Tip Tuesday: Baking Soda as Mouthwash!?

I guess I have my mom to thank for this latest Tip Tuesday because she asked me about using baking soda as a mouthwash after seeing a segment on the Dr. Oz show. I was at work when the episode aired, but once I Googled it there were of course thousands of entries on the subject.

At first I thought why would anyone want to rinse their mouth out with baking soda. It tastes horrible. But then again sometimes so does the manufactured store brand of mouthwash. In my experience there are certain brands that either taste like straight alcohol or bubble gum. So why not add baking soda flavor, it couldn’t hurt right?

So I thought I’d do some research and give it a try. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, which comes from soda ash. Soda ash is refined from trona ore, a natural deposit in the earth. Essentially the trona ore is mined and processed until its make up is that of the baking soda we are familiar with in powder and other forms. Now that I’ve gone all Bill Nye Science Guy on you, what can’t you use baking soda for? The answer is nothing really.

Baking soda as mouthwash!? It can be done. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Baking soda as mouthwash!? It can be done.
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It has a slightly salty taste, is used in baking and mostly household cleaning. But over the years I’ve used baking soda to freshen stinky shoes, to get teeth squeaky clean, as an antacid, to clean the bathroom, freshen smelly towels, on the carpet, etc. I could go on, but maybe I’ll save some for a future Tip Tuesday. So it’s easy to see that using baking soda as a mouthwash could be the ticket to fresher breath.

Well when I decided to make my own I hit up Google again and this time went to the brand most people trust — Arm & Hammer and wouldn’t you know they had a “recipe” for the mouthwash.

All you need is a teaspoon of baking soda mixed into a half a glass of water until the baking soda dissolves. Swish it around in your mouth and spit it out. It’s important that you don’t swallow it. I mean if a little goes down, it won’t taste good, but it won’t kill you. That’s it. Odors are neutralized.

Mix half a glass of water with a half a teaspoon of baking soda and there you have it. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Mix half a glass of water with a half a teaspoon of baking soda and there you have it.
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Pour into a container with a lid and the mouthwash is good for 24 hours. I wouldn’t use it beyond that. Plus you can easily make another batch. This mouthwash is good for the whole family. It’s safe for your child that’s just learning to brush his or her teeth. Just swish it around for 30 to 60 seconds and spit. They can follow the mouthwash with some plain rinse water (Note: if your child isn’t old enough to swish then just put a little of the mouthwash on a soft toothbrush and brush their teeth, gums and tongue with it).

Just pour a half a teaspoon into your water and you have mouthwash. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Just pour a half a teaspoon into your water and you have mouthwash.
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Now if you want to take it a step further to kill some bacteria and possibly prevent bacteria and gum disease just add a pinch of salt.

You can see in my photos I didn’t use Arm & Hammer, but I say use what you’ve got on hand. If you are wondering if I tried it. Yes. I did and it didn’t taste at all like salt, just plain water. However, when I ran my tongue over my teeth there was a slightly salty taste there. Now here’s to a clean, freshened mouth. Say cheese!

As always if you like this tip or have your own tip using baking soda, tag me using #TipTuesday via facebook, instagram or twitter.

Tip Tuesday: Mean Green Lemon Clean

Well first off, it’s been a while since I last wrote a post. What can I say, but life has gotten hectic with baby Walker on the way (7 weeks to go). I know, wait until she gets here then the crazy can begin. At any rate I thought I should start September off with a fresh start and what says fresh better than lemons.

I’ve been cleaning in preparation for baby and thinking about ways to clean without using so many toxic chemicals. I’m not planning to go completely green, but the fewer number of chemicals we use, the better. I started in the kitchen and then it hit me as I was washing my hands with my Bath & Body Works lemon scented soap. Why don’t I clean with lemons?

Years ago I read a book by Heloise about cleaning using lemons and it all came flooding back to me. I could use lemons to clean my microwave.

Now let me warn you my microwave had gotten pretty grimy. Tell me I’m not the only one whose microwave looks like pizza, spaghetti sauce and toast had a baby. There were crumbs and so many other bits that I am sad to say I let it get that way.

Before lemons saved my grimy microwave. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Before lemons saved my grimy microwave. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

So I planned to get lemons while at the produce market and as I glanced at the reduced bin of vegetables and fruit that were just about to get the axe I see two lemons sitting on top for 15 cents each. Bingo. I mean why not save some money in the process?

Before I got to slicing away at my lemons I decided to give them a roll on the counter to get more juice out of them. If you didn’t know now you do. Rolling lemons or placing them in the microwave for a few seconds yields more juice. But since I was going to slice them and microwave them I just went straight for the roll method.

Rolling lemons on the counter yields more juice. Bonus if you're using reduced lemons and they are nearly dried up. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Rolling lemons on the counter yields more juice. Bonus if you’re using reduced lemons, like I did and they are nearly dried up. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

I sliced those babies up, filled a recycled egg drop soup container with water and hit 2 minutes on the microwave. When 2 minutes didn’t quite do it, I added another 2 minutes. When I opened the microwave it smelled great and the steam from the lemon water loosened the gunk.

Sliced lemons that are about to get a "sauna" treatment in the microwave. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Sliced lemons that are about to get a “sauna” treatment in the microwave. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

After carefully removing my lemon water, I was able to take a sponge and wipe the ceiling of the microwave and the walls. Some areas needed a little extra scrubbing. A couple of times I dipped my sponge into the water and used a few toothpicks to sort of unearth some stuck on food from the cracks. While the glass turntable soaked in some vinegar and water in the sink I scrubbed away.

Lemons in a bit of water and 2 minutes (or longer) in the microwave makes for a clean surface. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Lemons in a bit of water for 2 minutes (or longer) in the microwave makes for a clean surface. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

I think I did a great job and the microwave actually looked brand new.

Here's half the microwave cleaned with lemons and water after about 4 minutes. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Here’s half the microwave cleaned with lemons and water after about 4 minutes. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

 

Here's the after of the microwave using lemons and water to steam clean the grime. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Here’s the after of the microwave using lemons and water to steam clean the grime. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/


Tip: If four minutes just didn’t cut it, simply add two more minutes.

Tip: Let the water sit for a few seconds so it doesn’t erupt when you remove the container and continue scrubbing if the gunk doesn’t come clean the first time.

Tip: I plan to use a tad bit of the leftover lemon water, mixed with some vinegar to clean my kitchen sink and the baseboards in my bathroom.

Now this is a heckuva Tip Tuesday (tips all over the place). Hope you like the idea of Tip Tuesday where I’ll be featuring cleaning hacks, beauty tips, Pinterest finds, etc. every Tuesday (hopefully, cross your fingers).

As always if you try any or all of these tips, let me know via instagram, twitter or facebook by tagging me and using #TipTuesday.