Baking soda is one of those products I think must be made from the tears of unicorns. I mean, honestly, have you ever seen a product that can do so many things from one little box?
According to science, baking soda is really sodium bicarbonate. However, in my opinion, there is something magical about this humble product. You can use it in baking to make light and fluffy cupcakes or chewy cookies. Then you can turn around and use the same box to sprinkle into the pot where you burned rice during supper preparations (learn here how to take away the scorched taste) and BAM – cleaner than when you bought it new!
Check out these amazing baking soda tips. Some are new, some are old, but all are great and can save you money by replacing a product or saving you from buying something new! You can give them a try and see if you agree with me about this miracle product!
16 FANTASTIC BAKING SODA TIPS TO SAVE YOU MONEY
Save money on mouthwash.
You don’t need expensive mouthwash to have fresh breath. Simply mix 1 cup of water with ½ teaspoon of baking soda and ½ teaspoon of salt. Do a quick gargle and you’ll be surprised how fresh your breath will be!
Make your hairbrush new again.
If your hairbrush has seen better days, all you have to do is drop it in a solution of 1 quart hot water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda mixed in and dissolved. Leave them for an hour and then rinse and let dry. The brushes will be perfect!
The perfect baby gift.
I know what you’re thinking – seriously? But throw in a box of baking soda with your next baby shower gift and attach a card that states “When your baby spits up, sprinkle baking soda on the spot to stop the odor and absorb the spill before it sets and keep clothes from getting stained.”
Easy breezy stain remover.
If you like to clean your house with all natural ingredients, baking soda is the perfect choice for a cleanser instead of scouring powder. It is very gentle, and you can use it to get stains out of counter tops, tile and even on kitchen appliances.
Snuff out scuffs.
To remove scuff marks left on your floor by dark soled shoes, rub some baking soda into the spot with a wet rag. The scuffs will disappear.
Pretty up the paint.
If you have scuff marks from furniture, or pencil, ink or crayon marks on your paint, don’t break out the paint brushes yet. Sprinkle the baking soda on a damp sponge, rub the spots away, then rinse. The wall will look great again!
A better mousetrap.
To keep the mice away so the cats – and kids! – can play, sprinkle baking soda around their hiding spots (or places where they sneak in, and around food storage too). The mice will stay away and you’ll rest easier. You can vacuum it easily and replace as needed.
Shiny new sheets.
Are you sheets looking a little dingy and yellowed? Run warm water in your washer and add in one cup of salt and one cup of baking soda. Let soak for 30 to 45 minutes, then rinse and wash as normal. The sheets will be brighter than ever.
Don’t you hate when homemade cake frosting cracks while you’re decorating a cake? Add a pinch of soda while mixing the frosting, and you’ll have smooth as silk icing on the cake.
Shiny white shoes.
If your white shoes, or sneakers, are looking old because of scuff marks, give them new life. Rub a little baking soda on the spots and the marks will disappear.
No print newsprint.
If you’ve ever had a newspaper bleed on to a surface when it has gotten wet, you know the stains it can leave behind. But now all you have to do is use baking soda and some water to make a paste and rub it gently over the newsprint stain. The stain will come up with ease.
Make your appliances clean and neat.
If you’ve ever used your food processor or blender, but haven’t washed the bowls right away, you know how easy it is for food particles to get stuck in the bowl or on the blades. No problem, Just blend 1 cup warm water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda for 20 to 30 seconds. Rinse and wash – no more stuck on food!
Wash your carpets.
Well, not literally, But if you mix equal parts of cornstarch and baking soda and sprinkle over your carpet before bed, you can vacuum up the powder – and the smells – the next day for sweeter smelling carpets.
Very nice vacuum cleaner.
Sprinkle baking soda into your vacuum bag, or the bag less canister, to have a fresh smelling vacuum.
Oil stains be gone.
If you have oil stains on your driveway, but want them gone gone gone – just liberally sprinkle soda on the stain and scrub with brush and hot water. The baking soda breaks the oil apart, and with some elbow grease, your driveway will be oil free.
Yuck-less clean up.
If you have kids, you will eventually have vomit. To keep the mess to a minimum, and have easier clean up, cover the mess with baking soda as soon as possible. This helps soak up some of the mess and makes the whole thing easier to grab and clean with paper towels.
Hopefully you can use these baking soda tips, along with a few other great tips I shared previously. I love printing things like this off and I have a notebook I keep them in for quick and easy reference (and also because I tend to lose things!).
How many of these amazing tips were new to you? Do you have a favorite baking soda tip I didn’t share? Leave it below in the comments or share it with me on my Facebook Page at My Greener Way. I would love to hear how you use baking soda!
Until next time