bowl of baking soda

I had a serene experience in my bathroom the other day whilst cleaning the tub –  I kid you not. It was probably the first time in my life that I felt anything but displeasure when engaged in a bit of housework. I have been slowly transitioning to a chemical-free existence but one of the last bastions of germ busting was the bath. Sponge in hand, I was contemplating the grime when I thought about the bicarb (aka bicarbonate of soda or baking soda).I have known for a long time that bicarb is a good, natural and safe alternative to the commercial creamy liquid cleaner I have used forever but just didn’t get around to making the switch.

So I sprinkled bicarb on the sponge, wet it some and got to work. Halfway through I realised that something felt different, peaceful and dare I say pleasant? Scouring the bath was more a time for reflection than a chore – weird. Maybe it was the lack of chemical whiff or my body subconsciously relaxing instead of recoiling to the likes of Benzalkonium chloride (a significant skin irritant.)

Did it work? Yes! and the next time I bathed. I could swear the bath looked more sparkly than usual.

Why Bicarb is great:

  • Odour neutraliser
  • Mild abrasive
  • Non-toxic
  • Mixes with fatty acids in dirt and grease to form a detergent

How to Use:

  • Neat: sprinkle on a sponge straight from the box
  • Paste: mix 3 parts bicarb with 1 part water
  • Solution: 4 tablespoons bicarb dissolved in 1 litre of water

In one of these forms you can use it on any surface from the toilet to the stove, sink, carpets and baby room. It even lifts stains out of pots if left to soak.