The Many Uses of Baking Soda

Q: I keep hearing about using baking soda as a greener cleaner. How do I use it? A: The question is, how do you NOT use baking soda! There are so many uses for this all-natural ingredient that comes from the Earth, that it just might be one of the best green cleaning ingredients ever. Baking soda (otherwise known as sodium bicarbonate) is a chemical-free cleaning alternative that easily breaks down in the environment. It won’t pollute the waterways and air like chemical-based cleaners can, resulting in a healthier environment. Baking soda is often suggested to use as a scrub, mixing it with a little soap or water to make a paste like toothpaste. Then you can use the scrub on sinks, tubs, floors, etc. Baking soda is also great at removing odors too. Use it on carpets and floors instead of chemical-based carpet deodorizers. Put boxes of it in places where you might otherwise use air fresheners. And don’t forget about putting a box in the fridge and freezer (when it’s time to change, use the old baking soda as a scrubbing ingredient to get double use of the box). Baking soda can be used to clean your hair (mix with water and shampoo to remove product buildup). It can be used to clean your teeth, as an old-fashioned toothpaste. It can be used to clean the grill, freshen a shower curtain…the list goes on and on. An internet search can regale you with countless uses. This ingredient that’s safe enough to eat is a great way to reduce your exposure to chemicals while cleaning and protect the health of God’s creation.