How to Wash With Bicarbonate of Soda

Bicarbonate of soda is simply the baking soda that is found in most kitchen pantries.

Cleaning Surfaces

Baking soda will clean your teeth and leave your breath smelling fresh.
You can buy it in the baking aisle of your grocery or discount store. It is useful in your recipes as a leavening agent, helping cake batters and other ingredients to rise. When it comes to green living, cleaning with baking soda is a wise choice. This inexpensive ingredient helps to deodorize and clean your home, thus avoiding harsh commercial products that contain chemicals. Bicarbonate of soda effectively washes many things and is safe for our environment. .

Wet a clean sponge with warm water and wring it out thoroughly.

Sprinkle about 1/4 cup baking soda onto the damp sponge. Scrub your kitchen counters, sinks or bathtubs with the sponge.

Rinse the area thoroughly. Allow the area to air dry or wipe with a soft towel.

Personal Use

Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto your clean palm. You only need enough to coat the top bristles of your toothbrush. Dip a wet toothbrush into the powder and brush your teeth as usual. This is an effective alternative to commercial toothpaste and will leave your mouth feeling fresh after you rinse and spit the water out.

Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda (about the size of a quarter) into your hand and mix it with your regular shampoo. Shampoo and condition your hair in your usual manner. The baking soda acts as a clarifying agent for your hair; it removes the buildup of hairspray, gels and other products.

Mix three parts of bicarbonate of soda with one part liquid hand soap. Scrub your hands with the solution. This is particularly helpful when your hands are grimy from working with greasy tools, smelly fish or in the garden. Rinse and dry your hands.

Things You Will Need

  • Clean sponge
  • Soft towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo
  • Hair conditioner

About the Author

Chelsea Fitzgerald covers topics related to family, health, green living and travel. Before her writing career, she worked in the medical field for 21 years. Fitzgerald studied education at the University of Arkansas and University of Memphis.