by Texas Homesteader ~
Almost everyone has baking soda in their kitchen for use with cooking. And most people also know it’s very helpful with deodorizing too.
But baking soda is used pretty heavily in our household for many other uses.
By using this one product for so many uses I’m able to clean my teeth with the very same product I use to bake bread or scrub the toilets. CRAZY, right??!
Here are some of my favorite ways to use baking soda.
Kitchen Cleaning Tasks
Other than the obvious of using it for baking, I also use baking soda in the kitchen when scrubbing out the coffee stains in my mug.
I have a small shaker of baking soda that I keep in the drawer next to my sink. When coffee stains begin to form I simply wet the mug, sprinkle a little baking soda on my sponge and in a snap my coffee mug is sparkling white again.
Clean mug – no chemicals. Magic!
I also use baking soda for cleaning various kitchen surfaces. It’s a mild abrasive so if you’re scrubbing burnt-on food from your favorite pan, baking soda is a non-toxic way to get a little more elbow grease in!
Just wet the pan and sprinkle some baking soda on a plastic scrubbie and usually that burnt-on mess is gone pretty quickly.
Baking Soda Cleaning in the Bathroom
And baking soda is not just for the kitchen, I use it for cleaning other rooms in our home as well. It’s so helpful for cleaning bathroom surfaces and I have another shaker bottle that I keep stored in the bathroom for just this purpose.
When cleaning my shower doors I use a vinegar spray first to loosen up any soap scum. After the vinegar spray has been left on the doors for about 30 minutes I sprinkle a little baking soda on my cleaning sponge and respray the bathroom doors with vinegar, using my sponge to scrub the soap scum away and then rinse – sparkling shower doors, very little effort…
I really like very little effort when it comes to cleaning, how about you?
I also use it in our claw foot tub in the same way. It’s really good at scouring away soap scum and leaving surfaces clean. With a quick scrub & rinse the tub is sparkling white.
Of course that same scrubability (is that even a word??) comes in handy when cleaning the toilet too.
I sprinkle some baking soda into the bowl and use my toilet brush to clean the toilet bowl to a sparkling shine. Why would I buy a specialty product to do what baking soda does for less money & less waste?
Baking Soda With Toothpaste
But what about other cleaning uses? Well I’ve already mentioned that I drink coffee. LOTS of coffee. My dentist has told me it’s perfectly safe to use baking soda to help clean coffee stains from my teeth as long as I do so very gently and not too often.
CAREFUL – baking soda can be abrasive!!
Since I’m not a big fan of the taste of baking soda I typically use a very thin film of regular mint-flavored toothpaste along the bristles, wet the brush and sprinkle baking soda on the top for a little extra stain-removing power.
I think one day I may experiment with various ways to flavor the baking soda with essential oils or dried mint. Has anyone done this that can offer any advice?
Baking Soda In The Shower
I have yet another shaker bottle of baking soda in the shower. Occasionally during my shower I sprinkle a little on my wet hands and use it to exfoliate the skin on my face. (very gently now or it’s too abrasive)
I’ve also used a baking soda / water mixture to wash my hair when we ran out of Soapberry Shampoo. It worked great and my hair came out clean as a whistle after rinsing it out.
I don’t use baking soda exclusively for shampoo as I’m worried it might be a bit too drying – can anyone weigh in here?
Gentle Homemade Dog Shampoo
Recently we fought with fleas on our mini-Schnauzer Bailey. And in trying to relive her of the little pests, we inadvertently dried out her skin mightily.
So I decided to make a Gentle Dog Shampoo. There are two homemade versions I make for her. And baking soda is an important ingredient.
Don’t you just love when you can whip up these things yourself instead of buying chemical-laden products? Me too!
So how’s that for a multipurpose non-toxic cleaner? Cleaning kitchens, bathrooms, teeth, face and hair in one very inexpensive box. Now that’s the kind of economy that really speaks to me!
And the box that baking soda’s sold in is compostable as well. So since I’m using repurposed shaker bottles there’s not anything going to the landfill for all these products in one, small, inexpensive box.
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