Ever since I became a mom, I became allergic to toxic chemicals, like mind and body allergic.
That's basically how my clean living story started in one sentence.
Upon my transition with skin care, I was able to rekindle my love for the environment. It made me consider greening my entire personal care and soon after, we replaced our household products to ones which can help in maintaining our environmental health. And as we went along these changes, I discovered products that are as effective but definitely safer than all the brands we grew up patronizing.
That's when baking soda came in the picture. Little did many of us know, this innocent powder does wonders in and out of the kitchen. It amazes me more how few to little ingredients we really needed to maintain our health and homes; that we can actually do away with our trusty liquid sosa, muriatic acid, lysol, and other household staple loaded with toxic chemicals.
Really! This mean green mama tried and tested what they say this white-hot essential can do. And I must say, the results are pretty impressive.
Here's a rundown of things we can do with baking soda.
Remove stains from plastic food containers
Deep-clean extra greasy dishes and pans
Easy microwave cleanup
Easy DIY soft scrub for surfaces
Banish mildew from bathrooms
Simple floor cleaner
Polish silver flatware
Brighten dull jewelry
Clean crayons from walls
Boost laundry detergent
Clean cloth diapers
Remove oil and grease
As an added benefit, baking soda’s alkali property
"neutralizes acids in odors allowing it to eliminate strong, unwanted smells."
Refresh a foul-smelling fridge
Deodorize garbage cans
Deodorize musty upholstery
Fight linen closet smells
Absorb toilet odors
Deodorize cutting boards
Deodorize litter boxes
Freshen Musty Laundry
Refresh smelly sneakers
Deodorize and clean sponges
For a safer, healthier, and happier home
Simple air freshener
Dust stuffed animals
Remove odors from your hands
Keep flowers fresher longer
Neutralize gassy beans
Clean store-bought fruits and veggies
Whiten Your Laundry
Buff out water rings
Keep ants out
Extinguish grease fires
Freshen your breath
Polish your teeth
Make your own deodorant
Pamper your feet
Dry shampoo alternative
Help your hair
Keep your brushes and combs clean
Relieve Itchy Skin from insect bites
The possibilities are endless! In fact, there is more to this list than we could possibly imagine.
While they may be too good to be true, most from this shortlist is a common thing in our home.
And since I discovered baking soda, we have replaced febreeze, downy, facial scrub, liquid drain cleaners, fruit and veggie wash, bleach, and toilet cleaner with a box full of this white wonder.
If you're in charge of the groceries, you'd know very well how big we can save for trading these things we don't really need for a 2kg box worth P211.
Aside from saving money, putting toxic products away from your cart also saves what's left in our ecosystem especially with the aquatic life. It's a way of doing good to ourselves and everyone we care about.
Win-win! Now what's the first thing you'll try with baking soda?
BONUS: Congratulations for reaching this part! As a reward, here's a secret: click the headers (cleaner, deodorizer, more, personal care) for instructions.
Now go save your homes and save the planet :)