Sunday, April 04, 2010

Bi-carb, wonderful stuff.

This morning I read a blog by The Soap Princess about having a more natural approach to cleaning your home.

This struck a cord with me for a couple of reasons. One of the main reasons I began making my own soap was because I was dissatisfied with what was commercially available. I had no clue what most of the ingredients were, a terrible amount of products are tested on animals or have animal derivatives and many are not so great to put down the drain. They dried out my skin, made my face break out and if I left even the slightest trace of soap on my skin for too long, I would get a reaction.

I have always been very careful about what I buy. I always choose animal and environmentally friendly products but more often than not, I end up with a cupboard under the sink, full of products I can do without. Everyone would like to save money of course but I sometimes take it to the extremes. I'm one of those people that takes two hours to do their grocery shop because I want every cent to be put to good use and I'll hover over choices for what seems like forever before I make my final decision. Saving money = good. Saving the environment (you know, the ONE place we have to live) = great.

Imagine my delight when I cleaned my oven with bi-carb for the first time. I used about 10 cents worth of bi-carb and a fraction of the water I would normally have to use with those toxic, foamy cleaners. I slapped the paste in, gave it a scrub around, washed out my cloth, wiped again and I was done. A job I've been putting off for months thanks to the memory of my mother scrubbing away at a grimy oven for hours on end, took me about 5 minutes to do.

Next I tackled my sink and bench tops. The verdict was amazing. And, my hands weren't like a prune when I was done and my nails didn't get all soft and breakable. Bi-carb, you're a winner.

So many thanks goes out to the Soap Princess. She gave me the reminder I needed about the joys of bi-carb.

PS - vinegar is your friend too.

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