Uses for Baking Soda – Part 1

baking sodaWhen you’re living the life of a frugal mom you have to learn how to take advantage of every single thing you have in your home, which is exactly what I do. I know all the uses for practically everything in my home, so I’m able to save the most amount of money I possibly can. Baking soda is one of those things most people have and they have completely underestimated the power and uses for baking soda. Of course, it can be used for baking, but that’s not all it’s good for. I remember using it for baking and also keeping an open box in my refrigerator, so it could ward off odors and I felt so proud of myself for finding multiple, unintended uses for an item. That got me to thinking about what else baking soda might be capable of.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of ways you can use baking soda, but you probably didn’t even know it.

#1. Does Your Garbage Smell?

As a frugal person, you probably have a huge trash can with large trash bags, so you will save money on trash bags. The only downside to this is the fact that you have an open trash bag sitting around for extended periods of time and it can really start to stink. Just sprinkle a little bit of baking soda in the bottom of every trash bag and voila! No more stinky trash bags.

#2. Did Someone Have an Accident on the Couch?

Kids have a lot of accidents. If they’ve spilled something on the couch to make it stink, you can pour some baking soda between the couch cushions and it should get your couch smelling fresh again in a couple of days. After that, you can vacuum up the excess baking soda between the cushions.

#3. Wash Your Produce With it

I always wash our fruits and veggies before consumption, because they have pesticides on them. Add some baking soda to your water when washing produce or veggies and you’ll get them much more clean.

#4. Clean Out Clogged Drains

Did you know you can use baking soda to clean out a clogged drain? Pour some baking soda down the drain that’s clogged with a couple cups of vinegar. Let it sit there and form up for about 1/2 an hour and then flush it down with some hot water. If you have a stubborn clog, you can do it again.

#5. Garbage Disposal Stinking?

Baking soda and vinegar work very well together. Simply pour some baking soda and vinegar down the garbage disposal and it will certainly freshen things up quite a bit.

#6. Clean Your Sink with Baking Soda

I don’t know why, but I just love having a sparkling clean sink. Mix some baking soda with water and a bit of elbow grease and you’ll be able to get that shiny sink in no time.

There are far too many uses for baking soda to be covered in just one blog post. Check back tomorrow for a follow up post on even more uses for baking soda!