Baking Soda, a thousand and one uses…

As promised, here is my post on Baking Soda. Woot!

Yah, okay, so maybe a thousand and one uses is a bit of an exaggeration but I would bet if I sat down and really thought about it, I could come up with close to a thousand uses for baking soda.  Do you recall in my last post that I purchased a 13.5 lb bag at Costco for $6 bucks and change? Well yesterday I cleaned my entire house with the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of cleaning products: Baking Soda and White Vinegar.   Applause. Applause. Applause.

For those of you living under a rock, you can use the above mentioned dance couple in the following ways:

Toilets:  Add 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar  – allow to stand, scrub and voila! No toxic chemical smell and no harming Mother Earth or you, for that matter.

You can also clean the following with the aforementioned:  drains, surfaces, teeth, dishwasher, and laundry. In fact, if you go to the Arm & Hammer website, click on Solutions you will see a whole list of things you can do with baking soda (and white vinegar). Just to make it easier for you, here is the link, thank me later. http://www.armandhammer.com/solutions.aspx

So what do you say? Rather than spend a fortune on high-priced, fancy, eco-friendly cleaning products, why not use up the last of what you have and replace them with a nice big bag of baking soda  and 1 gallon of white vinegar? Just think,  not only will you will save the earth but you’ll save your health and the health of your family?

Before I sign off, I would like to share an interesting tidbit that I read recently (and I am paraphrasing): People do not want to spend big money on eco-friendly products when they can purchase cheaper, larger quantities of the toxic stuff.  Apparently, during these tough economic times, people would rather pay for a 1 gallon bottle of bleach, than pay more money, for, say, 28 oz +/- of an eco-friendly bleach replacement products.   People want to stretch their hard-earned dollar. When faced with a choice, people will choose money over the environment. I get that mindset, I really do. But, I don’t want to hurt the earth and I don’t want expose myself to harsh chemicals. So if I have to choose between purchasing Method or baking soda and vinegar, I choose the latter.  It costs more up front, but it will last me a heck of a lot longer.

Now I know what some of you thinking: “It’s too much work.”  Well maybe it is. Maybe it will take a bit more effort to measure out a cup of baking soda and vinegar to clean, versus just reaching in the cupboard for a pre-mixed bottle of skull & crossbones, and hey, that’s your choice.  Go for it!  Just make sure you wear gloves and a protective mask. Mmmmkay?

Lots of love,

Girrl_Earth

© 2011 GiRRL_Earth

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