Most people recognize the Arm and Hammer baking soda box. But you may have also heard that baking soda is a great eco-friendly product to use around the home as a natural way to clean and deodorize.
And, you may also wonder if it’s true and what you can use it for. In this post, we’ll give you the low down on whether baking soda is eco-friendly, plus 5 uses for baking soda in your home.
Is Baking Soda Bad for the Environment?
According to The Spruce, there isn’t any data that shows that baking soda is harmful to the environment. However, they do note that it is produced from mining a material called trona, which can leave a carbon footprint.
Generally a Safe Product
They also state that it’s considered safe to use, except if you get it in your eyes and cause irritation. In which case, you should flush them with water. Some people also drink it in water as an antacid, but you should make sure it’s completely dissolved and you aren’t overly full.
Baking soda is considered a green alternative to toxic and chemical-filled products that people often use around the home. Below, we highlight 5 things you can use it for in your household routines.
5 Uses for Baking Soda in the Home
There are many different uses for baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate. This basic chemical compound is found naturally in a crystalline form.
Not Just for Baking
However, when you purchase baking soda at the store, it has already been ground down to a fine powder. Maybe you’ve used baking soda for its common use as a leavening agent when baking cookies, cakes, or other baked goods.
However, baking soda has a variety of other uses that you may find useful in your home. Consider the following five ways you can use baking soda in your house:
1. Baking Soda as a Household Cleaner
Baking soda can be used as a household cleaner instead of using harsh chemical cleaners like bleach. You can put some baking soda on a paper towel or microfiber cloth to clean things like the bathroom tub, sink, or toilet.
However, you need to add one of the following to the mixture: hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, lemon juice, or a few drops of dish soap.
You Can Make Baking Soda Foam
When cleaning tough surfaces like tile grout, you should add hydrogen peroxide or vinegar to the baking soda to create a natural paste-like substance that foams up to provide you with extra scrubbing power.
Baking soda and one of the liquid mixtures mentioned above can also be used to clean dirty ovens, kitchen sinks, countertops, cutting boards, silverware, and silver jewelry.
You Can Add Lemon Juice
When disinfecting plastic or wooden cutting boards with baking soda, use the lemon juice and rub it in. Let the mixture sit for a bit and then thoroughly rinse it with water and dry completely before putting it away, to ensure mold doesn’t form.
When cleaning silverware or jewelry, add white vinegar to the baking soda so it foams up well, and you have a great scrubbing paste.
2. Unclog Drains with Baking Soda
If you have clogged drains in your kitchen or bathroom sinks, you’ve likely used a chemical drain cleaner. However, breathing in those chemical fumes is not good for your health. Consider using baking soda and white vinegar to unclog the drains instead.
Adding Vinegar Creates Foam
It may seem counterintuitive to pour powder down the drain, thinking it may clog the pipes further. However, when you pour ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of white vinegar down the drain, the baking soda reacts to the acidic vinegar and foams up.
This action can help to unclog the drain. Wait about 30-40 minutes and once the water in the sink drains, run hot water down the drain.
Call a Plumber if Needed
If the sink is really clogged, you may have to use a plunger and then add the mixture again, or call a plumber if it doesn’t unclog completely.
You can use the baking soda and vinegar mixture as a preventive measure once a month or every two months to prevent future sink clogs.
3. An Environmentally-Friendly Deodorizer
You can buy a small box of baking soda, open it, and leave it in your refrigerator to absorb any bad odors.
You don’t have to wait until you have bad odors in the fridge to add the baking soda. Put the box in the refrigerator as a preventive measure to absorb odors before anything starts smelling bad.
You Can Use a Small Container
If you purchased a larger bag of baking soda, you could add ¼ to ½ cup of baking soda to a smaller reusable container.
Use a knife or scissors and carefully cut a few holes into the lid and place the container with the baking soda in the refrigerator. You can keep the lid off if you aren’t concerned that you might accidentally bump the container and spill some baking soda out in the fridge.
4. Extinguish Small Fires
You can keep a small container of baking soda conveniently near the stove in your kitchen. Baking soda is eco-friendly and can be used to extinguish small grease fires while you’re cooking.
Stay calm. Act fast and pour some baking soda on the fire. The heat from the fire releases carbon dioxide and water is then produced to help put out the flames.
5. Natural Personal Care
Baking soda can be used for personal care in the following ways:
Baths can be relaxing. If you want to enhance your skin while taking your next soak in the tub, add ¼ – ½ cup of baking soda to the water.
You can add ¼ tsp of baking soda to ¼ cup of water, mix it well and use it as a mouthwash. Add some baking soda to a wet toothbrush and pour 1-2 drops of peroxide on it and use it as a toothpaste.
As mentioned earlier, baking soda effectively absorbs odors. Now, this could be a bit messy, so make sure you only rub in a thin layer of baking soda after your shirt is already on.
Use baking soda on your skin for rashes or other issues like bug bites that make your skin itchy. Since baking soda is a base, it has acid-neutralizing properties which can help with anti-inflammatory issues.
Always check with your physician first when using natural remedies for ingesting. However, you can add ½ tsp of baking soda to 4 oz of water. Mix it well and drink it to help relieve indigestion or heartburn issues.
Benefit from Baking Soda’s Versatility
Take advantage of the many uses of this basic and eco-friendly chemical compound. Baking soda is eco-friendly in general and using natural home remedies can make your life easier and improve the overall well-being of you and your family.
If you haven’t yet started to use baking soda for these five uses, start taking advantage of the versatility of this chemical compound today.