Sodium Bicarbonate for Green Cleaning

cleaningSimplify your life, clean up your home naturally, remove the toxic-air your family breath and save money. Bicarbonate of soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a common ingredient used in baking and found in all supermarkets. It’s non-toxic, non-irritating to the skin, it’s effective and cheap. Avoid baking soda that has other things in it like an anti-caking agent.

Bicarbonate of soda(sodium bicarbonate) is effective at removing stains, it’s a good mild scourer for pots and pans. It can neutralize acids and soften hard water. It makes an excellent deodorizer in the fridge, on carpets, on upholstery and even down drains. Clean and polish aluminium, chrome, jewellery, plastic, porcelain, silver, and stainless steel.

Borax is a natural mineral that dissolves in water and can be used as a natural alternative to bleach. It deodorizers inhibits the growth of mildew and mould. Borax cleans, disinfects, freshens and softens laundry. 

With everything you do or make or buy always aways perform a small patch test, be it for cleaning something or something for your skin or for your baby or pet.   Do a patch test first

Scouring Powder
50% sodium bicarbonate
50% borax
or
50% sodium bicarbonate
50% cheap fine table salt
This mixture can be used in the bathroom and kitchen.

Liquid Scourer has a gentle action
Liquid soap like Castile
Sodium bicarbonate
Mix in the sodium bicarbonate slowly into the liquid soap until it’s thick and creamy and store in a clean plastic container.

Shake & Vac
To eliminate odours (from pets, children, or your kitchen) in your rugs and carpets, sprinkle the carpets not the kids 🙂 with bicarbonate of soda and then vacuum. 

Smelly Stained Vases
Mix approximately 4 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda with warm water, pour into the vase and leave for several hours. Pour out, rinse with clean water and dry.

Rust Remover
Place your rusty item in a tray or bowl then cover the item with dry bicarbonate of soda now pour some vinegar over the rusty object. The bicarbonate of soda with fizz up, use a brush to clean off the rust. Rinse and dry well.

Wall Tile Cleaner
Use a damp sponge and sprinkle it with bicarbonate of soda, scrub the tiles then rinse with water. Or make a thick paste with a little water and scrub the tiles and grout with a brush.

Stainless Sink Cleaner
Use a damp sponge and sprinkle it with bicarbonate of soda, scrub the tiles then rinse with water.

Bathroom Floor Cleaner
Put 4oz of bicarbonate of soda into a bucket of warm water, mop the floor with this solution.

50% Green Cleaning
If you prefer not give up your usual laundry detergent you can use half the usual amount by adding bicarbonate of soda which enhances the performance of the laundry detergent.

Chopping Boards
To remove strong odours such as fish, onions, garlic from plastic and wooden chopping boards – make a paste with bicarbonate of soda and a little water. Rub into the board and leave 5 minutes, if very smelly leave 10 minutes, rinse well with water and dry. Give your wooden spoon a scrub with soda, rinse and dry.

Microwave
Place a bowl filled with water and some bicarbonate of soda into the microwave put on a high setting for about 1 minute. The microwave should now be easy to clean.

Fridges
Clean out your fridge on a regular basis with a solution of bicarbonate of soda and warm water. It works well with a fridge that has been turned off for a while. If you place a bowl of dry binary in your fridge, it will keep your fridge smelling fresh as it absorbs odours.

Stains
Tea and coffee stains can be removed from cups, mugs, coffee and tea pots. Use a little bicarbonate of soda sprinkled on a damp sponge. Or make a solution with warm water and soak for several hours.

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