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Brilliant uses for baking soda

Brilliant uses for baking soda
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Baking soda is one of the most versatile home remedies in your pantry. Here’s how to use baking soda to clean your home, improve your health and more.

Make fluffier omelettes

Make fluffier omelettes
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For restaurant-quality “puffiness,” add a scant one-quarter teaspoon of baking soda to every three eggs you beat. The omelette will be light and fluffy. You can also use this trick to make big fluffy curds when scrambling eggs. Don’t add too much or your eggs will taste bland, and be careful not to oversalt since the soda adds a slightly salty taste.

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Soften beans

Soften beans
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Afraid those dry beans have been on the shelf too long? Help soften them by adding a pinch of baking soda to the soaking water.

Get rid of fishy odours

Get rid of fishy odours
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Been chopping something pungent? The smell of garlic or fish can linger on your fingers long after the food is gone. To avoid that, scrub your wet hands with baking soda (as if it were soap), then rinse in warm water. Your hands will smell sweet (and feel softer too).

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Make a rainy day activity for kids

Make a rainy day activity for kids

Avoid hearing another whiny, “I’m boooored.” Boil 2 cups of baking soda with one cup cornstarch and 1¼ cups water until thickened. Remove from the heat and cool. It makes a fun, pliable modelling clay that’s good for a day.

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Deep-clean a funky-smelling dishwasher

Deep-clean a funky-smelling dishwasher
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Sort out the stink with a baking soda wash. Put 1 cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and run it on a rinse cycle. If the smell persists, sprinkle a few tablespoons on the bottom of the washer to sit there between loads. There’s no need to rinse it out before running the next load.

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Salvage a burned pot

Salvage a burned pot
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By the time you’ve thought, “What’s that smell?” and then remembered you left the stove on, it’s often too late. The bottom of the pot is a blackened mess. You can save it, though. Scrape out as much food as you can and then fill the pan a quarter full of water. Pour in a half cup of baking soda and bring the water to a boil. Turn it off and let it sit overnight. In the morning, you can clean off the black stuff with ease.

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Make tomatoes taste sweeter

Make tomatoes taste sweeter
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If last year’s garden tomatoes tasted dull, take action this year to ensure your garden harvest is as good as it can be. Sprinkle baking soda lightly on the soil around the base of your tomato plants; the resulting bounty will taste sweeter.

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Save a mildewed book

Save a mildewed book
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Found mildew around the edge of a childhood classic you adored? If it’s a mild case, sprinkle baking soda lightly between the pages, then put the book in a paper bag and dust the outside with more baking soda. Let it sit for several days, then remove, shake out, and dust off the baking soda, and let the book get a shot of bright sunlight. It doesn’t remove mildew marks, but if you store it in a dry place, no more mildew will grow.

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Take the sting out of sunburn

Take the sting out of sunburn
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Pour a cup of baking soda into a lukewarm bath, then soak and relax. It will help lessen the pain more quickly.

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