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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Frugal Uses For Baking Soda

***This is an old post moved here from my old blog.*** 

    Let's Talk Baking Soda!

    Baking soda is not just for baking! It is very inexpensive and very versatile, as well. Here are some things you can do with baking soda:
    Photo courtesy of
    Arm & Hammer Website
  • Refresh your carpets. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda onto your carpet and let it sit for about 15 minutes, then vacuum it up.
  • Clean surfaces. Sprinkle baking soda onto counters and stove tops, then wipe with a damp sponge, then rinse.
  • Remove Grease spills. Sprinkle the grease spill with baking soda, then wipe with a warm, damp cloth.
  • Remove Scuff Marks from floors. Use baking soda and a damp cloth to rub away scuff marks.
  • Clean crayon off of walls. Use a damp sponge and baking soda to scrub away crayon marks on walls.
  • Clean showers and tubs. Use baking soda, warm water, and a sponge or scrub brush to clean showers and tubs.
  • Enhance your laundry detergent. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry with the detergent to leave your clothes fresher and cleaner.
  • Pre-treat laundry grease stains. Use a paste made from baking soda and water to pre-treat grease stains.
  • Clean your oven. Sprinkle baking soda over your oven, spray it with water, then let it sit overnight. The next day, scrub and wipe out the baking soda with a damp sponge.
  • Clean fresh fruits and vegetables. Scrub with baking soda and rinse with water.
  • Put out fires. Keep baking soda in reach in the kitchen to quickly extinguish grease or electrical fires.
  • Deodorize. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your garbage can, diaper pail, laundry hamper, or pet litter box with each change.
  • Brighten your teeth. Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on your toothbrush every time you brush for whiter teeth.
  • Facial or body scrub. Make a paste of baking soda and water to use as a gentle facial or body scrub.
  • Bath soak. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath for a skin softening, soothing soak.
  • Foot soak. Add a few tablespoons of baking soda to a tub of warm water for a relaxing foot soak.
  • Bug bites and stings. Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to bug bites and stings to take away the itch and sting.
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    What other frugal uses do you have for baking soda?


  1. Thank you for following my blog - I follow you now via GFC. Looking forward to your posts!
    Linda Nortje

  2. Baking soda is great! Growing up, we always used baking soda on canker sores and bee stings. Thanks for sharing! :-)

    1. I used it on bee stings, growing up, too. Another thing we'd use on bee stings was wet tobacco... I always thought that was weird and smelly... I preferred the baking soda! lol :-)

  3. I had no idea that it could take crayon off of walls! My kids enjoy combining it with vinegar for homemade volcanoes.

    1. My kids like the volcanoes, too! Taking crayon off of walls with it takes a little elbow grease, but it WORKS! :-) Some of the baking soda might spill on the floor when doing this, just make sure it dries before you vacuum it up. (I kinda killed a vacuum cleaner by vacuuming up wet baking soda a loooong time ago. I was trying to get a stain out of the carpet... lesson learned! lol)

  4. This makes me want to go buy one of the huge boxes of baking soda from Costco and go to town on my house (not to mention all the other great uses). Yep, I think I need to make a trip to Costco. Great post!

    1. Thanks! ...any reason to go to Costco, right? lol
      (I love shopping there!)


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