Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) is a chemical salt – a crystal actually – that occurs in its natural form as the mineral nahcolite and neutralizes the PH of both alkaline and acidic substances. There are deposits of pure nahcolite which occur naturally in the Green River Formation, which spans a few states in the Central US that has enough to supply the entire world with baking soda for many hundreds of years! This gently abrasive, neutralizing substance can save you lots of money and make your life easier!
Boxing gloves less than fresh? Put some baking soda in an old sock and store inside your gloves or sprinkle baking soda directly in the glove. It will not harm your skin and will absorb the moisture that causes the odor!
Do you have a Glass Stovetop? Stop buying over-priced, chemical-laden cleaners to keep your stovetop sparkling! Drop spots of dish soap on, sprinkle top with baking soda, then pour on some hydrogen peroxide. Scrub with a soft sponge. Wait a few minutes before washing it off. and voila! Now you can toss all those expensive commercial cleaners.
Ice Tea or Coffee stains on your plastic and ceramic?? Storage containers and mugs can take a beating and develop a permanent brown look…or not?! Pour some baking soda on the stains and scrub it right off! Really, that easy!
Buildup from Hair Products can really weigh down your hair! Add 1 TBSP of baking soda to your normal amount of shampoo you use for a single wash. Wash and condition as normal. You might be amazed at the difference! You can also clean your hairbrushes and combs by soaking them in a small container with 1 tsp baking soda. Rinse them off and air dry.
Try making your own simple Toothpaste and Air Fresheners naturally with Baking Soda:
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
1TBSP baking soda
5-6 drops (your favorite) essential oil
Distilled water to fill a spray bottle.
Shake and spritz away!