8 of the best ways to use baking soda in your kitchen

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Baking soda is for more than just baking and making science fair volcanoes. This white powder provides gentle scouring action for cleaning almost everything in your kitchen. For less than a dollar a box, you have a chemical-free and effective kitchen cleaner.
These baking soda cleaning tips will show you how to get the most use out of a box of baking soda. From your sink to your floor, your kitchen will be sparkling.
1. Remove water stains from your stainless steel (h/t Fabulessly Frugal)
Water stains on your stainless steel are difficult to remove. Your dishwasher and refrigerator might both suffer from the drips and drops down the stainless façade. Wipe these stains away easily with a mixture of vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and olive oil. Gently rub the paste over the stainless surface, and then wipe off to reveal a like-new shine.
2. Get grime off of oven racks (h/t eHow)
That brown buildup on your oven racks is more than just unsightly. If left uncleaned, your oven could emit a burning odor when you use it. The longer you allow it to bake on, the harder it is to remove. This simple baking soda cleaning method makes cleaning your oven racks incredibly easy. Simply spray with vinegar, then sprinkle liberally with baking soda. After 10 minutes, soak the racks in hot water. The grime should easily wipe off with a scrubbing sponge.
3. Clean your oven (h/t Clean Mama)
Skip the noxious fumes of commercial oven cleaners and grab the things you already have in your kitchen. A paste of dish soap, baking soda and water gives you all the scrubbing power you need to easily clean your oven. The dish soap breaks down baked-on food, while the baking soda provides a gentle grit for scrubbing. Apply the paste, then let it work for 30 minutes before wiping off.
4. Deep clean your refrigerator (h/t Centsable Momma)
There's nothing like opening a nice, clean fridge. If yours is a little sticky and smelly, simply unload the fridge and use a baking soda and vinegar paste to wipe all surfaces. Allow to remain for a few minutes, then wipe off to reveal a clean and fresh refrigerator.
5. Shine your sink (h/t The Make Your Own Zone)
Leaving your sink shiny clean every evening sets you up for a great morning. All it takes is a few minutes to use a baking soda scrub to really shine up your stainless sink. It will even help brighten an old-fashioned porcelain sink. All you need is one box of baking soda and 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Sprinkle onto your sink, scrub and rinse. That's all you need to do to wake up to a sparkling sink.
6. Whiten your grout (h/t At The Picket Fence)
If the grout in your tile backsplash or floor has seen its better days, brighten it to a sparkling white with this combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Create a paste and smear it over your dirty grout. Allow the mixture to work for several hours, then wipe off with warm water and a cleaning cloth.
7. Renew your dishwasher (h/t Bargain Babe)
Just like your washing machine, your dishwasher benefits from regular cleaning. You may notice that over time your dishwasher starts to smell a bit funky. Prevent this odor by running a cleaning cycle once a month. Add 1/2 box of baking soda to an empty dishwasher, and then run it to eliminate odors and prevent buildup.
8. Remove gunk from cabinets (h/t One Good Thing)
All you need is two ingredients to remove the grime and gunk that builds up on your kitchen cabinets and handles. Baking soda provides the scrubbing action, while coconut oil breaks down grime and provides moisture to the wood. A toothbrush helps you to get in all the cracks and crevices with ease.
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