77 Uses for Baking Soda — and How It Could Save Your Life

Sure, it keeps the fridge smelling sweet. But did you know you can also use it to clean the tub, kill roaches, keep spinach greener or de-stink the dog?

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11. Clean that cookware. Stains inside your enamel pans? Apply a soda paste and leave on for an hour. Next, fill the pan with water, use a wooden spoon to stir the soda loose and boil the mixture for 20 minutes. Rinse and then wash with dish liquid.

12. Revive your Tupperware. Are your plastic dishes stained from storing minestrone or reheating spaghetti at work? Rub off the red with baking-soda paste.

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13. Save the roasting pan. Sprinkle a lot of baking soda onto crusted-over or burned-on baking dishes. Add hot water to 2 inches deep and leave it there for two hours. Alternate method: Boil a couple of inches of water in the burned pan, remove from heat, add half a cup of baking soda and leave it overnight. The next morning you should be able to wash it clean.

14. Scrub stains from a coffee mug. Use a wet cloth on the inside of stained coffee mugs, then dip the cloth into bicarb and scrub off the stains. If that doesn’t work, fill with a baking soda solution and let sit overnight.

15. Remove gray from plates. Got plates with grayish markings from your knives and forks? Gently rub with baking soda, and they will likely disappear.

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