Tag Archives: baking soda

Natural Oven Cleaner Recipe

12 Sep

1 cup or more baking soda
A squirt or two of liquid castile soap

Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven.  Cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface is totally white. Sprinkle  more water over the top. Let the mixture set overnight. You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven. If this recipe doesn’t work, try adding more baking soda.


Natural Scrub Cleaner Recipe

4 Aug

Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent(castile soap works for this) to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.

Note: Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Otherwise just make as much as you need at a time.

Homemade Toothpaste

9 Jul


1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground
1 drop peppermint, spearmint, sweet orange, clove, or cinnamon bark essential oil
A few drops tap water

Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mix them thoroughly with a toothbrush, your finger, or a small spoon until a smooth, thick paste forms. The paste shouldn’t be too runny; it has to stay on your toothbrush.

Dip your toothbrush into the paste and use as you would regular commercial toothpaste.

Source: Care2Green Living Blog

Natural Stain Spray

3 Jul

Pre-Wash Stain Spray
1⁄2 cup white vinegar
1⁄4 cup baking soda
3 cups water

Stir together and fill a labeled spray bottle. Spray on soiled spots just before washing. Always test a hidden spot first.
Source: Naturalhomemagazine.com

Simple Homemade Laundry Powder

2 Jul


Simple Washing Powder
16 cups baking soda
12 cups borax
8 cups grated castile or glycerin soap flakes                                                                                    

3 tablespoons lavender, lemon or grapefruit essential oil
Combine baking soda, borax and soap flakes. Add essential oil and mix with a wire whisk. Use 1⁄8 cup per load.
Yield: This recipe makes enough powder to last a family of four one year. Source: Naturalhomemagazine.com

Natural Ways to Freshen Your Home

23 Jun

Effective Homemade Non-Toxic Air Fresheners

Save Money with Safer Home Products Made with Common Pantry Items

Dec 14, 2008 Christopher T. Reilly

Clean air in your home
Air fresheners mask smells, coat nasal passages diminishing the sense of smell, or reduce your sense of smell with nerve-deadening agents. Here are safe alternatives.

 Commercial air fresheners can pollute the indoor air and pose a health hazard. According to Dr. George Grant, toxicologist and founder of the International Wellness Academy, “An EPA survey concluded that indoor air was 3 to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air.” These pollutants can be drastically reduced by utilizing common non-toxic items.

These make-at-home recipes and time-honored solutions come from Michigan State University Extension, Readers Digest Practical Problem Solver (1991), and grandmothers everywhere.

Air Fresheners

Spray Bottle Recipes

  • In a spray bottle, mix 1/4 cup baking soda with water and shake well. The baking soda absorbs the odor. Add a few drops of perfume, essential oil such a lavender, or an extract such as lemon, orange or vanilla as desired.
  • Spray undiluted white vinegar in the air. The vinegar smell evaporates very quickly, taking odors with it.

Kitchen and Food Odors

  • Prevent or eliminate cooking odors by simmering vinegar (1 tbsp in 1 cup water) on the stove while cooking.
  • To get such smells as fish and onion off utensils and cutting boards, wipe them with vinegar and wash in soapy water.
  • Place a bowl of vinegar on the counter and let it sit for a few hours.
  • Keep fresh coffee grounds on the counter.
  • Grind up a slice of lemon or orange in the garbage disposal.
  • Simmer water and cinnamon, cloves, or other spices on stove.
  • Place a partially filled box of baking soda in the refrigerator. Replace every two months and pour the contents of the used box down the drain removing odors keeping the drain clean. Baking soda can also be used to deodorize bottles by filling them with undiluted baking soda and allowing the bottles to soak overnight. Then wash as usual.
  • In the refrigerator or car, place pure vanilla on a cotton ball in a small saucer to remove odors. It is reported to remove even skunk odors. Keep the cotton ball out of reach of children due to vanilla’s high alcohol content.

Tips and Tricks

  • Open windows or doors in the house for at least a short period every day. This will also help to reduce toxic fumes that may be building up indoors.
  • Baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes absorbs odors around the house.
  • Place bowls of fragrant dried herbs and flowers (potpourri) in room.
  • Place new or used dryer sheets in the air vents, freshening the air as it comes into the room.
  • Dampen a towel with vinegar and wave it through the air
  • Place a few drops of essential oil or perfume on light bulbs.
  • Having houseplants helps reduce odors in the home. Spider plants are natural air fresheners.
  • To freshen the air in the basement or garage, set a sliced onion on a plate in center of room for 12 – 24 hours.
  • To avoid or remove onion odors from your hands, rub white vinegar on your hands before and after slicing. Rubbing hands with the end of a celery stalk will also remove the odor.

Carpet Freshener

  • Fill a Parmesan cheese shaker or similar container with baking soda. (spray with a little perfume or cologne if desired.) Sprinkle over carpets and let it sit as long as possible (Overnight is best). Vacuum. Add table salt to the baking soda, if desired. The salt absorbs moisture and acts as an abrasive, increasing the effectiveness of vacuuming.

Using these formulas and substitutions help minimize the use of toxic substances in the home, and reduce the environmental harm caused by the manufacture, use and disposal of toxics. Make sure to keep all homemade formulas well-labeled and out of the reach of children.

Cleaning with Baking Soda and Vinegar

21 Jun
Natural Bathroom Cleaning:


Clean sink and tub with full-strength vinegar. Simply apply with a sponge, wipe clean to a sparkly shine.


Clean you ceramic tiles with a solution of 1/4-cup vinegar to one-gallon warm water. If the grout between your tiles is looking hard, dip a toothbrush in full strength vinegar and gently scrub.


Get rid of that nasty, grimy dirt that builds up around the faucets by soaking paper towels in full strength vinegar and wrapping them around the fixtures. Let sit for one hour, and then clean as usual.


Soap scum & hard water spots on the tub and shower stall? Soak a sponge in full strength vinegar, wipe, let stand for five minutes then rinse with clean water. Water spots on sliding shower doors disappear after cleaning with half water and half vinegar solution.


To remove stubborn stains from most surfaces, use a baking soda paste (3 parts baking soda, one part water).   Apply, let stand, then scrub or wipe clean.


Hairbrushes and combs can be cleaned in a baking soda solution.


To help avoid clogged drains, pour 1/4 cup baking soda down weekly. Rinse throughly with hot water.

These ingredients are both healthier and inexpensive.  Most of us probably have these items in our homes already.