Even with a coupon and a great sale some products still cost more than I am willing to pay. My remedy: find affordable solutions for as many products as possible and splurge on the rest. One of my money-saving secret weapons is baking soda. At around $0.68 a box, with countless uses around the home, I can save a bundle and skip buying many products that are out of my budget. When you combine a great sale or coupon with the bargain power of baking soda, the savings are even better.

Baking Soda in the Kitchen

  1. Natural Cleaner – Forget spending extra for those non-toxic cleaners. I just pour a little baking soda onto a surface and scrub using a wet rag or sponge. For a lemony fresh scent, squeeze some fresh lemon juice onto the powder and watch it foam. A few tablespoons dissolved in a bucket of water works great for cleaning floors. Baking soda works great on most surfaces, even those that scratch easily.
  2. Remove Stubborn Smells from Hands – You don't have to smell like garlic or fish for days after making your favorite meal. Pour a little baking soda over wet hands and scrub. Rinse with cool water.
  3. Refresh Sponges – I hate using old, smelly sponges. I soak my sponges in a solution of baking soda and water and then run them through the dishwasher. This helps me use sponges longer and get a better value for my money. You can also sanitize old sponges in the microwave.
  4. Clean Fruits and Veggies – Don't pay extra for a fruit and vegetable cleaning rinse. Make your own! Fill your sink with cool water and add a couple tablespoons baking soda. Let your fruits and veggies soak in the solution for about 10 minutes and then gently clean them with a fruit and veggie brush

Baking Soda in the Laundry Room

  1. Laundry Booster – Brighten those colors, whiten those whites and get the stink out of gross laundry by adding a ½ cup baking soda in with your usual detergent. Baking soda can also be used to make your own laundry detergent. Check out this past post of KCL: Save Hundreds on Laundry with this Do-it-Yourself Detergent.

Baking Soda Around the House

  1. Get the Stink Out – If it stinks, baking soda can probably fix it. Pour baking soda down drains, in trashcans, on carpet before vacuuming and even in the litter box for a fresh, clean-smelling house.
  2. Remove Crayon and Other Marks from Walls – A paste made using baking soda and water works great for removing "artwork" from your walls.

Baking Soda as a Personal Care Product

  1. Shampoo Booster and Build-Up Remover – I used to buy a fancy build-up removing shampoo that I would use every few months when my hair started to look dull. Now I just mix a little baking soda in with my shampoo once a week for shiny, bouncy hair. You can also use baking soda as an emergency dry shampoo by dusting a little on your roots and then blow drying for a few minutes.
  2. Get the Green Out – Blonde hair and chlorine don't mix, but baking soda can help. Rinse your hair with baking soda and water after a day at the pool and add some baking soda to your shampoo to help get green out.
  3. Sunburn or Rash Relief – If you have an itchy sunburn or a pesky rash you can find relief with baking soda. Fill up the tub with warm water and add a generous amount of baking soda (about a cup). Soak and then air dry. Don't rub dry with a towel or you will rub the thin coating of baking soda off.
  4. Toothpaste – Baking soda makes a great natural toothpaste. Dip your wet toothbrush into some baking soda for a simple cleaning solution or make your own toothpaste using this recipe I found.
  5. Relaxing Soak – You don't have to buy expensive bath salts to enjoy a nice relaxing soak. Pour some baking soda into a warm tub and enjoy!
  6. Gentle Exfoliant – Make a paste using baking soda and water and exfoliate. It works great on both the face and the body.
  7. Relieve Heartburn – Baking soda can be used to relieve heartburn. Dissolve a teaspoon in an 8-ounce glass of water and then drink. Make sure that all of the baking soda dissolves before you drink and that you never consume straight baking soda since it can cause stomach irritation.

These are some of my favorite uses for this cheap, versatile product. Baking soda saves me a bundle, and I am sure it can help you too.  Find coupons for baking soda at Arm and Hammer's Savings Center.

This has been a guest post by Jackie from Ridgecrest, CA
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