Can Expired Baking Soda Be Used for Cleaning?

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Q: Might be a silly question, but when a box of baking powder used for freshening the fridge has expired, can it still be used as a scouring powder? Or has it expired altogether?

Sent by Cynthia

Editor: Try adding a scoop to hot water along with a little vinegar. If it bubbles, then the baking soda is still active. I wouldn't use it for baking since it's been absorbing all those refrigerator odors, but it should be good for cleaning and scouring!

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