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.

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,


© 2011 GiRRL_Earth

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