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Tip: Baking Soda

Posted by Hallee on Nov 23, 2009 in Hallee's Galley, kitchen & cooking tips |

Baking soda is an amazing product.  One website (here) listed 60 different uses for this natural mineral.  Among those uses are:

  • baking-sodaSoak and wash diapers with baking soda.
  • Clean your fridge and freezer with dry soda sprinkled on a damp cloth. rinse with clear water.
  • Deodorize your fridge and freezer by putting in an open container of baking soda to absorb odors. Stir and turn over the soda from time to time. Replace every 2 months.
  • Soda absorbs kitty litter odors. Cover the bottom of the kitty box with 1 part soda; then add a layer of 3 parts kitty litter on top.
  • Always add 1/2 cup soda to your washing machine load.
  • Clean combs and brushes in a soda solution.
  • Wash food and drink containers with soda and water.

Why are these uses found in the 60 uses for baking soda?  Because one of the things that baking soda does really well is absorb odors.

What does a container of baking soda typically look like?

baking-soda open box

Yes.  An open, non-resealing box.  That is standard for almost every baking soda brand.  If you want to deodorize your fridge, just open a box and stick it on the shelf.

What about for cooking?  Baking soda has SO MANY uses in the kitchen, from cutting down the gas in a pot of beans to helping biscuits rise just so.

But when you open a new box of baking soda and stick it in your cupboard for cooking, what does it do?

That’s right.  It absorbs the odors of the cabinet just like it absorbs the odors of your refrigerator.

I empty my baking soda box into a separate, air-tight container.  That way, I know that the baking soda I’m going to cook with tastes like, well, baking soda.

bakingsoda

A site I stumbled across in looking for the uses of baking soda for this post is fascinating.  If you’re interested in all that baking soda has been, is, and can be, check out the Baking Soda Book.

Hallee


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