By mountainbrd from NJ
Today I was out shopping and bought a 12 lb re-sealable bag of Arm and Hammer baking soda at Sam's Club. It cost $4.77. That's .40 a lb. Also Dollar Tree had the 16 oz size baking soda 2/$1.
Baking soda really is a cheap alternative to use in place of more expensive cleaners. All you'd have to do is do a search online to find out its many uses or look here at Thriftyfun since I'm sure there have been posts about baking soda before.
Baking soda really is good for more than baking! I like to use in the laundry, as a detergent booster especially with whites. I've been using it more since I've been adding it to the laundry so am glad to have found a big supply. Even though the bag reseals, I'm planning to put in a smaller more manageable container that I can keep in the cabinet above my washer.
By Debbie from IL
I use it to wash my husband's work clothes in as well as many cleaning jobs around the house. (07/20/2006)
Sprinkle some baking soda on a DRY (and I stress DRY) urine spot from Fido or Fluffy on a chair or rug and then vacuumed will remove the smell and most of the stain (try it again if not perfect). I also sprinkle baking soda on all my rugs just before vacuuming to make the house smell fresh without the "perfumed" smell the store fresheners give and a great deal cheaper. But sprinkle it just before, letting it sit for long is a bit harder to vacuum up.
I clean the stove and the sinks and the doorways where the greasy hands prints seem to end up. I buy the large box for the laundry room and the Aldi's brand small boxes for 43 cents each because the convenience outweighs hauling a large bulky box around.
I love baking soda and white vinegar for a lot of things. Many years ago when my son was very young (he was damaged by the DPT booster shot in 1973) and I could not work, I found that even though I had no money for cleaning products (even with such a need for constant cleaning), baking soda and vinegar were allowed on food stamps, I had good cleaning stuff! (12/30/2008)