WFMW: Baking Soda

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

To celebrate Earth Day, my Works for Me Wednesdays posts will have a theme this month:
Because believe me, its an adventure!


Today's tips are about spring cleaning. So, what works for greenie me? Baking soda.

At some point post-college I started purchasing baking soda to deodorize the refrigerator. Then one day, I tried a recipe that actually called for baking soda. Who knew? Time to buy a new box. These days, I frequently cook with (a separate box of) baking soda and more recently, I clean with it.

I first read about cleaning with baking soda in Gorgeously Green and Organized Simplicity. Then I read this, and this, and well, I'm convinced. Plus I'm cheap. So, when I recently ran out of toilet bowl cleaner, I searched for a natural solution. Baking soda, it is.

I followed Tsh's recipe for toilet bowl cleaner:

1/4 cup baking soda
1 cup white vinegar
(page 217 of Organized Simplicity)

Simple enough.

But did you pay attention in science class? Do you know what happens when you mix baking soda and white vinegar?


Overflowing bubbles!!

It was like 9th grade chemistry all over again. Except this time, no one's hair caught on fire. Still, there was some shrieking and laughter. I had even more fun recreating the scene for the picture.

Good news is, I got the bubbles under control, and the toilets are sparking clean.

I'll spare you a picture of the toilets. But boy, do they look great. My counters are extra shiny now, too.
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Got an even better all-natural solution?
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5 Responses to “WFMW: Baking Soda”

  1. Thanks, just placed a hold on the book from my library.

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  2. Yep. We've definitely jumped on the baking soda bandwagon. We've gone to using only natural cleaning stuff in our house. It's cheap, effective, and keeps harsh chemicals out of the house with a toddler running around. We use 1 part vinegar, 1 part water for our all-purpose surface cleaner. We use the baking soda for toilet cleaner and throw some in our laundry with our laundry detergent. It will make your clothes cleaner and fresher.

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  3. Howdy partner! I'm on the bandwagon too. My mom said she could remember when HER grandmother would brush her teeth with baking soda. I may not "go there" but I do love it for cleaning bathroom and kitchen grime. (I'm cheap too!) We missed you last night. Hope to see you on the 19th!

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  4. I've been thinking about greening my cleaning supplies but was dragging my feet about getting started. Leave it to you to get me going!! Thanks!

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  5. Yep. We've definitely jumped on the baking soda bandwagon. We've gone to using only natural cleaning stuff in our house. It's cheap, effective, and keeps harsh chemicals out of the house with a toddler running around. We use 1 part vinegar, 1 part water for our all-purpose surface cleaner. We use the baking soda for toilet cleaner and throw some in our laundry with our laundry detergent. It will make your clothes cleaner and fresher.

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