Yesterday, we posted about a natural way to clean even the toughest oven stains. (As an update, we were amazed to see how quickly and easily our own oven was wiped clean after one night spent sitting in baking soda and water. It looks like new, and the whole process took no more than fifteen minutes of hands-on time.)

That of course led to some questions. What else can baking soda do? If that’s what it does with a seemingly impossible oven job, what can it accomplish with simpler tasks around the house?

As it turns out, the answer to that is plenty. Over at The New Homemaker, they’ve even prepared a list of the different rooms in which baking soda can make a clean and safe and totally natural change in your housekeeping:

27 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda

In the kitchen

1. A box or small bowl of baking soda in the refrigerator, freezer, or any cupboard will keep away unpleasant odors.

2. Similarly, baking soda will keep away garbage odors; sprinkle the bottom of the pail, and then sprinkle again after you put a new bag in.

3. Grease fires can be put out by sprinkling them with baking soda.

4. To clean surfaces, sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth. Wipe, then rinse with clean water.

5. To remove stale smells from food containers, rinse out with hot water and baking soda. If the smell persists, let the container soak overnight in the baking soda and water mixture.

6. To clean silver, use a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Rub the paste onto each item, then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

7. To remove scuff marks or grease spills from the floor, sprinkle with baking soda and then wipe with a warm, damp cloth. This is even safe for no-wax floors!

8. For burnt-on food in the bottom of pots, sprinkle with baking soda, then add hot water. Let soak overnight; the dried on food will come loose much more easily.

There are plenty more where that came from, so don’t forget to head over to the original post and see how baking soda can make your bathroom, laundry, and even outside feel fresh and new. Best of all, you don’t need to worry a moment about what ingredients and chemicals are in your cleaner. So much can be done with a box of baking soda!