Country Lore: Baking Soda Magic

I can’t believe I thought baking soda was only for baking all those years. I could have been using it to clean, scrub and deodorize.

I make my own disinfectant by combining four parts baking soda with one part borax. I store the mixture in a shaker container and then use it as a soft-scrubbing cleaner. It safely scrubs away soils and grease without scratching or putting harmful chemicals into our environment.

Used in the kitchen, it cleans sinks, countertops, microwaves, pots and pans, cutting boards and food containers. Stick a small box of this miracle deodorizer in the refrigerator to eliminate odors. When casserole dishes get burned food stuck on them, just fill the dish with hot water and add 1-tablespoon baking soda and let it soak. Keep garbage disposals fresh by putting in several inches of warm water and a handful of baking soda. Turn on the disposal and let the water run out.

Baking soda works great in bathrooms. It safely removes tough dirt and soap scum on sinks, tubs, showers and toilets, and is a super grout cleaner.

I buy giant-size boxes of it and keep them near at hand for my household cleaning.

Marti French
Jefferson, Colorado