It’s not often that we hear of people giving the irreplaceable life tool that is baking soda the recognition that it deserves. Believe us when we tell you that the white powder is so much more than just that deodorizer that sits at the back of your smelly fridge…

Over the years, we’ve told you all about how baking soda can rev up your beauty routine, strengthen your health, polish your finest silver, and even get rid of that harmful plaque that’s currently stuck in between your pearly whites!

Yep, baking soda is pretty much a DIYer’s dream, but just because it’s an incredibly versatile ingredient doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with its disadvantages. Take its packaging, for instance— just how in the heck is someone going to use the stuff without pouring half of the box all over their kitchen counter?!

Sure, you could stick a spoon or a measuring cup in there, but we hope that you won’t be wearing black while you are doing it. There’s nothing like needing to change your outfit just because you decided to make use of that good old baking soda!

So, what’s the solution? Well, all you need to do to cut out that mess is pour that baking soda into a salt shaker.

We know what you’re thinking: Why didn’t I think of that?!

And if you’re not entirely convinced, let us take this time to assure you that salt shakers make for more even, completely mess-free pours. Seriously guys, you’ll notice a stark difference between the “spoon” and the “shake” almost immediately!

To make your own handy baking soda-filled salt shaker, all you need to do is empty out the contents of one of your old shakers, unscrew the metal top, and pour in the white powder— preferably with the help of a funnel, unless you have really good aim!

Now that your baking soda is safely in its new home, be sure that you pay attention to proper storage protocols. If you use the ingredient frequently, you know that the powder can easily start cracking and clumping if it’s exposed to moisture. This means that, if you live in a particularly humid climate, yours is now at a higher risk of falling victim to the sweat. To remedy this, we recommend topping the metal holes with plastic wrap when not in use!

From there, you can keep it handy in both your kitchen and your bathroom for all of your cleaning and/or beauty needs. Of course, just make sure that you either create a VERY obvious label or just simply keep it away from your kitchen table. There’s nothing like accidentally pouring a generous heap of baking soda onto your dinner, thinking that it’s salt. We love baking soda, sure, but we don’t love it that much!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this hack! Do you think it’s smart, or just plain silly? Do you have a better way of distributing baking soda? How do you use this item around your house?