Thursday, March 7, 2013

Saving money by cleaning with baking soda

Baking soda is super cheap and one of the best cleaners I've found. It can do so many things that I don't need multiple cleaners. I get a 13.5 lb bag at Sam's Club for $6.68 and it lasts several months. You can also purchase 13.5 lb Baking Sodaat

Now let me tell you a little about how I clean with baking soda.
  • My glass top stove: pour baking soda on dirty and caked on spots. Put warm soapy towels on the baking soda for about 15 minutes. (Make sure you ring the towels out so they are not too wet.) Scrub away those spots. Works better than the cleaners you buy in the store.
  • I pour about a 1/2 cup of baking soda in the toilet and then about a 1/4 cup of vinegar and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Scrub clean and voila you have a clean toilet. 
  • When kids spill on our carpet I soak as much as possible up with a towel and then sprinkle baking soda over the spill. I let it sit for around 12 hours and then vacuum it up. No stain!
  • Baking soda, water and a scrubby clean my showers and all the scum off the walls and tub. Just make a paste and scrub away.
  • My 18 month old gets very bad diaper rash with open sores. I poor a cup or two in her bath water and it helps clean it out. This works for any kind of rash. Use it on poison ivy, poison oak, bee stings, and mosquito bites.
Cleaning supplies can be expensive. I have found that the cheap in expensive ways of cleaning work just as well or even better than most commercial cleaners. The best thing about baking soda is I never have to worry about my kids getting into poisonous cleaners.


  1. Bridget3/11/2013

    Thank you for posting this, I am also a stay at home mom and have been looking for some cleaning tips that don't involve harsh chemicals. So, I found this post very helpful. :)

    1. Your welcome. I started cleaning with baking soda and vinager when I had my first. I never worry about my cleaning supplies being toxic and I find they do a better job anyway. I have a post coming up on cleaning with vinager you might like.