Thrift Pick: Baking Soda

cattLet’s talk about my cat, again.  Whether you’re a feline owner or not, I think it’s safe to say we all know that litter boxes are a smelly inconvenience.  In the past year, I have tried everything from the pine-type litter to the scented “litter sprays” they sell at Pet Smart.  They’ve worked for about a day or two, at best.  And then one day, I read somewhere (on Pinterest, probably) that people get great results with litter box odor by using baking soda in the bottom and mixed throughout the litter.  Light bulb!  I decided to mix one of Young Living’s oil blends (Purification) with some baking soda… and Cat and I haven’t looked back since.

And then my thriftiness went to another level… why not use that perfect little, amazing deodorizer for other things in my home?  It would save me money, it’s chemical-free, and it would save me money! (see what I did there?)  So today, I’m going to share with you 5 different ways you can use the SAME deodorizer mixture you create… all for under one whole dollar.


What will you need?  A glass jar/container of any kind (preferably, with a lid).  And to stay on the thrifty theme, I’m telling you, don’t go out and buy a jar!  Go to your refrigerator, see what’s almost gone… and eat it.  Then, let the jar sit with (you guessed it) baking soda and hot water overnight. Wipe it out and you have yourself a place to store your deodorizer.  Seriously, anything like these will do:


If the lid with your jar is metal, get creative.  You’ll want holes in it so you can use it as a shaker.  The handy man in this house used a drill bit.  If you’re using a mason jar that has the little metal, removal disc in the middle, you can either put holes in that OR replace it with a piece of scrapbooking paper.  Simply trace the disc out on the paper and cut it.  It will fit right into the lid.  Once you have it on the jar, you can poke as many holes as you want through it using something sharp.


Baking soda.  Cheap and easy to find.  If I’m looking to buy it quickly on the run, I’ll head over to the Dollar Tree.  They sell it there for $0.59 a box.  But, if you know you’ll be using it for countless projects, then you can save one more penny per ounce and get it at Walmart – where it’s $2.24 for 4lbs.

Your optional choice in this project is the essential oil.  Baking soda already neutralizes odors on its own.  I add the Purification blend because it can help with cleansing and disinfecting* AND I just love the way it smells.  (If you are opting to use Purification and need some direction on how to get it, let me know!).


Have everything?  Great!  You’ll need 1 cup (8 ounces) of baking soda and 10-12 drops of oil (if you’re using it).  Pour the drops in and stir really good, making sure the clumps are gone.  And put your lid on.  Note: you can use other essential oils besides Purification.  I have used Thieves and Lavender, as well.


Now you can get to shaking!  Here are my 5 favorite ways to use my universal deodorizer:

  1. Cat’s litter box.  Every time I clean it out, I sprinkle it across the bottom before adding her litter.  Then, I sprinkle it on top the litter and mix it around.  I like it, she doesn’t mind, and it’s safe for her.  Winning.
  2. My boyfriend’s work boots and my tennis shoes.  I have no shame – my feet can STINK sometimes, especially after working out.  I’ll sprinkle the deodorizer in the bottoms of the shoes at night.  And sometimes, after taking my socks off, I’ll rub a little on my feet too.
  3. On our mattress.  I always wash our sheets and blankets… and when I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll even vacuum the mattress before putting everything back on.  But now, I take a quick extra step and do a quick sprinkle too.  It’s game changing.
  4. The carpet before vacuuming.  No more buying Febreze Carpet Deodorizer.  Again, this is cheaper and safer for the whole house!
  5. In the sink and garbage disposal.  Sprinkle it around (like you would with Comet or something similar) and scrub away.  Get some down in the disposal, too.  Let it sit for a while and then run the hot water.  I’ll repeat it – cheaper and safer.

Let’s break down the costs and compare.

1 16 oz. box of baking soda from the Dollar Tree comes out to $.04 per ounce.  At 8 ounces, that’s $0.32.  If you’re using Purification, the cost comes out to $.06 per drop.  At 10 drops, you’re at $0.60.  Your universal deodorizer is $0.92 with Purification and $0.32 without.  


  • Cat Litter Deodorizer – I’ve seen it at $6.99 at PetSmart.
  • Odor Eaters Shoe Deodorizer – at Target for $4.29.
  • Febreze Hawaiian Aloha Room and Carpet Deodorizing Powder – $5.99 on Amazon.
  • Comet – at Target for a low price of $0.99, but it is also to be kept out of reach of children and pets and could be harmful if swallowed.  You’re DIY deodorizer is safe and chemical free.

By using the universal deodorizer you make, you would potentially be saving $17.34!  I call that a win, too.

“I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake…” 🙂  Nicki

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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