains off your wooden furniture with baking soda and toothpaste.
  4. I put baking soda in my diaper pail to help with odors.
  5. Karen puts baking soda in the bottom of her litter box.
  6. Clean corroded battery terminals with baking soda and water.
  7. Put out small fires out by smothering it with baking soda.
  8. Fill in nail holes in drywall with toothpaste and baking soda. Let it dry completely.
  9. Mix slat and baking soda equally and sprinkle it where you see ants coming in to keep them from liking your home.
  10. Need to determine if your soil is acidic for planting? Mix 1.4 c baking soda and 2 c water. Place 1 c soil. If the mixture foams, your soil is acidic.
  11. Play Clay recipe: 1 1/4c water, 2 c baking soda, 1 c cornstarch.
  12. Repel water from your windshield by heavily coating a damp cloth and wipe the windows inside and out.
  13. Clean your jewelry with a baking soda paste and toothbrush. Silver does best but gold will work well too. Be careful with the gems themselves as some are soft and a toothbrush will scratch it.

General Health Ideas:

  1. Mix baking soda and a glass of water for an antacid.
  2. Gargle baking soda water to help with ulcers.
  3. Put it on insect bites to take the sting out.
  4. Use 1/2 tsp in a half glass of water as a mouthwash.
  5. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water to take care of zits.
  6. Remove splinters by putting moistened baking soda on the band-aid over night.  The splinter should be easily removed in the morning.
  7. A thick baking soda/water paste poured on a burn and wrapped in gauze will help the healing process and prevent scarring.

Hope you liked the list.  I have learned a lot.  I’m sure there was a surprise or two in there for you too.

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