Simple Cleaning Tips- Part 2 Baking Soda


As promised here is Part 2 of Simple Cleaning Tips. Last time we talked about white vinegar this week is Baking Soda. Baking soda is another natural and frugal cleaning option.There are so many uses for baking soda, here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Who needs Comet or a soft scrub when you can sprinkle baking soda in your toilet bowl? Sprinkle inside your toilet bowl like you would any other cleaner. After I scrub the toilet I like to leave it soaking for about an hour or till some one uses the toilet.

Odor Remover

Keep a small open box or a bowl of baking soda in your fridge to absorb the odor. You can also sprinkle a little in the bottom of your trash can to cut down on the smell.


When you have food burned on the bottom of a pot sprinkle in a little baking soda and cover with hot water. Let set for an hour or so, the burned food will have loosened and be much easier to clean out.


Add 1/2 of a cup of baking soda to your wash to freshening your cloths and keep the colors bright. This allows you to use up to 1/2 the amount of detergent.

Drain Cleaner

Pour 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/2 a cup of white vinegar and a cup of hot water to clean your clogged drains.


Sprinkle baking soda on each cloth diaper as you add it to the pail. It will reduce to odor and add a cleaning boost when you wash them.

Soft Scrub

Mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water to make a paste to scrub a stubborn stain in your bathroom or kitchen.

What are some ways you like to use baking soda?


This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday, Friday Homemaking, Barn Hop, Fugal Days, Sustainable Ways, 

About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. I clean my oven with a paste of baking soda and white vinegar and it works amazing! Thanks a lot for the incredible article here! Incredible ideas! Creel Log Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  2. on the soft scrub recipe it says 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water what exactly does that mean. how would i mix it. i am new at this, trying to start making my own homemade household cleaners. please respond i would greatly appreciate it.

    • Katie Mae Stanley says:

      Hi Crystal, for example you could mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water in a samll bowl using a fork to stir it up. Or you could mix 3 cups of baking soda with 1 cup of water. I wouldn’t really suggest that though unless you have a massive cleaning project! 😉 I hope that helps!

      • I am wondering if these cleaners can be made up ahead of time and put in spraying containers just like you’d buy so they are conveniently ready to use and you only have to make them 1 or 2 times a year? Or do they need to be made up fresh to work correctly? Thanks!

        • Katie Mae Stanley says:

          I would not advise it, since baking soda and vinegar foam up and water with baking soda would dry out. The others are just baking soda so they are ready to use!

          • Thank you for your print reply! Also, I’ve found many recipes with essential oils for cleaning…are those the therouputic oils or the auromatic (hope those are the correct words)?

          • Thank you for your prompt reply! Also, I’ve found many recipes with essential oils for cleaning…are those the therouputic oils or the auromatic (hope those are the correct words)?

            • Katie Mae Stanley says:

              There are all sorts of names thrown around when it comes to essential oils. 🙂 I personaly use (and sell) doTERRA essential oils. There are other good brands as well such as Young Living and Mountian Rose Herbs. High quality oils are the safest and most effective. Another brand I have used to clean with before is Now. I hope that helps!

  3. FYI… The correct spelling for ” Oder Remover ” is ” Odor Remover. ”

    Thanks for the helpful tips.


  4. Anonymous says:

    I think you made a mistake in the first couple posts and put baking powder instead of baking soda.

  5. Stopping by from the Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways Wednesday Blog Hop!

  6. New to your blog. Love these ideas! Great post!


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