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Reusing Refrigerator Baking Soda

No need to throw away that box of baking soda from your refrigerator when it is time to replace it. While it is not good for cooking, there are a lot of ways to use it up.

I also use the baking soda in my bathwater. It's known to really pull out toxins in your body when paired with Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender essential oil. I use 1/2 to 1 cup of both Epsom salt and baking soda. If you don't believe me try it yourself. The color of the bath water shows you just how much it pulls out of you, it's relaxing too!

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It also helps clean off residue left by other cleaners and soaps. A tablespoon or two tossed right in the clothes washer can help with extra smelly laundry. Especially men's gym socks and pet beds, it really gets the smell out and whitens whites, but doesn't hurt darks. It can also be used to de-funk a washing machine or dishwasher. A couple tablespoons is all you need for that.

I have used it to help remove bird poop from perches and cages. It is safe to use around them, which isn't true of most cleaners. Baking soda also works great for cleaning walls and grout as well.

So now once the baking soda is done keeping my refrigerator smelling fresh I use it for cleaning, bathing, and I even use some sprinkled in the garbage cans to absorb smells too.

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March 24, 20140 found this helpful

I use it to scrub the cooked on food/stains that are hard to remove from my pots, pans, casserole dishes and Dutch oven. It removes the stains and stuck on food that my scrubby sponge and soap can't without damaging the surface of the pot/pan/etc.

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My Dutch oven is cast iron coated in ceramic and the inside is white so after using it, the inside is stained and it is easily damaged but the baking soda cleans it perfectly every time with very little effort and no damage. I Just pour a couple tablespoons in the pot, add enough water to make a paste and scrub. Also, if you use a tea kettle, after awhile, the water gets a weird metallic taste and needs to be cleaned.

A tablespoon of baking soda mixed with lemon juice will scrub the inside clean, remove the buildup and rinse out without leaving any residue behind or damaging the ceramic glaze if your kettle has it. The used baking soda from the fridge is perfect for these applications.

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August 24, 20150 found this helpful

I have a stainless steel toaster. My grandmother showed me to take a dry papertowel and pour on a small amount of baking soda.

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Do not wet it, but rub the dry powder onto the stainless. It makes it very shiny with little effort - and does not scratch!

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