5 Easy Ways to Clean the House With Baking Soda

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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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Shaunm Shaunm

Interesting. The best part of it is that baking soda is not as harmful as those super chemically loaded cleaning products.

insei... inseineangel

Thanks for the tips! I'm always looking for safe alternative cleaners, especially since I had my daughter. I've experimented with baking soda as a toothpaste and shampoo alternative (it's so much better for your hair than shampoo), but not really as a household cleaner. I'll definitely be trying it out now!

nonmember avatar coder

baking soda also takes out vomit smell from laundry - toss some in with the detergent (I used a half a box - which might be overzealous - but it's cheap and I wanted the smell OUT).

nonmember avatar Jamie

It seriously dries out your hands though. I like to slather mine in coconut oil before cleaning anything with baking soda.

joean... joeannaanthony

Every post above has something new to add.Thanx all... Its interesting,  I've used Washing soda thou for whitening clothes and its given me amazing results... I am definitely going to make use of baking soda as an alternative. 

carole76 carole76

Love baking soda, I use it on my tub and to clean my oven.  I also used it in place of tums, when I was prego. You can also make a paste, and place on a bug bite, sting.  

Vickie Sywensky-Cruz

works GREAT for diaper rash pour bout 1/4 to 1/2 box depending on how much water your using in the bathtub and soak ur baby bottom give em sum toys let them play and in a day or 2 gone. After having my 3 allergic to Huggies told my daughter to not use on my granbaby well got a pk at baby shower 6 months later used them next day rash. you can also make it into a thin paste and apply to their bottom b4 putting on pamper.

Irela... Ireland69

I do my laundry my son is into sports, so his socks are smelly and I also sprinkle some in his shoes wash his white t-shirts, I have a cat that has been left in a room accidently,  so I use baking soda to kill the smell ,  I clean my pots and pans, I use it to brush my teeth,  I use it to deodorize the carpet sprinkle and leave for a day and vacuum the next day. I only pay 50 cents how can you beat that with all of the things it can do.

nonmember avatar NoWay

Baking Soda and White Vinegar are my "go to" cleaners. To clean a smelly drain or garbage disposal, sprinkle a good amount of baking soda into the drain and then pour a cup or so of vinegar in afterward. Instant volcano. :) I use washing soda and borax with fels naptha instead of commercial laundry soap (1 cup borax, 1 cup super washing soda, 1 bar ivory soap or fels naptha grated) and I used the white vinegar instead of fabric softener. It works great. Clothes come out smelling clean instead of perfumey... :)

Rushn311 Rushn311

didn't know it had that many uses.

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