The household ingredient that works overtime baking, cleaning, and deodorizing.

By Rachel Mulcahy
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There’s one trusty household ingredient that every Southerner has in their home: the ever reliable baking soda. Soda bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, is a white, water-soluble powder. It is an ingredient often found in recipes that contain an acid, like  buttermilk, yogurt, citrus juice, or vinegar, and when mixed together helps dough rise when baked. Proof is in our Angel Biscuits. Besides baking, this multi-purpose salt compound is up for any household challenge. Ideal for all the busy people who simply don’t have time to buy additional cleaning supplies, handy dandy baking soda comes to the rescue in many unique cases. From deep-cleaning to deodorizing, the versatility of baking soda makes it a great tool to have on-hand at all times. We shared some of our best baking soda tips and tricks to prove its versatility.

Removes Stubborn Coffee Stains

Although we don’t want to admit it, we hit snooze too many times to count and wake up after our set alarm. In hopes of starting the morning off right, we pour a cup of joe and leisurely sip it while getting ready for the day. Next thing we know, the alarm strikes 9 and we’re rushing out the door, leaving the half-empty mug in the sink. At risk of ruining your favorite mug, reach for baking soda to vanish those stubborn coffee stains.

  1. Add a dash of baking soda to the bottom of your stained mug, a little bit of liquid dish soap, and fill the mug with hot water.
  2. Let it sit for a minute then scrub the stain away with a sponge.

Deodorizes a Refrigerator

Leftovers and accidental spills can lead to a stinky fridge. Place an open container filled with baking soda on a shelf in the back of your refrigerator, and let it get to work absorbing any unpleasant smells.

Deep-cleans Greasy Dishes and Pans

From cheesy casseroles to eggs, caked on foods can be impossible to remove from pots and pans. Soak the pan in hot water and mix in a sprinkle of baking soda with your dish soap. Let it set, possibly as even as long as overnight, and the stuck-on grease will eventually dissolve.

Cleans a Smelly Dishwasher

Cycle after cycle of loading your dishwasher with dirty and grimy pots, bowls, dishes, and glasses can create an odor in the machine. Do not be alarmed. You can deodorize your dishwasher with a simple baking soda wash. Simply put one cup of baking soda on the bottom shelf of the machine and let the dishwasher run on rinse cycle.

Freshens Carpets

Carpets and rugs are built to stand up to all those footsteps but even they can use some revitalizing to keep them looking like new. Plus, there are certain stains (mud, pet urine) that just need some serious extra help in removing. Here are a few helpful tips.

  1. Prepare the rug by running the vacuum over the area you're planning to clean to pick up any extra dirt and residue.
  2. Sprinkle the baking soda over the infected spot or the area you're about to clean. Gently massage into the carpet to smooth out any clumps or bumps. Ideally, you'll want to leave it on the spot for about 24 hours. To remove the baking soda, run the vacuum over the area to pick up any and all leftover particles.

Keeps Shoes Odor-Free

Sweat and bacteria can contribute to the unpleasant smell in shoes and sneakers.Rather than buying a new pair of loafers every time they start to smell, use this budget-friendly trick to eliminate any odors.

  1. Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes, shaking to distribute the substance evenly within each pair. Let sit overnight so it can absorb the odor.
  2. After sitting overnight or for 24 hours, safely shake out and disgard any excess powder. Your shoes should be smelling fresh and like new.