Baking Soda by the Kitchen Stove

By Beverly Sandlin

When I was a girl, every mother had a box of baking soda on the kitchen counter by the stove. Now I only see old women do this. Why was it a staple in every kitchen years ago?

Baking soda can be used as a fire extinguisher for small grease and electrical fires. Water won’t extinguish an electrical fire and it will actually spread a grease fire. Baking soda doesn’t replace a kitchen extinguisher, but next to the stove it sure is handy! FYI, great for the shop too!

Because baking soda has antibacterial properties, when mom nicked her finger with a kitchen knife or a child came in crying with a small scratch, baking soda acts as a blood stop for nicks and scratches and also protects against infection.

And for any tummy complaint from indigestion (We pay $$$ for sodium bicarbonate in the form of tums.) to “I’m not feeling so good…” the first course of remedy was always a teaspoon of baking soda stirred into water and gulped down. – 9 times out of 10 within a half an hour there were no more complaints.

All this besides being a leavening agent and used in many recipes!


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