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2X4: Four Different Ways To Use Baking Soda

Did you know that baking soda can clean, cook and even clear up smells? Here are four of our favorite uses for baking soda:

1. Un-Funk Furniture. Next time you find a flea-market treasure, don’t be turned off by the smell. Instead, clean it with baking soda! If your sofa or any other upholstered piece smells foul, sprinkle the baking soda on thick. Let the powder sit for 24 hours, and then vacuum it off. If you’re working outside, be sure to keep the furniture out of the sun. In the bright sunshine, the baking soda could act as a bleaching agent and discolor your piece. For other tricks, read: 3 Ways to-De-Stink and Un-Funk Vintage Furniture.

2. Clean Your Grill. It’s summertime, and that means the grill is on! Next time you go to clean the grate, try using baking soda instead of store-bought chemicals. Use a wire brush and a paste of equal parts baking soda and water to scrape off any remnants of barbecues past. Then, make this incredible apricot-glazed BBQ chicken recipe from Stiletto Chef.

3. Bake A Cake. Your favorite sweet treat won’t rise without baking soda! If you left out the baking soda your cake would fall flat, because baking soda is a chemical leavening agent that causes batters to rise when they reach a certain temperature. For a perfect cake every time, read: Don’t Crowd the Oven and Other Pro Baking Tips. And then make this carrot cake or this coconut cake. Enjoy!

4. Shine Your Silver. If your silver has lost its luster, reach for the kitchen cabinet. Baking soda will bring back the shine that acidic and salty foods have dulled. All you need to make your silver sparkle is baking soda, a quart of water and a couple teaspoons of salt. For step-by-step instructions check out: Polish Your Silverware.


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