The Top 10 Things to Clean in the Kitchen with a Box of Baking Soda

updated May 1, 2019
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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.

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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.

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2. Your Le Creuset

Take a deep breath — you haven’t ruined that enameled cookware! This trick will restore it.

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3. Burned stainless steel cookware

Same goes for stainless steel cookware. We still marvel at how well this works.

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4. Silver

So long, tarnish! It hasn’t been nice knowing you.

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5. A greasy hood filter

Yuck. Greasy filters are the worst. Have you cleaned yours lately?

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6. Coffee stains on cups and carafes

It might not remove the most embedded stains, but it’s a definite improvement!

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7. Rusty cast iron pans

Rust is dust with the power combo of baking soda and a potato.

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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.

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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.

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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!