Reducing harsh chemicals: the many uses of Bicarbonate of Soda

For some time now I have been using bicarbonate of soda as a major component of my house-cleaning arsenal. As a cleaning agent it is pretty effective, especially when employed along with plain old vinegar. You can leave a mix of bicarb. and vinegar in the loo or on the baked on bits inside your oven and the next day it will be much easier to scrub them clean. Why anyone buys expensive and polluting cleaning brands I have no idea – these simple household ingredients can be just as effective in most cases.

Bicarbonate of soda is also useful, as I have mentioned before, for hair cleaning along with apple cider vinegar. You can also use it as an exfoliant scrub, soak or stain remover.

Of course you can also use a little in a more traditional way – for baking.

Today we came across a new use for this handy powder: dog deodorizer! I already knew that bicarb. was used to stop a fridge, drains, sink etc. getting smelly, and that some people even use it as underarm deodorant, so when one of the dogs rolled in a particularly nasty dead something (we think it was once a porpoise, perhaps?) on the beach, I sprinkled some of the powder on him to see if that would get rid of the persistent stink. It did!

So, thankful that the awful smell is (almost completely) gone, I decided to write this paean to bicarbonate of soda, which is such a useful substance to have in a sustainable and eco-conscious home.

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