Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Non-toxic Alternative: Baking Soda

After reading "Slow Death By Rubber Duck" I was on a mission to eliminate harmful chemicals from our home. The toxic cleaning products we had been using had to go. I did my research and found great homemade alternatives often using baking soda that are chemical free, super inexpensive and easy to make. I bought a good amount of baking soda in bulk on our last trip to Rainbow Grocery. Baking soda is extremely versatile, here are all the ways I'm currently using it.

- Lemon Dishwashing Detergent
- Sprinkle straight on tile and scrub

- Toothpaste
- Deodorant


Lemon Dishwashing Detergent:
¾ cup baking soda
½ cup salt
2 - 3 tsp dr. bronners soap
1 lemon worth of zest and juice
Mix all dry ingredients eliminating lumps then add the lemon zest, juice and soap. Mix well and use, 1 heaping tbsp per dishload. Make sure there is white vinegar in the rince liquid receptacle.
This actually can also be used as a garbage disposal refresher. I got the recipe from SavvySugar tried it and they never set up. I was thinking it would make a great dishwasher detergent, tried it and was blown away with how well it worked!

Toothpaste (updated 9/13):
1 Part Baking Soda
1 Part Coconut Oil

1/4 tsp Stevia Powder
15 - 20 drops of food safe peppermint essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until it forms a paste then transfer in to a jar.

Homemade Deodorant:
¼ cup baking soda
¼ cup cornstarch or arrowroot
10 drops tea tree oil
1 - 2 tsp coconut oil

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, press in to an empty clean deodorant dispenser.


  1. Great post!! I'm going to try the deodorant for sure. Also, you can make your toothpowder more of a paste by adding some coconut oil and minty by adding peppermint essential oil. http://www.healthextremist.com/make-your-own-baking-soda-and-coconut-oil-toothpaste/ ..."Coconut oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal! Studies have shown that coconut oil destroys the bacteria that can cause tooth decay."

    1. No way! We use the coconut oil in the deodorant for it's natural antibacterial properties too. I can't wait to try the toothpaste, Kaz will be thrilled and we have peppermint essential oil!