Dear Heloise: Please repeat the proportions of salt and soda for the tooth-brushing powder. I've used it for a long time but have misplaced the "recipe." I really enjoy your helpful hints. -- Lula Kennedy, Indianapolis
This is a great "tooth powder," and has been a reader favorite for more than 40 years. Here is the original recipe:
1/2 to 1/3 cup salt
1 (1 pound) box baking soda
One of the following: oil of clove flavoring or oil of wintergreen flavoring
Don't use a plastic blender container because it could be scratched. If using salt, pour it into a glass blender and turn on high for a few seconds, turn off, shake, then turn on again. Repeat this process until the salt has become a fine powder.
Add the baking soda; mix for a second or two. Don't overblend.
Divide the batch into different bowls if you are using more than one type of flavoring. Be careful not to "overflavor." Mix well and store in an airtight container. To use, pour a small amount or use a small squeeze bottle (a small, clean mustard bottle works well) to apply the tooth powder to a wet toothbrush.
This tastes really good, and, even more important, it works very well. -- Heloise
Note: Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, so if you are on a sodium-restricted (limited salt) diet, you should check with your physician about using this, and you can omit the salt.
Dear Heloise: Keep the yardstick on the molding over the door of the sewing room.
It's instantly available but out of the way. -- Betty Sager, Spring Valley, Calif.
Dear Heloise: In case of power failure, I keep large candles in the bathroom and place them in front of a mirror.
The reflection gives double the light when needed. I also advise putting the candles on a small plate or aluminum pie plate for safety. -- Gloria, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
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