Baking Soda for Green Cleaning

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budget friendly cleaning

Baking soda is yet another of my favorite, budget friendly cleaners featured in my article, ​Dollar Store Deals for Green Clea​ning. Like vinegar, the uses for it seem endless. You may be familiar with it for its ability to make your baked goods rise; however, it has tons of practical cleaning uses as well. It is nontoxic to humans and very versatile.

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is derived from a mineral and in simplest terms is a type of inorganic salt. In studies done, it shows some weak elimination of household germs. Although I wouldn’t use it to clean the germiest areas of my house, it is great for absorbing smells and works as a mild abrasive. Baking soda is an ingredient often found in natural and homemade deodorant and carpet freshener.

Homemade soft scrub

Because of its slightly gritty texture, I personally love baking soda for making my own soft scrub. Mix it with water or some castile soap and use your favorite scrub brush or microfiber cloth to power through the dirt and grime in your shower. It also works really well to remove stuck on toothpaste from your sink. Baking soda’s fine texture will not scratch delicate surfaces like other scrubs.

With a pH level of 9, baking soda is considered a weak alkaline. As I mentioned in my vinegar article, use caution when mixing vinegar, (or any acidic substance), with baking soda. It creates an explosive reaction which can be useful for cleaning drains without the use of toxic chemicals. The two together should never be stored in a closed container as it can explode. Vinegar and baking soda work awesome separately and should be kept that way.

Are you going to begin by sprinkling baking soda on your carpets or using it to make a scrub? Can’t wait to hear from you!

Until next time,

Love, art and the pursuit of healthy living

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  • Gilly Maddison

    October 7, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Yes it is brilliant stuff to use for cleaning – I also use it with white vinegar to get rid of limescale build-up in the humidifier I use in winter when the central heating dries out the air too much. This is a timely reminder that I have drifted back to using expensive and chemically loaded cleaners and must go back to using baking soda – thank you!

    1. Mel

      October 17, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      I love that tip! Thanks for sharing!

  • Dollar Store Deals for Green Cleaning – Essentially Mel

    October 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    […] Baking Soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is great for absorbing smells. Pet messes are something I use it on often and find it works well. It is also a mild disinfectant. Baking soda has abrasive properties so it makes an effective cleaning paste. It is often used in making homemade deodorant and toothpaste as well. Check out my scrub recipe featuring baking soda HERE. […]

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