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12 non-baking ways to use baking soda




Baking soda is surely a staple for baking cookies, cakes and other items. However, this simple and inexpensive product has countless other uses. Take a look at a dozen top practical uses for baking soda – that don’t involve baking at all.

  1. Clean commuter cups. Remove residue and odors from a thermal lidded coffee or beverage cup by adding two teaspoons of baking soda to a cup of warm water. Seal the cup tightly, and shake it well. Rinse the cup thoroughly before reusing.

  1. Purify a percolator. Coffee connoisseurs caution against washing coffeemakers with soap and water. However, you can certainly freshen a coffeemaker by running a full cycle with baking soda instead of coffee grounds.

  1. Clean a couple of combs. Hairbrushes, combs, hair clips, barrettes and other (non-electric) hair accessories need a periodic freshening to remove oils, hair care products and potential germs. Fill the bathroom sink with warm water, and add two tablespoons of baking soda. Submerge hair care items for several minutes before rinsing and drying them thoroughly.

  1. Descale a dishwasher. Hard-water stains may build up inside an automatic dishwasher, but you can remove these by running an entire cycle without dishes, using baking soda instead of dishwashing detergent.

  1. Freshen fruits and vegetables. Washing fresh produce is simple with baking soda. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a gallon of clean water to soak apples, lettuce, pears, zucchini or other fresh produce before rinsing and serving.

  1. Banish baked-on food remnants. Clean cooking residues without scrubbing. Use baking soda and water to make a paste inside a grimy pan. Allow it to sit for several hours before sponging gently and rinsing.

  1. Stomp out shoe stench. Sprinkle baking soda directly into stinky sneakers or other shoes to absorb nasty foot odors.

  1. Scour oil spills. Greasy garage floor oil spills can be erased with baking soda. Dust the trouble spots with baking soda. Let the stain stand for an hour or so, giving the baking soda a chance to absorb the oil. Use a damp cleaning rag to scrub the spot, and discard the rag when finished.

  1. Decimate diaper rash. Pour a cupful of baking soda into a warm bath to relieve even the worst cases of diaper rash. .

  1. Banish freezer burn. After defrosting a freezer, baking soda wipes out sticky residues easily. Simply sprinkle a bit of baking soda on a warm, damp cloth to clean out an empty freezer.

  1. Foil a fire. Sprinkle baking soda on a fire in the garage, the kitchen or even the family room. Baking soda does not burn, and it can quickly put out a small blaze. Once the fire has been extinguished, the baking soda will vacuum up easily.

  1. Put the kibosh on kitty litter stink. Toss a small boxful of baking soda into a clean cat litter pan before adding the kitty litter. The baking soda will absorb both fluid and odors until the next pan change.


Baking soda is remarkably useful in the home. Folks also use it to whiten teeth, scrub out sink stains, ease sunburn pain, relieve bug bites, soothe sore feet, polish silver, launder baby clothes, and perform dozens of other practical tasks.


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Friday

No sugarcoating it: Shocking sugar totals in top sweets and drinks




Sugar is sweet indeed, but what if we consume mountains of it? Guess what? Many of us do, perhaps without realizing it.

Look at these totals (from Live Science), showing sugar equivalents of several popular sweets and drinks.

Chart shows teaspoons of added sugar per 100 gram serving of various foods and drinks. Source:LiveScience

Wow.

So a 100-gram Butterfinger candy bar contains the equivalent of seven teaspoonfuls of sugar? And a 20-ounce Gatorade, often passed out to refresh endurance athletes, has more than five tablespoons of sugar? And a 16-ounce Starbucks vanilla latte totals the same as six sugary spoonfuls?


Oh, honey.

There’s no way to sweeten this pill. Maybe a spoonful of sugar won’t help that medicine go down, after all.


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National Donut Day? No way!




Today is National Doughnut Day.

The average doughnut is about 200 calories. The average runner burns about 100 calories per mile. Do I wanna run two extra miles for a doughnut? Nah.


 Give me a holler when National Ice Cream Day rolls around. That’s a different story.


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Thursday

A-Z Garden Tips: Zigzagging



How does your garden grow? Well, maybe Mary-Mary of the old nursery rhyme planted her flowers all in a neat little row, but I surely don’t. Personally, I find it a lot more interesting and visually appealing to mix things up a bit.

When I pick out my annuals in the spring, I like to grab a variety of bright colors. I might buy cosmos, dahlias, dianthus, geraniums, gerbera daisies, marigolds, violas, and zinnias. And I may even plant them in the same bed.

Usually, I cluster similar flowers in odd little bunches. Long ago, a veteran gardener and floral arranger told me the best flower groupings are done in odd numbers. I’m not even sure why, but the habit was formed.

Instead of lining my plantings all up in rows, I zigzag them. I guess I must have something against too much order in my garden. I guess I prefer splashes of color to stripes – at least for planting. And I think the flowers fill in nicely and look fuller and prettier this way.

Maybe it’s just me and my quirky garden. But I like it.

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