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How to Save Money with Baking Soda

May 4, 2011

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

With the rise of inflation we’re all seeing higher prices at the grocery store.  One of the ways that we’re cutting back our grocery bill is to use baking soda for a number of uses around our home.  I thought I’d share with you some of the ways we use baking soda:

  • Toothpaste (simply take a small amount, add a little bit of water to make a paste, put it on your toothbrush and voila – toothpaste!).
  • Drain Cleaner (Pour a tablespoon or two down your drain then pour a cup of vinegar over that.  Stand back and watch the chemical reaction as your drain is cleaned!  After a few minutes run hot water down the drain to rinse it all out.)
  • Deodorant (dust some under your armpits to help with odor)
  • General Cleaner (sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and clean the kitchen and bath, including the microwave)
  • Oven cleaner (Sprinkle the bottom of the oven with baking soda, wet with water so that it’s damp and let it sit overnight.  Clean it out in the morning.)
  • Clean Coffee Pots / Stainless Steel Pots
  • Odor Neutralizer for the fridge
  • As an antacid (refer to package for directions)
  • As a shampoo (In lieu of regular shampoo, make a paste with some baking soda and gently massage into your scalp.  After you’ve covered all the areas of your scalp, rinse your hair.  Spray your hair with raw vinegar (with the mother still in it) and rinse again.  Use a conditioner as you normally would.  This removes all the buildup of sprays, gels, etc. and leaves your hair incredibly soft.)
  • Bath – Add a few tablespoons to your bath water to neutralize odors and remove oils from your body.

There are so many other uses for baking soda.  These are just a few.  If you have any other suggestions, leave me a comment!  I’m sure others would love to know how this economical and budget-friendly cleaner can do more!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. lisa permalink
    May 4, 2011 7:56 pm

    thanks, Mer I needed the smile today….

  2. iefa permalink
    November 6, 2011 4:58 pm

    hye..i’m from malaysia..but it so difficult for me to find this kind of baking soda????

    • November 7, 2011 2:25 pm

      Hello! I did some searching on the internet and there are other brands you can buy in Malaysia. Although one post I read said that you can buy Arm & Hammer from “ace hardware-sunway pyramid, ioi puchong or summit”. Another site said this, “In Indonesia & probably Malaysia, the substance is Natrium bikarbonat, and it’s sold as ‘soda kue’. (Cake soda) Again, probably with the baking stuff”.

      I hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by my blog … you can also check out my website ( I update the website weekly and don’t really use this blog anymore. I do appreciate your comment, though!


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