I’m all about cutting things out of the budget! One of the things we have been able to cut and starting making at home has been our own cleaning supplies and baking soda has been one of our key players. Not only is it better on our budget but it is also less toxic for the environment!
Here are 10 different ways you can use this cheap, effective item!
- Kitchen sink scrub: sprinkle baking soda in your kitchen sink and slowly pour vinegar to make it bubble and break down all the grime. Scrub with a clean, wet rag in a circular motion then rinse clean! Once a month I do the same thing but swap out the vinegar for Castile soap! This can also be used on tubs and tile.
- Drain cleaner: Pour baking soda down the drain, add a few drops of citrus essential oil OR an citrus rind and add vinegar let bubble for 5-10 minutes then rinse with HOT water. If you used a citrus rind make sure to run your disposal.
- Dish washing helper: Add baking soda to your dishwasher before you run the cycle to help cut down on grease and grime.
- Room refresher: if you want a more non-toxic way to freshen up a room add 1/4 cup of baking soda and 2-3 drops of essential oil to a container with holes in the top, small mason jar with holes poked in the lid works great. When the room is in need shake the baking soda around in the jar. This is a slight but effective way to refresh the room.
- Carpet freshener: Shake baking soda all over your carpet let sit for 10 minutes then vacuum up.
- Toilet cleaner: sprinkle baking soda in the toilet bowl, you can add tea tree oil if you have it but it’s not necessary, add enough vinegar to start filling the bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes or so then give a quick scrub with a toilet brush flush and your done! For tough toilet bowl rings I throw on some gloves and scrub the ring with a pumice stone.
- Mattress refresh: remove all bedding and sprinkle baking soda over mattress- let sit for 20 min and then vacuum off. If you want a little added bonus add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the baking soda.
- Skin Exfoliant: 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water, massage into skin in circular motions and rinse off.
- Salve: Create a paste using baking soda and water apply to insect bites for relief.
- Deodorize refrigerators, closets and trash cans: Kick that musty smell to the curb- place an open box or a dish of baking soda in the closet or refrigerator that needs it. Sprinkle a little (about a tablespoon) at the bottom of your trash can. Change it out every couple months.
I am sure there are a million different ways you can use this wonder product. How do you use it in your home? Leave a comment below to share with the rest of us!