20 Ways to Save Lots of Money with Just Baking Soda

When you go grocery shopping, how much money do you spend every month on cleaning supplies and other toxic over the counter medicines that you don’t need?  Did you know that you can save a ton of money and virtually eliminate the need for nearly all of these expensive and toxic chemicals simply by replacing them with baking soda.  It may seem too good to be true as the criminal corporations that manufacture these chemical products have spend massive amounts of money on advertising campaigns and other propaganda to convince us that their toxic chemicals are a necessity.  The truth of the matter is that you can clean the majority of your house and some common ailments just with baking soda and a little water.  And if you really wanna go nuts with natural cleaning, buy a big jug of white vinegar.  There will be practically nothing you can’t clean.  Here are 20 ways that you can save money with just baking soda and a little water.

In the Kitchen

1. As a deodorizer.  Baking soda works great for absorbing unpleasant odors.  Keep a small container of baking soda in your refrigerator, freezer, or cupboard to prevent foul odors.  Just remember to replace the box every few months.  Baking odor is also great for eliminating garbage can odor.  Just sprinkle some in the bottom, then sprinkle some more when you put in a trash bag.

2. As a fire extinguisher in a box.  Keep some handy near the kitchen stove in a large box or in a more aesthetically pleasing jar, canister, or other container.  In the event of a grease or electrical fire, toss a few handfuls of baking soda on the base of a flare-up.  Water won’t stop an electrical fire and will make a grease fire worse, but baking soda will put the fire out.

3. Clean floors.  Baking soda will effectively remove dirt, grime, grease spills and scuff marks from the floor.  Just sprinkle some baking soda and wipe it up with a hot, damp rag.  For tough stains, let the baking soda soak overnight before scrubbing.

4. For filthy, stained, pots and pans.  Add some baking soda and hot water.  Let it soak overnight.  The grime will scrub off surprising easy.  I’ve done this before on a filthily skillet and it literally looked like new.  None of the commercial products I tried even came close to working this good.

5.  Sponge Sanitizer. Get sponges and dish rags clean and make them last longer by soaking them overnight in a mixture of water and 1/4 cup vinegar.

6. Microwave cleaner.  Use 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart of warm water to wipe clean the inside of your microwave oven.

7. Oven cleaner.  Sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of the oven.  Dampen the baking soda by spraying it with water.  Let it sit overnight.  Scrub the oven and remove the grime with a sponge.  Then, rinse.

8.  Kitchen counters.  Restore kitchen counters by sprinkling some baking soda, and scrubbing with a damp sponge or rag.  For stains, make a baking soda paste with 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing.  This also works for cutting boards, refrigerators, oven tops, sinks, and more.

9.  Cleaning fruits and vegetables.  Baking soda is a nice, safe way to get dirt and residue off of your fresh produce.  Simple sprinkle a little baking soda on a clean, damp sponge, then scrub and rinse.

In the Bathroom.

10  Clean brushes and combs.  Soak combs and brushes in a container of of 1 teaspoon of baking soda and warm water.  This will remove residue from hair products and hair residue.

11.  Toilet cleaner.  Liberally sprinkle baking soda into the toilet bowl and scrub with a toilet brush.  Let it sit for 5 minutes before flushing to get the best results.

12.  Shower curtain cleaner.  Baking soda is good for cleaning dirty or mildewed plastic shower curtains. Sprinkle the baking soda directly on a clean, damp rag, sponge, or brush.  Scrub the shower curtains and rinse them clean.  Hang them up to dry.

13.  Stain remover.  Baking soda will remove tough stains from almost any surface.  Make a baking soda paste by combining 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water.  Apply to the stained area, let it stand for a few minutes, and wipe clean.

14.  Unclog drains.  Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain.  Rinse thoroughly with hot water.  For more severely clogged drains, also pour 1/2 cup of white vinegar down the drain.  It’ll start fizzing so cover the drain tightly, to allow the chemical reaction to unclog the drain.  Then flush the drain thoroughly with hot water.  It really works and it’s a lot cheaper than the name brand chemical drain opener.

Medicinal uses.

15.  As an antacid.  1 tablespoon of baking soda mixed with a small glass of water is a very effective and save way to cure acid acid reflux.  I’ve bought every antacid on the market and this works better than any of them.  This alone will save you a lot of money and it’s better for your health.

16.  Insect bites.  To treat insect bites, make a paste out of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water.  Apply it to the affected area.

17.  Itchy skin.  After showering and before drying yourself, sprinkle some baking soda into one hand and rub it into your skin.

Other household uses

18.  Window cleaner.  Make the filthiest windows shine by using a wet sponge sprinkled with a little baking soda.  Rinse the windows with a clean sponge, then dry.

Other uses

19.  Car cleaner.  Baking soda works well for cleaning car lights, windows, tires, chrome, and floor mats.  Combine 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water.  Apply the solution with a sponge or soft rag to get rid of grime, bugs, and other impurities.

20.  Septic tank care,  If you use baking soda on a regular basis in your drains, it can help keep the septic tank flowing freely.  Using 1 cup of baking soda each week will also maintain proper septic tank pH levels .

This is a very incomplete list of the ways that you can save money on your grocery bill by incorporating a little baking soda into your every day life.  I know I missed a bunch of stuff, so please share any tips or suggestions you have in the comments.  Together, we could probably add 100 more items to the list.

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