Baking soda can clean dirty kitchens; remove grease from pots, pans and grills, and oil spots from garage floors; and eliminate mildew from bathrooms. A cloth soaked in a solution of water and baking soda can clean grubby walls and dirty garden furniture. Baking soda can also freshen up foul-smelling fridges, musty sofas, pet beds, smelly sneakers and garbage cans.
Good Housekeeping and QuickandDirtyTips.com suggest numerous uses for baking soda as a household cleaner. Mixed with vinegar, baking soda can unblock drains and clean ovens and stove tops. Mixed with an equal portion of dish soap, baking soda can cut through grease in the kitchen and on cooking pans. A paste of three parts baking soda to one part water can clean tarnished silver, while four tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in a quart of warm water makes a solution for removing stains and smells from plastic food containers.
Sprinkle baking soda directly onto upholstery and carpets and leave it for 30 minutes to absorb the odors before vacuuming; this freshens the home furnishings as well as the vacuum cleaner. Sprinkle baking soda inside shoes, or leave an open box of baking soda inside a linen cupboard or fridge, to absorb unpleasant smells.