Baking Soda: Another Wonder Substance
This article comes from PreppingToSurvive.com
A while back, I wrote a piece extolling the virtues of vinegar. I want to focus some attention on another inexpensive multipurpose agent- sodium bicarbonate.
Nearly everyone has a box or two of this humble stuff hanging around. You probably have one in the pantry and maybe another in the fridge to keep it from developing strange smells. I mentioned using it in the diaper pail between washings too. Beyond cooking and diapers, baking soda has lots of great uses. Here are some that may be new to you.
1. Multipurpose Cleaner
Baking soda can be used to clean things all over the house.
1: It boosts your detergent in the wash.
2:It loosens burned food – either use as a non-scratching scouring agent moistened on a dish scrubber or dissolve in hot water and allow to soak before scrubbing.
3:Make a toothpaste out of it– it is great for cleaning teeth and freshening breath, though it will be more pleasing to the palate with a drop of peppermint oil mixed in.
4:Get the strong smell of onions, garlic, and other potent things off your hands by scrubbing them with some baking soda, soap, and warm water.
5: Use it in place of scouring powder when cleaning sinks and tubs.
2. Fire Extinguisher
Sodium bicarbonate gives off carbon dioxide when heated. This helps to smother flames in some types of fires. Be very careful not to get too close to the fire when applying it though. Quite a bit may be needed.
3. Add to your soak water when preparing dried beans
One old remedy for preventing gas when eating beans is to soak the beans in water that has baking soda dissolved in it. This is said to pull out some of the gas causing components which you then drain off before cooking.