Baking soda is the just the type of household staple that the more you look into it, the more useful you realize it is. Besides its main function as an ingredient in some recipes, it serves as an excellent natural alternative to chemical-based household cleansers, scrubs and deodorizers for a multitude of purposes indoors and out.
Baking soda is so good at removing odors, some brands recommend placing an open box in the fridge to eliminate odors. Besides being a refrigerator refresher, baking soda deodorizes all sorts of areas around the house. Sprinkle a layer in the litter box before adding litter to keep the kitty’s space fresh. Homemade deodorizing cakes banish foul smells from trash bins and diaper pails alike. Mix 1⁄2 cup of baking soda with enough water to make a paste, adding a few drops of peppermint or lavender essential oil for fragrance. Spoon the solution into paper muffin cups and allow it to harden overnight. Use one deodorant cake in lockers or even in the trash can outside to help keep odors to a minimum.
Baking soda comes to the rescue when it's time to clean chrome and stainless steel around the kitchen and bathroom. Mix a little water into several tablespoons of baking soda – just enough to make a paste – then rub the paste over the metal with a soft cloth or sponge. Clean the baking soda away with a fresh wet sponge, then dry the chrome with a soft towel for golf clubs, stainless steel appliances and grill grates.
Erase scuff marks from the floor with baking soda and just enough water to give it a paste-like consistency. Rub the mixture on with a soft cloth, wipe it away, then follow up with an eraser. Baking soda paste also removes crayon marks from many surfaces, and will clean away those stubborn tea and coffee stains left behind in mugs and cups.
A cup of baking soda added to a load of laundry, along with your favorite detergent, helps freshen clothes and keeps them bright. Scrub produce fresh from the store by sprinkling baking soda on, then scrubbing with a damp vegetable brush. Or, apply a paste of baking soda and water over insect bites or poison ivy to stop the itch.