Bi-carb soda is THE holy grail of green cleaning.
I’ve cleared the house of the toxic chemicals I used to use for cleaning. Goodbye toxic cleaners, hello bi-carb soda!
To think I'd been using all those chemicals for so long! It’s a story made up by the big chemical companies and their advertisers, and I’ve been duped! I can't believe how good such a simple thing can be at cleaning and i’m loving it.
Bicarbonate of soda, also known as Baking Soda comes from the natural mineral form natron, which is found dissolved in mineral springs, and has been used for centuries - originally as a soap. It can be made in various ways but the common version we buy in the supermarket is mined naturally and then refined to get the pure product. It’s naturally aluminium-free, and only contains aluminium when it is combined with other products to make Baking Powder, which is different, and specifically for cooking.
Bi-carb can be used to kill fungus and some bacteria, and it's used in cooking as a leavening agent (heating above 80 degrees celsius causes sodium bicarbonate to release carbon dioxide and make a moist mixture aerate and therefore rise.)
It can be used medicinally as an antacid when your tummy is upset, intravenously for various hospital medical emergencies, as a soothing paste on skin rashes, insect bites and reactions, and as a toothpaste, even a deodorant and shampoo! So many ways to experiment with it!
It's a versatile, effective cleaner and does a perfect job of cleaning ceramic and stainless sinks at home and work, and when soaked in a solution of warm water works a treat on tea-stained cups.
It's great for removing rust, or odours from clothes, and acts as a softener when added to the washing machine. I even used it to clean the oven and it did as good a job as any of those spray oven cleaners you buy, which leave you feeling terrible from inhaling the fumes!
I have bought some big boxes of bicarbonate-soda from the supermarket (so cheap!), and keep them in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry and am using it for all these things in an effort to get back to basics and limit the amount of chemicals we are exposed to in our home.
I could go on....
13 ways to clean with bi-carb
- Dissolve 4 tbsp bicarbonate-soda in 1 litre warm water for general cleaning
- Sprinkle bicarbonate-soda on a damp sponge to wipe down kitchen and bathroom surfaces as a cleaner and deodoriser
- Make a paste from bicarbonate-soda and water for a good all-purpose cleaner
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Sprinkle Bicarbonate-soda in the bowl, squirt with vinegar and scour with a toilet brush to clean and deodorise
- Pour bicarbonate-soda down the drain, followed by vinegar. Allow the mixture to foam for a few minutes, then flush with boiling water. Make sure to wear eye protection when using bicarbonate-soda and vinegar together, as the reaction can be quite explosive!
- Moisten 2 cups of bicarbonate-soda into a smooth paste and scrub into the grout with a toothbrush and sponge. Rinse thoroughly.
- Clean inside and out with 2 tbsp bicarbonate-soda dissolved in 1 litre warm water, rinse.
- An open pack of bicarbonate-soda left in the fridge will absorb musty smells.
Pots and Pans
- For burned on food, gently simmer 2 tbsp bicarbonate-soda per litre of water and soak overnight until particles soften and are loosened. (A big favourite of mine, whoops!)
- Sprinkle bicarbonate-soda on carpet before vacuuming as a deodoriser/freshener
- Stains and grease spots can be removed by rubbing with bicarbonate-soda , leaving overnight to dry and vacuuming in the morning
- Brush on neat under your arms for a great deodorant (it’s what I’ve been using) or if that is too strong, mix with cornstarch, which can give the added benefit of acting as a mild anti-perspirant.
- Sprinkle into shoes overnight as a deodoriser and shake out well out well before use. Dual purpose as it has anti fungal properties also!
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