Saturday, June 24, 2006

Yes, it's the holiday season and as such we'll be getting fresh & fruity next Monday the 3rd of July 2006.
So until then.. Happy Mixing!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

The White Stuff - ooohhh yeah gimme some MORE!!!

Who would have thought that this fine, white powder would be so very versatile, in your body, on your body and around the home.

The following are a few of my personal favourites.
So, without further ado I present to you
"The Best of Baking Soda"

Bliss Bath

Prep Time - 10 mins

Transform an ordinary bath into a luxurious haven.

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda into your warm bath water.
Toss a handful of your favourite Organic Dried Herbs*

Ease yourself ever so slowly into your bath.

Allow the stimulating natural fragrance to relax your mind with blissful thoughts of peace.

*Organic Rose Petals & Buds
(Has a fresh, floral, light, powdery sweet scent that will fill the bath & refresh your skin.)


*Organic Blue Malva Flowers
(Contains a huge amount of mucilage, tannins & an antioxidant called
anthocyanins (malvidin & delphinidin). It also has a complex carbohydrate, a polysaccharide called arabinogalactose (a natural emulsifying, binding and/or bulking agent), which is purported to have immune stimulant properties.)


*Organic Chamomile Flower
(Strengthens skin tissue & reduces i
nflammation [excellent for eczema, skin rashes, acne, excessive acne, rosacea & allergic reactions])


*Organic Lavender Buds
(Great for all skin types because it balances sebum secretion, helps to soothe and regenerate t
issue cells. Used as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, cleanser, toner and detoxifier.)

Turn off the lights, surround yourself with candles, a glass of your favourite refreshment and relax!

~Singing~ I gots the "Hard water blues":
Hard water, especially in the chalky Chilterns of Buckinghamshire where I dwell, is made up of calcium and magnesium ions.
The addition of Baking Soda/Bicarbonate of Soda to your bath water neutralises the "hard" calcium and exchanges the magnesium ions in the water for oh so "soft" sodium ions. The sodium ions are lovely and won't cause any problems to your skin. In fact, it is used to soften your skin and could help to restore the pH balance especially if your skin is alkaline
ie: hot & sweaty & funky.

Scalp Cleaning Tip:
Do you use Shampoo Bars and want a little more Bubble Action?!
... if so, and you are a lather junkie (like me) and NEED big frothy suds with each shampoo?
Just add a teeny weeny teaspoon of baking soda to the sha
mpoo bar suds already in your hair - add a little more water - then see the bubble action appear.

Rid your scalp of build up:
Baking Soda is great when mixed with water and may be used as a final rinse to clarify your hair & scalp of build up, pollution and restore pH balance as well.

Add 1 drop of your favourite essential oil to 1 cup of water
& half a teaspoon of Baking soda, stir well and pour over your freshly washed hair & scalp.

Not suitable for acne prone skin types and/or those with an overly sensitive scalp as you may find it to be a bit drying.

Your Tooties:
Brushing your teeth with Baking Soda will reduce the acidity in your mouth & make it a less than friendly place for the bacteria & other yuckinesses.

Don't sweat it!
How Baking Soda can help with odour.
Perspiration/sweat, is one of the most important cooling systems a body can have. If you exercise a lot are ill or get excited about something this can raise the body's temperature - causing you to over heat & the body to produce moisture drawing heat out.

Sweat comes from 2 glands:
1. Odoriferous which:
a) Which covers specific areas like the underarm and the groin.
b) Kicks-in at puberty & is responsible for BO/body odour.

2. Sudoriferous - which covers the whole human body.

Had enough of that funky stuff:
That funky smell DOES NOT happen right after working up a sweat it happens a little later because the bacteria on our skin feeds on the sweat. It is the waste from the bacteria's feed that causes us to smell a bit funky.
What's the difference between Deos & Antiperspirants?
The aim of a Deodorant is to mask the odour produced by the sweat feeding bacteria.
Antiperspirants are chemical astringents that block the pores of the skin stopping the sweat from surfacing, therefore blocking the opening to the sebaceous glands in the armpit. However it slowly prevents the secretion of sebum which builds up in the glands while the antiperspirant does it's thing. (It's kind of like going 24 hours without going to the loo...)

...when the sebum build up is blocked, over a long period of time the underarm may get infected and cysts may develop.

In my humble opinion - this is why deodorants are MUCH more effective than antiperspirants.
Baking Soda/Bicarbonate of Soda neutralizes the odour of sweat ie: the bacteria that feeds on the sweat - I wouldn't call it an antiperspirant as it does NOT block the pores it just neutralizes the odour.
For a simple recipe see number
51. below taken from "126 Uses of Baking Soda"

Baking Soda/Bicarbonate of Soda is NOT suitable for acne prone skin types and/or those with broken or overly sensitive skin. Do Not apply any type of deodorant after shaving. As with anything you put on your skin and/or scalp always perform a patch test first!

Courtesy of Frugal Living
Here are 126 Uses for Baking Soda

1. I got the low-down on using baking soda as a deodorant! Here's how, from a reader:
Mix a cup of baking soda and 2 T. of cornstarch (to keep baking soda from clumping) and put it in a plastic container with a short-handled blush brush. Then after your shower you just brush on your deodorant. Since you're still a little moist, it doesn't have a problem sticking.
(The reader says, 'My husband says he got better results out of that than the natural herbal deodorants we use now.')

2. Toothpaste - it's a mildly abrasive tooth cleaner and mouthwash in one. ('Dentist approved')

3. Pot scrubber - make it into a paste and scrub stainless steel, iron or copper pots and bottoms with it.

4. Clean porcelain sinks and tubs.

5. The old one - put an opened box in the refrigerator to absorb odours.

6. Use instead of powder in your shoes to absorb moisture and odours

7. Neutralize battery acid quickly in case of spills.

8. Use gently as an exfoliating facial scrub.

9. Soothe bee stings, and other insect bites by spreading a paste of baking soda and vinegar on it.

10. Use in bath water to relieve irritated skin. (Good for baby, too)

11. Anti-acid, mix 1/2 teaspoon in about 4 ounces of water, and drink all at one time. It will cause you to 'burp', as it neutralizes stomach acid the same way it does other acids.

12. Use in diaper pails to keep them fresh.

13. Also use in garbage cans, and wherever odour is a problem.

14. Test your garden soil for acidity by mixing one cup soil with two cups water, then stirring in 1/4 cup of baking soda. If you have a volcano erupting in your container, your soil is very acid. If you just have a little fizz around the edges, you have a minimally acidic soil.

15. Carpet deodorizer - sprinkle on carpet, and leave overnight, then vacuum it up in the morning. Offending odours will be gone.

16. Put a generous amount of baking soda in a dish. After using steel wool, wring out, and store it in the dish of baking soda. Cuts down on rust, and is ready to scour away!

17. If you have severe allergies to laundry products, try using baking soda to wash your clothing and especially bedding.

18. This reader uses baking soda to scrub crayon off of her white no wax floor. It works wonderfully, and best of all is non-toxic so the 2 year old 'scribbler' can help clean up his artistic endeavours. No other cleaning product gets the crayon off with such ease! Just wet a sponge and sprinkle some baking soda on the area to be scrubbed or directly to the sponge and rub the crayon right off! Wipe up the excess baking soda and you are done!

19. Dump onto acid spills/stains such as vomit (after you've picked up any solid matter). The baking soda will 'wick' the liquid up out of the carpet as well as neutralize the acid. Pick up the wet 'clumps' before vacuuming, though, or it gets all gross in the beater bar of your machine.

20. Put sunburned kids (or yourself) in a cool (not cold) baking soda bath for half an hour. This also works well for chicken pox and mosquito bites.

21. Use it with warm water to wash the inside of the refrigerator.

22. Clean stainless steel sinks - a paste made of dishwashing liquid and a generous amount of baking soda takes brown stains out!

23. Add it to your toothpaste so it won't taste too bad. Put the toothpaste on brush then simply sprinkle on top.

24. Another reader wrote this: I found that pouring a little baking soda into my cat's litter box helps keep the odours out longer. Also my cat had a little accident on the carpet. Getting rid of the urine smell was awful.
Nothing worked until I mixed in Lemon Essential Oil with the Baking Soda. Now you can't even tell.

25. Sprinkle directly on coffee or tea stains in cups and mugs, rub gently with sponge or washcloth and rinse.
Stains are gone!

26. Add a small handful to dish water, it softens hands and makes dishes squeaky clean.

27. Put about 1/4 cup in laundry. It helps soften and boosts cleaning power.

28. A reader writes: I use baking soda to clean my stove and tile behind it. It does a great job on grease!!

29. This reader says: I use it to relieve the itch from poison ivy by making a paste with water and spreading it on the affected area and letting it dry. This also promotes healing by drawing out the poison.

30. Kills Fleas! Mix equal parts of table salt and baking soda together and sprinkle over the carpets. Instruct several children (or volunteers) to run all around on the carpets until the soda and salt is no longer visible.
Let set overnight. Vacuum carpets carefully, going over it more than once. All adult fleas should be dead or too thirsty to breed. Fleas go through at least one life cycle in which they are impervious to nuclear devices, so you will need to salt and soda your carpets two more times to kill all the fleas and potential fleas. Dusting your dog with baking soda several hours before a bath will kill a lot of fleas and a lot of odour. But be sure to wash or rinse the baking soda off the dog or the dog could be at some risk of skin trouble.
Caution! Do not try this on a rainy day! You will wake up to wet carpets as the salt pulls the moisture out of the air. If you live in a damp climate, sprinkle soda and salt in the morning. Vacuum 3 - 5 hours later.

31. It's used widely in B and C rated fire extinguishers and is an excellent grease fire stopper. It will mix with the grease to cause it not to combust further and put the fire out quickly.

32. A reader says: When I worked with model gliders in a Radio Control Model Club I learned that small amounts of baking soda used with SUPER GLUE works as a filler for cracks, and makes for an excellent bond with balsa as well as many porcelain BUT ... glue the pieces together, then apply the dusting of baking soda, and then apply the glue to smooth things out.

33. This reader says: I add a little baking soda to my facial cleanser instead of using facial scrubs. The little 'grains' are round and tiny, so are very gentle. It's wonderful!

34. In your hand, mix hair shampoo with a small amount of baking soda. Shampooing with this mixture easily removes old and heavy hair spray/spritz, etc., residue.

35. From another reader: I put some in my dishwasher to help eliminate streaks and spots from the extremely hard water.

36. Some on a damp cloth removes dust from the plastic parts of my electronic equipment.

37. Its excellent for cleaning shower curtains - on or out of the washing machine.

38. Sprinkle some on the mattress before making the bed - removes all odours!

39. Sprinkle on the pages of books that have become damp. Will remove mildew if rubbed gently and left in the sun for a while. Brush off or 'fan' the pages of the book in a light breeze.

40. Cleans tea stains from plastic glassware.

41. Put some in a sachet and put in drawers or closets that tend to get musty.

42. Mix with oatmeal in your blender and it makes a marvellous facial scrub.

43. From another reader: When my son was a baby he got heat rash on his little face - my doctor told me to sprinkle baking soda on his sheets because it would keep him from lying in his drool - worked!!

44. From the same reader: The doctor also told me it was better than baby powder to use on baby's - keeps them drier and cuts out any sour smells from burps.

45. Baking soda mixed with a little water works great for removing bugs from car paint, headlights, and windshields, and does not damage the paint.

46. It's said that if you put a small amount of baking soda in an 8 oz. glass of water and drink it, it will clean out your kidneys.
(Note Be aware that if your diet is salt restricted, you should not use baking soda for any internal reason, other than normal cooking. --Pat )

47. Another reader says: Whenever I see ants in my kitchen, (or any room), after cleaning the floor, I just sprinkle a thin line of baking soda along the ant trail, and along the moulding on the floor, very close to the wall, and ants disappear for good. Also works when sprinkled on the front door threshold or saddle, preventing ants entering the house that way.

48. Add 1 T. of baking soda to 1 gal. of homemade organic rose/garden spray. Works as an excellent fungicide.

49. Make a cream deodorant by mixing 2 tablespoons baking soda, 2 tablespoons of petroleum jelly and 2 tablespoons talcum or baby powder. Heat in a double boiler or over very low heat, stirring constantly until it becomes smooth and creamy. Store in a container with tight lid.

50. This reader says: For smooth top ranges, there's a product for keeping it clean. I know there is, I've been told. Fortunately, I've never found it, but a dampened cloth dipped in baking soda does the job. Be sure to clean up sugary spills faster than anything else, for some reason it will pit the glass surface.

51. This reader has another idea about using it as a deodorant: I mix equal parts baking soda and cornstarch, and then add water until it can be poured into a mould. After it dries I have a ball of deodorant that I moisten and apply. Be careful though, because baking soda IS caustic, and if you apply it to raw or tender skin (i.e. after shaving your armpits) it will burn.

52. My optometrist asked me to gently rub my soft contact lenses with a cream made with baking soda and
water. I do this every other month. It "sweetens" them removing all the impurities.

53. Cover you sterling silver jewellery with baking soda. Rub the jewellery with your bare fingers or a soft cotton cloth. I saw this done in an open silver market in Mexico.

54. Pouring about 1 cup of baking soda down any drain or toilet will help maintain a healthy septic tank. It keeps the PH from going out of wack and helps maintain a good environment for the bacteria. It is also good for freshening a drain and toilet.

55. It gets scuff marks off of the kitchen floor as well as off of shoes!

56. A reader writes this: When my children were young (40 years ago!) a crayon got all over the clothes from being left in a pocket and then dried in the dryer and I remember the hint to dump a box of baking soda in the washing machine and wash the clothes over. I don't remember if it took more than one washing, but I know it finally got the crayon out of the clothes. Of course, don't put them in the dryer again until you are sure they are crayon-free.

57. For daily wear contacts that have protein build-up that enzyme cleaners don't take care of, make a wet paste of baking soda and saline solution. Clean lenses in your hand with this paste, then follow your regular lens care routine. The mild abrasive will remove the deposits without harming the lenses, and they will feel like new.

58. We have an artificial grass carpet in our garden, which we put on the play area for our young son. This artificial lawn dries quickly after rain, so the kids can play even when the rest of the garden is too wet. After some years, moss started to grow on this carpet, and guess what: I sprinkled baking soda on the entire area. The moss turned brown and decayed - the carpet was nice again.

59. We use baking soda, flushed down with white vinegar to clean and deodorize the drains in our travel trailer... this method works well, and eliminates the need for harsh, possibly damaging chemicals.

60. My two year old ran through a huge Fire Ant nest, ants covered her feet. Both feet turned bright red, I grabbed a bowl of water and box of soda, we soaked her feet in it for a while, you couldn't tell she had ever been stung.

61. While at an antique fair I came across someone selling a product that cleans silver. It was a sheet of white perforated metal that one put in a glass bowl, added some baking soda and boiling water. Well, I looked at that metal and a little voice inside my head said that's aluminium. Went home, put some aluminium foil in a glass bowl, (heat resistant) added about 1/2 cup baking soda, the hot water and a piece of tarnished sterling. It fizzed up and in a few minutes the aluminium turned darker and the silver turned shiny. I then rinsed the piece, buffed it dry and never spent a cent on silver cleaner again.

62. If you mix baking soda and hair conditioner in your hand and only condition the ends of your hair it will give your hair more volume, body, and health.

63. This reader says: My son wanted a ferret so bad, but he had a hard time keeping the cage clean. The smell alone from the ferret is bad enough. I suggested to him that he put a layer of baking soda under the bedding after every cleaning. He tried it and it worked great!

64. My toddling twins got a hold of Vaseline and decided to use it as hair gel. My husband mixed equal parts of baking soda and Dawn dish soap (to the consistency of a creamy soup), and scrubbed the twins heads with it being very careful not to get it in their eyes It took two shampoo sessions but it did the trick !!!!

65. Apply baking soda and water paste to jellyfish or sea nettle stings to remove the burn.

66. I inherited an antique ivory carving that hadn't been cleaned in decades. My aunt told me to use baking soda on an old toothbrush dipped in warm water. Worked like a charm!

67. Great in laundry to remove cigar/cigarette smells and stains.

68. Put a half cup of water with two tablespoons of baking soda in the microwave on high for one minute. Then wipe with a damp paper towel. Cleans and eliminates old odours.

69. For those who live in the northwest or other damp areas where moss builds up on your shingles, just take baking soda and sprinkle it all over your roof. It's not necessary to put it on thick and you don't need to brush it in. You should see results the following day. Give it a try; it sure saves your roof and your neighbours don't comment on how nice and green your roof is.

70. Use Baking Soda if your hair is oily and you don't have time to wash it. Sprinkle a little on your hair, comb it through and do a quick blow-dry and it works perfectly! It is great if you are in a hurry.

71. Somebody hit my wife's car and left a big scuff mark on the bumper. A damp cloth with a little baking soda on it took it right off!

72. I have an old, stained porcelain sink and the only way to clean it is with Soft Scrub, but I have found I can get the same effect of Soft Scrub using baking soda and bleach. I simply sprinkle the baking soda all over the bottom of the sink (or anywhere I want to concentrate the bleach), squirt some bleach all over the baking soda, let sit and then wipe clean. The baking soda soaks up the bleach, keeping it from dripping away. Use an old bottle of Soft Scrub to hold the bleach, instead of trying to pour it straight from the gallon jug (the bleach will splash and move too much of the baking soda around), or find a bleach spray bottle from a science
surplus store (do NOT put bleach in a container that isn't designed for it).

73. I use a scrub brush with baking soda and table salt and then rinse thoroughly with hot water to clean my wood cutting boards. Baking soda cuts grease but doesn't dry out the wood and salt has been used for centuries as a disinfectant and also brings up the protecting oils of the wood. The wooden decks of old ships were scrubbed daily with salt water. And I use baking soda on my plastic cutting boards before washing with dishwashing soap and hot water.

74. If your hair turns green from chlorine in swimming pools, just shampoo as usual but add 1/4 cup baking soda to your shampoo.

75. I put a pinch of baking soda in my spaghetti sauce. It removes the acid taste from the tomatoes.

76. I soak thermoses with about 3 Tblsp. of baking soda and hot water. It takes out coffee and tea stains.

77. I also sprinkle some into the dry thermos before put the cover back on and store it. It keeps it fresh. JUST make sure to rinse out the baking soda before you fill it next time.

78. My daughter is incontinent.... I found that if I mixed half and half baking soda and talcum powder and put it in the special bin in the bathroom we have for her used incontinence pads it takes all the smell of urine out of my bathroom.

79. I use it to unclog my 1920s kitchen sink. I pour about 1/4 cup on the drain and run boiling water over it.
Repeat if needed. It's much more effective and eco-friendly than Drano and the like.

80. I have found that if I put a tablespoon of baking soda in a large pot of beans while soaking them, the 'flatulence' caused by the beans is kept to a minimum.

81. I have used a paste of baking soda to clean the bottom of my iron. Haven't found anything else that works as well.

82. Instead of buying expensive cat litter, I buy the cheapest and add a box of baking soda. The box is easier to clean and there is little smell!!

83. I use baking soda on a damp sponge to wash off water spots from spigots. I spray bleach water in my toilet, sprinkle with baking soda, scrub as usual...sparkling clean.

84. Baking soda paste will have your drip pans shining. If they are really bad, dissolve about a cup in warm water in a large pot. Place drip pans in solution and boil for about 3 mins. Let cool and then scrub the drip pans. Sparkle!

85. To clean your kitty's pan, soak for 10 mins. half filled with water and about a cup of vinegar. Dump the water and scrub pan with baking soda and a damp paper towel. Dry with a new paper towel and it is fresh and ready to fill.

86. Use it to clean your coffee pot, run dissolved through coffee maker and two more runs with fresh water.

87. For room deodorizer, you might prefer some scent. To do this, put some baking soda in a bowl, add 1-2 drops of fragrance oil, then stir, using the back of the spoon to distribute well. Now you can use it the same way you would potpourri, and cost much, much less to do it!

88. I pour baking soda on anything that overflows onto the oven floor and leave it be. When I have time, about twice a year, I use a spatula (pancake turner) to lift the gunk and the baking soda off the bottom of the oven and than wipe it out with a damp cloth. Lots less work that "cleaning the oven" and the baking soda makes all the nasty stuff lift out so easily.

89. I mix a teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of Epsom salt in a glass of water to alkalinize my entire body and clean my blood stream.

90. To relieve an upset stomach put a pinch of baking soda and a pinch of salt into a cup of mint tea. It's not the best tasting thing in the world but it will ease and relieve an upset stomach.

91. 90% of all Asian restaurants tenderize their inferior grades (less tender cuts) of beef and pork used in Chinese dishes, etc. with baking soda. It can be applied several ways. You can mix some baking soda and water and let the meat soak in it for several hours in the refrigerator. Later, you must rinse the meat thoroughly to get rid of the soda residue and taste. The meat will become very tender, but you must ensure
the soda taste or residue is removed. You can also sprinkle baking soda directly on the meat. Let it set for several hours in the refrigerator. Next, rinse the meat thoroughly to get rid of the soda taste and residue.

92. It also takes kool-aid stains out of counter tops.

93. I even clean windows with it. I just take a damp cloth and touch the cloth to baking soda in a bowl. Then scrub the window. Wipe with vinegar.

94. It works great to defeat feminine odour problems. Just sprinkle a bit on a panty liner and wear as usual.

95. Takes permanent marker off of sneaky 2 year olds skin.... and fridge... and washer... and dryer.... and dishwasher.... and floor..... and....

96. When you are washing your car add some baking soda to a wet sponge and apply it to the dead bugs on your windshield and front end. Also do the same to tar spots.

97. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on my hands after chopping onions, then rinse with cool water.
Takes the odour away immediately! I also sprinkle it over my cutting boards to remove onion odour.

98. My 6-year-old son LOVES to play lab and make "formula". I mix baking soda with vinegar and food colouring. It sizzles and foams you can mix a little dish soap for more foam. It's a cheap way to entertain kids on rainy days.

99. My husband uses it as an alkalinity increaser for our swimming pool... it is exactly the same thing as the speciality product sold for that purpose, and is much cheaper.

100. You can age copper to a brown penny look by putting a Hot Water and Baking Soda mixture into a spray bottle and applying for several days and wiping. Eventually it will age the copper 10 to 50 years. Be sure that the mixture is such that when you add more baking soda to the hot water it no longer dissolves.

101. One pint of peroxide to two tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of dish soap will take skunk smell off your pet. It works fantastically.

102. I learned this from a make-up artist when I suffered from bad acne. For boils and large pimples make a paste out of baking soda and water. Pack it on the infected spot and it works to draw the infection.

103. Use a generous sprinkling of dry baking soda in your shoes to keep them smelling fresh.

104. Give teddy bears and other stuffed animals a "shower" with baking soda. Sprinkle on, wait a while, brush off excess. Keeps them from getting so grungy!

105. When I get a minor burn (1st degree burns) from ironing or from my oven while baking. Take baking soda and water make a thick paste that I apply to the burn; leave one until it dries. It takes the pain away.

106. Another excellent use for baking soda is for mouth ulcers and cold sores. Simply mix a teaspoon of baking soda with 100ml of water and use as a gargle. For cold sores use the same solution however dab directly onto the cold sore using a cotton bud. Do this at least twice a day. Good luck.

107. No need to buy a new chalkboard or repaint it when your young one colours on it with crayon. Use baking soda with a damp sponge and rub. This restores it to new condition in seconds. Rinse it clean and dry.

108. Sprinkle small amount of Baking Soda onto palm, add a little water, and wash face. Leaves the skin feeling as though you had used a moisturiser. Test the difference by only washing one side of face, rinse, towel dry... then check the difference in skin softness.

109. I've always had a really hard time getting a close shave. I've found that using a bit of baking soda mixed with water and scrubbing my face immediately before shaving helps remove oil from whiskers, making it easier for the razor to 'grab' them. It also works well to leave the soda on the face and apply shaving cream on top (although if you take your time shaving, it may start to sting a little before you finish).

110. I use baking soda to remove splinters. Make a paste of baking soda and water, and place the paste on a Band-Aid. Apply the Band-Aid to the affected area and leave for about 24 h. When you remove the Band-Aid, the splinter will be sticking out above the skin and can be pulled out easily. I once got a shard of glass in my toe that was so deeply imbedded that I couldn't even see it. It took three days and three changes of the baking soda Band-Aid, but it came out. I was amazed to see that the shard was about 1 cm long!
I can't remember if I got this idea out of a book or if I discovered it myself, but it works every time. It is great with kids, who for some reason regard splinter removal with terror.

111. I use it to clean vases with narrow necks. Fill the vase halfway with part water, part vinegar. Add baking soda and watch it fizzle the inside clean.

112. Automatic dishwasher detergent: Fill the cup with baking soda and pour in bleach on top of it. Your dishes will sparkle.

113. I use baking soda in the washer when washing my clothes for deer hunting. It takes away any unwanted scent out of your clothes. I've been using it for this purpose for years with great success, and it's much cheaper than paying 10 dollars and up for other hunting clothes detergent.

114. I got this tip from reading Little House On The Prairie! Add a teaspoon or so to your pot of dried beans while boiling. Beans will cook in record time.

115. Baking soda paste mixed with the same amount of ashes make hard backed hazy glass fireplace doors clean and brand new looking wipe off with newspaper.

116. When brewing tea, add a generous pinch of soda for each 2-quart pitcher of tea to take out any bitterness. Drop the soda directly in the brewed tea before you combine it with water in the pitcher. Make sure the pot isn't still on the burner brewing. Makes a great brew!

117. I use Baking Soda to help clean unglazed ceramic stoneware, i.e. pizza stones. Directions say not to use soap or detergent when cleaning because it will flavour foods. I sprinkle baking soda on, add water, and rub with a cloth. It removes odours, grease, and keeps it looking like new.

118. I have very oily skin. I like to mix Noxzema and a little Baking Soda. Mix it together so that it is evenly distributed and place it on your face. Let it dry and it makes your skin feel fabulous--while on your face and after you wash it off. It takes out the oil and makes your skin look wonderful!

119. I'd left a couple of blankets in the trunk of my car for a year...along with some rotting wood, an old tire and other nasty car stuff. I washed the blankets with detergent and bleach but the musty/funky smell wouldn't go away. Then I tried Baking-Soda and Vinegar (unmeasured...just desperate pouring), and they came out smelling new. I'm never using bleach again.

120. Another way to keep cool is to baking soda in your bed before you go to sleep. I don't know what this does but I do it quite often in the summer months and I keep quite cool.

121. I use baking soda to clean my wood decks every year. Wet the deck, sprinkle on the baking soda and scrub with a soft brush to work up a foam. Let set 10-15 min, then rinse. Kills green mould well and won't damage the wood. I use a brush on a pole that is used for car washing.

122. Dissolve baking soda in water, soak dog scarves, hang outside on line to dry. Tie dried scarf around dogs' neck. Almost eliminates doggy odour entirely. I do up a bunch all at once and change as needed.

123. If you have a small fire you need to put out baking soda with vinegar around the fire will do the job.

124. Substitute 1/4 tsp. baking soda, 1/4 tsp. cornstarch plus 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar for 1 tsp. baking powder.

125. In the same manner it can be applied to acne, the paste made from baking soda and a little water also works nicely applied to problem areas such as rosacea and viral or herpes-related pus modules (but do not scrub; the damaged skin is too sensitive for even baking soda's gentle abrasion); it helps dry out the pus much better than any expensive medication and feels gentler.

126. Baking soda paste, when used as a scrub, also seems to help nail fungus for sweeter feet. I had this problem and was told to soak my feet in a solution of Clorox and water. I found out baking soda works better anyway; I skip the Clorox altogether and my feet feel much better for it.

Baking Soda/Bicarbonate of Soda is NOT suitable for acne prone skin types and/or those with broken or overly sensitive skin. Do Not apply any type of deodorant after shaving. As with anything you put on your skin and/or scalp always perform a patch test first!

Next week we get a little FRUITY!!!
Yes... I mean Bananas, Lemons, Strawberries, Papayas & Blueberries with a little Sugar & Spice...

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Yoghurt - not just for eating anymore:
Why purchase all those expensive, high priced, high street AHA creams when you can get wholesome benefits & nutrients at a fraction of the cost by using fresh yoghurt mixed with FRESH fruit and/or Honey?

What's in it for you?
Yoghurt contains zinc, calcium, Vitamins B1, B2, B6 & B12, protein, yeast and AHA (alpha hydroxyacid). An example of an AHA is lactic acid/sodium lactate which some
use to soften their
lovely locs & tresses and smooth dry skin. AHAs are also a natural exfoliant, too. Lactic acid is found naturally in milk products & fruit.
Adding a tablespoon of fresh citrus fruit to your yoghurt mixture will help to restore the normal pH balance of skin & hair.

Yoghurt is:
1. Effective at drawing out impurities.
2. A natural way to exfoliate & reduce the size of your pores.
3. Great at reviving dull looking skin - especially after a good night out on the tiles.

Recipe time
Face mask recipe for Normal skin

Prep time required = 10 minutes

1. Take a small pot of plain or bio yoghurt
2. Add a quarter teaspoon of lemon or lime or orange or grapefruit juice.
3. For Dry Skin - Add a little dollop of honey or a teaspoon of brown sugar.

For Combination and Oily skin mix in a quarter teaspoon of either bentonite clay or rhassoul clay

4. Apply the mask to clean, dry skin (avoiding the eye area)
5. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes during this time prepare a bowl of warm water and add 2 drops of
Lavender Essential Oil or Chamomile Essential Oil
6. Remove the yoghurt with a face towel soaked in the warm water that contains essential oil
Simply rinse with warm water.
Your face will feel nice and soft.
Do this once a week for supple soft smooth skin.

Dry skin facial

Prep time required = 10 minutes

1. ½ cup plain or Bio Yoghurt
2. 1 tbsp Marula Oil or Watermelon Oil
3. 1 ½ tsp fresh Papaya fruit.

Mix all ingredients together.
Apply to face (avoiding the eye area) & neck area.
Leave it on for up to 10 minutes

Rinse off with warm water.
Say bye to the dry & enjoy the softness.
Repeat every other week to maintain your skin's softness.

Recipe for Cute Cuticles and Strong nail beds

Prep time required = 10 minutes

1. Half a cup of plain or Bio yoghurt
2. Juice of one very cold Lemon or 4 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
3. Half a teaspoon of Papaya Oil

Wash hands.
Mix the ingredients together.

Massage your hands and nails with the mixture.
Rinse and pat dry.
Do this every day for 2 weeks & you will notice how soft and supple your hands feel and how strong your nails are.

Yoghurt & Rhassoul Deep Conditioning Hair Mud Treatment
(relief for an itchy dry scalp)

What you will need:
* 2 Rhassoul condish cubes
* Plain or Bio Yoghurt
* 30 ml of hot water per cube

Prep time = 10 minutes

How to mix in 3 easy steps:
1. Place Rhassoul condish cube(s) in a heat resistant bowl
Be very careful when adding hot liquid.
Use the fork to break up the cube(s) & let it sit in the hot liquid for a minute.

2. As the mix starts to break up stir with fork until the cube(s) dissolves into a thick melted milk chocolate consistency. Use hand blender or whisk should you require a thicker texture.

3. Add 2 tablespoons of Yoghurt to the mix and stir

4. Ta-Da! Your mud is now ready.

Apply to your hair and scalp, cover with a disposable shower cap or cling film or nothing - it's your choice because it will not drip.

Leave the conditioning mud on:
15 - 20 mins for regular deep conditioning.
45 minutes for maximum deep conditioning.

Rinse thoroughly with warm water, dry & style as usual.
Your hair will be soft & fluffy for days!

Yoghurt in your hair as a prewash conditioner

Hair Mask Recipe - suitable for all hair types

Prep time required = 10 minutes

1. Take a small pot of natural or bio yoghurt
2. Add a quarter teaspoon of honey.
3. Add a couple of drops of your favourite hair loving essential oil
4. Put the mixture on your dry, clean hair
5. Cover with Cling Film
6. Leave on for 15 to 20 mins.
7. Rinse
8. Enjoy the softness

Not suitable for those with milk intolerance or Ovo-Lacto Vegetarians

Next week we will look at Baking Soda for the home, hair, skin, practically EVERYTHING!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Aspirin - Not just for headaches anymore!

100% pure aspirin - YES - pure aspirin can effectively relieve and/or clear dandruff and skin blemishes.

Why & what is it made of?
White Willow bark (INCI: Salix alba) was the original source of aspirin back in the day. Then it changed to Black Willow Bark (
INCI: Salix nigra) they took the Salicylic Acid out of the Willow Barks and synthesized it to form Aspirin - Bayer is the only commercial company to still use a large percentage of Salicylic Acid in their Aspirins meanwhile others have a 50/50 of Talc & Salicylic Acid.

According to "Preservatives for Cosmetics" by David Steinberg, Salicylic Acid also has anti microbial & fungicidal properties.

Used as a preservative:
A derivative of Salicylic Acid called Sodium salicylate is actually used as a food preservative. It doesn't stop there as it is also used as an antiseptic in mouthwashes and toothpastes.

Read the label - you'll find that Aspirin is already in commercial
Shampoos - why?
In some commercial anti-dandruff shampoos Salicylic Acid (a beta hydroxy acid - lipophylic (oil loving) ingredient) is usually added as an active ingredient to exfoliate the scalp. Some shampoos add a small percentage of Salicylic Acid and some add a higher percentage. However, it really depends on how high the commercial shampoo's pH is for the Salicylic Acid to really be effective against dandruff.

You only need to use a little to get rid of dandruff:
Crush ONE 100% pure aspirin tablet and add it to your shampoo then wash your hair as normal. Do this for 2 shampoos sessions and your dandruff will start to clear up.

Beta hydroxy acid (or BHA) contains Salicylic Acid and has been proven to be effective against bacteria that cause blemishes. All blemishes occur inside the skin, which disrupts normal oil production (sebum excretion), blocks pores causing inflammation - forming an active breeding ground for bacteria.
Salicylic acid's anti-inflammatory properties penetrates into the pores, "cuts" through the oil & keeps the oil production flowing.

Easy Peasy Recipes:

For Dandruff:
Prep time = 5 minutes
Crush two 100% pure aspirin tablets until they form a powder and add it to your shampoo. (as stated above)

Insect Bites:
Prep Time = 10 minutes

* Crush one 100% pure aspirin tablets until they form a powder
* Mix a dab of honey with a little water and a couple of drops of Lemon Grass Essential Oil
* Apply to the insect bites and stings

This mixture helps to control the inflammation.

For instant insect bite relief:

Prep Time = 5 minutes

* Wet the affected area
* Rub an aspirin over the affected area.

If the affected area gets worse or you suffer shortness of breath seek medical attention at once!

Prep Time = 15 minutes

* Crush six 100% pure aspirin tablets until they form a powder.
* Squeeze equal amounts of the juice of 1 Lemon with distilled water.
* Mix the crushed aspirin powder with the liquid to form a paste.
* Apply to the affected area(s)
* Wrap your foot/feet in a warm towel
* Cover with a plastic bag.
* Relax for 10 to 15 minutes
* Remove the bag & towel
* File with a pumice stone.

Prep Time = 15 minutes

* Crush one 100% pure aspirin tablets until it forms a powder.
* Mix with a teaspoon of water to form a paste (if it's really persistent then substitute the water for Yoghurt or Honey)
* Mix into a paste.
* Apply the paste to the affected area(s)
* Let it sit for a couple of minutes
* Rinse off with warm water to reduce the redness and soothe the skin.
* Repeat this once every other day or until the blemish dries and forms a hard layer which will eventually fall off.

Say bye-bye to Razor Bumps & Lumps:
Aspirin dislodges ingrown hairs & soothes bumps of all kinds like magic!
Inbetween waxing or shaving douse a cotton ball in a mixture of:
* One crushed aspirin (
Crush until it forms a powder.)
* One teaspoon of water
Apply it to the area .
You won't believe the results.
Remember aspirin is an anti-inflammatory.

Aspirin Concerns:
Do not apply aspirin externally if you are allergic to taking it internally.
Do not over use aspirin aka: Salicylic Acid because what it does is break up the cellular bonds on the surface of the scalp. If used TOO often it will penetrate straight through to the epidermal skin layers and cause way too much damage - too much of a good thing and all of that.
Use it in minimal amounts and you should be fine.

Next week Saturday we're going to be using yummy yoghurt to exfoliate from top to toe.