You don't need a cabinet full of cleaners to deep-clean your kitchen. In fact, some might argue you only need a handful of cleaners to get the job done, and one of those should definitely be baking soda.
Yes, baking soda. This odorless white powder does so much more than leaven your cookies. It is truly a magical little cleaner, with a fine grit that cleans without scratching. Curious how you can best put it to use in the kitchen? Here are the 10 things you should be cleaning with baking soda.
1. The oven
A mild, fume-free way to scrub the oven. It takes a little bit of elbow grease —and time — but it's worth it.
See our tutorial: How To Clean an Oven with Baking Soda and Vinegar
2. Your Le Creuset
Take a deep breath — you haven't ruined that enameled cookware! This trick will restore it.
Get the steps: How To Clean Burnt Stains Off Enameled Cookware
3. Burned stainless steel cookware
Same goes for stainless steel cookware. We still marvel at how well this works.
See our tutorial: How To Clean Tough Burnt Stains Off Stainless Cookware
So long, tarnish! It hasn't been nice knowing you.
Read more: How To Clean and Polish Silver
5. A greasy hood filter
Yuck. Greasy filters are the worst. Have you cleaned yours lately?
Get our tutorial: How To Clean a Greasy Range Hood Filter
6. Coffee stains on cups and carafes
It might not remove the most embedded stains, but it's a definite improvement!
See the steps: The Best Way to Remove Old Coffee Stains from Mugs & Carafes
7. Rusty cast iron pans
Rust is dust with the power combo of baking soda and a potato.
See our tutorial: Skip the Harsh Cleaners: You Can Remove Rust with a Potato!
8. The stinky air
You already keep a box of baking soda in the fridge, right? Put some in a bowl or cored out lemon peel and place it on the countertop after a fishy or frying cooking session to help neutralize smells.
More on Freshening the Air
9. A slightly clogged sink drain
A flush of hot water, a cup of baking soda, and an equal amount of fresh-squeezed lemon juice should do the trick.
See our post: How To Make Your Own Drain Cleaner
10. Stained marble
Our editor Faith removes stains on her marble countertop with a poultice made of baking soda and water, which she leaves on the countertop overnight. Presto, gone!
How do you clean with baking soda? Tell us your best tips!