Bi-Carb Soda, also commonly known as Baking Soda, Bicarbonate of Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate, is one household product you cannot live without! With a wide multitude of uses, this basic pantry item is definitely worth stocking up on...
Not only is it cost effective, with our 5kg bulk size costing $21.95 RRP (that’s only $4.39 per KG!), but it is also non-toxic, safe for the environment and extremely versatile.
To help you make the most out of your bi-carb soda, here is a list of just 10 of the many ways you can use it everyday in your household:
Adding 1/2 cup of bi-carb soda to your wash cycle will give you whiter whites, brighter colours, and fresh, clean clothes. With the addition of bi-carb soda, you can use half the amount of laundry powder or liquid you would generally use - or omit it all together!
For a quick and easy DIY face mask that leaves your skin fresh and smooth, mix together two tablespoons of bi-carb soda and one tablespoon of melted coconut oil in a small bowl until thick and runny. Gently massage onto your skin and leave to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat face dry.
Mix a spoonful of bi-carb soda with a small amount of water until it forms a thick paste. Apply to a pimple, leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water. The bi-carb soda will help to minimise redness and draw out impurities.
Bi-carb soda can be used to deodorise almost everything! When deodorising carpets, mattresses, rubbish bins, shoes or pet beds, just add a generous sprinkle, wait 30 minutes and then vacuum.
For tea towels, sponges and containers, soak in water, with 1 tablespoon of bi-carb for every cup of water.
RELIEVE INSECT BITE AND SUNBURN
Soaking in a bath with bi-carb soda may help to relieve the irritation of insect bites/itchy skin and the sting from sunburn. Simply add 1–2 cups of bi-carb soda to a lukewarm bath. Make sure the affected area is soaked thoroughly.
For more specific areas, you can create a paste with bi-carb soda and a bit of water. Apply a thick layer of paste to the affected area and leave to dry.
Wash your fruits and vegetables with water and a little bi-carb soda to get rid of any residue or dirt. Washing your produce also eliminates the need for placing them in a single-use plastic bag. Pop them straight into your basket or reusable produce bag and wash them at home!
CLEAN YOUR MICROWAVE/FRIDGE/OVEN/BATHROOM
Wet a sponge, sprinkle some bi-carb soda on it and use it to clean your microwave, fridge or oven. It will help you remove any stubborn or baked-on food that is stuck to the sides and get rid of unpleasant odours.
Make your own bathroom scrub by mixing 3 tablespoons of bi-carb soda with 1 tablespoon disinfectant cleaner. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and stir until a paste forms. Use to scrub your shower, bathtub, sink and grouting clean. Simply rinse off when done.
A bi-carb soda paste also works wonders on shining silverware and stainless-steel fittings!
SAVE A BURNT POT
It happens to the best of us… accidentally burning food on the bottom of a pot, leaving it a nightmare to clean. Fortunately, bi-carb soda can help lift the stuck-on debris. Add a generous amount of bi-carb soda over the bottom of the pot and add enough water to cover the burnt areas. Bring the mixture to a boil and then empty and rinse. If any stains persist, add a squirt of dishwashing liquid and it should lift with a light scrub.
Bi-carb soda is a non-toxic and effective way to deter ants from entering your home. Simply sprinkle bi-carb soda near their usual entry point.
ALL PURPOSE CLEANER
Many commercial all-purpose cleaners are loaded with toxic and polluting substances that can be harmful to our health and our environment. Try out making your own multi-purpose cleaner using some basic pantry staples.
Pour from ¼ to ½ cup of vinegar into an empty spray bottle and add 2 tablespoons of bi-carb soda. Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil (to help cut the vinegar smell) and then fill the rest of the bottle with water. Lightly shake to combine the contents.
Do you use bi-carb for any natural home remedies?