Cleaning without harmful chemicals

Musty smells in drawers? place a slice of bread, soaked in vinegar on a plate. place inside the drawer/cupboard. the smell will be absorbed into the mixture.

floor cleaner for vinyl or ceramic… mix 1 cup vinegar + 1 gallon water. mop like usual but there is no need to rinse.

hard water stains on porcelain? mix 1 cup salt + 1 cup baking soda into a paste. use as a scouring agent.

gunk on copper pots? mix a paste of vinegar + salt. (or a lemon slice and salt) scrub in with a soft toothbrush. rinse away with water. not recommended for laquered pots or decorative details

clean and shine glass and chrome appliances? use clubsoda on a soft cloth. Apparently this has more uses than just cleaning up wine spills

silver cleaner? straight baking soda (i think i need to buy a case of this magic stuff)

clogged drain? mix 1 cup salt + 1 cup baking soda + 1/2 cup vinegar. pour into drain and let sit for 15 min. flush with 2 quarts boiling water for one min.

gunk on iron? sprinkle salt on wax paper or soft cloth. iron right over the salt to clean. if stubborn ick use the baking soda and salt paste.

coffee stains in the pot? fill pot-caraffe-thermos with ice and some salt. swish around for one min and rinse. for tough jobs add lemon wedge (or lemon juice)

Found in “Everyday Cheapskate’s Greatest Tips” by Mary Hunt,

Her book is not entirely focused on the environmental aspect, but more of a money saving standpoint… so its just a bonus that most of the tips save the environment too. Find more tips for reuse/recycling in the garage, garden, kitchen, around the holidays, for the kids and in your beauty bag.

After reading that simple baking soda was such a super cleaning agent i needed to research just how environmental it is.

It is a component of the mineral natron and is found dissolved in many mineral springs. The salt has many related names such as baking soda, bread soda, cooking soda, bicarbonate of soda. Colloquially, its name is shortened to sodium bicarb. The word saleratus, from Latin sal æratus meaning “aerated salt“. (Wikipedia: Sodium Bicarbonate)

Ancient egyptians used natron as a cleaning agent. Those brilliant egyptians.

Commercial quantities of baking soda are also produced by a similar method: soda ash, mined in the form of the ore trona, is dissolved in water and treated with carbon dioxide. (wikipedia again)

While it seems that the extraction process and mixing to create the brand we purchase today is lengthy, and definately with non-environmental methods there is a company who claims they are “the only provider of naturally-occurring sodium bicarbonate in North America” called Natural Soda. They supply major brands with the soda, yet they dont talk about which brands they are. The Description of their process.

Baking soda or Sodium Bicarboate has also been tested as a carbon sequestration agent to trap carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions in solid form, as one potential tool against global warming (CNet News 2007)

I am both amazed and impressed with Skyonic’s developments and environmental efforts. They have reduced emissions by reusing their Co2 the factory creates thus saving the ozone BUT they also save the energy used in extracting the minerals to produce Bicarbonate Soda, and create a cleaner baking soda for commercial and industrial use.

The CEO of Skyonic, David Jones, devised a way to make baking soda out of the carbon dioxide emissions from his factor so 90 percent of carbon dioxide from smoke stacks will be converted into a cleaner than conventional mined mined baking soda. (GreenDaily)

So why havent we heard anything about this… why arent other factories using this technology?

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