Baking soda is one of those dynamic ingredients that can be used in so many ways, from DIY natural toiletries to house cleaning. It’s also a winner because it’s cheap! You can get this stuff for just about a dollar a box — maybe a little more if you buy a “natural” brand. Check out these 10 amazing ways you can use baking soda around the house:

1. Refresh Your Clothes

Add some baking soda to your next load of laundry. It will freshen up your clothes and your washing machine at the same time. It can also remove any lingering smells or chemicals that may be on your clothes.

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2. Remove Pet Odors and Stains

Is your place starting to smell a little too much like your furry friend? Sprinkle baking soda on carpet and stains. Leave on for a few hours and then vacuum away for a fresher-smelling place!

3. Unclog Drains

Step away from that chemical Drain-o stuff and mix a bit of baking soda with some vinegar for a powerful drain unclogger. Throw this mixture down the drain, cover the drain, and then flush with a few cups of boiling water. Repeat if necessary until the clog is history!

4. Clean Your Oven

Instead of heating your oven to self clean and releasing toxic fumes into your home, add a paste of baking soda plus cool water to oven grime and then leave overnight or for at least a few hours. Then, your scrubbing should be a piece of cake!

5. Polish Silver Jewelry

Want to add some shine to that dingy silver jewelry? Baking soda plus water also makes a great silver polish. Simply scrub and then rinse for bright, shiny surfaces!

6. Make Clothing Detergent

Baking soda is a main ingredient in some of these easy, money-saving DIY laundry mixes. Check them out!

7. Wash Dishes

Scrub off foodstuffs in a cinch with baking soda on hand. Add a few tablespoons of baking soda to your dish water and let them soak for a while. The baking soda will penetrate caked-on stuff better than any chemical cleaner you’ll find!

8. Freshen Your Coffee Pot

You can get coffee stains off mugs and coffee makers by soaking them in a mix of warm water plus baking soda.

9. Scrub Those Floors

Why make floor cleaning toxic when you can easily clean your hard surface floors with 1/3 cup baking soda and some hot water?

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10. Reset Your Cutting Board

Been chopping so much that your cutting board has a stench? Sprinkle your cutting board with a bit of baking soda. Scrub well and then rinse if off.

There’s no need to use toxic chemical cleaners in your home when you can use natural baking soda for just about every task you can think of in your home. Plus, a little bit goes a long way with baking soda, and, over time, you’ll save a ton of money when you avoid those pre-mixed cleaners for just about every little thing in your house.

What are you favorite uses for baking soda around the home? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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