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January 14, 2011

A white powder on a spoon, either baking soda or baking powder.Can I use something else instead of baking soda for cleaning? Can I use baking powder?

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January 14, 20110 found this helpful

Baking powder has a different texture than baking soda, and I think it is also more expensive. I quit baking years ago, so I haven't had to buy baking powder for a long time. I think baking soda also has some deoderizor properties because it can put in refrigerators as a deoderant. Also I have seen where people sprinkle it on carpeting and let it sit awhile, then vacume it up.

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January 14, 20110 found this helpful

Baking powder is generally just baking soda mixed with an acid like cream of tartar. I'm sure it would work in a pinch but like redhatterb says plain baking soda would be cheaper to use.

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Borax and washing soda are often used as substitutes for baking soda in cleaning, but they are stronger and require special handling.

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January 18, 20111 found this helpful

If you don't use much water you can scrub surfaces with salt. This works well on grease.

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