A chemical neighbor of baking soda, washing soda (sodium carbonate) is much more strongly alkaline, with a pH around 11. It releases no harmful fumes and is a far safer heavy duty cleanser than a commercial solvent formula. Because I am chemically sensitive, there were so many things I just couldn’t clean until I discovered washing soda. It cuts grease, cleans petroleum oil, removes wax or lipstick, and neutralizes odors in the same way that baking soda does.
This terrific all-purpose cleaner formula is one you will stick with for a lifetime.
All-Purpose Cleaner (Fantastic Cleaner)
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
2 teaspoons borax
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
2 cups hot water
Combine the washing soda, borax, and soap in a spray bottle. Pour in the hot water (it will dissolve the minerals), screw on the lid, and shake to completely blend and dissolve. Spritz every 6 inches or so of surface once or twice, wiping off the cleanser with a rag as you go. For tough dirt, leave the cleanser on for a few minutes before wiping it off. Shake the bottle each time before using.
Shelf Life: Indefinite
Storage: Leave in a labeled spray bottle.
Adapted from Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Annie Berthold-Bond. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999).