Cleaning is way down on my list of “Things I Like to Do in My Spare Time,” so I’m always looking for cleaning shortcuts. One of my favorites is for cleaning the microwave – an odious chore at best: put a bowl of water in the microwave for a couple minutes…until the window gets nice and steamy. Remove the bowl and you’ll find that all the bits of who-knows-what will come off with a quick wipe of a washcloth.
I recently came across a tip for cleaning in the kitchen with baking soda. You can keep your wooden or plastic cutting board clean by scrubbing it with a paste made from 1 T. each baking soda, salt, and water. Rinse thoroughly with hot water and you’ve got a sparking cutting board. Baking soda can also be used to bake better (and less odoriferous) beans. Adding a pinch of baking soda to baked beans as they’re cooking will significantly reduce their gas-producing properties. You can also throw baking soda in with your eggs for a fluffy omelet. For every three eggs used, add ½ t. baking soda.
Baking soda is good for more than just baking!
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