The Many Uses of Baking Soda
Like I have said many times before, my green living excursions are fairly new and as a result I am a constant work in progress. However thanks to my article writing, Google Reader, and all the great eco blogs I have found I have been able to pick things up pretty quickly.
So as I am sifting through my Google Reader this morning I come across a huge blog post about baking soda. Otherwise known as that powdery stuff that sits under my sink. Anyway, I was happy to learn that the stuff my grandmother used religiously is non-toxic, cheap, natural, and can be used for a lot of different things. This is fantastic because I was rather overwhelmed by the amount of cleaning supplies I own when I was checking my house for toxins.
So what exactly is baking soda?
Baking soda is a salt that goes by several different names: NaHCO3, sodium bicarbonate, bread soda, cooking soda, sodium hydrogen carbonate, sodium acid carbonate, bicarbonate of soda, sodium bicarb, bicarb soda, or just bicarb. In its natural mineral form it is called nahcolite and can be found in the oil deposits of the Green River formation in Colorado and in Searles Lake, California. However, most of the baking soda in the U.S. comes from Green River, Wyoming.
Is baking soda really green?
The bas news is that process of getting baking soda requires mining or creates hazardous bi-products. The good news is that baking soda itself is extremely versatile and can replace far more hazardous products found within the home.
What can baking soda do?
Besides helping you bake and removing excess moisture and odor from a fridge, baking soda has a plethora of other uses:
- Smother grease and household fires
- If you add it to bath water it softens skin and relieves itching from chicken pox, measles, or bug bites. It also helps soothe sunburns and can clear up a baby's diaper rash.
- Dust in on instead of underarm deodorant.
- Use it to repel ants and roaches instead of those dangerous traps and bug sprays.
- Sprinkle it into some water and use it to relive heartburn. As a frequent heartburn sufferer I can vouch for the fact that baking soda is a miracle worker.
- Clean car batteries.
- Clean almost anything with it: shower curtains, coffee pots, dentures, refrigerators, burned pans, marble, the list goes on.
So it would seem as if my grandmother was on to something...
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