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17 unusual ways to use baking soda


Baking soda is an indispensable tool that must be found in the kitchen of any hostess.

It can be used to bake, cook, wash, clean and treat.

Make omelets softer

To make the omelette lush and soft, like in a restaurant, add a small pinch of soda (about a quarter of a teaspoon) for every three beaten eggs. It will make an omelet easier and more magnificent.

This trick can also be used while cooking scrambled eggs. The main thing - do not overdo it with soda, otherwise the taste of the dish will spoil. And it is important to remember that soda gives a little salinity to the dish, so you should follow the salt.

Cook beans faster

Dry legumes can stew for a very long time and still remain a bit harsh. To avoid this, add a pinch of baking soda there while soaking the beans, peas or lentils in hot water. This little trick will significantly shorten the cooking time.

Get rid of the persistent smell

There are many products that leave an unpleasant smell on their hands long after all the dishes are ready. Fresh river fish, garlic, onions, lovage and many other products have a very strong smell, reminiscent of the kitchen until the evening. To get rid of the obsessive aroma, wash your hands thoroughly with baking soda and rinse them with warm water. In addition to the fresh smell, the skin of your hands will become softer and cleaner as the soda acts as a slightly abrasive scrub.

Take the kids on a rainy day

To avoid the whims and children's complaints of boredom, make your kids clay for sculpting with your own hands. Mix two glasses of baking soda with a glass of cornstarch, fill the mixture with a glass of water and cook on low heat until thick. Remove the mixture from the stove and allow it to cool. As a result, you get a soft clay-like mixture that takes the baby for a day.

Get rid of unpleasant smell in the dishwasher

You can get rid of the smell by placing a glass of baking soda at the bottom of the dishwasher and chasing away one rinse cycle. If after that the smell still has not disappeared, sprinkle a few tablespoons of soda on the bottom of the machine and leave it until the next cycle, it is not necessary to rinse it.

Clean the burnt pan bottom

If you remember too late the burnt porridge in the pan, do not despair, even if the bottom looks too black. The pot can still be saved. As much as possible clean the remains of food from the bottom and fill the affected pan with water for a quarter. Pour a quarter cup of baking soda into the water and boil. Cover the pan with a lid and let it sit overnight. In the morning the cinder will depart, just as there was not.

Grow sweet tomatoes

The magical properties of baking soda can improve even gardening. If you do not like the taste of tomatoes collected from the garden, sprinkle the ground at the base of the trunk of a tomato bush with baking soda - and the harvest will be sweeter than taste.

Protect books from mold

If you find a fungus on your favorite book, do not rush to throw it away. If the book is not completely covered with mold and is unreadable, then it can still be saved. Put some soda between the village, put the book in a paper bag and sprinkle the soda over the binder. Close the package and leave the book in it for several days. After you pull it out, let it lie in the sun. This process, unfortunately, does not relieve the paper from the already existing fungal spots, but it does not allow the mold to grow further. Also with the help of soda you can protect the whole house from mold.

Relieve itching and burning after sunburn

If you have forgotten the protective cream and sunk in the sun, pour cool water into the bath and pour a glass of baking soda into it. Relax and let the combination of soda and water remove the discomfort.

Treat seborrheic dermatitis in a child

Seborrheic dermatitis is a yellowish crust on the baby’s skin that can appear even in the first month of a baby’s life. Usually, this crust does not cause discomfort to the child and disappears by itself. But if you really want to speed up the process, then you can gently rub the affected skin with a paste of baking soda and water, avoiding the eyes. Wash off the paste to a wet soft towel, without shampoo or soap. These procedures soften the crust and contribute to its disappearance. However, it should be remembered that soda is a harmless, but still abrasive substance. Baby's skin may turn red. It is best to lubricate the crust baby oil.

Treat aphthous stomatitis

Everyone faced tiny wounds in the mouth that interfere with drinking and eating. It is difficult to believe that such tiny wounds can cause so much pain and inconvenience. To get rid of the infection faster, rinse the mouth and throat with a solution of baking soda (one teaspoon per cup), the more often the better.

Clean the microwave to shine

On the walls of the microwave oven prisohli remnants of heated meals? You should not tune in for long hours of laundering and scraping. Pour a glass of water into a glass dish and stir a few tablespoons of soda in it. Turn on the microwave at full power and leave the solution in it for three minutes. After that, easily remove all the dirt with a damp sponge.

Clean wallpaper from stains

If you are confused by grease stains on the wallpaper, do not plan to repair. It is enough to rub stains with a damp sponge sprinkled with baking soda. Do not forget to rinse this place with a clean wet towel and wipe dry.

Help sensitive stomach

Adding a small amount of soda to foods with high acidity, such as coffee, orange juice, tomato soup and other dishes, will help the sensitive stomach to digest it with minimal consequences. But remember that excess soda will ruin the taste.

Relieve itching after mosquito bites

If you have just noticed a fresh bite, rub it with a paste of soda and water as soon as possible. Let the paste dry and shake it off. This will help remove swelling, itching and redness from the site of a fresh mosquito bite.

Fight weeds

If grass grows in your yard from every crack in the cement and tile, do not rush to the hardware store for harmful chemicals. Sprinkle cracks with baking soda - and enjoy the clean courtyard.

Get rid of unpleasant smell

After a long run, walk or just on a hot day, your feet may not quite smell sweet. To get rid of the smell and also remove fatigue and swelling, dissolve a few tablespoons of soda in cool water and keep your feet in the solution for about twenty minutes.