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Simply amazing baking soda
Baking soda bonanza
Peter A. Ciullo.
New York : HarperCollins, c2006.
Learn how to soothe sunburns, dry-clean your dog, and perform other household miracles with baking soda Want to relieve your stuffy nose? Make your musty old books smell better? Kill roaches without pesticide? You can do it all with baking soda, and this updated edition of Baking Soda Bonanza shows you how! Cheap, ecologically sound, and more effective than most household cleaners, baking soda can be used to fix all sorts of household problems, from baking the perfect muffins to soothing bee stings to clearing out clogged drains. With a history of baking soda and many popular recipes for baking included, this is a book every household should have.
     
Baking soda : over 500 fabulous, fun and frugal uses you've probably never thought of
by Vicki Lansky ; illustrations by Martha Campbell.
Minnetonka, MN : Book Peddlers, 2004, c1995.
From making an omelet extra fluffy or deodorizing those musty household smells, to improving flossing and mouth freshness or washing clay flower pots without leaving residue, this book offers hundreds of tips for making the most of baking soda.
     
Baking soda bonanza
Peter A. Ciullo.
New York : HarperPerennial, c1995.
From removing tough kitchen stains and odors to buffing the Statue of Liberty, from dry-cleaning a dog to depolluting the Hudson River, this incredibly practical, money-saving book shows how to perform hundreds of households chores and other tasks--all with a less-than-a-dollar box of baking soda.
     

Baking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda, is a wonderful cleaning product. When it interacts with an acid and a liquid, baking soda releases bubbles of carbon dioxide. Baking soda can be a safer, and greener, alternative to conventional cleaners.

Beginning in 1846, Arm & Hammer brand first sold one-pound bags of baking soda in the United States. By 1970, it was introduced as a laundry detergent. Within six years, it became the number three toothpaste brand. Now baking soda is added to mouthwash, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and foot powder.

Over one hundred uses for baking soda exist--it's much more than just a cleaner. The most common use is simply to open a box of baking soda and leaving it in your fridge to absorb odors. Other uses for baking soda:

  • Clean jewelry - make a soft paste with some water and wipe away all tarnish.
  • Clean enamel pots- Boil baking soda and water and scrub away the dirt.
  • Relieve diaper rash and chicken pox - Pour some in your bath to relieve skin irritations.


A major Japanese steel company used baking soda to effectively clean their gas turbines. By doing so significant savings resulted in labor, electricity, and cleaning costs, while reducing worker's environmental risks.

  • In the garden - Pour a line where there is ant activity; they will not cross it.
  • For grease fires - Keep it handy in the kitchen to extinguish th em.
  • Remove ordors- Cover the bottom of the kitty box then add litter.
  • As a leavening agent - Mix 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part cornstarch.
  • Freshen rugs and carpets - Sprinkle it on before vacuuming.
  • Scrub walls - Apply it to a damp sponge and rub away marks, even crayon!
  • Fun with your kids - Use the 'fizzle' power of baking soda to make a volcano or magic seeds.
The complete idiot's guide to green cleaning
by Mary Findley and Linda Formichelli.
New York : Alpha Books, c2009.
Become a green cleaning machine. Fully updated and revised to focus on cleaning the agreena wayanaturally, with no chemicalsathis guide takes readers room-by- room, teaching them how to clean thoroughly, efficiently, and in an environmentally sound way. New and expanded coverage includes info on making small changes that have a huge impact on cleaning difficult areas, green-ifying personal care products, and more. A-Provides specific cleaning hints "and" teaches how to clean quickly and efficiently A-Uses only common ingredients, but also provides suggestions for alternatives that readers might like better
     
Squeaky green : the Method guide to detoxing your home
written by Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry with Rima Suqi.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2008.
Packed with helpful tips and surprising facts, this book--from the founders of the environmentally friendly brand of cleaning products, Method--is a totally informative and completely entertaining room-by-room guide to giving dirty the boot, the natural way.
     
Green-up your cleanup
Jill Potvin Schoff.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Creative Homeowner, c2008.
A handbook of advice and "recipes" that explains how to eliminate chemical household cleaning agents from your life and replace them with natural, and often homemade solutions. Inspired by the author's experience as a mother of an asthmatic child. In addition, the book will include other anecdotal information from individuals who have had a variety of health or lifestyle issues that led them to natural cleaning solutions.
     
What's in this stuff? : the hidden toxins in everyday products and what you can do about them
Patricia Thomas.
New York : Penguin Group, c2008.
We are what we eat. We are also what we drink, breathe, bathe in, and groom ourselves with. And what we clean our homes with, garden with, and care for our pets with. Ever ask what's in this stuff? The answers may shock you.
     

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff