DYHChallenge: Week 2

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Welcome to week 2!

This week we will be focusing on cleaning with baking soda. But first...

-Remember the floor cleaning recipe I said I would review last week, it works amazingly well! I was skeptical about using vinegar to clean the laminate wood floors in our kitchen and hallway only because I didn't want our entire house to smell like vinegar. The smell didn't last that long and to be honest it was much more refreshing than the chemical laden fabuloso our family was used to, and it worked so well I don't see us going back to the old product. Using vinegar is not only better for your health, it is SO much cheaper!

On to the baking soda!!

Why would you use baking soda when the vinegar solution works so well?

If you have areas that need a good scrub, tile, grout, porcelain sink or tub, etc. Baking soda is abrasive enough to get the job done without scratching the surface.

This is the soft scrub recipe I decided to use:

You will need:

-1 1/2 cups baking soda

-1/2 cup Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile soap

-1 cup water

-10 drops each of Lavender and Lemon essential oils.

Combine the ingredients and store in a mason jar or squeeze bottle.

This recipe is an all natural soft scrub. Here is a label I made for my batch of baking soda scrub. Feel free to print it out and use it for yours.

How else can you use baking soda to clean your home?

Drain Cleaner Recipe by How We Flourish:

  • 1 c baking soda

  • 1 c vinegar

  • 8 c water

Start by pouring the baking soda down the sink, then the vinegar. It will react. Let it sit, in the meantime heating the water to near boiling. After 5 minutes, pour the water down the drain. If you want, use this recipe to maintain a clean drain once a week or so. If it’s just maintenance, you can cut the baking soda and vinegar in half after the first application.

I also use baking soda in my all natural air freshener. While this recipe does not cover odors it definitely gets rid of them. Your typical air freshener only covers the bad odor by blocking the scent receptors in your nose, the odor is still there you simply can no longer smell it.

When you use baking soda it traps the odor and the essential oil you choose will replace the odor. Check out that recipe here: 2 Ingredient Odor Solution.

Thank you all for reading! Next week we will go over all natural bleach and dish detergent! Let me know how you use baking soda to clean in your home in the comments section below!

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