Baking soda is typically used in one of two ways: as a leavening ingredient in baking or to keep your refrigerator odor-free. But there are so many more possibilities!
Let’s start at the beginning: What is baking soda, exactly? Sodium bicarbonate, sometimes known as baking soda, is a salt. Because it is somewhat alkaline, it acts to neutralize acids. Its deodorizing properties are due to its neutralizing property. It’s also why toothpastes, deodorants, and laundry detergents include it.
The kitchen is one of the rooms in the house that produces the most smells (we won’t discuss the other room that produces scents, at least not today), and since it is a place where people make food and eat, many people prefer natural, subtle cleaning agents over strong-smelling, harsh chemicals. Baking soda comes into play. Here are seven ways to freshen up your kitchen using baking soda!
- The Sink
Unwelcome scents can be produced by a buildup in the drain and on the surface of your sink. Sprinkle baking soda in the sink, scour and wash down the sides and bottom with a sponge, then rinse with hot water. And get some additional mileage out of that expired box in your fridge by pouring it down the drain and rinsing it off with warm water to get rid of stale sink odors.
2. Cutting Boards
To clean wood or plastic cutting boards, use baking soda. Make a paste using baking soda and water, then use it to clean your boards. You’re done after a thorough rinse with hot water.
3. Dish Washer
It’s not uncommon for loading the dishwasher to be an attack on your sense of smell! To simply remove lingering food odors, use baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher. To thoroughly clean the dishwasher, prepare a paste with baking soda and hot water, then clean and scrape the nooks around the dishwasher seals and door using a toothbrush dipped in the paste.
4. The Refrigerator
You undoubtedly already have a box of baking soda in your fridge, but do you know how frequently it needs to be replaced? To prevent flavor transfer and keep meals taste fresher for longer, it’s suggested that you change your baking soda every 30 days. The box is spill-proof and has air-flowing front and back panels that can be removed. Purchase two of these cartons and store one in your freezer.
5. Garbage Disposal
Pour 12 cup baking soda into the garbage disposal after running hot water down the drain for a few minutes. Run extra hot water to rinse the disposal after a few minutes. Add a couple slices of lemon to the disposal while it’s running for added cleaning power, then rinse with cool water. Use ice cubes in the disposal while running cold water to give the lemon chunks additional volume. With a clean, zesty scent, your disposal will be quickly freshened.
6. Garbage Pail
Whether you have a concealed garbage can or a free-standing open garbage can in your kitchen, baking soda can help. Wipe clean the container with a sponge dipped in baking soda. Then, on the bottom of the bucket, add a little baking soda. To successfully keep smells at bay, sprinkle the bag with baking soda after putting in a new waste liner.