Monday, January 24, 2011

Frugal Challenge Update and Cleaning with Baking Soda


I have to just share the wonders of cleaning with baking soda.  Like many of you I am always looking for more natural, less toxic cleaning solutions for my home. I have a daughter that is very sensitive to chemicals among other things so I decided to try baking soda for cleaning our kitchen. WOW is all I can say. I really didn't expect much as I am used to cleaning with soft scrub type cleaners to keep my tile clean. Below you can see normal counter crud with a sprinkle of baking soda. It worked wonderfully. I am sold.


 Here's a free baking soda sprinkle container they sent me from a free offer.

Look at my counters. I swear they shined.



Here's the typical caked on crud on my crockpot.


Water spots on my faucet that I can never seem to totally get rid of.

Look at the shine!!


 See that shine.


As for other things I am having trouble keeping the fridge stocked these days. I feel like I already have to go to the store again tomorrow and I was just there Friday. Growing kids can eat a lot of food but I think I will stretch it out by baking some banana muffins in the morning to use up some oldies and then try to cook mainly from my pantry. Less trips means less money spent. Often we are looking for the easy pre-made thing to grab and feel the need to keep that stocked but by making some things from scratch I can stretch the days between shopping trips.
Thankfully our days have been warm and we haven't had to run our heater. This will save on my next utility bill for sure.

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8 comments:

Cindy Marquis said...

I will have to try the baking soda. We have always had such rusty well water, but finally got a decent softener, so I think the soda may work for me now. Thanks for the tip.
When my boys were growing up, I found the best way to fill their tummies was with homemade bread and peanut butter, jam, or apple butter. A lot less expensive, and more nutritious than store bought snacks!

Entertaining Women said...

I always have baking soda...just never thought to use it to clean I'll give it a try the next time I scrub that pesky Pyrex baking dish. Thank you for the tips and for stopping by my post. Come visit any time. Cherry Kay

The Saved Quarter said...

Baking soda is a miracle worker, isn't it? I use it and vinegar for almost all of my cleaning.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi, I had forgotten all about cleaning with baking soda. I know that you can brush your teeth with it!

We have hard, rusty water. I have discovered Stain Bully, and am happy with using it. It works great and does not have a smell to it.

Thanks for the tip and reminder of an old friend.

Have a wonderful week,

Kathy

Cindy Marquis said...

About the chickens and cats - Most of the time the chickens are in their special yard, but sometimes we let them out or they escape(!). But our 2 outside cats never bother them. Sometimes they even seem to herd them to the coop. I think they know that the chickens can and will defend themselves and it's not worth the fight. Of course out in the country we have other predators, such as raccoons, weasels, etc. But I would definitely recommend chickens to anyone. They are fun, easy to keep, and the eggs are great!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I use baking soda for lots of things! I want one of the shakers! Thanks for posting about this!

:D

xoxoxo,
Ricki Jill

grace said...

did not know this about baking soda will need to get me some

Connie said...

Many people use it when they run out of toothpaste. Also, when taking a shower, mix a small amount with liquid soap, and it is super great for dry skin. You will feel renewed !

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