7 Uses for Baking Soda and Vinegar

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Vinegar + Baking Soda

I love, love anything that I can use for more than one purpose, don't you? Besides cooking, these get a lot of other uses around my house. I'm going to share with you how I use them.

Vinegar and baking soda – I love these because they are so inexpensive. You can buy these things together for under ten dollars, which is considerably cheaper than buying several different cleaners for each specific job. Here are some of my favorite uses for them:

Image via Flickr/David Guo
Image via Flickr/David Guo


Stench Remover: Have your jeans or towels ever gotten that gross smell of mildew because you left them in the washing machine too long? If you put one to two cups of vinegar in with your laundry, it will eliminate the stench, along with any other foul smells such as body odor and urine.

Washing Machine Cleaner: It's also good for cleaning your washing machine. You know those packets that some big companies try to sell you because they tell you that your washing machine smells bad and needs to be cleaned? You don’t have to buy those because vinegar works wonders — just add two cups of it to the rinse cycle.

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Fabric Softener and Residue Remover: If you're a fan of fabric softener but your skin isn't, yet you long for soft, fluffy towels, then vinegar will change your life. Around two cups of vinegar in a load of towels will restore their fluffiness. Additionally, boiling hot vinegar will dissolve buildup from deodorant on clothes. Just heat some in a mug in the microwave then pour it on the affected areas. (Just a side note, the steam from the hot vinegar in the microwave makes it easy to clean, so it's a double win).

Carpet Cleaner: My carpets get disgusting — light carpet, kids, and boots don't mesh well. If you have a carpet shampooer and use it often, then you know that the cleaning solution requires a loan for anyone on a budget. It's that expensive. I can't afford nearly fifteen dollars a bottle — not when I can buy a gallon of vinegar for three dollars. To clean my carpets, I simply fill the solution reservoir with vinegar instead, and then I go to town on the dirt. 


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Baking Soda

Shampoo: First, I have to share with you my obsession with my hair: I hardly ever do it. I've been rocking the top knot since I was a child, and now that it is en vogue, I finally feel stylish instead of hairdo challenged. Anyway, my hair was so short once that someone told me that I looked like a dude — jack wagon. It was the first time I ever cried over my hair– not because I most likely resembled what Troy Polamalu will look on Veterans Day after the Mane Event, when he chops his hair off. But because I had to do my hair every day, I was going to miss my lazy top knot days. My hair has been on the longer side, using up a lot of shampoo, ever since. So, in order to stretch my bottle, I will only use half the amount of shampoo that I'd normally use and mix it in a small container with 1/8 of a cup of baking soda, until the mixture starts getting “bigger,” and then I'll wash my hair with it. It stretches my shampoo, and it makes my hair soft and full.

Facial Scrub: I have been cursed with a blemish-prone face. My poor mother spent tons of money on dermatologists and prescriptions to help me feel better about myself, but nothing ever worked well enough. I saw a recipe once that used baking soda and water as a cheap facial scrub and had read that coconut oil helps with acne and eczema (the two nuisances that graced my face), so I put the two together. I combine a dime-sized amount of baking soda with a little less coconut oil and gently scrub my face with it. After I rinse it off, I moisturize with a little more coconut oil. I do this daily. Eczema and acne no longer have a place on my face, and I am no longer spending money on expensive moisturizers and facial cleansers.  

Grime Remover: A paste made out of hydrogen peroxide and a little bit of dish soap is the only thing that takes the grime off of my ancient bathtub. I just scrub it on, let it sit for a while, and then I scrub it off. Or, since it's a pretty mild cleaner, I hand a scrub brush to my kids and have them scrub away.

Homemade Febreze: I've been making my own Febreze since college with just a spray bottle, my favorite fabric softener, and some water. I have since heard that adding baking soda to the two helps tremendously, which makes sense since baking soda is an awesome odor eliminator. So, if you want to make yon inexpensive Febreze, then dump two teaspoons of baking soda into a spray bottle, pour in a capfull or two of fabric softener, then fill it the rest of the way with water and shake. There you go. That's it.

What are some of your alternative uses for vinegar and baking soda?


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7 Uses for Baking Soda and Vinegar

Melanie Denney lives in the smallest of towns, with her two little darlings. She has a Bachelor's degree and happily works as a full-time mother and a freelance writer, specializing in sociology and recreation leadership. ... More

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  1. Phyllis says:

    I can sure use these.

  2. Connie says:

    Thanks for the ideas!

  3. mommy nhoj says:

    Great! Thanks for the advice!

  4. Ashley says:

    Baking soda is also an anti fungal, so if you use 2 cups in your bath water it helps prevent yeast infections.

  5. Amanda82 says:

    Clean out a clogged drain

  6. gfeld says:

    Loved the ideas here!! Thanks!

  7. Amanda82 says:

    That’s amazing and very affordable


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