Go Green And Frugal At The Same Time – Baking Soda To The Rescue

It’s outrageous the money we spend on products that literally go down the drains.  The analogy is too powerful to miss.

When we use expensive cleaners to scrub our sinks, flours, countertops, or to boost our laundry detergent, we are sending our hard-earned money right down the drain with the dirty water.

Not only are we spending too much money on cleaners, but they are often toxic.

There is another way that’s cheap and safe.  Baking Soda.  You are probably already familiar with this powerhouse of a cleaner/deodorizer.  Just in case you have forgotten a few of its uses, let’s review here with a few basic ways to use baking soda in your own home:


The refrigerator is a good place to become familiar with using Baking Soda.  Deodorize your refrigerator by opening up a box and setting in the door.  Be sure to replace the box about every 30 days so it keeps working at its best.  I set it in the door so I don’t forget to replace it.


After your box of Baking Soda has deodorized your refrigerator for 30 days, take it out and use it to clean your kitchen or bathroom drains.  Sprinkle it down the drain, let it sit for 10 minutes, then run warm water down the drain.  This will help clean those nasty pipes and keep them smelling fresh.


Scrub up your bathtub, shower, and bathroom sink with Baking Soda.  Dampen the surface, then sprinkle the Baking Soda all over.  Let it sit for a minute, then with a clean, damp sponge, scrub the surface.  You don’t have to worry about scratching, so this is great cleanser for fiberglass.  Now, give the surface a good rinse and you can enjoy your bathroom without worrying about toxic residues touching your skin.


I love my laundry goodies, but hate the expense.  So, Baking Soda has become my new favorite in the laundry room.  I add about a half cup of Baking Soda in with my detergent in a full load to balance the pH of the water.  This makes the detergent work better.  The final rinse is another perfect place to give my laundry a little boost.  Again I add about a quarter to a half cup of Baking Soda in the rinse water to sweeten and freshen my laundry.

Food Safe Cleaner

Rather than spraying toxic cleaning products in your food preparation areas, dissolve a half cup of Baking Soda in a gallon of warm water.  Using clean dishcloths or paper towels, wipe down the counters, stove top, cutting boards, and any other areas or appliances that come in contact with food.  Then, rinse thoroughly and you’ll be left with a grease-free, shiny surface that is non-toxic.

These are just a few ways that I use Baking Soda.  You can find Baking Soda in bigger boxes or bags now, so you don’t have to fill your pantry with those little boxes.  Give it a try and I’ll bet you will get rid of your old habit of buying expensive, and toxic, cleaners.

Please stop by often here at MomsInABlog to read more frugal tips for the home and family.  Be sure to comment when you do so we can learn more about what you would like to see here.  And visit me at HillbillyHousewife.com when you get a few minutes to browse my other frugal tips, ideas, and recipes.

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife



  1. We use it all the time (and long with vinegar). I need to find the 25# bags, though. I hear it’s a much better deal (although I’ve never priced it because I’ve never found any).
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