Baking Soda: Is There Anything It Can’t Do?

Baking Soda: Is There Anything It Can’t Do?

Kathryn Wright
May 6, 2010

Green Cleaning Month would not be complete without a roundup of uses for baking soda, one of the most versatile cleaning products available. Baking soda is recognized as an eco-friendly cleaner as it's non-toxic and even edible. But how many people actually know where it comes from? The short answer is that it's made of mined soda ash. It's not a renewable resource, but apparently the world's supply of soda ash is more than enough to meet demand for thousands of years, so go ahead and get cleaning!

Uses for Baking Soda Paste (three-parts baking soda, one-part water):

  • Silver polish
  • Hard flooring scuff-mark removal
  • Laundry stain remover - pretreat stains
  • Mildew and grime removal off of most surfaces
  • Coffee and tea stain removal from cups
  • Polish for pots & pans
  • Damaged DVD or CD restoration - rub with paste, rinse off with water and dry

Baking Soda as a Deodorizer:

  • The classic fridge & freezer deodorizer
  • Garbage can deodorizer - sprinkle a bit in the bottom before placing the liner
  • Cat litterbox deodorizer
  • Shoe deodorizer - fill a sock with baking soda and place in your shoes overnight

Other Uses:

  • Coffee maker rinse - run a pot of coffee with a bit of baking soda in the filter
  • Drain clog prevention or removal - pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of boiling white vinegar or water

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