You will find baking soda in most kitchen cabinets.  But it is not just for baking.  Here is a sampling of what you can use baking soda for:

  • Replace your scouring powders with baking soda.  Baking soda is mild and yet works to break up soap scum and grease.
  • Mix 1 cup of baking soda to 1/3 cup water to clean countertops.  Baking soda has a bleaching action to remove some stains if left on overnight.
  • Leave an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator and freezer to remove odors.
  • Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drains and garbage disposal to help remove gunk and keep it smelling fresh.
  • Sprinkle a little baking soda in trash cans for help with odors.
  • If you have a dog, sprinkle a little baking soda around in the carpets to help with odors.  It can be easily vacuumed up.