17 of the Most Brilliant Ways to Fix Things With Baking Soda

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Baking soda is one of the most versatile home remedies in your pantry. Here’s how to use baking soda to clean your home, improve your health, and more.

Make fluffier omelets

For restaurant-quality “puffiness,” add a scant one-quarter teaspoon of baking soda to every three eggs you beat. The omelet will be light and fluffy. You can also use this trick to make big fluffy curds when scrambling eggs. Don’t add too much or your eggs will taste bland, and be careful not to oversalt since the soda adds a slightly salty taste.

Soften beans

Afraid those dry beans have been on the shelf too long? Help soften them by adding a pinch of baking soda to the soaking water.

Get rid of fishy odors

Been chopping something pungent? The smell of garlic or fish can linger on your fingers long after the food is gone. To avoid that, scrub your wet hands with baking soda (as if it were soap), then rinse in warm water. Your hands will smell sweet (and feel softer too).

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