When I first started transitioning to natural ‘green’ cleaners and organic chemical-free personal care products, I was a little daunted by the unknown but with a little research and the help of a Martha Stewart ‘Home Keeping Handbook’ along with another book called ‘Silent Killers’ by PM Taubert, I was well on my way. Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate is so versatile, there are so many uses – perfect for personal care products as well as everyday household cleaning. Not having to ingest or touch the toxic tangle of pollutants which seem to be on the ingredient list on every item in the supermarket or on the beauty shelf these days, it’s a relief when there is an inexpensive natural alternative – Baking Soda. These are some of my everyday around the home uses for this amazing little powder.
Make a paste of 3 parts Baking Soda to 1 part water then rub onto the silver with a clean cloth, make sure to rinse thoroughly and buff with a soft dry cloth.
Deodorize Your Refrigerator
Place an open box in the back of your refrigerator to neutralize odours.
Soaking Oral Appliances
Your oral appliances, retainers, mouthpieces and dentures can be soaked in a solution of 2 teaspoons Baking Soda dissolved in small glass or ceramic bowl of warm water – don’t use a plastic bowl. The solution will loosen any particles of food and neutralizes the odours, your appliance can also be gently brushed for cleaning with Baking Soda.
Make a paste with Baking Soda and vinegar, apply to liberally to the grout lines and let it sit for an hour or so, next give it a good scrub with an old toothbrush, remove and reapply for another hour. Finally remove with warm soapy water and dry with a soft cloth.
Mix 3 parts of Baking Soda to 1 part water. Then rub gently in a circular motions to remove dry and flaky skin, then rinse clean.
Deodorize Your Cutting Board
Sprinkle your cutting boards with Baking Soda, scrub with hard bristle kitchen brush, rinse with hot water.
Cleaning Your Brushes And Combs
Soak your brushes and combs to remove natural oil and hair product residue, use a solution of 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda in a small glass or stainless of warm water. Rinse well and allow to dry in the sun.
Treating Insect Bites
Make a paste out of Baking Soda and water then apply directly onto the insect bites.
Deodorizing Your Carpets
Sprinkle Baking Soda onto your carpets to remove odours, the longer you can leave the baking soda on the carpet, the better the result. Overnight is optimum, or as long as possible then vacuum up the powder.