Bicarbonate of Soda is a naturally occurring product that has been around for thousands of years.  The ancient Egyptians used it to help keep mummified bodies dry and free from bacteria in the form of a sodium compound that they found naturally occurring in dry lake beds.  Any of you that cook would realise that bicarb of soda has many uses when it comes to baking, but other uses for bicarbonate of soda are wide and varied and range from deodorants to toothpaste, and from an exfoliant to an antiseptic, and then on top of all that, it is a brilliant cleaner for grease and grime!   

If you are going on holidays then why not sprinkle some bicarb of soda in your dishwasher  (leave the door open) before you go to avoid returning home to a smelly dishwasher.

Stubborn Pots & Pans

Mix together equal parts of bicarb of soda, borax and salt to make a scouring powder that will cut through the heaviest grease & grime.

Oven Magic

I don't know about you but I have hated cleaning my oven over the years, mainly because of the highly toxic fumes that come off the commercial oven cleaners. Try this as an alternative. Scrape any grime that you can off the oven surfaces first and then mix a large quantity of bicab of soda with a little water to make a thick paste before spreading the paste over all internal surfaces of the cold oven including the oven door. Close the door and leave to work it's magic overnight. The next day just wipe the oven down with hot water and repeat if necessary. If there are any really stubborn stains you can attack it with some dry bicarb of soda on a scourer or sponge before rinsing surface well afterwards.

Bathroom Blitz

Think bathrooms, then think mould and mildew, which in turn leaves you thinking of the toxic fumes involved in eliminating them with commercial cleaners, when in fact what you should be thinking of, is soaking in bubbles and pampering yourself.  A paste of bicarb of soda and water can be used instead of, and in the same manner as your old commercial cream cleaner and if you would like to give it a scent then try adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil.  For any limescale deposits around the taps and hard water marks, mix the bicarb of soda with a little vinegar and when fizzing, use an old toothbush or the likes to brush on the paste before leaving it to sit for a half an hour and then rinsing clean.  You can sprinkle some bicarb of soda around the inside of the toilet while you are in the bathroom and leave it sit for a half an hour also before scrubbing it with a toilet brush and flushing.

Blocked shower heads can be left to soak for half an hour also in a solution of 1 cup of vinegar and 3 tablespoons of bicarb of soda before rinsing with clean warm water.  A sprinkle of bicab of soda on a damp cloth is a great way to revitalize the mirror also.  Wipe over with a clean cloth and fresh water afterwards and then polish with a crumpled newspaper for a sparkling, smear-free finish.

Red Wine stains on the Carpet

Don't tell me you haven't been guilty of this one or had it happen to a friend at a party!  I find soda water works well but there is not always a bottle available, so make your own.  Sprinkle the area with bicarb of soda and an equal amount of salt (I usually add some nappy san for good measure) .  Leave it for a few hours or overnight till completely dry before vacuuming.  Works a treat and leaves no stain.


Laundry Soap – ½ cup per large load

500 gms Lux Flakes

500 gms washing soda

500 gms Borax

50 drops essential oil (lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, ect)

5 litres water

*Bring water to the boil and dissolve flakes. Allow to cool, then add washing soda followed by borax.

Heavy Duty Laundry Powder

2 cups Lux Flakes

2 cups grated Sard bar soap

2 cups Borax

2 cups washing soda

Fabric Softener with Conditioner – ½ cup per large load

6 cups water

3 cups white vinegar

2 cups hair conditioner

essential oils (optional)

Fabric Softeners – 1 cup per large load in rinse

2 cups white vinegar

2 cup bicab of soda

6 cups hot water

essential oils (optional)

1 kg Epsom Salts –add 40 drops essential oil - 1 tablespoon per large load

Wool Wash

4 cups Lux Flakes

4 cups water

1 cup methylated spirits

1 tablespoon 100% eucalyptus oil

*Bring water to the boil and dissolve Lux Flakes. Allow to cool and add other ingredients.

Pre-Wash Sprays

1 litre warm water

2 teaspoons liquid dishwashing detergent (Cussons non- allergenic)

4 tablespoons cloudy ammonia

Half cup white vinegar

Quarter cup bicarb of soda

2 tablespoons cloudy ammonia

3 cups water

1 cup cloudy ammonia

2 teaspoons eucalyptus oil

1 cup shampoo

1 cup water

Blood Stains

Never use hot water on blood stains as it sets them.  Dampen the blood stained area with cold water before rubbing bicarb of soda into the stain with a nailbrush or toothbrush.  Leave for a while in order for it to penetrate and have it's action and if it proves difficult or is a large amount of blood then try mixing 1 cup of bicarb of soda and 1 cup of white vinegar in a bucket of cold water.  Add the blood stained article, swirl around well and leave it to soak overnight before washing it as normal the following morning.


Household Cleaning Products

All Purpose Cleaner

4 litres warm water

Half cup white vinegar

Half cup cloudy ammonia

(for floors, cupboards and benches)

Bathroom Disinfectant

12 drops eucalyptus oil

100 mls methylated spirits

5 cups warm water

Shower Screen Cleaner Spray

2 teaspoons borax

2.5cm castile soap (peppermint works well)

¾ cup white vinegar (145mls for 500mls container)

1½ cups hot water (300mls for 500mls container)

10 drops tea tree oil

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to blend.

Spray mixture onto glass and allow to penitrate.

Follow with a sponge and/or brush.

Rinse off and dry.

Heavy Duty Scrub

1 cup bicarb of soda

Add enough Castile Soap to form a paste (peppermint works well)

10 drops tea tree oil

Combine ingredients.

Apply paste to sponge and scrub on screen – leave for 10 minutes.

Wipe off with sponge.

Spray with white vinegar, wipe off with sponge and dry.

General Disinfectant

6 drops eucalyptus

6 drops tea tree oil

1 tablespoon methylated spirits

8 cups water


Spray & Wipe Cleaner

4 litres warm water

2 tablespoons cloudy ammonia

2 tablespoons detergent

Half cup white vinegar


Date posted: 2014-04-19 | posted by: debras

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