Baking Soda is a naturally occurring substance that is present
in all living things. It helps living things maintain the
pH balance necessary for life. Baking Soda is made from soda
ash, also known as sodium carbonate.
The natural chemical and physical properties of Baking Soda
account for its many safe and effective uses.
Baking soda makes great simple, highly effective, earth-friendly
cleaners that cost less. Try these at home and marvel at power
of sodium bicarbonate.
Soda To The Rescue!
Linoleum or tile: To remove scuffmarks, sprinkle
baking soda lightly onto a damp sponge, wipe surface to be
cleaned, then buff dry with a clean, dry cloth.
Ceramic tile: Mix ¼ cup baking soda in ½
cup white vinegar, and wash floor with mop or sponge. Buff
with a clean damp cloth.
Carpet stains: Clean with club soda. Dry overnight.
Sprinkle baking soda on the affected area and let sit 15 minutes
Carpet deodorizer: Sprinkle baking soda on dry carpet
and let it sit for fifteen minutes before vacuuming it up.
Woodwork and Walls
Dirt, scuff marks, finger prints, and crayon can all be removed
by sprinkling baking soda on a damp sponge and scrubbing gently
to avoid damaging paint or wallpaper. Wipe or buff dry.
Vinyl and Plastic
In a bowl, mix ¼ cup baking soda with one teaspoon
vegetable-oil-based liquid soap until sudsy. Apply the paste
with a damp sponge and wash the vinyl. Rinse well.
Silver and chrome: Make paste by mixing equal parts
of baking soda and warm water and apply with a sponge. Rub,
rinse, and buff dry.
Silver flatware: Boil in water with baking soda and
Brass and Copper: Make a paste of vinegar and baking soda,
or vinegar and salt. Rub on with a soft cloth, rinse with
water and dry.
Aluminum: Do not use baking soda or washing soda on
Gold jewelry: Put jewelry in a wide-mouth glass jar
with 3 small squirts of toothpaste, ¼ teaspoon liquid
soap, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, and enough warm water
to cover. Shake well. If badly tarnished, let sit for a couple
of hours. Shake some more. Rinse well, dry, and polish with
a soft cloth.
To maintain clean drains, pour boiling water down each drain
every week or two to prevent build-up. For slow drains, mix
one cup baking soda, one cup salt, and ¼ cup cream
of tartar. Pour ¼ cup of mixture down the drain and
follow with boiling water. Store the rest in a labeled jar
for later use. For blockages, pour ¼ cup baking soda
and ½ cup of vinegar in the drain. Cover until the
fizzing stops; then flush with boiling water. For stubborn
clogs, use a mechanical drain opener: a plunger or snake.
Appliances, counter-tops, splash panels: Sprinkle baking
soda on a damp sponge, rub surfaces to clean, rinse, then
Pest Control: For cockroaches and
silverfish, mix equal parts of baking soda and sugar, and
sprinkle around affected areas.
Basic Spray Cleaner:Combine ½ teaspoon baking
soda, ½ teaspoon borax, ½ teaspoon washing soda,
2 tablespoons vinegar, ½ teaspoon liquid soap in a
spray bottle. Add 2 cups very hot tap water, and shake the
bottle gently until the powders have dissolved. Spray on area
to be cleaned and wipe off with a sponge or clean rag.
Scented Spray Cleaner: Add a few drops of an essential
oil to the above recipe, or use a scented liquid soap such
as castile soap.
Oven cleaner: Dampen area, cover burnt spills and grease
with baking soda. Sprinkle some more water on top of the baking
soda. Let sit overnight. Wipe up thoroughly the next morning
with a mild abrasive pad. Dab a bit of vegetable-oil-based
soap on a sponge and give the whole oven another once-over.
Rinse thoroughly to remove all baking soda.
Microwave cleaner: Make a paste of 3 to 4 tablespoons
of baking soda and just enough water to moisten it. Rub on
the interior surface and around the door with a sponge. Rinse
Coffee and tea pots, cups or mugs: Sprinkle baking
soda on a damp sponge, scrub stains, rinse and dry.
Garbage disposals: Pour two tablespoons down the disposal
every week to destroy odors.
Deodorizing plastic containers: Soak overnight in baking
soda solution. Rinse.
Deodorizing refrigerator and freezer: Place an open
box of baking soda in the appliance and change every three
Tubs, sinks, floor and wall tiles: Sprinkle baking
soda on a damp sponge, rub surfaces to clean, rinse,buff dry.
Deodorizing: Sprinkle baking soda in wastebaskets,
hampers, diaper pails, down drains, down toilet (baking soda
helps septic tanks).
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In place of laundry detergent: For clothes that need
only freshening and removal of perspiration odors, but are
not really dirty, launder with one cup of baking soda in place
To whiten and brighten extra dirty clothes: Add ½
cup baking soda to your regular liquid laundry detergent.
Launder as usual.
To deodorize and freshen sportswear, bed linens and baby
clothes: Add ½ cup baking soda to your regular
liquid laundry detergent. Launder as usual.
To remove perspiration stains: Add water, drop by drop,
to 4 tablespoons of baking soda, to make a thick paste. Rub
into the stained area and let sit for an hour. Wash as usual.
Fabric softener: Add ¼ cup baking soda to the
Deodorize clothes: Sprinkle baking soda liberally into
pile of clothes. Load clothes into washing machine when ready
To reduce need for bleach: Use half the amount of bleach
and ½ cup baking soda.
Deodorize: Sprinkle some baking soda into shoes and
sneakers before putting them away.
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Headlights: Make a paste of ¼
cup baking soda, a squirt of vegetable-oil-based liquid soap,
and a little water. Rub on headlights with a sponge, then
Vinyl upholstery: See "Vinyl and Plastic"
under Household Cleaners, above.
Nontoxic engine degreaser: Place ¼ cup baking
soda and ¼ cup Plant Thinner
(turpentine alternative made by Auro Organics with citrus
peels). Cover with 2 cups boiling water, and stir to dissolve.
Sprinkle or spray on the engine and wipe off the loosened
grease with rags. Note: Plant Thinner is flammable.
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Scented scouring powder: Put one
cup baking soda and a handful of your favorite scented flower
petals or herbs in a blender. Run until the aroma is blended
well into the powder. Pour the aromatic powder onto the surface
to be cleaned, adding a few drops of water if necessary to
make a paste. Scrub with a sponge. Rinse well. Any left-over
powder can be left in an open dish as a potpourri.
Disinfectant scouring powder: Mix one cup baking soda
and ¼ cup borax in a bowl. Dampen a sponge, scoop the
powder up with it, and rub onto the surface to be cleaned.
Let the powder rest on the surface to absorb odors, then rinse
thoroughly. Your can also put the powder in a shaker and shake
onto the surface to be cleaned. Rub in with a damp sponge.
Anti-mildew scouring powder: Mix 2/3 cup baking soda
with 1/3 cup borax in a bowl until well blended. Sprinkle
on the surface to be cleaned or apply with a damp sponge.
Rub well to loosen mildew, let rest on the area for a couple
of hours, then rinse thoroughly.
Recipes from: Clean and Green by Annie Berthold-Bond ©
1990; Nontoxic, Natural & Earthwise by Debra Lynn Dadd,
© 1990; and various brochures.
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