Bicarbonate of soda (also known as baking soda in the US) is probably one of the hardest working products in the pantry. An essential ingredient in baking, it’s also a powerful cleaner. Combined with vinegar, it can deal with everything from grout to your front-loader washing machine.
The only drawback is that it’s tricky to pour the exact amount you need without tipping out half the box of powder. You probably waste as much bicarb as you use.
The solution? According to Apartment Therapy, you should store it in a salt shaker. Not only is it inexpensive, it “gives a precise pour every time.” And it doesn’t take up too much room in your cleaning caddy.
After some easy ways to clean with bicarbonate of soda? Here’s a round-up of our best tips.