Monday, April 11, 2011

Baking Soda In The Kitchen

There are thousands, and thousands of ways to use baking soda around the house- here are a few handy ways to use this versatile powder in your kitchen.

  • An oldie, but a clean a clogged or stubborn drain the eco-friendly way, pour 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a pot of boiling water. Repeat as needed.
  • Baking soda will cut the grease on all sorts of pots, pans, and even the bottom of your oven. For extra easy oven cleaning, sprinkle baking soda on those pesky spill-overs, and when you're ready, lift up the whole mess with a spatula and wipe with a damp rag.
  • A damp sponge dipped in a little baking soda will quickly rub out stubborn stains on counter tops. Even fruit juice and coffee stains will disappear!
  • Cleaning microwave gunk and grime is easy if you mix two tablespoons of baking soda with a bowl of water, and run the microwave for about two minutes. Let the steam sit in the microwave for a few minutes longer, and the yuck will wipe out quickly and easily!
  • Adding a bit of baking soda to your homemade tomato sauces will cut out some of the acidic tastes.
Bonus tip: For cleaning around the house, I wash very well, and sanitize an old Parmesan cheese can  for sprinkling baking soda with ease.