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Baking Soda

Use on bee stings, insect bites, poison ivy - to control itching and inflammation, dissolve 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1 cup water.  Use a cotton swab to apply to affected area.  Be sure to try to remove the stinger with tweezers, or even better a knife blade, without further squeezing poison sac.

Warts:  Make a paste of baking soda and spirit of champhor and apply every night.  Cover with bandage, remove in morning.  Removes all kinds of warts, even planter's worts.

Hemmorroids:  Apply baking soda wet or dry to relieve itching.

Room Freshner:  Baking soda, cinnamon, dried lavendar, rosemary, ground cloves.  Sprinkle on carpet, leave one hour, then vacuum. Test on small area first.

Baking soda and salt for shock.  Give nothing by mouth unless you are sure person is fully concious.

Heartburn or colic:  Old remedy includes dill, fennel, and baking soda.

Can be used as toothpaste along with arrow root.

Perspiration stains:  Soak or sponge with baking soda water.  Wash garment as usual. If odor remains after washing, soak material in a solution of 3 - 4 tablespoons salt in a quart of warm water.

To clean hairbrushes:  Use a solution of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in in cool water.

When preparing baked goods with honey, for each cup of honey add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and reduce oven temperature by 25F to reduce over browning.

Ant repellang:  Baking soda, cornstarch, and ground pepper near pathways to the kitchen.

Bathtub and sink scum:  Use baking soda, vinegar, or borax, rinse clean with water to renew sparkle.



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