If you’ve used or researched recipes for natural, homemade cleaning products, you probably already know that you’ve probably got most of the ingredients in your pantry already. I’ve found that, with what I’ve made and tried so far, I like the cleaning ability of these natural items. That led me to a question. I wondered why people stopped using them to begin with. They’re what our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers (depending on your age) used to clean their homes with. Do any of us doubt for a minute about the cleanliness of their homes? I don’t. But, somewhere along the way, commercials entered the picture to tell these ladies that there was something “better”, or maybe they thought it was “easier” to use these new products, I’m not sure. Either way, somewhere these things got shoved to the back of the cupboard – but no fear – they’ve reappeared and people are blogging about the endless possibilities in record numbers! I think the only thing they forgot to tell these people who bought their products was that it wasn’t cheaper, it wasn’t easier and it certainly didn’t clean any better than what they had been using. We won’t even discuss what some of these cleaners do to our environment… or at least today, we won’t.
When deciding to clean more naturally, there were a few products at the top of my shopping list. Most of them were things I already had in the cupboard, I just needed to buy larger amounts of the products. For instance, I’ve always used vinegar for certain things, so that is something that I always bought a gallon jug of. But baking soda? I used it in recipes and that’s about it. Until now.
After finding and bookmarking many blogs and sites that had helpful recipes and/or tips for cleaning with various natural or “green” products, I knew that I was ready to begin. I’ve found that baking soda is an ingredient in many recipes you’ll find for natural cleaners and there is a reason for that – it works!
I’ve always bought the cleansers that are gritty and powdery, I’m sure you know which ones I mean. Every day at the sink washing dishes, I faithfully scoured my sinks with this product to make it shine. I mean really, I don’t consider the dishes done unless the sinks are shiny and dry.
I saved an empty parmesan cheese container with a specific use in mind – to fill with baking soda and experiment with it… would it clean the sinks and have them looking the way I like them to? Would I end up going back to buying the gritty cleanser that bleach stained any cleaning rag I used to wash the sink with? I can tell you now, that after the other night when I first tried it, I am won over. I’ll never buy that horrid stuff again! I thought it would be easier for me to list the pros and cons of the baking soda vs. store-bought cleansers with you. Your results may vary, but I’m pleased with mine. You’ll have to form your own opinion, as we all have our own cleaning habits.
- Rinsed away very easily (used less water which is a +)
- Didn’t “bleach stain” or change the color of my cleaning cloth
- Sink smelled fresher
- Drains smelled fresher
- Way cheaper!
- I can’t think of any!
Now if you’ve never used baking soda around the house, you may think that cleaning your sink/shower/tub is all you can do with it. Not so! There are so many things you can do with baking soda, including sprinkling on carpets before vacuuming, sprinkling in the bottom of trash cans before the bag goes in, using it in the fridge and freezer to prevent odors, mixing with cold water to take a smell out of a plastic container, making a paste to clean your silver, clogged drains, burnt-on foods on pans (don’t ask me how I know this, lol), you should have some handy to the stove for grease fires, takes grease stains out of clothing, freshens your laundry, you can even brush your teeth with it. See what I mean? The list is almost endless!
So far, for homemade cleaners I have tried (and liked) my own laundry soap, fabric softener, glass cleaner and baby wipes. I am making the switch to homemade cleaners slowly and the reason for this is that I still have quite a few of the store-bought products that I have always used to clean with. So, instead of throwing them away, I’m going to use them. I’m just not going to buy them again.
- The Awesomeness of Sodium Bicarbonate: 27 Uses for Baking Soda (wisebread.com)
- 5 Ways to Wash and Freshen Your Clothes Without Chemicals (ecosalon.com)
- 10 Easy Ways to Reuse Baking Soda (planetforward.ca)
- Fantastic uses of baking soda (timelessbits.wordpress.com)
- Natural Cleaning – Baking Soda (emilyslittlehomestead.wordpress.com)
- For the Home | Baking Soda Cleaning Tips (glamamom.com)