What can’t baking soda do? It’s the magic ingredient for baking, it can be used in the bathroom, it can help clean carpets, and most of all – it’s an absolute godsend for the kitchen.
Here are 11 genius uses for baking soda in the kitchen that will make your life so much easier.
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1. Clean grimy oven racks
With a little bit of vinegar and baking soda, you can have your dirty, sticky oven racks clean and sparkling like new. Take your racks out of the oven, place them in the bathtub, and spritz them with white vinegar. Liberally pour baking soda on them and let them sit for 10 minutes. Let them soak in hot water for 10 more minutes, then scrub away! Hunker has the full tutorial.
2. Deep clean your fridge
If you want to deep clean your refrigerator and get rid of sticky spills and stains, baking soda and vinegar are there to come to the rescue. Make a thick paste of vinegar and baking soda in a bowl, then use a sponge to apply a layer of the mixture on the surfaces of your fridge. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, then wipe away. Centsable Mama has step-by-step instructions.
3. Homemade grout cleaner
The grout on our tile floors or on our kitchen backsplashes can become dirty quickly. Luckily, baking soda makes cleaning it a breeze. Create a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, then spread it over your dirty grout. Let it sit for an hour or so, then wipe off using a cloth and warm water. At The Picket Fence has the full tutorial.
4. Remove stains and oils from cabinets
Using a simple mixture of coconut oil and baking soda, your kitchen cabinets will be grease and fingerprint-free in a flash. Just mix one part coconut oil with two parts baking soda and make a thick paste. Apply the mixture to your cabinets and work it in with your fingers, then wipe off! One Good Thing by Jillee has the tutorial.
5. Make your stainless steel sparkle
Fabulessly Frugal has an awesome tutorial on how to make your stainless steel sparkle using a few ingredients that you already have in your kitchen. You’ll need baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, and a soft cloth. Head over to her blog for the instructions.
6. Clean your produce
Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on your produce and scrub them with a clean sponge to remove any dirt and grit that might be hiding in the grooves of the fruits and veggies. Rinse thoroughly and you’re good to go.
7. Clean your oven
No one likes cleaning a dirty oven. It might be one of the worst chores in the entire house. Thankfully, baking soda is here to help. Create a paste using 1/2 cup water, 1/4-1/2 cup baking soda, and a tablespoon of castile soap. Spread the mixture all around your oven, let sit for 30 minutes, then wipe away. Clean Mama has instructions with photos.
8. Remove stinky odors from your hands
After chopping up onions or garlic, you could be left with some pretty potent odors left on your hands. Remove the strong smell by mixing baking soda with a little water, give your hands a good scrub, making sure to get under your nails and in your cuticles, then rinse away.
9. Scented sink scrub
Kitchen sinks can get dirty and smelly after a while, but all you’ll need is some baking soda and essential oils to have it shiny and smell-free. Mix a box of baking soda with 10-12 drops of a fresh smelling essential oil like peppermint or eucalyptus. Scrub your sink with the mixture and rinse away.
10. Clean your coffee maker
You might clean your coffee pot after each use, but what about the machine itself? After a while, the oils in the coffee can cause build-up. Give it a good thorough clean by mixing a few tablespoons of baking soda and water and run it through a normal brew cycle. Then, brew another cycle using just water.
11. Deep clean your dishwasher
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You might not know it, but your dishwasher is filthy. Give it a good, deep clean with baking soda, vinegar, and some dish soap. Reviewed has an easy-to-follow tutorial on how to get your dishwasher sparkling clean.
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