I use baking soda for lots of cleaning around my house and especially in the kitchen. A few shakes in a dirty pot for soaking overnight, as a mild abrasive to scrub the sink with, as a deodorizer in the compost pail that sits on the kitchen counter or sprinkled into the garbage can. It’s also a great alternative to silver polish for cleaning sterling silver. My last shaker jar sat under our sink and got knocked over regularly. It wasn’t quite cute enough to sit out on my kitchen window sill next to flowers or fresh herbs. And, even though there are worse spills than baking soda to clean up, I was on the hunt (at garage and estate sales, of course) for a cuter glass jar so I could have it be front and center of my kitchen sink, easily accessible all the time.
How to Make a Baking Soda Shaker for Cleaning
- Glass jar – check estate sales or garage sales for a pretty one if you’d like but really any glass jar will do.
- A top for the glass jar that can be drilled or nailed into.
- Drill (or nail and hammer) to make holes.
- Baking soda – to fill the new shaker.
Start with a jar that’s clean, dry and labels removed. Then, mark on a piece of paper the pattern of holes to cut.
Mark the top of the shaker with your pattern. A pencil didn’t show up on mine so I had to use a permanent marker.
Drill the holes being careful not to drill any fingers. A nail with a hammer works well here also (but remove the top from the jar before hammering).
Do the drilling or hammering with the glass out-of-the-way. We don’t want our cute glass jars getting broken!
Here’s what didn’t work out for me. The circle on the inside of my lid was glass. I thought it was wax or plastic (yes, I even had my reading glasses on but I still couldn’t see!) and the drill wouldn’t go through it. I finally had to pry it out with a screw driver once I cracked it. The old Ball lids (one piece construction) don’t seem to be for sale any longer but I really like how they look. I think they make really great lids for baking soda shakers, don’t you?
Surprise! It’s glass – not wax or plastic.
It was a quick clean up and then I filled my jar up with baking soda.
This big bag of baking soda is from Costco. I keep it in my laundry area because I like to add baking soda to my washing machine loads, too, as needed.
I love how it looks on the window sill in my kitchen and it’s within reach of whoever is doing the dishes after dinner – preferably one of my kids!!
And, because it’s actually clean – a view of the kitchen sink! The window sill is complete with a vase full of fresh cilantro, too.
That’s it – a baking soda shaker ready for cleaning dishes, the sink or freshening my smelly compost pail. Very Go Gingham!
What are your cleaning tricks in the kitchen? Do you have baking soda shaker?
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Here’s a little video of me using my last shaker from my appearance on AMNW last December: