10 Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda

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The steps to living a “cleaner” and “greener” life seem monumental when you’re just beginning. I remember after I started reading a few books on the subject, my head was spinning. I kept wondering what to tackle first, trying to make it work within my budget, trying to stay sane.

What I found was that changing over the cleaners we use in our home first, made the most sense. Not only for the air quality in our house, but also because it began saving me money immediately which left me money to save for the changes that would cost me more. I began to find “recipes” using common kitchen ingredients that helped me keep my home clean, one of which was baking soda. That little used box in the back of the cupboard came out of hibernation and has been a help in my cleaning box ever since.

10 Ways to use Baking Soda

  1. Sprinkle in the bottom of greasy or dirty pans, spray on a few squirts of vinegar, soak for a couple of minutes, and apply a little elbow grease. Safe for scrubbing all sorts of pans
  2. Use it to clean your showers and sinks. Sprinkle in and scrub away! Can also use a bit of vinegar for those extra tough spots.
  3. Deodorizes those disposable diaper pails – just place some in the bottom of the pail, replace as necessary.
  4. Also deodorizes cloth diapers when you add 1/2 cup to the 1st rinse cycle. Always do a second rinse.
  5. Keeps the carpets smelling fresh. You can even add a few drops of essential oil to give your home a wonderful scent.  If you’re freshening up after a mess, let the carpet dry, sprinkle it in and let sit for a few minutes. Vacuum away.
  6. You can also use it to clean toys and baby equipment. Just put a bit on a wet sponge and wipe everything down. Rinse it off with another damp towel or put it in the sink and rinse.
  7. You can give stuffed animals a dry bath by sprinkling with baking soda, let set for 15 minutes and brush off.
  8. Use it to put out fires on the stove top. (of course use your head – if it’s too bad call 911)
  9. You can even use it to clean off fruits and veggies. Sprinkle on , wipe, and rinse or fill a sink with water and a bit of baking soda, soak momentarily, and rinse.
  10. A half a cup mixed into warm water makes a great floor cleaner.

 

Do you use baking soda other than in baked goods?



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Donielle is a natural momma of two, lover of real foods, and owner and editor of Grand Rapids Natural Living and Naturally Knocked Up. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up some nourishing foods, cuddled on the couch reading books to the littles, avoiding the laundry and Mt. Saint Dishes, or tapping away on the laptop. Her husband puts up with her sometimes crazy "hippie" ways, but loves her regardless. Welcome to my home away from home.

Comments

  1. For the carpet one, which I do every time I vacuum, you can also add some cinnamon to it or a few drops of essential oils (let dry before using!!). I use the cinnamon and so it leaves a nice mild smell and the cinnamon kills some of the germs in your carpet. :)

  2. Lisa Sharp says:

    Forgot.. if you use Florida’s Crystals Organic Sugar the container is great for baking soda as well. Thanks for posting these tips.

  3. I have used BS for cloth diapers and it’s true…works great. I acutally bought the soda wash for $1.99 a box BUT I had to use regular BS in a pinch and it’s the same result (just have to be srue not to dunp it directly on the clothes or it sometimes clumps!)

  4. Donielle says:

    I’ll have to try the cinnamon sometime.
    And good to know how to use the BS for diapers as someone who has been considering buying them.

    Thanks for the extra tips!

  5. Sharon J says:

    I’ve saved bundles of money since I started using baking soda (or Bicarb as we call it here in the UK), vinegar, soap flakes and soda crystals. Just four things and I can clean just about anything at a fraction of the cost of all those cleaning agents I used before. And the cupboard below the sink’s a lot tidier, too :)

    Love the blog – shall definitely be visiting again.

  6. BarbaraLee says:

    I’ll sprinkle baking soda on the mattress before putting the sheets on.

  7. I love using a tspn in a cup of water in replacement for shampoo. LOVE IT!

  8. Shannon says:

    I swiped an empty parmesan cheese container from a friend and fill it with baking soda and a few drops of essential oil. Makes sprinkling easier and smells nice too ;o)

  9. Wonderful tips. As a mom who is always trying to go organic and is on the lookout for safe ways to clean up, I also use BS all over. I even use it to freshen up my toddler’s shoes, as they tend to smell pretty badly. I also read somewhere that vinegar can kill up to 95% of mildew, making it a great choice for bathtubs and shower curtains.
    I’m glad to know that more and more moms are concerned about the environment they live in.
    thanks for this great site. Will definitely come back :)