Simple Baking Soda Tip for Cleaning

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If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know of my love for Baking Soda and its many uses.  I use it so much for household cleaning, I now buy it in bulk!

Cheap? Yes. Ease of use? Not so much.

So here is a little tip I learned for quick and easy cleaning with baking soda

Parmesan cheese.

Yes, you read that right.

Step 1: Clean out a used container of grated store-bought parmesan.

Step 2: Fill with baking soda.

Step 3: LABEL as baking soda (it’s harmless if eaten, but just in case ;))

Step 4: Sprinkle on sinks, tubs and other areas just like you would Ajax or Comet.

Step 5: Add water (or even vinegar), scrub, then rinse.

There you have it. Safe, non-toxic cleaning power in a recycled container. And frugal to boot! You could add a bit of Borax to boost the cleaning power if you find that necessary.

You will be amazed by how well this works if you have never tried baking soda as a household cleaner!

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  1. says

    Nothing makes my sink shine like baking soda! Love the idea for using the empty cheese container! Guess I’ll have to find someone to give me theirs since I can’t remember the last time I bought it.
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  2. Rachel says

    Love this tip- thanks!

    Ps. I always add Baking Soda to the dishwasher- where I live we have incredibly hard water (eww) so the baking soda softens it up enough to allow the detergent to work more effectively.

    I too, love baking soda! I’m not quite bold enough yet to brush my teeth with the stuff… For now, I’m sticking with the stuff in the tube! :)
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  3. says


    Thanks for the great tip! A while back Arm & Hammer was giving away free shakers, maybe they still are, you can check there. Right now mine has powdered sugar in it but I think I have another hanging around somewhere! LOL!


  4. jennifer brown says

    I just got rid of an old parm container-darn:) Ive never used baking soda, but it just got added to my list. Thanks!

  5. Bethany says

    Here is a msg that I got from someone else about using baking soda:

    If you are now stuck with a huge bag of baking soda that you don’t think you will ever use, here’s what I use it for: all-purpose cleaning (either dry or mixed with water depending on the surface being cleaned), carpet deodorizer, toilet bowl freshener, fridge freshener, body wash (no kidding; it works so well at controlling odors that I have stopped using deodorant), laundry booster or laundry pre-soak, and of course, for baking. You can also freshen kids’ stuffed animals by tossing them in a pillowcase with baking soda and shaking them around for awhile. Gets rid of those un-fresh smells from toys that can’t be cleaned otherwise.

  6. Tanja says

    I have been using baking soda to wash my hair for the last year and it has never been healthier! I use an old ketchup bottle to mix 2 TBS soda to 1 cup water and spray that. on my hair after wetting. I massage it in and follow with a cider vinegar rinse (and NO my hair does NOT smell like vinegar :p)

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