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Fun with (zero waste) vinegar and baking soda!

As the proud owner of both zero waste baking soda and zero waste vinegar I want to share with you four of the many  ways I use it.

1. Sprinkling baking soda on the carpet (leave it for 10-20 minutes) and then vacuuming up deodorizes nicely. If you like smelly carpet deodorizer you can sprinkle down any spice or herb too. I suggest cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.

2. Using vinegar as the rinse agent in our dishwasher. (Yes, I gave in and am using it instead of nothing)

3. Sprinkle a little baking soda to the bottom of our garbage can to keep it smelling fresh.

4.   Almost totally zero-waste (because my salt isn’t zero-waste yet) Muscle Soother Bath – 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup Epsom Salts, and 1/2 cup salt mixed. Use 1/2 cup per bath. Most of the time I just use straight Epsom Salts or baking soda because I am lazy.

How do you use baking soda and vinegar to replace unnecessary chemicals?


Less is more. -Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


5 thoughts on “Fun with (zero waste) vinegar and baking soda!

  1. I use baking soda as a scrub on counters and pots, sprinkle directly on object and scrub-a-dub. I clean my garbage bin every time I take the garbage out then spray it with vinegar and let dry. That takes away the yucky smell, I do the same with my food scrap green bin. I’m going to try vinegar in my clothes washer pre-wash for my towels, they seem to have acquired a funky smell. I’ll let all know how that goes (I use the soapnuts as a detergent).

    Posted by Sarah Tobin | April 17, 2012, 12:23 am
    • Great ideas! How are you liking the soap nuts Sarah?

      Posted by stephanieough | April 17, 2012, 7:36 am
      • So far so good 🙂 Some of the clothes have a funky smell, but I figure that those smells have been there for a while, just masked by my regular laundry detergent. I’m going to try the vinegar solution to see if that helps, can’t hurt! And there is a recipe for liquid soapnut solution that I can add essential oils to and make nice smells.

        Posted by Sarah Tobin | April 17, 2012, 8:47 am
      • That’s a good point about the masking of odours by “parfum”. What ever that is. If the vinegar doesn’t work maybe baking soda would. You have a front loader? You could put it in the detergent slot.

        Posted by stephanieough | April 17, 2012, 8:55 am


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