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Following my recent article on effort-saving uses for shaving cream, a friend and I started talking about baking soda. Bicarbonate of soda is most on known for its leavening and odor-absorbing abilities, but it can save a lot of effort. Here are five ways I use it:
- Fire extinguisher. The worst thing you can do for a kitchen fire is to throw water on it, and commercial fire extinguishers leave powder everywhere. (Yes, I know this from experience). If you have a small flare up in the kitchen, throw a box of baking soda on it. It will smother the flames and be easier to clean up than a fire extinguisher. (But also always keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen – you never know when your spouse may boil a pot dry and to the point where the handle bursts into flame)
- Clean stainless steel. Baking soda is a non-scratching substance that can be used to shine up your stainless steel. A little water, some baking soda, and you have a great polish. (Has anyone tried using baking soda and vinegar to polish copper? I am curious)
- Polish silver jewelry. My friend swears by this method to clean silver jewelry. A paste of baking soda and water with an old toothbrush will get the jewelry sparkling quickly.
- Remove Koolaid stains from counters. My house seems to collect Koolaid stains on the counters like breadcrumbs. Abrasive cleansers will scratch the surface. A paste of baking soda and water with a soft cloth will buff those right out.
- Get rid of burnt on messes. This is the one I use the most often. When you have a baked on mess on the bottom of a cooking pot, cover the bottom with baking soda and add a couple inches of water. Then boil it until the mess loosens and you can scrub the pan. This trick alone has saved me hours!
Do you have any time-saving uses for baking soda? Share below.
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