Being a Zero Waster I just love the fact that I can still buy good old Bicarbonate of Soda aka Baking Soda in a Cardboard box and paper! Now days everything is packaged in plastic. Ideally if I was living near an unpackaged store I would be taking in my container or glass jar to refill it, so a cardboard box is the next best option. From the box I decant into my shaker glass container for cleaning around the kitchen with vinegar. I then store the rest in a lovely large vintage glass jar which my mother had in her kitchen ever since I can remember.
So what is Baking Soda:
It’s a 100% sodium bicarbonate which can be used as a leavening agent in baked goods. When mixed with acid, baking soda reacts making bubbles and gives off a carbon dioxide gas which causes dough to rise.
Uses of Baking Soda in a zero waste home:
*can be used as a tooth-powder (mix with coconut oil and essential oil). I add a bit of Xylitol just for a bit of sweetness. Helps promote whitening and reduces plaque build up.
*can be used for minor injuries such as insect bites, bee stings and sunburn
*can be used as a natural deodorant, foot soak or exfoliate (mix with coffee or brown sugar)
*a mixture of baking soda and water can help relieve heartburn or indigestion
*can be used to clean sinks and counter-tops by making a paste and a squirt of vinegar
*natural deodoriser for food odours in the fridge and even smelly shoes!
*a simple an effective drain cleaner (mixed with apple cider vinegar)
*soak burnt pans in hot water with baking soda
*clean baby toys
*used to clean and polish silver cutlery (must be used with aluminium foil)
The best thing about Baking Soda is that it is also cheap. A box costs around R20, making it one of the least expensive home remedies to keep on hand. A must in any household, that’s for sure.