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  • The Answer to Everything

    Notwithstanding our admiration for "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," the Answer To Everything isn't "42." And it's not the towel.

    No, when the grid fails...when you're on the desert island with one thing to choose....when you're ready to restart civilization...

    The answer is...

    baking soda/p>

    Yes. What else can  you say about a cheap, universally available compound that comes in a box and has about 100 uses?

    A compound you can use on your teeth, under your armpits, on glass, on sponges, in ovens and in washing machines?

    A substance that kills roaches and slugs? That keeps rabbits away?

    Is it fairy dust? A cosmic miracle?

    How did it escape the attention of Douglas Adams? Or is he the one who has been writing all the "Million and One Uses or Baking Soda" guides that I have been seeing on Pinterest?

    Here is Arm & Hammer's own compendium of uses

    A recipe for baking soda toothpaste (thank you, Crunchy Betty):

    Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste

    • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
    • 3 Tbsp baking soda
    • 25 drops peppermint essential oil
    • 1 packet stevia

    I am in awe of baking soda.

    When products are evaluated for sale at Glassery, ease of cleaning is very important. Last week, I was testing the JIA Food Box, and almost despaired when some brie burned to a crisp and formed a thick, nasty crust on the porcelain. Scrubbing didn't work, soaking didn't work. Yep, baking soda worked. Like a dream.

    I like it in combination with a wooden Chemex brush for cleaning tea stains from our Liven porcelain bottles, too. It works suspiciously well. Maybe it's from another planet.

    Whatever its origins, baking soda has found a home in my home.

    --Laurel

     

    Super-elegant baking soda shakers from Laurence Brabant

    (Also good for salt and pepper)

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