Sure, it's a essential for grandma's amazing chocolate chip cookies, but baking soda's real claim-to-fame is its power to freshen and clean many spots in your home. It's a super-effective (but gentle) abrasive and is a great natural deodorizer, so it's helpful in all sorts of trouble spots. All of these are reason enough to stock up now.
1. Stained and stinky plastic food containers
Leftovers have a way of leaving their mark. To freshen your containers, wipe with a clean sponge sprinkled with baking soda. Or erase tough stains by soaking in a solution of four tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of warm water.
2. A foul-smelling fridge
They sell those fridge packs for a reason. Baking soda will absorb strong food odors so they don't linger or change the taste of neighboring foods.
3. Unrinsed fruit and veggies
Mixed with water, baking soda can remove dirt and the waxy coating on produce.
4. A filthy kitchen
Nearly every dirty spot in your kitchen can benefit from a baking soda treatment. With water, use it to clean countertops, stainless steel sinks, mircowaves, range hoods, and cooking utensils.