A form of baking soda has been used dating back to ancient Egypt, when Egyptians would use Natron, which contains large amounts of sodium bicarbonate – aka baking soda, to leaven bread and other foods that needed to rise.

Today, people who bake goods from scratch still use baking soda for that very purpose, making it a kitchen staple for any baker.

But there’s many, many more uses for the little orange box that costs about a buck.

Right now at this very moment, you probably have a box of baking soda in hidden in your fridge to keep things smelling fresh. (No really, you may have forgotten about it, but if you look way in the back, behind the milk and cottage cheese tub, you’ll find it.)

There’s also a decent chance there’s baking soda in your toothpaste or laundry detergent too.

But that’s not all baking soda is used for. In fact, there are close to 100 uses for the inexpensive home must-have. Here are just a few:

Silverware Polisher

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Use a baking soda paste to polish silver. Take three parts baking soda and combine it with one part water. Rub the paste onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge, then rinse thoroughly and dry! You’ll be amazed at how shiny your silver becomes.

Pot And Pan Cleaner

Add two tablespoons of baking soda to your regular dish detergent to help cut grease and foods left on dishes, pots, and pans. For cooked-on or burnt foods, let them soak in the baking soda and detergent mixture in a sink full of warm water for 20 minutes, then use dry baking soda on a clean, damp cloth as a scratchless scouring powder.

Clean And Freshen Sports Gear

If you cannot take the odor that is coming from your kids’ sports equipment bag any longer – have no fear! Mix four tablespoons of baking soda into one quart of warm water to clean and deodorize the equipment. Sprinkle baking soda into the bags themselves to deodorize them. You should be able to make it through the rest of the season.

Coffee Pot Cleaner

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Remove coffee stains and get rid of the bitter tastes by washing mugs and coffee makers in a solution of 1/4 cup baking soda and one-quart warm water. For stains that still remain, try soaking overnight in the baking soda solution then wipe clean with a damp sponge.

Remove Oil And Grease Stains

Baking soda can be used to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage floor or in your driveway. Simply sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub it with a wet brush.

Deodorize Anything

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Baking soda can be used to deodorize literally anything: refrigerator, trash cans, recycle bins, garbage disposal, drains, lunch boxes, cat box, shoes, even your car! Just sprinkle a little wherever you need it to smell fresh.

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