• Extinguish a grease or electrical fire by liberally scattering the powder on it. • Clean combs and brushes in a soda solution. • Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not aluminum) in 3 tablespoons soda to 1 quart water. • Sprinkle soda on grills, let soak, rinse off. • Sprinkle soda on greasy garage floor. Let stand, scrub and rinse. • For a pan with a thick layer of burned-on food, pour a thick layer of soda in it, just moisten with water. Let stand overnight; scrub it clean the next day. • Soak shower curtains in water and soda to clean them. • Sprinkle soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots and slippers to eliminate odor. • Repel rain from your windshield by wiping it inside and out with a damp cloth covered in gobs of baking soda. • Soak dried beans in soda and water to make them more digestible. • Freshen carpet and upholstered furniture by sprinkling with baking soda. Allow it to sit undisturbed a half hour or so and vacuum. • Eliminate water rings on finished wood with a paste of baking soda and toothpaste applied with a soft cloth. • Get rid of ants by sprinkling an equal mixture of baking soda and salt where they are coming in. • Fill nail holes in a plastered wall with a paste of white toothpaste and baking soda.
Scott KEELER, Associated Press HANDOUT
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