What did ancient Egyptians know thousands of years ago that people refuse to acknowledge today?
For one, they discovered quite useful natural deposits of natron, a mixture of sodium carbonate decahydrate and sodium bicarbonate. They utilised it as a cleaning product both for the household and body.
Firstly, natron was blended with oil to produce a hand washing liquid. Secondly, undiluted natron was used as a mouthwash and toothpaste. Thirdly, it softened water, removed oil and grease and bleached clothing.
Later, most of natron’s uses in the home gradually declined and were replaced by ordinary baking soda. According to study published by mopreviewed recently, Soda was widely used in households until 20th century chemistry innovations and rise of consumerism decided it’s high time to put a hand over a multi-billion market and replace useful and non-toxic remedy with supposedly more effective yet harsh chemicals.
You know the rest of the story – millions on commercials about cleaning agents, detergents and shampoos spend each year by big multinational corporations while there are vast deposits of minerals that can be exploited much cheaply.
Luckily, there has been a shift in consumer behavior lately. People start to understand that continuing down the road is ruinous.
That is why learning as much possible about various natural cleaners like white vinegar, Borax or salt is essential. It’ll be a lot easier to harness their green power in your daily routine. Below you can find out more about how to clean your home and body with sodium bicarbonate or it’s more popular name – baking soda!
5 Things You Can Clean With Baking Soda
1. Coffee or Tea Pots: Admit it, you hate it when your coffee or tea pot gets that unpleasant brownish colour from regular use. Baking soda comes to the rescue. Just soak overnight in soda solution and scrub and rinse in the morning to remove stubborn staining.
2. Oven: How many times does grime accumulating on the bottom of your nice oven turn into a unsightly menace? Don’t worry! Simply sprinkle baking soda onto the oven’s bottom. Allow it to sit overnight. Scrub in the morning to remove baking soda and grime alike with a sponge. Then rinse the surface with water.
3. Floors: Say a loud NO to commercial floor cleaners! You can remove dirt and grime from tile or no wax floors with a mixture of ½ cup baking soda dissolved in a bucket of warm water. Apply to surface and enjoy a brand-new looking and sparkling floor.
4. Furniture or Walls: Remove crayon marks from walls and furniture with baking soda. Its abrasive power will remove most marks. Apply a pinch of baking soda on a slightly damp sponge and rub the area gently. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth. After this you can polish your furniture with a homemade lemon juice/vinegar furniture polish for a lasting effect.
5. Silverware: There is no better product to polish silver than baking soda. Prepare a solution of 3 parts baking soda to 1-part water. Then apply to your silverware. Rub silver spoons, plates and other pieces. Finally, rinse thoroughly, dry and shine with dry towel for a sparkling look.
5 Things You Can Deodorize With Baking Soda
1. Trashcans: Normally trashcans are source of nasty smells. You can keep these odours at bay with baking soda. Simply sprinkle some of it on the bottom of your trashcan. The substance will neutralize vapors and smells instantly.
2. Fridge: Who haven’t at least once forgotten a carton of milk in their fridge to go bad? In this case use either white vinegar or baking soda. Boil a bowl of water and add white vinegar. Place it inside the fridge so vapours can neutralize lingering smells.
3. Lunch Boxes: Lunch boxes are convenient way to have a healthy lunch at the office and save money at the same time. However, they have to be refreshed occasionally. Simply place some baking soda on the bottom to absorb lingering smells from food.
4. Carpets: Yet another fantastic use of baking soda can be to refresh tired and rather smelly old carpets. To do this sprinkle liberally baking soda onto the carpet and leave it for the night. In the morning sweep the baking soda before you extract the rest with a vacuum cleaner. Your carpet will get a new lease of life.
5. Cat/Dog Bedding: You love your pets but sometimes their odour is unbearable. To eliminate unpleasant pet odours sprinkle their bedding with baking soda. Give it between 15 to 20 minutes before you vacuum clean it.
Personal Hygiene and Miscellaneous Uses of Baking Soda
Baking soda can be utilised for personal care and other not particularly home cleaning or sanitation related issues.
1. Toothpaste: Make your own personal hygiene products! Baking soda mixed with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution is a great alternative to non-fluoride toothpaste. If you still don’t want to give up on commercial toothpaste dip your toothbrush in baking soda for natural and simple boost.
2. Effective Deodorant: Deodorants were rightly or wrongly accused of being a partial cause for the ozone layer hole over Antarctica. Although still not scientifically proven I personally avoid using deodorants. For one, their fragrance is too invasive. So, I use baking soda to supplement harsh deodorants. When applied under armpits it doesn’t mask but neutralizes unpleasant bodily smells.
3. Extinguish Fire: I was surprised to learn that baking soda can be used to put down fires. I obviously skipped a couple of chemistry classes at high school. But I don’t think they teach such things anyway. When heated, baking soda gives off carbon dioxide, which is used in fire extinguishers! Coping with unfortunate kitchen incidents will be fast and easy now.
4. Drain Care: Make sure that your home plumbing and drains are in good shape using baking soda. Commercial products are loaded with harsh and toxic chemicals which unfortunately end up in aquifers – harming aqua cultures and ending up in the food chain back to us. A cup of baking soda each month followed by a bowl of boiling water will safeguard your drains and keep them functioning perfectly.
5. Clean Hands: As mentioned in the introduction, the ancient Egyptians were wise enough to use baking soda for sanitation purposes. Why don’t you try it? There is absolutely no need to use soap anymore. You can make your own liquid solution of three parts baking soda to one-part water to remove dirt and neutralize odours.
Like so many natural products baking soda has a wide range of applications in a household. Its advantages like low price, high efficiency and eco-friendliness are unmatched by alternative commercial goods. Make a difference today! As Gandhi famously said it “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”