Make Your Own The Natural Alternatives
The 'marketing men' really have 'done a number' on us - thanks to advertising we are now convinced that we need a whole 'chemical alley' of products in our cupboards, and without them we (and worse still our children) are at risk of being killed by every bug, germ or bacteria on the face of the planet.
We need to be clean - yes, but we don't need to go into 'overkill' mode - we have our own built-in defences against these little varmints, it is called our immune system - and it only works if we train it - we do this by coming into contact with low levels of bacteria, viruses and fungi/yeasts, this allows our immune system to build up a natural immunity in us - commercial products contain an array of chemicals that kill everything in sight - including good bacteria's that we need to keep us healthy and potentially us.
Today’s society is “too clean”, and this is a contributor to increased levels of childhood illnesses, including immune disorders and allergies.
- Many modern, commercial products contain multiple chemicals that are linked to asthma, cancer & other documented health problems - an array of toxins
- Most are environmental pollutants - that we wash down the drain & into our water systems, poisoning our aquatic wildlife
- Nature actually provides a solution to every problem it creates - solutions that actually work!!
- With a few well-chosen natural household products you can make your own products - just like Granny did
- You will also save a small fortune
The folk-wisdom - join the rebellious housekeeping revolution
Baking Soda - Surprising Uses
Sodium Bicarbonate or Bicarbonate Soda, to give it its proper name helps regulate pH - it renders things neither too alkaline nor too acidic, naturally neutralising the pH, and it keeps on working preventing further changes in the pH balance, this is known as buffering. This dual capability of neutralizing and buffering allows baking soda to do some pretty nifty things such as neutralize acidic odours (e.g. in the refrigerator) as well as maintain neutral pH (added to your washing machine it helps boost your detergent’s power). It’s a simple, basic reaction, but it has amazing effects in any cleaning and deodorising tasks.
Make a paste made from Bicarbonate Soda and a 3% hydrogen peroxide - an alternative to commercial fluoride toothpastes. Dipping your toothbrush with the paste on into Bicarbonate Soda adds a bit extra oomph
- Mouth Freshener
One teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse. Odours are neutralized, not just covered up
- Oral Appliance cleaner - (dentures, braces etc.) brush with Bicarbonate Soda to cleanse or soak in a solution of 2 teaspoons in a glass of warm water - loosens food particles & neutralizes odours
- Facial/ Scrub & Body Exfoliant
Make a paste 3 parts Bicarbonate Soda/1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin, rinse clean - gentle enough for daily use
Pat Bicarbonate Soda onto your underarms to neutralize body odour.
Bicarbonate Soda is a safe and effective antacid - relieves heartburn/acid indigestion. Refer to Bicarbonate Soda package for instructions.
- Insect Bites - make a paste out of Bicarbonate Soda and water, and apply as a salve onto affected skin.
- Itchy Skin - rub Bicarbonate of Soda it into damp skin after bath or shower.
- Hand Cleanse/Softener
A paste of 3 parts Bicarbonate Soda to 1 part water, or 3 parts Bicarbonate Soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Gently scrub then rinse clean
- Hair cleanser
Sprinkle a small amount of Bicarbonate Soda into your palm along with your favourite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly –Bicarbonate Soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.
- Clean Brushes and Combs
Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of 1 tsp of Bicarbonate Soda in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.
- Bath Soak
Add 1/2 cup Bicarbonate Soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration; also softens skin - Epsom salts are pretty miraculous for the bath too
- Soothe Feet - Spa Soak
Dissolve 3 tablespoons of Bicarbonate Soda in a tub of warm water and soak feet. Gently scrub
Place an open box of Bicarbonate Soda in the back of the fridge to neutralise odours.
- Chopping Board
Sprinkle the board with Bicarbonate Soda scrub, rinse.
- Rubbish bins
Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your bin to keep smells at bay.
Pour 8 tblsp of Bicarbonate Soda down the drain while running warm tap water - neutralises both acid and basic odours. A good way to dispose of Bicarbonate Soda that is being retired from your refrigerator.
Use Bicarbonate Soda to deodorize before you run the dishwasher and then as a gentle cleanser in the wash cycle.
Liberally sprinkle Bicarbonate Soda on the carpet. Leave overnight, or longer if possible - sweep up the larger amounts of Bicarbonate Soda, and vacuum up the rest - fresh as a daisy.
- Vacuum Cleaners
By using the method above for carpets, you will also deodorise your vacuum cleaner.
Place a box on the shelf to keep smelling fresh
Eliminate odours in upholstery & carpets by sprinkling Bicarbonate Soda directly on fabric car seats and carpets. Wait 15 minutes (or longer for strong odours) and then vacuum.
- Cat Litter Tray
Cover the bottom of the tray with Bicarbonate Soda, then fill as usual with litter. To freshen between changes, sprinkle Bicarbonate Soda on top of the litter - green tea works as well.
- Pet Bedding
Sprinkling liberally with Bicarbonate Soda, wait 15 minutes, or longer then vacuum.
Shaking Bicarbonate Soda into them when not in use - shake out before wearing.
- Bed Linen/Towels
Add 8 tblsp of Bicarbonate Soda to the rinse cycle for fresher sheets and towels.
- Cuddly Toys
Dry shower with Bicarbonate Soda. Sprinkle on and let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing off.
- Surface Soft Scrub
Effective safe cleaning - bath's, tiles & sinks - no scratch - sprinkle Bicarbonate Soda on a clean damp sponge/cloth and scrub as usual. Rinse thoroughly - wipe dry. Extra cleaning power? - make a paste with Bicarbonate Soda, coarse salt and washing-up liquid - let it soak then rub off.
- Washing-up (hand)
Add 2 heaped tbls Bicarbonate Soda to the water with your regular washing-up liquid to cut grease. Baked-on food? - let items soak in the above water first, then use dry baking soda on a clean damp sponge as a scratch-less scouring powder.
- Stale-smelling cloths - Soak in a strong Bicarbonate Soda solution (4 tbls of Bicarbonate Soda dissolved in 2 pints warm water). For sterilising boil in a pan.
- Clean the Microwave (if you must use one)
Bicarbonate Soda on a clean damp sponge cuts through grease & staining - no scratch, no harsh chemical smell. Wipe after with plain water.
- Polish Silver (Sterling or Plated)
Use a Bicarbonate Soda paste (3 parts Bicarbonate Soda to 1 part water). Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge, rinse thoroughly & dry.
- Coffee and Tea Pots
Remove coffee & tea stains - eliminate bitter off-tastes - wash mugs & coffee makers in a solution of 4 tbls Bicarbonate Soda in 2 pints of warm water. Soak overnight for stubborn stains or scrub with Bicarbonate Soda on a clean damp sponge.
- Oven cleaner
Sprinkle Bicarbonate Soda onto bottom of the oven. Spray with water to dampen the Bicarbonate Soda - let it sit overnight & in the morning, scrub then scoop the Bicarbonate Soda and grime out with a sponge and rinse.
- Floor Cleaner
Removes dirt and grime - no scratch (8 tbls Bicarbonate Soda in a bucket of warm water - mop and rinse clean for a sparkling floor. For scuff marks, use Bicarbonate Soda on a clean damp sponge, then rinse.
- Walls & Painted Wood
Clean and remove marks (even crayon) from walls and painted wood by applying Bicarbonate Soda to a damp cloth and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
- Give your Laundry a Boost
Adding 4 tbls of Bicarbonate Soda to your laundry - better pH boosts your normal powder/liquid - cleaner/fresher/brighter clothes - gentle enough for baby clothes - 8 tbls removes stains - 8 tbls in the rinse cycle deodorises
- Fabric Nappies
Dissolve 8 tbls of baking soda in 4 pints of water and soak nappies thoroughly.
- Clean & Freshen Sports Gear
Bicarbonate Soda solution (4 tablsp/2 pints warm water) will clean and deodorise. Sprinkle Bicarbonate Soda into golf bags and gym bags to deodorize, clean golf irons (without scratching them!) with a Bicarbonate Soda paste (3 parts Bicarbonate Soda to 1 part water) and a brush - rinse thoroughly.
- Oil and Grease Stains
Use Bicarbonate Soda to clean up oil and grease spills on garage floor/driveway. Sprinkle Bicarbonate Soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.
- Battery Acid Corrosion
Neutralize acid corrosion on cars, mowers, etc. Be sure to disconnect battery terminals before cleaning around them. Make a paste (3 parts Bicarbonate Soda/1 part water), apply with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion from the battery terminal. After cleaning and re-connecting the terminals, wipe them with petroleum jelly to prevent future corrosion. Be careful, remember batteries contain acid.
- Car Lights -Chrome -Windows - Tyres - Vinyl - Floor Mats - no scratch - Bicarbonate Soda solution (4 tblsp Bicarbonate Soda/2 pints of warm water) - apply with a sponge or soft cloth to remove road grime, tree sap, bugs and tar. For stubborn stains use Bicarbonate Soda sprinkled on a damp sponge or soft brush.
- Camping Essential
Bicarbonate Soda is a must-have for your next camping trip - dish washer, pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste, fire extinguisher and many other uses.
- Extinguish Fires
Bicarbonate Soda gives off carbon dioxide when heated which helps to smother flames. For small cooking fires turn off the gas or electricity if you can safely do so -stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame to help put out the fire - call the Fire Brigade to be safe. (you should always have a fire extinguisher on hand anyway).
- Fruit and Vegetable Scrub
Bicarbonate Soda is the food safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.