There are many things that you will want to keep in your fridge, though most come and go over time. One thing that should earn a permanent space, however, is baking soda. Okay if you’ve never heard of this then there is a good chance that you just completely paused for a moment and asked yourself ‘Why baking soda?’ That’s a great question, and believe it or not, we have a great explanation for you.
Baking Soda to Eliminate Odors
That’s right, you read that headline exactly right – baking soda can be stored in the refrigerator as a means to combat odor, and there is definitely a scientific reason behind it. First of all, let’s begin by discussing what baking soda is. The scientific name for this substance is sodium bicarbonate, which is a base mixture, capable of stabilizing the pH balance of malodorous substances. If you were to use a standard cleaning agent or even an air freshener of some type, it would simply mask the odor. Sure, you wouldn’t be able to smell it, but you would always know that it was there, and that’s just not good enough.
Making it Work
All you need to do is store an opened box of baking soda right in your refrigerator, and it will begin to eliminate the odors right away. If you want, you can even store one in your freezer! Now, there are a few things for you to keep in mind, the first being that on average you will need to replace the box every three months. This, however, is only an estimate based upon the typical use of a home refrigerator; you might have to replace it more often depending on the presence of odor in the refrigerator. To make things a little easier on yourself, write the date of purchase (deployment) on the front of the box using a sharpie so that you can keep track of how long the baking soda has been opened and absorbing odor.
Use it to Clean
In addition to absorbing odor in your refrigerator, baking soda can be used to clean the shelves and the walls of your refrigerator. By creating a paste of water and baking soda (use a 1:1 ratio). You can easily kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. This is a very useful substance, and one that you will definitely want to keep on hand.
Baking soda is available at your local grocery store, and it’s extremely inexpensive! Get a few boxes and keep your fridge clean – I mean, it is where you keep the food you’ll be eating. This is one of the best housekeeping tips that we can give you, period.