Saturday, August 15, 2009

EcoProducts- Eco Friendly Cleaning Products - Baking Soda

There are many types of EcoProducts and baking soda is one of the eco friendly cleaning products. Baking soda is an eco friendly household chemical replacement. In this article, I have shared a few useful tips in how baking soda can be used in your daily lives.

How can you use baking soda as an EcoProduct?
Baking Soda- Eco Friendly Cleaning in the Kitchen


- Placing a bowl or plate of baking soda in your fridge will help to remove excess moisture and absorb odors like using lemons and tea bags.

- Sprinkle some baking soda in veggies crisper and cover with a cloth or paper towel for crisper veggies and veggies that will last longer.

- Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge and you can use it to clean your refrigerator and bench tops without worrying that you will leave any scratches on them.

- Dissolve a couple of tablespoons of baking soda into water in a microwave safe bowl, boil it in your microwave. Allow the baking soda mixture to cool for a minute or two, and you can use this to wipe out any baked on stains and your oven and microwave will smell fresher too.

- Sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of your rubbish bags will help to control odors as you add trash. Amazing isn’t it and a very eco friendly action.

- Use baking soda instead of detergent for your dishwasher and give your dishwasher a good clean by running it through a cycle.

- Baking soda can be used to extinguish the flames on stove fires. The carbon dioxide generated when the powder burns starves the fire of oxygen.

- By using 3 - 4 tablespoons of baking soda, you can add it to a pot filled with water and use this to wash chemicals and pesticides off fruits and vegetables.

Baking Soda- Eco Friendly Cleaning in the home

- Place a bowl of baking soda in places which you think that moisture is a problem, such as cupboards under sinks this can help you to help control humidity. All you have to do is to occasionally stir the powder for maximum effective effect.

- Apply baking soda/water paste on an old toothbrush and you can use it to lightly brush the areas of your walls that may have been vandalized with crayons etc..

- Water stains on wooden floors can be removed with a sponge dampened in a solution of baking soda dissolved in water.

- Sprinkle baking soda on rugs and carpets before vacuuming and this can be used as a deodorising treatment. In fact, take a look at the carpet powders sold in the stores most of them are instead baking soda based! However, this is not recommended for areas that are very humid as the baking soda may stay on in the carpet.

- For your mops that you find that are stinking out in areas where they are stored. Don't throw your mop away but instead try soaking your mop in a mixture of 4 tablespoons baking soda and a gallon of water for a while.

- Cleaning stains on porcelain sinks, toilets and plastics through an eco friendly method? You can actually try removing the stains by applying a layer of baking soda and then using a damp sponge. This will work well on a water stain in a sink which is usually tough to clean unless using heavy duty chemicals and these products may scratch the surface.

Baking Soda- Eco Friendly Cleaning in the Garden

- Do you know that baking soda can actually help to deter ants? You can pour a solid line of baking soda in the ants’ areas of activity and they won't cross it.

- When you find back spot fungus on your pots of roses, many of us will likely not know what to do or look for some “medications” from shops selling garden products. You can actually mix a tablespoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of (earth friendly) dish detergent and a gallon of water to make a spray to treat roses.

Baking Soda- Eco Friendly Cleaning in the Laundry

- You can apply baking soda and make it into water paste onto stains in your laundry prior to washing and baking soda can help to remove the stains from the fabrics.

- Try to be eco friendly in your regular washing by adding half a cup of baking soda to a full load of washing and this will help brighten your wash and remove odors.

Baking Soda- Eco Friendly Cleaning in the Pets

- You can use baking soda for your pets as well by lightly sprinkled some baking soda and mix it into cat litter to help control odor.

- You can use baking soda to eliminate odor after you've cleaned up pet accidents by sprinkling over the dampened area with baking soda.

Baking Soda- Eco Friendly Cleaning- Miscellaneous

- Baking soda can be used to clean jewelry, you can make a paste by using 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, apply the mixture to the jewellery, allow to sit for a couple of minutes, rinse off and then polish your jewellery with a soft cloth.

With so many uses that baking soda can do in our daily lives, you'll likely use a lot and buying baking soda in small boxes probably won't be too economical. You can even save money on baking soda by re-using them. This is not only being eco friendly, I will also agree that baking soda is a form of EcoProduct that every other household have. Many a times, we do not know what to do with expired baking soda as well so with this article, I hope that you now can do your part where and EcoProduct can be one of your good eco friendly cleaning agent!

2 comments:

  1. Great article, I did not know many of these tricks, I use baking soda my self but lately I switched (at least for the cleaning) to an other environmentally friendly cleaning product, Citra Solv.
    So far it's been fantastic, there's a product for everything, for all purposes, for dishes, for glass, for wood and much more and it's natural.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your eco friendly cleaning tip. I will check it out as well and can try using too.

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