Frugal Uses for Baking Soda
We all have heard that you should have an open container of baking soda in your fridge and freezer to absorb odors. But did you realize there are many more uses that make baking soda one of the most frugal tools you can keep on hand? Its true! I had no idea how many practical uses there were for baking soda until I started trying some of them out for myself.
Here are a few of my favorite Frugal Uses for Baking Soda:
- Sprinkle baking soda on an icy spot on your driveway or sidewalk. It is a non-toxic alternative to expensive de-icers.
- Add to your washing machine to help clean and make your clothes smell fresher. This is an especially great way to get the stink out of your towels and wash cloths! Tip: Wash your towels on hot with 1 cup of Vinegar plus detergent. Run your towels through the wash again – this time with 1/2 cup of baking soda. Dry as normal.
- Sprinkle on your carpet to absorb odors. Let sit for 20 or 30 minutes and then vacuum as normal.
- Use as toothpaste. Baking soda will whiten your teeth naturally. Put a small amount in the palm of your hand. Get your toothbrush wet and dip it into the baking soda and brush as normal. Baking soda is fairly abrasive, so you probably don’t want to do it on a regular basis, but you can use it in a pinch when you are out of toothpaste or want to whiten up your teeth.
- Sprinkle on your cutting boards or counter tops for a deep clean. After you let it sit for awhile, take a cut lemon and scrub. Not only will it brighten up your counters, it will clean them very well.
- Sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of the litter box to keep it smelling fresh.
- Get burnt on food off quickly with baking soda. Place the pot on the stove add a few shakes of baking soda and cover the bottom of the pan with water. Turn on and let simmer for a few minutes. The burnt on food should come right off, but if it is really bad you might have to repeat it to get rid of it all.
- Unclog your drains with baking soda and vinegar. Sprinkle ½ cup of baking soda down the drain and follow with ½ cup of vinegar. Let sit for 30 minutes and the clog should be gone. Pour boiling water down the drain to finish clearing it out.
- You can clean toilets the same way. Pour ½ cup baking soda and a cup of vinegar into the toilet. It will bubble up and eat away at the grime. Scrubbing should be fairly easy after it sits for a few minutes. You will have a shiny toilet and your pipes will run smoother as well.
- Make a paste of baking soda and water to clean tile grout. A toothbrush works very well for this. I would test a small area to start.
- You can substitute baking soda for baking powder in a pinch. Baking soda is a great leavening product. I usually use half what the recipe calls for baking powder and get great results.
- Baking soda will soothe irritated skin when you add a few sprinkles to your bath water.
- If your car leaks oil, you can sprinkle baking soda on the oil stains and it will soak it up as well as cat litter or sand – and it is much cheaper.
- Keep baking soda by your stove and if you have a small grease fire baking soda will put it out quickly.
- Baking soda will help reduce heartburn too. Add a teaspoon to a small glass of water and drink.
As you can see, baking soda is a great, all purpose product to have in your home! What frugal uses for Baking Soda do you have?
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