Natural & Eco Cleaning - DIY with Baking Soda

Natural & Eco Cleaning - DIY with Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of my most used products around my house, I use it for baking, cleaning and I even used it for indigestion when I was pregnant! I buy 5kg in bulk rather than muck about with small jars from the supermarket, this saves money and also packaging. Check out your local bulk shop or online health supplies store for larger quantities.

Baking Soda is such a wonderful ingredient, useful for so many different natural cleaning applications around the house. There is something so satisfying about making your own products and not having countless bottles of yucky store brought chemicals lying about in your cupboards.

Team up with a natural fibre brush and a cotton cloth coupled with a bit of good old elbow grease, your home will be naturally clean in no time! To read more about other eco swaps for your kitchen click here.

Natural Cleaning with Baking Soda DIY

Here are my regular go-to uses for baking soda:

Toilet cleaner - A ¼ cup of baking soda sprinkled in the toilet bowl followed by a ¼ cup of white vinegar, let it foam up then scrub with a toilet brush then flush. Add a couple of drops of essential oil for an extra boost!

Drain Cleaner/Unblocker/Detox - This mixture helps to clean and clear drains plus removes any yucky smells. Put one cup of baking soda down the drain followed by one cup of white vinegar. Let it work away for 15 mins. This can be repeated if needed.

Dish Cleaner - I do a lot of cooking which means baked on food in my glass and ceramic dishes. I just add a tablespoon of baking soda and a splash of vinegar to some hot water in the dish. Then let it sit for an hour or so then scrub clean using a dish brush or coconut fibre scrubber. For anything really baked on I will sometime leave it overnight. 

Deodoriser - Clean up any spills on carpet/rugs/mattresses or the like and then sprinkle with a little baking soda, leave for a little while to dry. Once dry give it a light scrub with a brush and then vacuum up.

Cleaning Paste - This concoction is the best for cleaning sinks, showers and baths. It's mildly abrasive texture will gently exfoliate grimy surfaces and will leave them sparkling clean in no time plus smelling so fresh! Use a soft cloth or for tougher surfaces use a coconut fibre scrubber to really get it clean.

Cleaning Paste Recipe

1 cup of Baking Soda
1 tbsp Cream of Tartar
30-40ml warm water (add 10ml to start with, but have more on hand to add)
Add 10 or so drops of peppermint essential oil

Mix the baking soda and cream of tartar together in a small bowl. Add 20ml of the warm water to the dry mixture and mix around. Just a note it will fizz up a little when you add the water but keep mixing. Slowly add more warm water 10ml at a time while mixing as needed to create a paste like texture. Transfer and store in an airtight container.

If you don't have peppermint oil use another oil of your choice, lavender or lemon are also lovely.

Also if you don't have Cream of Tartar you can still make this paste, I just find that it's more efficient on surfaces like my stainless steel sink due to the reaction.

Be warned this is a gritty paste ideal for cleaning bathroom and kitchen surfaces like baths and sinks. Please test it out before using on any surfaces in your house. Here is how it worked on my filthy kitchen sink!

Before cleaning with paste       After cleaning with paste    
Sink before cleaning .    Sink after cleaning

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  • Posted by Anita Jennings on

    I love this! Definitely trying your paste. Where is a good place to get decent essential oils? Mine are running low and I want to try a new brand. Hope baby and big sister are well

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