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Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Most of us only use baking soda in our baking or to absorb odors in the fridge and freezer. However, baking soda is one of those kitchen staples that has a myriad of uses.

Mix up a paste of it with a little water, and it will remove stains from coffee mugs and get rid of those metal utensil marks on your plates.

For plastic storage containers that no longer smell all that fresh, soak them in a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda to one quart of warm water.

Instead of tossing that box of baking soda that’s been absorbing fridge and freezer odors all month, pour the baking soda down the drain and run some warm water to keep drains from smelling.

Hate the smell and mess of silver polish? Use baking soda instead. Make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Using a clean cloth, rub the paste onto the silver. Rinse thoroughly and dry.

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