by Jenn Chic
(Photo by Jenn Chic)
I love baking soda. It’s essential in pancakes (which I also love) and is an economical and effective cleaning agent. It whitens, brightens, cuts grease, deodorizes and lifts dirt without harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances or over packaging often found in store-bought cleaners.
Cleaning with baking soda
Stubborn soap scum in the tub and sink be gone! Make sure the surface is at least a little bit damp. Sprinkle baking soda with wild abandon. Grab a scrubbie (and your sunglasses) and add enough water to make a moist paste. Scrub well and be dazzled by the sparkle. Rinse the surface thoroughly.
For kitchen sinks, proceed as above but after sprinkling, let it sit. Baking soda is a powerful deodorizer and that peculiar scungey sink-smell will vanish down the drain.
So you burnt a pot. Not just a mere scald but a serious, post-volcanic, chemical reaction. After a preliminary rinse, sprinkle a heavy layer of baking soda across the bottom of the pot and fill with 2-3 inches of water. Boil the water and baking soda mix for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and check the progress by scraping the bottom with a spoon. If the burnt stuff is releasing, dump out the pot and scrub in a sink of hot, soapy water with your favourite steel scrubber. If it isn’t releasing, back on the stove to continue to boil until it gives in.
Baking soda toothpaste
Making your own baking soda toothpaste with no box and no tube, is a no brainer. In The Clean Bin Project, a Vancouver documentary about a couple’s contest to live zero waste for a year, we see Jen at her check-up, after many months of homemade toothpaste, receive her dentist’s approval. It works! Don’t believe them, it really doesn’t taste so bad.
Baking soda toothpaste recipe:
6 tsp baking soda
⅓ tsp sea salt
4 tsp vegetable glycerine
15 drops peppermint extract
Mix together until smooth. Store in small glass jar.
The blessing and the curse of baking soda is its abrasive quality. Be careful what surfaces you use it on, as it may ever so slightly scratch it. If you feel irritation in your mouth from the toothpaste, give it a rest.
About the author:
After interning at Chez Panisse, Jenn Chic cooked up a new career for herself. Already a trained chef and photographer, she began to write about all things food related. Her stories and photographs have appeared in Swerve, Edible Toronto, Western Living & Vanmag online. Wherever she goes, the scent of fresh baking is close by. Her cooking blog is www.jennchiccooks.com and photo blog is www.jennchic.com (underconstruction).
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