Monday, April 29, 2013

10 Great Uses for Baking Soda

Before having children, I probably single-handedly kept many cleaning product companies in business. Under my sinks, there were products to scrub the tubs, the toilets, and the sinks. I had separate cleaning products for the floors and the windows and enough bleach to kill any germ that dared to enter my home.

After I got pregnant, I started thinking about all the toxins contained in my various cleaning sprays and powders.  The more I researched it, the more worried I became about what I was doing to our health (and the environment) in my efforts to keep my home clean.  So, I began finding all the products to help me naturally clean my home, and you know what?  It saved me a TON of money.  In addition to my homemade laundry detergent, I began making other homemade cleaners that not only kept things clean, but were also safer for myself and the little ones in my home!

One of my favorite (and surprisingly cheap) cleaners is baking soda.  There are so many great uses for baking soda, especially when you have small children in the house:

1.  Remove crayon and other marks from furniture and walls - This is by far one of my favorite uses for baking soda.  You can easily remove marks by sprinkling on some baking soda and rubbing gently with a damp sponge.  Be sure to test it out first on walls to make sure that you don't remove the paint.

2.  Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry to make your liquid laundry detergent work harder.  This helps to freshen and brighten clothes.

3.  Place an open box of baking soda in the fridge to neutralize odors.

4.  Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your trash can or diaper pail to help keep those stinky smells at bay.

5.  Use baking soda as a carpet cleaner and freshener.  Sprinkle it on and let sit overnight before vacuuming up.  Baking soda can also help to soak up and remove odors from any pet accidents.

6.  Freshen stuffed animals by sprinkling with baking soda.  Let them sit for 15 minutes and then brush off the baking soda.

7.  Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup vinegar to make an amazing grout cleaner.  Rub on with a toothbrush, let sit for 5 minutes, and then scrub and rinse completely.

8.  Clean baby toys by mixing 4 Tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water.  Rinse well.

9.  Put 2 Tablespoons of baking soda in your baby's bath water to help relieve diaper rash.

10.  Sprinkle baking soda in those stinky sports cleats and shoes to eliminate odors.

There are so many great uses for this frugal little cleaner.  What other ways do you use baking soda in your home?

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