Baking soda has been a go-to household product for generations; however, when multitudes of commercial products became available for cleaning, laundry, personal care and pet care, people seemed to forget just how convenient and inexpensive this simple, handy household product is. Advertisements lured us in and convinced us that we needed to spend significantly more money on the latest cleaning product to hit the market, even though our grandmothers could tell us that baking soda would do the trick for a fraction of the cost.
Of course, baking soda is not just good for the home; it is also something that you should always have on hand in your RV. Aside from the most common uses, such as keeping an open box in the refrigerator and having a box on hand to extinguish grease fires, there are hundreds of other uses for baking soda that can help you save money, steer clear of chemical-laden cleaners and avoid filling the limited storage space in your RV with several different products.
Here are 10 reasons we should all keep baking soda on board whenever we are on the road:
- Sprinkling baking soda on upholstery or carpet before vacuuming will assist with dirt removal and leave behind a clean, fresh scent.
- Adding baking soda to cat litter is a great way to limit cat box odors in small spaces.
- Slow drains can be remedied by using baking soda followed by distilled white vinegar, then followed by boiling water.
- A small amount of baking soda mixed with water to form a paste makes a great non-abrasive cleaner for sinks and countertops that need a good scrubbing.
- Baking soda and water is all you need to deep clean and deodorize your coffee maker and tea pot.
- Baking soda on a damp sponge is a cheap, easy way to clean and deodorize trash cans and recycling bins.
- Baking soda dissolved in water is an effective home remedy for heartburn and acid indigestion. Most baking soda containers have instructions on how to use it as an antacid.
- All you need is a sponge, a soft cloth and 1/4 cup baking soda mixed with one quart of warm water to battle tar, bugs, tree sap and road grime on your RV’s exterior.
- RV water tanks can be deodorized by flushing a solution of one cup baking soda mixed with one gallon of warm water.
- Sprinkling a little baking soda inside sneakers between uses will help prevent smelly shoes stinking up your RV.
These are just 10 of the many uses for baking soda while on the road, which is precisely why every RV should be stocked with baking soda before heading out on your next adventure!