Soap / baking soda

topic posted Sun, February 8, 2009 - 6:30 PM by  AnahataDas
i was watching a video from raw spirit festival and one lady was talking about how we could use baking soda instead of soap.
anyone experienced this? ihave been using it some.. not bad..
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  • Re: Soap / baking soda

    Wed, February 11, 2009 - 10:24 AM
    My pits don't get nearly so smelly after I wash them with baking soda rather than soap!
    As long as I wear cotton and/or wool shirts, I don't get BO. (And I don't use deodorant)

    I've noticed my skin doesn't get so dry and itchy since I've switched to BS for skin care. We only keep soap around because it's more convenient for hand washing at the sink.

    Also I use BS on the roots of my oil-prone hair.
    It cuts the grease so I don't have to shampoo 3x like I used to- just once now!
    I end up saving products AND the hot water flowing by.

    Nice and cheap- though I have to wonder,
    Where does it come from? What's it made of???? What is the manufacturing process like?
    • Re: Soap / baking soda

      Wed, February 11, 2009 - 10:31 AM
      I started using baking soda as a hair rinse to control psoriasis on my scalp. After one week, my symptoms were gone! There has also been some really interesting cancer treatments by an oncologist in Italy using baking soda (

      from Wikipedia:
      The ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of natron, a mixture consisting mostly of sodium carbonate decahydrate and sodium bicarbonate. The natron was used as a cleansing agent like soap.

      In 1791, a French chemist produced sodium bicarbonate as we know it today. But it was only in 1846 that two New York bakers, John Dwight and Austin Church, developed the process of making baking soda from sodium carbonate and carbon dioxide.[1] Each started a company, and the two companies later merged to form Church & Dwight, the makers of Arm & Hammer baking soda.

      Sodium bicarbonate may also be used as an anti-fungal for dandruff caused by fungus.[citation needed]

      Sodium bicarbonate is being used by many as an alternative to commercial deodorants and anti-perspirants. This may be due to a growing, media-spread concern that most commercially available products contain cancer-causing ingredients.

      Sodium bicarbonate is also being used as an alternative to shampoo; one of the many reasons for this is widespread awareness of the impact of plastic shampoo bottles on the environment.
      • Re: Soap / baking soda

        Thu, February 12, 2009 - 11:39 PM
        Yup, it's the very best for armpits and the scalp.
        After using it exclusively for years, I would occasionally get a slight reddening in the armpits though, perhaps from abrasive action, so I tried applying coconut oil too and that did the trick! I sometimes use just one or the other. Coconut oil is also considered anti-fungal.
        For feet/toenails and hands/fingernails, soaking in or just rubbing on apple cider vinegar works wonders for me. Then an application of coconut oil protects the skin. Soaking in Bsoda helped my feet only somewhat but vinegar is the athlete's-foot cure for my paws.
        Good luck experimenting. These are just food products... go figure :)
        • Re: Soap / baking soda

          Wed, February 25, 2009 - 9:21 PM
          Just out of curiosity how do you apply it?Just a shake from the box or ?Sounds like a great alternative to me.I use pears at the moment but always looking for alternatives to generalized thinking. D.
          • Re: Soap / baking soda

            Thu, February 26, 2009 - 6:47 AM
            Yep, just a shake out of the box.
            Some people have systems for pre-diluting it, but I haven't seen the benefit in that.
            I'm lazy. And it works the same right out of the box.
  • Great thread. My doctor told me not to bath daily and not to use soap. She said the dead skin on your skin is a protective layer. I then tried bathing every other day and used my hands and water to wash (except for feet, groin ears and hands). Then I thought about using a cup of warm water and a TBS of baking soda. I figured it would make the water less sharp (more silky) and might help cut through my oily skin. It worked and then I rinse and pat dry. I can't believe how well it works on everything, hair to feet. I also use it to shave in the show once my beard is softened by the water.

    I fill up a litre bottle with hot tap water and BS and when it cools and the extra BS has settled, I filled a small Dollar Store spray bottle and that is what i use as a spray on body soap. I keep toping up the litre bottle as necessary till there is no more noticeable BS settling on the bottom.

    We have used BS and some Xylitol as my tooth paste for two years now and our teeth are clean of tarter and neither I nor my wife have needed an annual professional cleaning.

    I have used my BS and xylitol spay as a deodorant (not too much xylitol or you will feel sticky and too much is a cost waste) and I make sure the pits and other parts are air dried before dressing (pat dried first)). Even after a hockey game my wife says I don't smell.

    We also throw a heaping TB into the wash and a tsp in with the dish water.

    I suspect if it will be better to bath our little guy in the plastic baby tubs with a TB or two. He could splash round in it while M/D drizzles the water and bath him using only our hands lightly. This is what gt me to search out info on BS washing.

    I'm not sure the effect of not rinsing with clear water. Tomorrow, I will do a final spray and not rinse and see what happens. There won't really be that much left on the skin, eh?
    • For regular use on the teeth this can be too corrosive and erode the enamel, though i believe it's ok as a rinse, it's just rubbing it in that abrades the teeth. Same with salt, this is a great rinse and probably ok to brush with when dissolved in water so it is no longer in sharp little crystals.
      Fine bentonite clay is also a good medium for toothpaste, can be combined with powdered herbs which are beneficial for the teeth.
      I still use soap for my hands but the rest of my body i mostly use raw apple cider vinegar, this helps replentish the skins natural bacteria population after washing with soap too.
      The big anti soap crusade i have been working on is shampoo. I have not used shampoo in 5 years and my hair has never been healthier! Even as a child we always used 'natural' shampoos, and only twice a week, so limited in toxins, but still sodium lauryl sulphate. My scalp was always incredibly itchy from the oil being stripped out, and then too oily. I started doing shampoo every 2 weeks and that improved things, but when i actually did the shampoo i was still in misery for a couple days... and my hair was really difficult to deal with, really tangly.
      Then my friend told me she just didn't use any shampoo, her hair looked great, i was on my way to the shower and just never used it again! My hair was, as forwarned, pretty greasy for the next month as my scalp continued to overcompensate, expecting it's oils to be stripped away. I washed it with hot water every day and continued my usual practice of rubbing a few drops of rosemary essential oil into the roots. One day after about a month i washed it and it just evened out and has stayed in balance ever since.
      Well, if i'm out in the woods with only cold creek water and i'm not inspired to wash more frequently than a month, it does get a little oily, but not like it would had i been using shampoo.
      Now i wash with apple cider vinegar (preferably infused with herbs) diluted honey and or tea of rosemary and sage. Blondes should use tea of lavender or chamomile. Honey is good as the last thing put on the hair, and let to sit for a minute before rinsing.
      Sometimes i'll use an egg to get it really clean, which works just like shampoo because it is an emulsifier. An emulsifier blends oil and water based liquids together, which of course normally would separate. So by massaging it into the scalp, the oils blend with the egg, then the water is able to carry the oil and egg all out together. I actually mix the vinegar into the egg with some sort of oil which is good for the hair... hemp, coconut, sesame, olive. May seem like a lot of work, but better than buying shampoo... and i only do this a few time a year. Vinegar and honey is sufficient the rest of the time.
      The only reason i haven't gotten into baking soda, although i'm sure it works great (for deodorant too) is it's another thing produced in a laboratory than i cannot make myself! Vinegar is easy, put fruit juice in a jar for a few months... bees and chickens are easy to raise too.

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