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Green Products-Using Soda Crystals around the home

By Edited Mar 29, 2016 5 7

In the fifties in the UK, few householders would not have used soda crystals around the home. With an ever increasing array of cleaning products and appliances, somewhere along the line the use of soda crystals declined.

In the 21st Century many traditional cleaning agents are experiencing a resurgence in popularity. One such product is Soda Crystals.

Buying Soda Crystals

Soda Crystals used to be bought in a box, a little like washing powder. These days they are more often purchased in a tough, sealed, plastic bag. Personally, I think that once you have opened the bag, the unused contents need storing in an appropriate container. This will pevent moisture having contact with the product.

Make sure that you use a container, which will be suitable for such storage, and keep it for this use in the future. Once you have stored soda crystals, in such a container, it should not be used for other products.

Although Soda Crystals are still not easily purchased, they are available in some supermarkets, small store and bargain shops.

Soda Crystal uses

The most common use for soda crsytals, in the past, was to add to hard water when doing the laundry, as a water softener. As I live in an area with very hard water, this is useful for me.

However there are other uses such as:

  • To clean grill pans, casserole dishes and any other such item that has congealed food stuck to it. Use a hot strong solution of soda for this.
  • Use a milder warm solution to clean grease from work tops, hobs and ovens.
  • Use a warm solution on floor tiles in the kitchen and the bathroom. The strength of the solution will depend on how dirty the tiles are and what they are made from.
  • Sprinkle a light covering of dry soda crystals over your garden paths and patio to remove green stains and moss patches. Add a sprinkling of water to wet the crystals and leave for a day if possible. You should be able to simply sweep the green away as you sweep the crystals up. Rinse thoroughly afterward.
  • Adding a large amount of soda crystals to a drain can help keep it flowing and free from blockages. Use around 500gs and flush with hot water.
  • In hard water areas add a small amount of soda crystals to your powder dispenser. This will enable you to reduce the amount of powder you are using, to that which would be used in a soft water area. Take care with delicate fabrics.
  • Pre-soak filthy materials in a soda crystal solution before washing as normal.
  • Add soda crystals to your wash to shift stubborn stains.

Warnings

  • Irritant
  • Always follow the maker's instructions.
  • Follow safety advice and know what to do in the event of an accident.
  • If you have sensitive skin wear suitable rubber gloves.
  • If you are unsure if the material to be cleaned is suitable , test on a small inconspicuos area.
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets
  • Do not breathe in the dust
  • Irritating to eyes.
  • Poison
  • Do not use on varnished, lacquered or aluminium surfaces
  • Must not be swallowed
  • Not to be used in drinking water.
  • Store in a cool place.

Contains

  • Sodium carbonate
  • Decahydrate greater thean 30%
  • Is biodegradable

Finally

Soda crystals are cheap to buy and there is little wonder they are making a comeback. They are a greener product than many modern cleaning agents.

You must exercise caution though, unless you are familiar with using soda crystals. For instance, it is possible to add a tiny amount to bath water to soften it, remove tea staining from mugs and teapots, clean paintwork and even clean gutters.

The best advice is to start with the easy objects to clean. If you are happy with the results investigate what else you can use the crystals for.

Most items need a thorough rinse after cleaning, in order to remove any left over soda.

The great thing about soda crystals is that they are cheap, long lasting, have many uses and are less harmful to the environment. Just make sure that you follow the safety advice.

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Comments

Jan 18, 2010 9:11am
classicalgeek
I had to look this up on Amazon.com to discover it is also called "Washing Soda". According to the product description there:

Soda Crystals can be used to dissolve grease, soften water, loosen dirt and reduce acidity. Traditionally, Soda Crystals were used for cleaning and laundry and can even be used in cooking. Soda Crystals are recommended for use in cleaning clothes, gardens & patios, kitchens & bathrooms and fabulous on grease. Soda Crystals are gentle and effective but it's recommended to use gloves when using this product to protect your skin and soda crystals should not be used on aluminium. Soda Crystals are biodegradable and don't contain any phosphates, enzymes or bleach making it an eco-friendly alternative to conventional cleaning products and it's safe to use in septic tanks and has not been tested on animals. Uses of Dri-Pak Soda Crystals: * Cleans cookers and worktops * Teapots or cups * Chopping boards * Soda Crystals descale kettles * Cleans silverware * Dissolves grease & grime in plugholes & wastepipes & unblocks drains * Soda Crystals remove grease from cooker hoods & filters * Cooking veg & steaming fruit * Descale & clean toilets * Cleans floor tiles, grout, paintwork, blinds, cane furniture * Removes mildew from shower curtains * Clears moss from paths & wooden decking * Cleans BBQs * Soda Crystals clean wheelie bins * Laundry - softens water, cleans machine, removes stains on laundry - grease, blood, ink, tea and coffee stains, nappies

Seems very useful--I will have to get some!
May 18, 2010 7:17am
Brooktop
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Jun 1, 2010 2:49pm
Lynsuz
Will have to find me some of this. An all around cleaning agent. Thanks
Jun 1, 2010 2:59pm
Infowriter
What a helpful article about Green Products-Using Soda Crystals around the home. I need this kind of products to use, thanks for sharing. It truly deserves a 5* rating and recommendation!
Sep 14, 2010 2:00pm
ethelsmith
Thanks all. Classicalgeek, you have found many more uses. Great job
Oct 24, 2010 11:45pm
aidenofthetower
I have to give you a thumbs up. In a day and age where we are looking at how the things we do effect the earth it is good to know that there are simple solutions that work. Commercialism is the number one reason that so many people stopped using soda crystals, vinegar, baking soda, and other simple cleansers! These things work and they are better for us!
Dec 14, 2010 12:25am
Don21
Great! Thumbs up to crystal they are the best
Mar 25, 2013 4:24am
brucewayne123
Thanks for the information.. Soda crystals also have many uses like baking soda.
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