The Unusual Uses of Baking Soda
Baking soda is a chemical compound that appears as a fine powder. It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with an acid and a liquid. It is most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent. However, there are other unusual uses of baking soda which can help in our cooking and kitchen works.
Here are some practical and unusual kitchen tips of using baking soda:
- Always keep a box of baking soda by your stove. In case of stove fire, scatter the powder by the handful to safely put it out.
- Clean vegetables and fruits by sprinkling in water, soak and raise the produce.
- Wash garbage cans with baking soda to remove odors.
- Clean your fridge and freezer with dry baking soda sprinkled on a damp cloth and 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 baking soda from time to time. Replace every 2 months.
- Wash plastic, porcelain, glass, thermos bottles and cooling containers with baking soda and water.
- Clean marble, formica counter tops or plastic surfaces with baking soda on a damp sponge.
- Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not aluminum) in a baking soda solution ( 3-tablespoons soda to 1 quart water).
- Run your coffee maker through its cycle with a baking soda solution then rinse.
- Sprinkle baking soda on barbecue grills, let soak then rinse off.
- For silver pieces without raised patterns or cemented-on handles: place the silver on aluminum foil in an enamel pot. Add boiling water and 4 tablespoons baking soda. Let stand, rinse and dry.
- Run your dishwasher through its cycle with baking soda instead of soap to give it a good cleaning then reduce odor build-up by sprinkling some baking soda on the bottom.
- To remove burned-on food from a pan, soak the pan in baking soda and water for 10 minutes before washing, or scrub the pot with dry soda and a moist scouring pad.
- For a badly-burned pan with a thick layer of burned-on food, pour a thick layer of baking soda directly onto the bottom of the pan then sprinkle on just enough water so as to moisten the baking soda. Leave the pot overnight then scrub it clean next day.
- Rub stainless steel and chrome with a moist cloth and dry baking soda to shine it up, scrubbing in the direction of the grain. Rinse and dry.
- Keep your drains clean and free-flowing by putting 4 tablespoons of soda in them each week. Flush the soda down with hot water.
- To remove strong odors from your hands, wet your hands and rub them hard with baking soda, then rinse.
- To scald chicken easier, add 1-teaspoon of baking soda to the boiling water. The feathers will come off easier and flesh will be clean and white.
- To make dried beans more digestible, soak in water with baking soda.
- To remove the gamey taste from wild games, rinse with water and baking soda solution.
- To remove melted plastic bread wrapper from toaster, dampen cloth and make a mild abrasive with baking soda.