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In my last post, I discussed dozens of money saving uses for white vinegar. Another one of my favorite frugal staples is baking soda. I always have a large box of it at home and use it almost daily. It’s so inexpensive and versatile, and it makes a great substitute for more expensive products.

Below you’ll find 30 ways that baking soda can help you save some cash. From cleaning to beauty treatment, this powder can really do it all. It’s always great to know how much money you can save, so once again I’ll list cost comparisons whenever it’s feasible.

For these examples, I’ll be comparing the cost to a 3.5-pound bag of Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda that cost $2.48 at WalMart.com. The prices that are mentioned below are accurate as of August 15, 2017. Without further ado, explore the numerous ways you can use baking soda below.

Baking Soda Uses For Health

1. Bug Bite Remedy

No matter how much repellent you use, an occasional insect bite is inevitable. A bug bite usually results in an itchy and red fluid filled bump. Instead of driving yourself crazy with scratching, use a bit of baking soda to find relief.

Simply mix a pinch or two of baking soda with a small amount of water. Mix it into a paste, apply it to the bug bite, and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse the paste off, and repeat the process as often as you’d like.

The science behind this tried and true folk remedy is a bit unclear. Many resources speculate that baking soda neutralizes the venom from a bug bite.

Others believe it dries out the bite, which quickly provides relief. Whatever the case is, this is a cheap and effective solution for you to try out.

Cost Comparison: Cutter MD Insect Bite Relief, 0.5 fl oz –  $3.32 at Target.com

2. Rapid Heartburn Relief

During my first pregnancy, heartburn was the bane of my existence. Unfortunately, the smell and texture of Tums also bothered me. This lead to me researching natural heartburn relief options. Every source I looked at mentioned baking soda, so I decided to find out why it works so well.

Heartburn is caused by acid reflux, and baking soda can neutralize and absorb stomach acid. Many over the counter heartburn products contain sodium bicarbonate – also known as baking soda.

To alleviate heartburn, mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda with four ounces of warm water. You should feel relief within a few minutes! Make sure to avoid consuming more than 3 ½ teaspoons of baking soda per day. Overconsumption can lead to unpleasant side effects.

Cost Comparison: Alka-Seltzer Original Effervescent Tablets 36 ct Box$4.28 at WalMart.com

3. DIY Natural Toothpaste

If you’re a fan of natural products, you may use natural toothpaste. There are a handful of brands to choose from, but these products can be expensive. You’ll be happy to discover that making your own natural toothpaste isn’t difficult.

There are tons of recipes online, and one from Wellness Mama is my personal favorite. I’ll list the ingredients and directions below:

  • Melt or soften ½ cup of coconut oil. I find that softening the oil versus melting it completely works better for mixing.
  • Mix in 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda, two packets of stevia, and 15-20 drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil. The recipe also lists myrrh extract as an optional ingredient, but I have never included it.
  • Store mixture in a glass jar. As the article suggests, you can use several small jars for each family member if you prefer.
  • Let the mixture cool completely before using.
  • To use, apply a small amount of the mixture to your toothbrush and brush as you normally would. You can dip your toothbrush in the jar, but I prefer using a small cosmetic spatula.

Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid; lauric acid kills bacteria in your mouth. Baking soda provides many benefits. It whitens teeth, removes stains, neutralizes acid produced by bacteria, removes plaque, and freshens breath.

Stevia is a natural sweetener that gives this natural toothpaste a pleasant taste. The essential oils also add flavor, but peppermint oil and cinnamon oil both offer unique benefits.

Cost Comparison: Toms of Maine Antiplaque & Whitening Toothpaste, Fluoride Free, Peppermint, 5.5 oz tube$4.29 at Target.com

4. Beneficial Detoxifying Bath

When you’re in need of a soothing bath, it’s likely that you don’t consider adding baking soda. You may be surprised that baking soda baths offer many different benefits. Sodium bicarbonate has high alkalinity.

This offers detoxifying effects and may even treat simple health problems like dry skin, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections, and yeast infections. Baking soda also gently softens skin, so it makes an excellent bath add-in.

To reap the benefits of baking soda, add ½ cup to one cup into warm bath water. Stir it lightly using your hand to make sure it dissolves. Soak for at least 15 minutes to get the best results. You can also add in Epsom salt to soothe sore muscles and relaxing essential oils of your choice.

5. All-In-One Oral Rinse

Mouthwash is pretty inexpensive, but it often has a very strong taste to it. I’m not a fan of this, so I simply use baking soda instead. Using baking soda and water as mouthwash is pretty common and very effective.

As mentioned above, this ingredient neutralizes acid, removes plaque, and freshens your breath. Add one teaspoon of baking soda to a cup of warm water, and swish it around in your mouth for 30 to 60 seconds. It’s simple, dirt cheap, and it gets the job done.

Cost Comparison: LISTERINE NATURALS Antiseptic Mouthwash, Herbal Mint, 500 mL$5.86 at WalMart.com

Baking Soda Uses For Cleaning

6. Ceramic Stain Remover

If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, you may notice unsightly stains in your mugs. The same thing happens with ceramic cookware; brown stubborn stains appear over time. Fortunately, you don’t have to replace your dishes or buy a special cleaner.

A bit of baking soda can restore your mugs and cookware to their original state.

To remove stains, fill the stained dishes with warm water and a sprinkling of baking soda. Let the dishes sit for about 10 minutes. Pour out the water, gently rub the stains off with a sponge, and rinse the dishes with hot water.

They should look as good as new! For stubborn stains, add a touch of lemon juice or vinegar for extra cleaning power.

7. Outstanding Oven Cleaner

Every now and then, you need to deep clean your oven to remove food residue, oils, and more. Store bought oven cleaners are an option, but they contain harsh chemicals.

They can also require you to run your oven at a high temperature to get results. Why expose yourself to fumes and spend money when you don’t have to? A mixture of baking soda and water will produce the same results. Here’s how to do it:

  • Use a spray bottle to coat the interior of your oven with water. You can also use a 50/50 mixture of water and white distilled vinegar.
  • Coat the entire interior with baking soda it forms a paste. If needed, spray more water as you go to help form the paste.
  • Let the mixture sit for a few hours with the oven turned off.
  • Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe down the interior and remove the paste. This takes a bit of elbow grease, but it produces great results.
  • If needed, spray the oven with water and wipe out any baking soda residue. You’ll want to make sure it’s all removed before you use your oven again.

When I was deep cleaning an old apartment to get my deposit back, I tried this method. I was very happy with the results. It looked spotless, and I didn’t have to deal with any headache-inducing chemicals.

Cost Comparison: Easy-Off Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner, Regular Scent 14.5 oz Can$3.94 at WalMart.com

8. Quick Carpet Deodorizer

Baking soda is fairly well known for being a deodorizer. Many people stash a small box in their fridge to keep it fresh and odor-free. You can also use baking soda around your home to get the same effects.

One of my favorite ways to do this is sprinkling it onto my carpet prior to vacuuming. Doing so eliminates odors quickly, and using it is a total breeze. I usually lightly dust my carpets with baking soda and let it sit for about 30 minutes.

After this, I vacuum per usual and the end result is a carpet that looks and smells clean. Give it a try next time you vacuum.

Cost Comparison: Glade Carpet & Room Refresher, Lavender & Vanilla, 32 oz$1.94 at WalMart.com

9. Gentle Crayon Remover

My son is a toddler, so crayon marks on the wall are pretty much inevitable. If you’re in the same boat, you know that scrubbing these marks is a pain.

Even the Magic Eraser sponges don’t always get the job done, and they quickly fall apart. Like me, you may be surprised to learn that baking soda does wonders for removing crayon marks.

Baking soda is a gentle exfoliant. This makes it ideal for use on walls, doors, and similar surfaces. It can remove crayon without damaging paint.

All you’ve got to do is get a damp rag, dip it in a bowl of baking soda, and lightly scrub the wall. This usually removes every trace of crayon when I do it, and feedback I’ve read from other parents is similar. What a great solution!

Cost Comparison: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Sponge 2 count$2.99 at Target.com

10. Instant Laundry Booster

There are all sorts of laundry boosting products on the market. There are bleaching products for brighter white, color boosters, deodorizers, and more.

The cost of these items adds up fast though. Fortunately, baking soda covers all of your bases. It helps brighten whites and boost colors, and it also softens hard water. Additionally, baking soda is great for deodorizing.

Adding ½ cup of baking soda into every load of laundry you wash can make a noticeable difference for an incredibly low price.

Cost Comparison: Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster, 55 oz$5.51 at Jet.com

Baking Soda Uses For Beauty

11. Pre-Shave Exfoliator

Before you shave, it’s important to exfoliate. Exfoliating removes the top layer of dead skin cells, and this allows you to get the closest shave possible. You don’t have to go out of your way to buy an exfoliator.

The rough granules in many of them can be irritating, and they are often heavily scented. Those products are particularly frustrating if you have sensitive skin. You can get excellent results simply by using a bit of baking soda.

Put 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda in a small container, and have it on hand when you shower. Apply the baking soda to damp skin, and gently rub it in circles to exfoliate. Rinse off thoroughly and follow your normal shaving routine.

You’ll get a close shave that feels incredibly smooth, and it costs mere pennies.

Cost Comparison: St. Ives Fresh Skin Body Scrub Apricot, 9 oz.$5.99 at Walgreens.com

12. Powerful Hair Dye Remover

I’m an avid fan of funky hair colors, and I change my hair color several times per year. Naturally, this means I have to remove hair dye. If you dye your hair, you know that removing hair color can be a hassle.

Bleach seriously damages your locks, and it often has unpredictable results. Fortunately, there’s a DIY option that many people swear by – myself included! It’s a simple mixture of baking soda and anti-dandruff shampoo. This method significantly fades hair dye.

Baking soda is a cleaning product, so it has the same effect with hair dye. It essentially cleans it off of your hair. Anti-dandruff shampoo is not designed for colored hair, so it further helps remove color.

Mix equal parts shampoo and baking soda; the amount you use will depend on your hair length. Work the mixture into damp – not soaking wet – hair. Put on a plastic shower cap and let it sit for 30-60 minutes. Rinse well and you’ll notice your color has faded!

There are a few important things to note. First, this process can be rather drying. It’s important to follow up with a deep conditioning treatment after you rinse.

Secondly, you’ll need to repeat the process multiple times to fully fade color. It requires patience, but it’s a gentle solution that really works!

13. Rejuvenating Face Mask

DIY face masks are an affordable and effective alternative to store bought ones. Baking soda is one popular ingredient in many mask recipes.

This is because it has antibacterial properties, it’s gentle, and it exfoliates to reveal bright, healthy skin. If you want to keep things simple, you can simply make a baking soda mask using water.

Combine the two to make a paste and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Dampen your skin, lightly rub the mask to exfoliate, and rinse it off thoroughly. Follow up with toner and moisturizer. You can also try one of these combinations; simply follow the same directions as above:

  • baking soda + honey (antibacterial and antifungal properties)
  • baking soda + water + 2-3 drops tea tree oil (helps fight acne)
  • baking soda + brewed chamomile tea (soothing and ideal for sensitive skin)

Give one of these a shot, or experiment with ingredients you already love. Adding in baking soda is a great way to refresh your skin without overspending:

Cost Comparison: It’s difficult to make an exact comparison; the price of face masks varies greatly. Cheaper options may cost $3 to $5, and expensive options may cost $20 or more.

14. Natural Nail Whitener

Nails get stained easily from polish, and sometimes yellowing and dullness occur. If this is an issue for you, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a simple solution. Baking soda is one of two ingredients in a popular DIY nail whitener recipe.

Earlier I discussed how baking soda removes stains and whitens teeth; the same thing happens when it’s applied to your nails.

The other simple ingredient is lemon juice. The citric acid in lemon juice can lighten hair, skin, and nails. In a small bowl, mix 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda with enough lemon juice to create a paste.

Let your nails sit in the mixture for about 15 minutes then rinse. Follow up with a clear base coat to keep nails strong.

You can repeat this process several times per week until your nails are lightened to your preference. You may also replace lemon juice with hydrogen peroxide, another whitening agent. Just follow the same steps from above.

Cost Comparison: Nail-Aid 2-Step Set Stain Remover & Brightener Nail Treatment, 0.47 fl oz$3.50 at WalMart.com

15. Cleansing Hair Rinse

Do you style your hair on a regular basis? Then chances are you’ve dealt with product buildup. This can be frustrating, as it leaves your hair looking and feeling lackluster. There are clarifying shampoos available, but they can be pretty drying.

Trying out a baking soda rinse may be a gentler option. Baking soda’s cleansing properties help gently remove product buildup and oil. In a large cup, combine warm water with a few tablespoons of baking soda. Pour the mixture through your hair and comb it.

If you have long or thick hair, you may need to repeat the process once more. Follow up with your regular shampoo and conditioner, and you’re good to go!

Cost Comparison: Suave Essentials Daily Clarifying Shampoo, 30 oz bottle$1.94 at Target.com

Baking Soda Uses For Cooking

16. Mouthwatering Meat Tenderizer

Tender and juicy meat is a must-have whether you’re grilling steaks or whipping up stir fry. Meat tenderizer is a popular choice for creating perfect dishes.

You can buy store bought tenderizer, but baking soda is a popular alternative. It sounds a bit strange, but the science behind it makes sense.

The alkaline properties of baking soda make it more difficult for proteins to bond to it. This ensures that the meat stays tender whenever and however you cook it. All you need to do is rub the meat with baking soda and store it in the fridge for 3-5 hours.

After this, make sure to thoroughly rinse the baking soda off. Cook as desired, and you’ll have tender meat that’s irresistible.

Cost Comparison: McCormick Meat Tenderizer, Unseasoned, 3.37 oz jar$2.48 at WalMart.com

17. Easy Produce Cleanser

I’m a huge fan of fresh produce, but it’s often not as clean as I’d like. You may notice that some fruits have a waxy surface. Veggies may have traces of dirt and pesticides.

This is normal, but it’s definitely something you should remove before consumption. Baking soda makes this as easy as possible.

Baking soda’s cleaning properties and exfoliant properties are the secrets to this DIY trick. Fill a large bowl with warm water and a few tablespoons of baking soda. Let your produce soak in the water for about 10 minutes.

There should be some baking soda left at the bottom of the bowl. Use this to lightly scrub any remaining residues off of the produce. Rinse thoroughly and enjoy!

Cost Comparison: Fit Organic Fruit & Vegetable Wash, 12 fl oz$3.87 at Walmart.com

18. Acidic Food Saver

Canned tomatoes are a great staple to have for dozens of different recipes. Coffee is a necessity for many people (myself included). Unfortunately, food and drinks like these are pretty acidic.

This can often lead to stomach upset, which definitely dampens your dining experience. But you don’t have to give up your favorite acidic foods and drinks.

A small pinch of baking soda can help neutralize acid in coffee. If you’re cooking a large dish, a ½ teaspoon works well. If you’re struggling to enjoy these foods, give this neat trick a shot. You may be surprised at how effective a dash of baking soda can be!

19. Fish Odor Remover

Freshly cooked fish is a very healthy entree, and it can be very delicious too. The unpleasant part is the lingering odor that occurs before and during the cooking process. Instead of powering through this problem, try a simple baking soda solution. Follow these simple steps:

  • Fill a baking dish with two cups of water. You made need a bit less or more depending on how much fish you’re cooking. You’ll just need enough to cover it.
  • Stir in ¼ cup baking soda.
  • Place the fish you’ll be cooking in a baking dish.
  • Let it sit for 1-3 hours.
  • Remove from dish, rinse the fish thoroughly, and begin the cooking process.

This is an old remedy that’s been around for decades; I saw it in a cookbook ages ago. I was happy to learn that it’s very effective. Since baking soda is a natural odor neutralizer, it makes perfect sense. If the strong smell of fish bothers you, consider this remedy next time you cook it.

20. Dried Bean Softener

If you cook with dried beans, you know that soaking them overnight is necessary. However, you may notice that your beans still don’t come out tender.

This can happen for several reasons such as improper storage or simply having old beans. But don’t toss them out and run to the store. Soaking the beans in water and baking soda can make a huge difference.

Baking soda works as a tenderizer because it speeds up the breakdown of pectin. Pectin is what gives the beans strength and adds to their cell structure. To soften beans, add ¼ teaspoon of baking soda for every pound of beans you’re soaking.

In the morning, rinse them like you normally would and use fresh water to cook them. It’s simple and can save you a few bucks here and there.

Baking Soda Uses For Outdoors

21. DIY Powdery Mildew Preventer

Have you ever noticed a mildew on your plants that looks like white powder? Powdery mildew is a common fungus that usually grows on the leaves and stems of plants. However, it can eventually spread to the rest of any plant.

Powdery mildew doesn’t outright kill plants, but it can definitely weaken them. There are many baking soda fungicide recipes online, and most of them are recommended for prevention purposes. Try out this simple recipe:

  • In a large container, combine one gallon of water, ½ teaspoon of liquid soap, and one tablespoon of baking soda.
  • Pour as much of the mixture as possible into a large spray bottle. Do not save and reuse any leftover mixture.
  • Spray the affected plants with this mixture once per week.

Many people suggest spraying the plants when the weather is humid or damp. This is when powdery mildew is most likely to grow.

Alternatively, you can apply the spray after you’ve watered your plants. Before you apply the mixture to all plants susceptible to powdery mildew, do a patch test on one leaf per plant. Though the mixture is gentle, this will reduce the chances of a poor reaction.

Cost Comparison: Safer Garden Fungicide, 32 oz bottle$10.29 at HomeDepot.com

22. Instant Compost Deodorizer

Do you have a compost bin or compost station in your yard? This is an excellent frugal way to get nutrient rich plant fertilizer. Unfortunately, the smell that comes from a compost bin isn’t so excellent.

If the odor bothers you, you can sprinkle baking soda onto your compost. The neutralizing properties reduce acidic buildup, and this keeps the pungent smell at bay. Do this as needed for a quick and effective fix.

23. Safe Slug Killer

If you enjoy gardening, you know that pest control is important. One pest that plagues many gardens is slugs. Slugs eat away at plant tissue and leave lots of unsightly holes.

They also eat away at fruits and vegetables, and sometimes slugs are fatal to plants. Chemical pesticides are a popular go-to for killing slugs, but they can be expensive and harmful.

Consider using baking soda to kill slugs safely in your garden. Simply sprinkle baking soda on slugs, and they’ll quickly die. Try to avoid sprinkling baking soda on your plants.

You can also sprinkle it in the areas surrounding your garden to keep them out. This trick also works for snails that may plague your garden. Filling a salt or pepper shaker with baking soda makes the process even easier.

Cost Comparison: Deadline Slug & Snail Slayer Mini-Pellets, 3 lb bag$4.93 at WalMart.com

24. Oil Stain Remedy

Oil and grease stains on cement are all too common. Even if you act quickly, oil and grease settle in quickly. The result is a stubborn residue on your patio, in your driveway, and so on.

The good news is that reducing or eliminating these stains is fairly easy thanks to baking soda. The process is pretty simple:

  • Coat the grease stain with a thick layer of baking soda.
  • Let the baking soda sit for at least 30 minutes. This gives it enough time to absorb the oil/grease.
  • Coat the bristles of an outdoor scrub brush with a generous amount of dish soap.
  • Using the soapy brush, work the baking soda into the concrete to remove the stain. This may take several minutes for stubborn stains.
  • Rinse away the baking soda and soap with water.

Once the concrete dries, the stain should be gone or significantly faded. Use this simple, cost-effective method any time an oil or grease spill occurs.

25. DIY Car Air Freshener

There’s nothing quite like a car that looks and smells clean. But if you’re like me, you may not like the smell of traditional car air fresheners. They often have a very synthetic odor that I’m simply not a fan of.

Or perhaps you simply can’t find an air freshener that you truly love. Either way, you can easily make your own natural car air freshener. Follow the quick and painless recipe below:

  • Add ¼ cup of baking soda to a mason jar. You can also use a recycled glass jar; just make sure not to use plastic.
  • Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil(s). Lemongrass oil and orange oil are a fantastically fresh combination.
  • Poke a few holes into the lid of the jar and secure it tightly.
  • Place the jar in a cup holder or pocket anywhere in your car.

That’s all there is to it! You have a long lasting and customized natural car air freshener. Replace the air freshener when the smell fades or when you feel like enjoying a new scent.

Cost Comparison: Refresh Your Car Plug In Air Freshener, 2 count$1.14 at WalMart.com

Baking Soda Uses – Miscellaneous

26. Doggie Dry Shampoo

If you’re a dog owner, you know how important a good grooming routine is. It’s not uncommon for furry friends to get a bit smelly in between baths.

The good news is that there is a very inexpensive way to keep your dog looking and smelling fresh. A recipe from Modern Dog Magazine features baking soda and other simple ingredients. Follow these steps:

  • Combine ½ cup cornstarch, ½ cup baking soda, and 3-5 drops of lavender oil.
  • Put the mixture into a container with a shaker top. For example, reuse an old seasoning container.
  • Brush your dog’s coat thoroughly.
  • Apply the dry shampoo and work in with your hands.
  • Brush your dog’s coat again.
  • Wipe off any excess dry shampoo with an old towel.

This doggie dry shampoo recipe deodorizes and adds shine. Lavender essential oil also deters ticks. Try out this DIY trick to keep your dog clean and fresh for next to nothing.

Cost Comparison: Four Paws Magic Coat Dry Dog & Cat Shampoo Powder, 7-oz bottle$5.99 at Chewy.com

27. Diaper Rash Remedy

Diaper rash is one of the most frustrating things I’ve dealt with as a parent. There are plenty of over the counter treatments available. However, they don’t always do the trick.

They can be very irritating to your baby if the rash is too raw. I personally swear by using baking soda in the bath and applying coconut oil afterward.

Baking soda’s neutralizing properties quickly neutralize acid in the rash area. The antimicrobial properties also help treat bacteria, infections, and yeast growth. Additionally, it’s a gentle and unscented cleanser.

Coconut oil offers antibacterial and antifungal properties, and it soothes and moisturizes the tender, damaged skin.

If you’re using an infant bath tub, add 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda into the warm water. Let your baby bathe for about 10-15 minutes, and gently pat dry or air dry her bottom.

If the rash is severe, repeat the process three times daily until you see results. For a full-sized bath with a toddler, I add about ½ to one cup of baking soda and follow the same steps.

Apply coconut oil if you desire, or simply use Vaseline as a barrier to protect the rash from urine and feces. I usually see results within a day or two.

Cost Comparison: Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment – 8 pack, 1.5 oz packets$5.99 at BedBathAndBeyond.com.

28. Cut Flower Freshener

Freshly cut flowers look fantastic and brighten up any room. The only problem is that they can begin to wilt pretty quickly. There are many home remedies for prolonging the life of cut flowers.

Baking soda is one of two ingredients in a cheap and simple solution. Add two tablespoons of sugar and one teaspoon of baking soda into the vase water.

The sugar keeps the flowers fed. Baking soda’s antimicrobial properties help keep bacteria at bay. This useful trick will only cost you a few pennies.

Cost Comparison: Floralife Crystal Clear Flower Food Packets, 20 Count$3.95 at HarrisSeeds.com

29. Fast Fire Extinguisher

If you love cooking, you probably know a bit about kitchen safety. Knowing what to do in the event of a grease fire is crucial. Your first instinct might be to throw water on the fire, but this can actually make things much worse.

If you don’t have a fire extinguisher on hand, baking soda is a saving grace. Baking soda smothers the fire and prevents it from oxygen exposure. This helps it die down quickly.

In the event of a fire, turn the heat off and leave the pot or pan in place. Moving it is a burn hazard. Cover the fire in a very generous amount of baking soda – we’re talking several handfuls.

This should kill the fire pretty quickly. Once the fire is out, leave the room to get fresh air. That’s really all that there is to it.

(Note: You should always call 911 if the fire gets out of hand or if you feel that you need any kind of assistance.)

30. Easy Ant Eliminator

Aside from cockroaches, ants are the pests that frustrate me the most. When you see a few, you know there’s likely several more lurking around.

I try to avoid using toxic pesticides, as they can be pretty dangerous. Instead, I make a simple non-toxic pesticide using a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and powdered sugar.

Ants quickly feed on the mixture due to the sweet powdered sugar. The baking soda neutralizes the acid in their bodies and kills them. They don’t die right away, but this is actually a good thing. The ants will often take the food to their nest where more ants feed on it.

You can use this safe and effective pesticide indoors and outdoors. Sprinkle the mixture wherever you see ants and make sure to treat points of entry.

This may include small cracks or around windows and doors. After several days pass, you should see a huge decline in ants. Repeat the process as necessary.

Cost Comparison: EcoSmart Organic Ant & Roach Killer, 14 fl oz spray can$3.99 at Target.com

Final Thoughts

As you can see, baking soda has so many unique and effective money-saving uses. A hefty 3.5-pound bag costs about $2.50, so you have nothing to lose.

It’s possible to reduce your expenses by hundreds of dollars when you use baking soda. Save about $6 by using it as an exfoliator and nearly $4 by using it as a produce cleaner. That’s an instant $10 in savings.

Cutting costs is a crucial part of frugal living, and we aim to make it enjoyable. Our Save Money section is full of great information. Two articles I recommend reading are 10 Ways On How To Save $100 Dollars A Month and 23 Ways To Save Money On Pets: Affordable Pet Care.

You’ll quickly see that there are hundreds of ways to save money without making big sacrifices. Thanks for reading and happy frugaling!

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