If you hadn’t guessed already, this is a bit of a random one!
A while ago, I wanted to cut back on”stuff”. I went through a GIANT declutter stage and sold as much as possible.
Alongside this I wanted to save as much money as I could. I hate spending money on boring things (like toilet roll etc) so I wanted to thin out my cleaning/cosmetic collection and get by while using less stuff and less chemicals.
After some researching I found that you can do most things with the following items:
- Coconut Oil
- Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of soda)
- Tea Tree Oil
- White Vinegar
So I basically eradicated the following items from my life:
- Furniture Polish
- Washing Powder
- Fabric Softener
- Drain Unblocker
- Any Cleaning Stuff (apart from the odd bit of bleach)
Now this leads on to many questions I imagine but today I’m going to cover the uses of baking soda! So here are 11 ways you can use it and why you should definitely be keeping some in your cleaning cupboard.
1 Washing Clothes: Pop half a cup in the washing machine (with your clothes, not in the draw section) and your clothes will come out clean and super soft! I no longer use powder or fabric softener.
2 Unblocking Plug Holes: Sprinkle some down (I usually use about an eighth of a cup), leave it a while and then pour down some white vinegar. It will fizzzzzz for a bit and then clear any small blockages. Wash it through with boiling water after. You can sprinkle a small amount down plugholes every week or so to keep them smelling fresh and unclogged.
3 Cleaning Combs & Hairbrushes: I put all my brushes and combs in a tupperware pot with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and boiling water. Leave them to soak for a while. All the grease, dirt and hair whoooosh right off!
4 Removing Paint: I had an old mug that I used for washing my paintbrush in when doing arty things and it was covered in splatters and gloops of dried paint. I put 1 tablespoon of baking soda in it and topped it up with boiling water. I let it soak for an hour or so and all the paint peeled off.
5 Odour Remover: Sprinkle in the bottom of bins to stop any rubbish smells sneaking out!
6 Mouthwash: Add a teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of water, swish it around your mouth, spit and BOOM. Mouth odours are neutralised.
7 Bath Soak: Add half a cup to your bath, sit back and relax! Your skin will be soft and dirt/grease free!
8 Cleans Pans: Add 2 tablespoons to your washing up water and let pans soak. It will break the grease right up.
9 Home Deodoriser: Place a little open box of baking soda in your fridge, closet etc and it will neutralise odours, leaving your home fresh.
10 Cleans Fruit & Veg: Clean off dirt and dust from your veggies by sprinkling baking soda on a damp sponge and scrubbing them! Rinse with cold water afterwards.
11 Toothbrush Cleaner: Soak toothbrushes in baking soda and warm water overnight to keep bristles clean and fresh!
This way works out much cheaper for me (one tub of baking soda is about 70p) and it goes a long way. It’s also much less harsh, chemical-wise, than cleaning products.
Do you want a post on what the other items can be used for?
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