Green Cleaning Using Baking Soda
Most commercial household cleaners are filled with synthetic chemicals that are bad for your skin and contribute to indoor air pollution. It is a sad fact that studies have shown that the air quality within a home is often worse that the air quality outdoors. This is true even if you live in areas of high outdoor air pollution.
Can you imagine what that air pollution is doing to our bodies as we continually breathe in that bad air? But what if you could cut down the chemical products within your home and reduce air pollution?
Regardless of what cleaning products we use, our home will still contain some chemicals from the building materials used within the home. Floor coverings, paint on the walls and even furniture contains chemicals.
So it isn’t easy to avoid chemicals completely but we can at least try to avoid them where possible. Let’s not add to indoor air pollution by using chemical filled cleaners. You can keep your home a little greener by changing your cleaning products to a more environmentally friendly product.
The good thing about cleaning using baking soda is that is not expensive. And you have to admit that cleaning products today are getting more and more expensive all the time.
You can mix baking soda with some vinegar or water and you can clean more of your house this way than you would think. Baking soda is great for keeping your refrigerator smelling fresh but there are also a lot of other uses for it as a cleaning product.
Do you use scouring powders to clean your tiles, bathroom fixtures, counter tops, stove tops and perhaps even your pots and pans? If so then you will be pleased to know that you can make a paste with baking soda and water and this will do the same job as a chemical based scouring powder.
Just put the paste onto a sponge and scrub away like you would when using a chemical cleaner and you will be amazed at the results.
Baking soda does wonders on bathroom scum and is my favorite method for removing food from my saucepans. The best thing with cleaning using baking soda is that it doesn’t leave behind those awful chemical odors. I hate using chemical based products particularly on my saucepans and kitchen benches, knowing that our food will touch these surfaces. Using baking soda instead gives me peace of mind that we are not consuming those harmful chemicals.
Sparkling Glass With Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you make your baking soda paste with white vinegar instead of water it makes a fantastic glass cleaner. You just use the paste on some newspaper or a soft cloth and your windows, mirrors and other glass in your home will be left sparkling and smelling nice and fresh.
I bet you are thinking right about now that baking soda wouldn’t be strong enough for the toilet and you would still need to use a chemical cleaner for that! Well that’s not the case, all you need to do is add some baking soda to the toilet bowl and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
Then come back and scrub the bowl as you normally would and your toilet will be beautiful, white and even smelling nice. You can add a little vinegar too, if you want – but cleaning using baking soda will do an awesome job all by itself.
This video (it’s very short – because it is so simple) shows you how to use baking soda to clean the toilet and more:
Cleaning the toilet, tub, and bathroom is everyone’s least favorite chore — but a little ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda can take the ‘ick’ out of ‘spick-and-span.’ Just pour half a cup of ARM & HAMMER™ into the toilet, let it sit for half an hour, and a quick brush will take care of the grime.
Getting the tub spotless is just as easy. Just sprinkle a little ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda onto a damp sponge, and let the Baking Soda’s natural cleaning power do the work for you.
I really despise chemical based cleaners as they are just not necessary and are only doing us harm. Companies that make chemical cleaners will not want you to believe that these natural methods work, or they wouldn’t make money from their cleaners.
But believe me, cleaning using baking soda will work wonders on your home. It isn’t expensive so why not give it a go and see for yourself. Your health will thank you for it!
If you don’t have a good supply already at home, you can buy baking soda here.