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TOOTH POWDER - Mix 1 tablespoon salt and 5 tablespoons baking soda. Add 6-9 drops of oil of peppermint or wintergreen and mix well. Label and keep in a tightly covered jar. To use, pour a small amount of powder into the palm of your hand, then wet toothbrush and rub bristles into the powder.

MOUTH WASH - Dissolve 2 teaspoons salt and 2 teaspoons baking soda in 1 quart of boiling water. Add 10 drops of oil of peppermint, wintergreen, or cloves. Label and keep in a covered jar. To use, rinse out mouth and gargle with small amount as often as desired.

ANTACID - 1/2 teaspoon in glass of water every 2 hours up to maximum dosage, or as directed by a physician. (Do not take more than eight 1/2 teaspoon for persons up to 60 years old or four 1/2 teaspoon for persons 60 years or older in a 24-hr period, or use the maximum dosage of this product for more than 2 weeks.)

PLAY CLAY - Mix 2 cups baking soda with one cup cornstarch in a saucepan. Blend, and add 1-1/4 cups of cold water; mix until smooth. Boil one minute to consistency of moist mashed potatoes, stirring constantly. Spoon out onto a plate. Cover with a damp cloth and let cool. Knead lightly and roll out on waxed paper. Cut out designs with cookie cutters or bottle caps, or shape by hand. Etch in patterns. Let dry until hard (24-48 hours). Paint with tempera or water colors. Let dry. Coat with clear shellac or clear nail polish. Mount pins or clips with white glue.

Baking soda may be used as a scouring powder, deodorizer, bath refresher and in many other ways.

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