Simply Healthy Family: Baking Soda: A Girl's Best Friend


Baking Soda: A Girl's Best Friend

My super frugal secret to a fresh and clean home using zero harmful chemicals?

Baking Soda!

I've been using baking soda for so long and for so many things that I really thought it was irresponsible not to share all of the many uses with you. I am still finding new ways to utilize this frugal and completely natural wonder. Most of you probably already know that you can stick an open box of baking soda in the fridge to absorb odors and scrub away burnt on food from pans, but did you know all of these other cleaning and deodorizing secrets? Have any others you'd like to share? Id love to hear them!

I buy a huge bag of baking soda at Costco (also at Walmart) which is even cheaper than buying it by the small box full.

Deodorizing your linen closet

Place an open box of baking soda alongside your stacks of
sheets and towels to stave off mustiness.

Carpet Deodorizer

To absorb stale odors from carpet (and to generally freshen up a room), scatter soda on it, wait a few hours, then vacuum up the powder.

Drain Unclogging!

To get your drain running again (without resorting to chemicals worthy of a hazmat suit) pour ½ cup soda, then ½ cup vinegar, down a clogged drain. Cover it with a wet cloth, wait 5 minutes, uncover,
and flush with steaming-hot water.

Sink Cleaner

This works fabulously! Along with citrus, baking soda cleans even the toughest
stains and build ups in your sinks. I have stainless steel kitchen sinks and
I've never seen them so bright ans sparkling after I sprinkle on baking soda then spray with bottled lemon juice and gently scrub.

Removes crayon and ink.

Sprinkle it on a damp sponge to erase crayon, pencil, and ink from
painted surfaces.

Removes soap scum and built up dirt on bath tubs & showers.

 Create a paste mad up of equal parts baking soda and cream of tartar and a little lemon juice. Let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.

Natural Silver Polish

 Wash items, then place on aluminum foil in the bottom of a pot. Add a baking-soda solution (¼ cup soda, a few teaspoons salt, 1 quart boiling water)
and cover for a few seconds. The result?
A chemical reaction that gets the black off the gravy boat.

Photos via Real Simple


  1. Meghan Cole1/15/2012

    I love to use baking soda to clean my oven, but I'd never thought to use it on the tub. Thanks for the great ideas!

  2. Oh Yes! I forgot about cleaning the oven!

  3. Jasiheartredwine1/16/2012

    I use baking soda on a regular basis too! Also- in the bath it leaves your skin silky smooth. :)

  4. What a fantastic list...I am going to have to try the silver polish one, wow!

  5. I sprinkle some in my pots that have baked on sauce or soup, add a bit of hot water and swish around. Let sit for a couple minutes (or leave it to the side as you wash the rest of your dishes) and scrub. The gunk comes off easy!

    Especially useful for muffin tins that you use cooking spray on. They get tacky sticky after a while and this really gets the sticky off.

    I also add some to leftover tubs that have been forgotten by DH in his locker at work to help get rid of the smells.


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