Good ways to use baking soda for cleaning include as an odor remover, as a booster for detergent, as a scratch free scouring powder and in cleaning plastics. Baking soda is an affordable cleaning agent that is nontoxic and effective at cleaning fruits and vegetables.
Baking soda absorbs odors from other materials, so placing an open box in the refrigerator helps to keep it odor free. For a dirty fridge, mix baking soda in water, and scrub the inside of the appliance with the solution. Sprinkle dry baking soda on the carpet, and allow 15 minutes standing time before vacuuming. For a child's stuffed animals, place the toys in a large plastic bag, add a cup of baking soda, shake, and allow the bag to sit overnight before vacuuming away the powder and odors.
Add a cup of baking soda with the normal amount of laundry detergent for cleaner clothes. Add a few teaspoons to dish water to help cut through grease and stuck-on foods. Make a thick paste of baking soda, and use it with a sponge to scour away baked-on foods form pots and pans. Use baking soda for cleaning plastic dishes and remove oily stains and odors. Fill a sink with cool water, and add a little baking soda to remove dirt, wax and other residues from produce.