As more and more people are using natural cleaning products, baking soda has made its way back into the kitchen and bathroom as a great cleaning product.

Baking soda is such a versatile product, and the uses are endless. But below are at least five great uses for that box of baking soda you have in the back of your kitchen cabinets. You may want to go out now and get a few more boxes of baking soda!

1. Keep a open box of baking soda in your refrigerator to get rid of that sour smell or all those onions from last nights dinner leftovers. Take the lid right off the box, and put it at the back where it won't get knocked over. Then once a month change it, but don't throw out the old one, you can use it to now scour the sink, and flush some down the drain to help keep it smelling good as well.

2. Unclog your kitchen drain. If your kitchen drain is running slow, then try this simple procedure. Take a cup of baking soda, and 1/2 cup of plain white vinegar. Put the baking soda down the drain first. Then follow that with the vinegar, it will begin to froth. Leave it for at least 15 minutes to 30 minutes, and then boil your kettle and pour boiling water down the drain. Your drain should run better now and smell better.

Also give your kitchen sink a good scrubbing with baking soda. If you need a good scouring powder, then add salt to the mixture and you can scour your sink, just as well as a scouring powder from the grocery store, and not be using harsh chemicals.

3. If your dishwasher is looking a little dingy, you can add a little baking soda to your next load and it will give your dishwasher detergent an extra boost and not only with the dishwasher look cleaner but so will your glasses.

4. If you have been stung by a bee, you know how the pain keeps coming back. Take some baking soda and make it into a paste with a bit of water and put on your sting. This will ease the pain pretty quick. This works well on any insect bites that are itching or burning. I found it worked well on mosquito bites. Keep a box of baking soda with your first aid supplies, or in the bathroom as well as the kitchen. Baking soda is so inexpensive you should keep some in every room!

5. Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet and wait about 15 minutes. Then vacuum your carpet and you will get rid of stale odors, especially those from your pets. This is just as good as those fancy deodorizing powders you pay a lot for in the grocery store. This also deodorizes your vacuum cleaner bag and brushes.

If you are finding that your pets are leaving more odors on the carpet, then maybe it is time to sprinkle some on them as well! Work some into your dogs fur for example, and then brush it out, and you will remove oils and stale smells. This is a dry shampoo and works wonders on your pets and is non toxic. So good for your carpets and your pets!

Baking powder is inexpensive and has so many uses.

My Grandmother used to tell me all the time, that people didn't used to run to the store for cleaners. That there are many homemade recipes that worked just as well at cleaning and deodorizing as the commercial products that we all have under our sink today. But the homemade cleaners were a lot more friendly on the environment and you!

But we are coming full circle again, and many of these homemade recipes for cleaners and deodorizers are making a comeback and are very popular. I remember as a child, watching her with her vinegar cleaners for windows, and her baking soda deodorizers, and thinking she was crazy, why not just buy the spray cleaner in the grocery store?

But here we are now, wanting to have less of an impact on the environment, and we are re-visiting these natural cleaners. There are many homemade natural cleaner recipes on the internet. You can get empty spray bottles from the dollar store and you can make up quick batches of your natural cleaners, and as long as you label them, you will have them ready.

But I remember she would just grab some baking soda and sprinkle it in the sink then throw some salt on that and then scrub the sink then rinse it. She was just used to grabbing this natural ingredients as she needed them. One day we will get used to this too!

Baking soda should be the first item on your list, it can do everything from freshen your carpets to unclogging your drains to scrubbing your sinks clean and shiny and even keeping the cat litter box smelling fresher! After cleaning out your litter box next time, just put a layer of baking soda in the bottom under your regular litter, and it will absorb the ammonia smell that is quite strong from a multiple cat house!

If you keep a few simple ingredients in your house then you will be able to clean and deodorize most things. Baking soda, white vinegar and salt, are great basics to have. These are not only great food additives but make great natural cleaners. Hopefully we just get used to reaching for a box of baking soda rather than a chemical spray. Once we get into these habits, we can make a difference on our health and the environment.

There are commercial products that are being produced that are natural cleaners, which is great, but baking soda is cheaper and has many uses besides fluffing up your biscuits!

So next time you get a bee sting, or your drains run slow, or your carpet smells bad, try getting into the habit of reaching for baking soda first.