Cleaning productsThere's nothing I love more than a trip to the store to splurge on all things home. Whether it's a new organizer for my desk or a fresh pair of curtains to brighten up my living room, sprucing things up is a definite mood-booster. My guilty pleasure, though? Cleaning products. I know, it's lame -- but it's always fun to try out new brands and stock up. And the fresh smells?! I love.

With that said, cleaning products can certainly get expensive. By the time I've grabbed everything I need to tidy up my bathroom -- it's not completely out of the question to be $50 in the hole. Which is what brings me to my latest quick fix: Good 'ol baking soda.

But really, it's shocking how many different ways us normal folk can use a can of Arm & Hammer to clean surfaces in every room of the home. Check out these 5 surprising ways baking soda can clean your home:

1. Scrubbing counter and stove tops: Sprinkling baking soda onto a damp sponge can help clean surfaces without scratching.

2. Cleaning pots & pans: I discovered this method as a fluke one day after buying a "can" of baking soda instead of the box. Thinking it was my powdered dish soap, I poured it into a pot with some grime in the lower corner and let it soak. Coming back 15 minutes later, I realized my mistake and was dumbfounded at how well it worked.

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3. Polishing silver: Make a paste out of the baking soda using three parts baking soda to one part water. Then rub onto silver using a clean cloth, rinse thoroughly, and dry with a dish towel.

4. As a Comet substitute: I find that baking soda does a great job deodorizing surfaces in my bathroom. Using it in my bathtub helps scrub away soap scum easily.

5. Shining floors: Instead of a crazy pricey cleaner, opt for about a 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bucket of warm water, then mop your floors.

Have you ever used baking soda to clean your home? Do you find it works just as well as other major cleaning products?

 

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