For generations Baking Soda (also known as sodium bicarbonate – its official name or bi-carb soda) has been used for cooking, cleaning, 1st aid, personal care and deodorizing. Baking Soda is made from soda ash which occurs naturally in our environment. The soda ash is mined and then refined to form a safe, pure product. Its high performance in cleaning and deodorizing comes from its ability to regulate pH levels. When Baking Soda comes in contact with either an acidic or an alkaline substance, it naturally neutralizes the pH.
Environmentally friendly and budget-priced, baking soda is a ‘Must Have’ product for your home. You’ll be amazed at its countless uses as an effective, no-fuss alternative to expensive, over- packaged and toxic products.
When I first started making my transition to natural cleaners and toxic-free personal care products I was amazed at how few ingredients I really needed. Baking Soda was one of them. I would like to encourage everyone to explore some of the many uses for this very versatile, cheap and safe product. Because it is a safe product you can’t really go wrong with amounts and proportions (except when you’re baking!)
It is still wise to test on a small, out-of-the-way area of the product you intend cleaning first. So you know for sure!
Have A Naturally Clean Home using Baking Soda
Clean Kitchen – Clean chopping boards, stainless steel sinks, ovens and range hoods with food safe Baking Soda sprinkled on a damp cloth. When mixed with equal parts of water, it can be used as a gently, scratch-free, abrasive cleaner.
Chopping Boards – Sprinkle a cut lemon with some Baking Soda and rub on your wood cutting board to remove those stubborn stains.
Freshen Sink Drains – By slowly pouring half a cup Baking Soda down the drain together with warm tap water.
Cut Grease Naturally – Baking Soda helps cut grease and makes it easier to clean. Add Baking Soda to your normal dish washing liquid and let soak for a while.
Oven Grime – For stubborn oven grime, apply a paste made from Baking Soda and water to a warm oven, leave overnight and wipe off the next day. Also you can sprinkle Baking Soda over the bottom surface of your oven. Spray with a water bottle to dampen the Baking Soda. Let this mixture sit overnight and then scrub in the morning. Rinse thoroughly.
Dirty Saucepans – For dirty saucepans that don’t respond to regular cleaning, add cold water and one to two tablespoons of Baking Soda and bring to the boil. When cool, finish off with a scourer. Or alternately sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of pots with burnt on food, fill with hot water and soak overnight. Scrub clean the next day.
Hand Washing the Dishes – Add 2 heaped tablespoons of Baking Soda as well as your dish detergent to the water in the sink to help cut through any grease or baked on food. Let them soak a little, then add some extra Baking Soda to any tough dirt and use it as a non-scratch scourer.
Clean Dishwasher – Throw a handful of Baking Soda into the bottom of the dishwasher mid-way between loads – this will eliminate odours and work double-duty as a gentle cleanser in the next wash cycle.
Clean Coffee and Tea Pots – Remove stains and bitter residue using a solution of ¼ cup of Baking Soda in a litre of warm water, soak overnight if necessary. Or for really stubborn stains, make a paste using Baking Soda, salt and a little liquid dish soap. Let it soak for a few minutes, then scrub off.
Stained Cups – Restore life to stained tea/coffee cups – apply Baking Soda to a damp cloth and rub away.
Bathroom surfaces – Sprinkle some Baking Soda on a damp cloth or directly onto bathtubs, sinks, or tile and then wipe with a clean damp cloth. Rinse and dry. Or use a pre mixed paste for those tougher cleaning jobs. Make a paste using baking soda, salt and a little liquid dish soap. Let it soak for a few minutes, then scrub off.
Shower Doors – Remove water spots from shower doors by wiping down with baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge.
Toilets – Stubborn toilet stains can be cleaned by sprinkling into the toilet, 1 cup of baking soda and allowing to sit for 30 minutes. Spray with vinegar then scrub.
Clean Floors – Use ½ a cup of Baking Soda in a bucket of warm water – mop floors, then rinse clean. For stubborn scuff marks you may need a cloth with Baking Soda on it to wipe them off.
Clean Furniture – Baking Soda on a damp cloth will clean furniture. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
Clean Crayons from Walls – Apply baking soda to a slightly wet cloth and rub lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
Baking Soda in the Laundry
Fresh Sheets – Add half a cup Baking Soda to the laundry rinse cycle to give towels and linens a breezy freshness.
Fabric Softener – A 1/2 cup of Baking Soda added to the rinse cycle of your wash acts as a natural fabric softener.
Nappy Cleaner – Use Baking Soda as a pre-soaker for soiled nappies, removing mould or stubborn stains. Dissolve ¼ – ½ cup Baking Soda in a bucket of warm water, let soak, wash in hot soapy water and dry in the sun.
Whiter Whites – Add 2 teaspoons of Baking Soda to half a bucket of cold water. Soak 30 minutes then wash as normal.
Clean Baby Clothes – Odor and stain fighters are often harsh chemicals, so add ½ a cup of Baking Soda to your laundry detergent for tougher stains and for the odors add ½ a cup of Baking Soda to the rinse cycle.
Boost Laundry Detergent – Adding 1/2 cup of Baking Soda to your laundry water helps soften the water making clothes cleaner, fresher, softer and also makes your laundry detergent go further!
Stuffed Toys – Freshen stuffed toys with a sprinkling of Baking Soda. Wait 15 minutes, brush off.
Clean Kids Toys – Clean kids’ toys by soaking or wiping down with a solution of Baking Soda and water. Rinse, dry and they are ready for play.
See some of the many uses of Baking Soda around the home and as a deodorizer here
Who would have thought that Baking Soda was such a useful, ‘Must Have’ product!