A few years ago I had a bad case of pneumonia which triggered horrible asthma attacks. I could not clean my bathroom or kitchen without an asthma attack. The combination of harsh chemicals and strong perfumes and fragrances in the cleansers had me gasping for air anytime I picked up the sponge to tackle the bathroom.
I was despairing of ever having a spotless home. Would I be stuck in a poorly maintained household and be too embarrassed to have company over? Worse, I couldn’t brush my teeth because the peppermint made me cough. There had to be a better way I thought. What did humans do before fancy bottled cleansers? What did my grandmother do when she cleaned the house?
I did a quick internet search. Lo and behold, in the words of my English ancestors, a simple baking soda solution that our grandmothers used. It’s not just for baking anymore. Pick up a box at the grocery store and read it. On the box are dozens of tips on how to use it.
Dip your toothbrush in a bit of baking soda and brush your teeth. It has the double purpose of freshening your breath too. Use one teaspoon in a half cup of water to settle an upset tummy. I certainly had a tummy ache after looking at my dirty home for a month. One half cup in the bathtub to soothe itchy skin and have a relaxing bath. I’m loving this product already!
Use a water and baking soda paste to soothe insect bites and allergic hives. I get hives from food allergies so this is cheaper than buying hormonal ointments.
Use it as a food safe way to scrub vegetables and fruits. With all the scares about contamination on produce, it eases my mind to be able to wash fruits and veggies when I get home from the store.
I can make a cheap paste of water and baking soda to remove marks from all surfaces such as walls and baseboards and I don’t have to wonder if there’s formaldehyde in it or not.
Baking soda be used to scrub out the bathtub without scratching the porcelain finish. Also great as a litter box deodorizer to make kitty’s box smell fresh. A great idea when your home is small and the box has to be in your bathroom too.
After these discoveries I’m healthier plus not in the least bit worried about carcinogens from cleaning products. I don’t have to worry about an asthma attack from toxic fumes, nor react to stinky perfumes and fragrances.
The grocery clerk may look at me a bit oddly when I buy a large box of baking soda every month but I can just smile back at her as I can breathe once again. My grandmother would even approve.
Arm and Hammer’s Baking Soda Website