There are so many non-food uses of baking soda that I wouldn’t even know where to start. We use baking soda for the litter box, for getting stink out of shoes that had gotten dunked in flood waters, for cleaning jewelry and for cleaning the inside of the microwave. But our longest non-food use for baking soda is to deodorize the refrigerator. I’ve been doing it for decades — a departure from the practice of using a bowl of charcoal which was the default deodorizer in my mother’s generation.
I wouldn’t have thought of writing about the bowl of baking soda in the fridge (perhaps, I had simply assumed that everyone knew about it) had Alex not called my attention to the bowl of baking soda left forgotten for almost three years in the old fridge which had become nothing more than storage space since we bought a newer model with an inverter.
We finally found a buyer for the old fridge and the buyers were going to take it earlier today. Alex cleaned it out and moved stacks of cake boxes, cake boards and whatnot to her new kitchen. That was when she discovered a bowl deep inside the fridge. She brought it over to my study to ask what it was. My first reaction was joy at finding that Pyrex ramekin that I had been unable to locate for a long time. And seeing it made me realize instantly why it was in the old fridge. I poured baking soda in it and I just plain forgot to take it out when the fridge was unplugged and became storage for baking things.
After almost three years, the baking soda looked like snowflakes. And that happened with no human intervention. I searched Google to find an explanation by using the key phrase “baking soda snowflakes”, but the only results I got where crafts projects for kids.
I may not be able to tell how how baking soda became snowflakes but I can give you instructions on how to deodorize your refrigerator with a bowl of baking soda.
Option #1. Buy a small box of baking soda and cut off the top of the box.
Option #2. If you buy baking soda in large boxes like we do, scoop enough baking soda to half fill a small bowl.
Whether you use an entire box of baking soda or a bowl of baking soda, just place the baking soda in the farthest corner of the fridge. Make sure that nothing drips on it. Because accidents can happen and some bowls get upturned when we reach for something in the fridge, the top shelf of of the fridge is the ideal spot for the baking soda. For best results, replace the baking soda every three months.