By now most people know they can clean a lot of things around the house with baking soda. I clean my toilet, counter tops, until the fridge died I used a container of baking soda to prevent odors, sprinkle it on my carpet before vacuuming, and have even added it to the boys stinky shoes to be able to allow them inside the house. But there is one thing most people don’t think of to use baking soda for.
What do you wash your dishes with? I was a obsessed with Dawn from the time I rented my first apartment at age 18. Until the Exxon Valdez spill. When I saw animals being cleaned with Dawn dish soap to remove the oil that was clinging to their bodies I began to question what was really in the grease cutting power of Dawn. I didn’t know what to use, but I decided I didn’t want this on my family’s dishes any longer.
I switched to Seventh Generation dish soap when I found it. It was definitely a step in the right direction. But the more I began to worry about the environment and our over use of the natural resources I didn’t want to buy my dish soap in plastic bottles.
I am a tea drinker, love a cup of hot tea but hate the stains tea leaves on my cups. When washing my dishes I would need to break out the baking soda to remove some of the tougher stains on the cups. It works amazingly well, I didn’t even need to add any elbow grease to remove the stains.
This got me thinking, if I feel my toilet is clean using baking soda and vinegar, and if I can remove stains safely from my cups, why am I not using it to wash my dishes?
I have switched to just baking soda to clean my dishes and have been extremely satisfied. Yes, it is packaged in a cardboard box but I can find uses for the cardboard and not toss it away
Do you have good silver handed down to you from a loved relative? What do you use to polish your silver? I’ve used a polishing cloth in the past, but it can take hours to do just a few badly tarnished pieces. Want to make the job super easy and fast? Just sprinkle a little baking soda on a damp piece of silver and wipe away. Tarnish will be gone with no hard rubbing or chemical cleaners. Here’s one piece I found when decluttering my kitchen a few weeks ago.
Take a look at the before.
Now the after in less lighting.
These were taken in the original lighting. The silver is so clean the light reflecting back prevented me from getting a good image.
While this is off topic I wanted to share how the locally owned hardware store packaged the supplies I needed today.
Rather than ask me if I wanted a bag, they pulled out a box from shipments they received and carefully filled it with my purchases. I will reuse the box and it will live on for a new use. No wasted resources there.