Jan 29, 2010

Baking Soda, The All Purpose

Baking soda: The all purpose cleaner, deodorizer and beauty product? If you have ever seen a large box of baking soda which you would find in the laundry isle you may have noticed a list of non kitchen uses on the back. Baking soda is not only a refrigerator deodorizer but people also use it to clean surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen, cook, wash clothes, make erupting volcanoes, soften water and wash their hair and body. It truly is a cheap, safe and easy way to tackle many household chores. Here are some idea and uses and formulas. 
Homemade Laundry Detergent.
Trying to save a buck? Try saving a lot of bucks with this cheap and super economical laundry detergent. I have been using this for about 7 months and I promise it WORKS!
- 1 (5 oz.) bar pure-castille soap- 1/2 Cup 20 Mule Team Borax (naturally occurring mineral, whitens, deodorizes)- 1/2 Cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda. (sodium carbonate/soda ash, removes: oil,dirt, odors and grease)-1/2 Cup baking soda. ( sodium bicarbonate, naturally occurring mineral, raises pH, water softener, neutralizer for smells and stains)- Be Young Essential Oils: 5 drops peppermint, 7 drops lavender, 10 drops rosemary (anti-viral, anti-bacterial)- Container large enough to hold 2 1/2 cups of laundry detergent.
Directions:1. Place baking soda and oils in a container and shake to mix together.2. Grate the bar of soap with a grater. You can unwrap the soap and air for a few days for a finer grated soap. Add.3. Add the 1/2 cup of Borax and 1/2 cup of washing soda. Shake and/or mix well.
Use: One tablespoon of detergent is sufficient per load of wash. If you have a high-efficiency machine, you might want to experiment with using a little less detergent for normal loads. If your clothes come out feeling stiff, lower the amount of detergent. For clothes that are heavily soiled, add a teaspoon more of the detergent.
Yield: The recipe yields 2 1/2 cups of laundry detergent. If you use 1 tablespoon per load, you will be able to wash 40 loads of clothes.
No Shampoo Hair Wash
Mix 1 part Soda with 3 parts water. Massage into scalp. Rinse throughly and follow with 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in one cup water. Rinse the ends and length of the hair keeping it away from scalp to prevent oiliness. You can do this once in a while to do a deep cleanse for your hair or you can do it on a permanent basis. You may go through a transition period if you choose to do it permanently. Just stick with it and you will have to wash your hair less often and it will eventually adjust. During the transition period you can expect oily or almost waxiness to your scalp and hair. But to save a ton of money and avoid the chemicals in shampoo it is worth it. If you hair is too greasy on the ends you need to decrease the vinegar in your solution. If it is too dry you can try adding more vinegar or some jojoba oil to your rinse.  







Here are more great tips from Arm and Hammer.com


"Liquid Laundry Detergent Booster
Give your laundry a boost - then give yourself a hand! Add ½ cup of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to your laundry to make liquid detergent work harder for you and your family. A better balance of pH in the wash gets clothes cleaner, fresher, brighter! Our new 12 lb. Resealable Pouch with enclosed scoop makes it an easy additive for every wash load.

Carpet Spills
Uh-oh! Did you drop that treat right by your feet? Clean and deodorize spills or accidents on carpets by soaking up as much of the spill as possible. Clean the stain according to the manufacturers directions and allow to dry. When the area is completely dry, sprinkle liberally with ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda and let sit for 15 minutes before vacuuming it up. Great for pet and kid messes too! Check for color-fastness first before applying ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda.

Clean Furniture
Being sent to your room never looked so good. Clean and remove marks (even crayon!) from walls and painted furniture by applying ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth. Your private oasis will be clean and fresh-smelling.

Surface-Safe Cleaning
Glub in the tub? For safe, effective cleaning of bathroom tubs, tile and sinks - even shiny fiberglass and glossy tiles- sprinkle ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda lightly on a clean damp sponge and scrub as usual. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. Afterwards, take a nice relaxing bath without the worry of harsh chemicals.
Septic Care
Regular use of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda in your drains can help keep your Septic System flowing freely. We recommend adding 1 cup of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda per week to help maintain a favorable pH in your Septic Tank.

Antacid
Spicy food is yummy until it bothers the tummy. ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach and/or acid indigestion, when used as directed. Always refer to the ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda package for instructions. Learn more about how ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda works as an antacid.

Oral Appliance Soak
Don’t let odors keep you tight-lipped. Soak oral appliances, like retainers, mouthpieces, and dentures in a solution of 2 teaspoons ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda dissolved in a glass or small bowl of warm water. The ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda loosens food particles and neutralizes odors to keep appliances fresh! You can also brush appliances clean using ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda.

Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant
Are you a fan of the self-tan? Before applying products that give you a ‘glow’, give yourself an invigorating, yet gentle, facial and body scrub with ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. Removing dead skin cells will leave your skin soft and smooth, perfect before application. Make a paste of 3 parts ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. Gentle enough for daily use!

Hair Care
For locks that rock, remember to shake it. Sprinkle a small amount (quarter-size) of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly. The ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.

Soothing Foot Soak
Here’s a great way to start your home pedicure. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda in a basin of warm water and soak feet. Gently scrub with a paste of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. The hardest part is deciding which color nail polish you’ll use this week!

Mouth Cleaning
Clean up your mouth! * Use ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to help keep teeth clean and white! Sprinkle some ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda into your palm, dip in your damp brush, and clean those pearly whites. For a smile that’s Cleaner, Whiter, Fresher™ try ARM & HAMMER® Oral Care products with the proven cleaning power of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda.

*ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda does not contain the anti-cavity ingredient fluoride. Use it where water is fluorinated or when a non-fluoride toothpaste is desired for adult use or as directed by your dentist or physician.

Mouth Freshening
Bad breath keeping you tight-lipped? Open up for ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. Put one teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse. Odors are neutralized – not just covered up- so get ready to pucker up!

Hand Cleanser
Give yourself a hand with ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. Forget the harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands with a paste of 3 parts ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to 1 part water, or 3 parts ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to your liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean. Your skin will feel softer too!

Clean Brushes and Combs
For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.

Deodorant
A quick pit stop. Dust ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda under arms as needed to feel fresh all day. The magic of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda actually absorbs odors instead of just covering them up.

Refreshing Bath Soak
Taking a bath is so last year…until now! Add 1/2 cup of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration. Your skin will feel silky smooth, and it’s a great way to get away from it all.

Remove Oil and Grease Stains
Use ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush. For heavy duty or stubborn stains, try using ARM & HAMMER Super Washing Soda in the same fashion.

Cleaning Batteries
Here's an idea with spark! ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers, etc. because its a mild alkali. Be sure to disconnect the battery terminals before cleaning. Make a paste of 3 parts Baking Soda to 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. Please be careful when working around a battery - they contain a strong acid.

Deodorize Car Ashtrays
Put tobacco odors in neutral(ize) when driving in your car. Sprinkle ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda in the car's ashtray to eliminate stale tobacco odors and aid in extinguishing cigarettes and cigars. Empty ashtrays and replace the ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda regularly.

Remove Oil and Grease Stains
Use ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush. For heavy duty or stubborn stains, try using ARM & HAMMER Super Washing Soda in the same fashion.

Cleaning Cars
Hit the road with ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda! Use ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to safely clean your car lights, chrome, windows, tires, vinyl seats and floor mats without worrying about unwanted scratch marks. Use a ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda solution of 1/4 cup Baking Soda in 1 quart of warm water. Apply with a sponge or soft cloth to remove road grime, tree sap, bugs, and tar. For stubborn stains use ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda sprinkled on a damp sponge or soft brush.

Deodorizing Camper Water Tanks
Freshen your RV water tank periodically by flushing with 1 cup ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda dissolved in 1 gallon warm water. Drain and flush the tank before refilling (do not use Baking Soda in your drinking water). The ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda will eliminate stale odors and help remove mineral build-up that makes water taste off.

Deodorizing Cars
Leave car odors in the dust! Odors settle into car upholstery and carpet, so each time you step in and sit down, they are released into the air all over again. Eliminate these odors by sprinkling ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda directly on fabric car seats and carpets. Wait 15 minutes (or longer for strong odors) and vacuum up the odors with the ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. Check for color-fastness first before applying ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda.

Cleaning Batteries
Here's an idea with spark! ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers, etc. because its a mild alkali. Be sure to disconnect the battery terminals before cleaning. Make a paste of 3 parts Baking Soda to 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. Please be careful when working around a battery - they contain a strong acid.

Hand Cleanser
Scour away ground-in dirt and grease while neutralizing odors on hands using a paste of 3 parts ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to 1 part water. Scrub and rinse clean.

Camping Necessity
And you thought the tent was essential. ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda is a must-have for your next camping trip! One yellow box (or our new 12 lb. Resealable Pouch with enclosed scoop) does so much. Its a dish washer, pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste,fire extinguisher and tons of other uses.

Clean and Freshen Sports Gear
Be a good sport. Use an ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda solution (4 tablespoons ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda in 1 quart warm water) to clean and deodorize smelly sports equipment like fishing and camping gear. Sprinkle ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda into golf bags and gym bags to deodorize and abbra caddabra the odors are gone! Clean golf irons (without scratching them!) with an ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda paste (3 parts ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda to 1 part water) and a brush. Rinse thoroughly."
-Val






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