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Cleaning With Baking Soda

December 5th, 2011 Bed and Bath

If you're concerned that you spend too much money on cleaning products, consider using common ingredients to help ease your burden. Perhaps you've been told about the incredible power of vinegar, but did you know that baking soda is almost as useful? It's true! Like vinegar, it's non-toxic, versatile and incredibly affordable. With a bit of ingenuity, you'll be able to get years of mileage out of a several-pound box of baking soda. Here are just a few of its many uses.

According to The New Homemaker, baking soda can really help keep your bathroom clean and beautiful. Are there stains in the bathtub that just won't get out, no matter how hard you try scrubbing? Make a baking soda paste by mixing three parts of the substance with one part water. Apply it to the stain and let it stand for a little while, and then scrub clean. You can also clean hairbrushes and combs in a more water-heavy mixture.

The source also recommends pouring about a quarter-cup of baking soda down your bathroom drains once a week and then rinsing through with hot water. This can help prevent clogs down the line.

But did you know that you can also use baking soda as a surprisingly potent toothpaste? It's true! Wet your toothbrush and dip it in some of the powder - when you brush, your teeth will start to whiten. Mix mostly baking soda with some salt (for extra abrasion) and you've got a dirt cheap, homemade way to brush your teeth. If you're looking for more of a paste, you can add water to the mix until you achieve the desired consistency.