You already know that vinegar is the ultimate cleaning product, but baking soda certainly gives it a run for its money. Like vinegar, it is inexpensive, easy to find, and safe for pets and people alike. Unlike vinegar (which has a distinct and unpleasant musk), baking soda is not only odorless, but it also sucks up and eliminates any nearby odors. You can use it to make cookies, to eliminate odors in your fridge, to clean up grease spills on the driveway, and more! For more proof that baking soda is amazing, please read on. The many uses for baking soda around the house will astound you and if it’s not in your cabinet already, you’re sure to pick some up soon.
What is Baking Soda?
Although it looks very similar to flour or powdered sugar, baking soda is far more powerful and multifunctional than those other white powders. Also known as sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), baking soda is a chemical compound and is known as nahcolite in its mineral form. Its long history extends back to the Egyptians (they also used it to clean), but it wasn’t until 1846 that New York bakers John Dwight and Austin Church established the first baking soda factory, creating the powder from sodium carbonate and carbon dioxide. Since then, people around the world have been using it to cook and clean, amongst other uses. It can also be used as an antacid, an amphoteric (it neutralizes acids and bases), a paint remover (sodablasting), and a fungicide.
Uses for Baking Soda Around the House
Although you’ll find it in many recipes, today we’re going to look at the uses for baking soda as a cleaning agent. Check out its many, varied uses:
- Clean your microwave (Apply with a damp sponge, scrub, and rinse with water).
- Clean your oven (Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the oven, spray with water, and let sit overnight. Scrub, rinse, and wipe in the morning).
- Wash dishes (Add 2 tablespoons to warm water, along with detergent, to cut grease, remove food residue, and clean dishes more effectively).
- Clean smelly sponges (Soak smelly sponges in a bath of 1 quart warm water and 4 tablespoons baking soda).
- Polish silver (Make a paste of 4 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub onto silverware, polish, and rinse).
- Remove oil, grease, and gas stains from driveway (Sprinkle on and scrub with a wet brush).
- Deodorize your refrigerator (Place an opened box of baking soda in the fridge. They also make special boxes of baking soda just for this purpose with a screen on the front).
- Clean your barbecue grill (Make a paste by dampening baking soda with water. Scrub onto grill with a brush. Wipe clean).
- Deodorize drains (Pour 1/2 cup down the drain and run warm tap water).
- Clean countertops (Sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth. Scrub and wipe clean).
- Remove burnt-on food (Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the pot or pan and add hot water. Let soak overnight. Clean as usual).
- Remove scents from carpet (Sprinkle on, let sit overnight, and vacuum up).
I could go on and on about the many uses for baking soda, but believe me when I say that baking soda is an amazing, multifunctional product. Plus, it’s cheap and you can find it at any grocery store, retail store (Walmart, Target), and possibly even at gas stations. Along with vinegar, it’s one of the best cleaning products to keep in your house. Have them both on hand and you’ll be ready for anything!