Baking soda is cheap and really effective at many different things. Some people use it to keep bugs away, others prefer it for its scrubbing abilities and still others have a box in the fridge to keep odors at bay.
You can mix a bit of baking soda with your favorite fabric softener and sprinkle this mixture over your mattress to freshen the bedroom just a bit. Every other month or so, do this and let it set for about an hour. Vacuum it away and it will take odors as well as dust mites with it. You can simply keep the mixture in a mason jar or another sprinkle jar to have it readily on hand.
You may even want to store the jar in your closet or dresser to help keep your clothes smelling fresh all the time. Fabric softeners alone are great but the scent wears off after a while in the closet. This mixture ensures that your clothes always smell their best and it removes those nasty dust mites from the mattress that can cause allergies and other problems.
Clean Makeup Brushes
You can easily clean makeup brushes, hairbrushes, combs and practically anything else in your bathroom with just a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and some warm water. To clean brushes, just add the baking soda and water together in a small bowl. Add brushes one at a time and swoosh them around in the water so that the baking soda can do its job.
This is a great way to keep your makeup brushes fresh and clean and lasting longer. Instead of throwing them out when they become gunked up with makeup, just use a little baking soda and clean them up. This is also a great recipe for cleaning hairbrushes and combs. The baking soda will remove hairspray and other chemicals that may build up on your brushes and combs and leave them sparkling clean which is much better for your hair. Do this about once a month to keep all of your brushes in good shape.