Where to bulk-buy bicarbonate of soda?

(28 Posts)
AngelDog Sat 26-Jan-13 13:18:04

I've had it online from Summer Naturals before, but I was wondering whether I can get it anywhere cheaper, or without having to pay for postage.

Any ideas?

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 26-Jan-13 15:24:08

Well, you can get it on eBay pretty cheap. I just checked and someone is selling it for £4.35 a kilo, including postage.

farrowandballs Sat 26-Jan-13 21:56:09

Do you live near a Chinese supermarket? I get mine there - about 2.50 for a big 3kg bag!

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 26-Jan-13 22:05:37

Wow! That really is cheap! I've heard they're also good for big jugs of vinegar.

2mummies Sat 26-Jan-13 22:11:23

Are you making bombs or something?! wink

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 26-Jan-13 22:14:20

Sometimes, it's the fastest way to clear a room! ;)

AngelDog Sat 26-Jan-13 22:48:03

I like the Chinese supermarket idea - none here, but I think there's one near where my parents live so I'll investigate that. Sounds very cheap - Summer Naturals is £4 for 2kg (cheaper /kg for bigger quantities) but you have to pay £7 postage.

I use it with vinegar for cleaning, laundry and de-greasing pans.

AngelDog Sat 26-Jan-13 22:48:50

I'll ask if they do vinegar too - I normally buy it from Wilko's but I bet you can get it cheaper in bulk.

2mummies Sat 26-Jan-13 22:52:28

This sounds good. Natural cleaning stuff (and useful for bombs I expect!) How do you use it? What parts do you mix it to? (Oh how my Saturday nights have changed these past few years!!!)

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 26-Jan-13 22:55:32

It's also useful in the manufacturing of crack!

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2mummies Sat 26-Jan-13 23:04:46

Oooh, this is getting a bit more 'Saturday nightish' now. Who'd've thought, crack chemists on mumsnet! wink

AngelDog Sat 26-Jan-13 23:07:08

Ooh, Saturday nights here are fun too - though I've yet to do the bombs/crack experiments - must add them to my to-do list. grin

With pots & pans, I have a flour shaker with bicarb in, and shake it over greasy roasting tins. I spray with 50:50 white vinegar/water, then rinse off just before washing. We're on a weird high-fat eating plan so we have lots of greasy tins.

For laundry I use soapnuts in the washing machine drum and 1 tbs each of bicarb & vinegar in the dispenser drawer for extra cleaning power.

I also use it for cleaning plugholes - shake bicarb over the plughole, add vinegar or vinegar/water for fizz.

And bicarb is supposed to be good for stains / smells on things like carpet - sprinkle over, leave to dry and then hoover up.

It's good for making erupting volcano models with toddlers too. smile

bluecarrot Sat 26-Jan-13 23:09:43

I saw it in either poundworld or poundland- I can't remember which! Yellow or orange box iirc. In cleaning section smile

thewhistler Sat 26-Jan-13 23:12:52

It's wonderful for cleaning fridges too.

But I am also looking for a supply of white vinegar.

AngelDog Sun 27-Jan-13 00:29:09

Ah, I'll check out the poundshop then - we have at least one of the above here.

Yes, bicarb and vinegar combo is good for cleaning out the tube that runs out of the bottom of the fridge.

herewegoloubylou Sun 27-Jan-13 00:33:38

I stick it in the bath - it stops itching (chicken pox etc), relaxes you and promotes sweating (tmi, sorry) so you sleep better.

Thanks for tips on where to buy and other cleaning tips

drownangels Sun 27-Jan-13 00:38:57

Just get your chemist to order it for you.

fallenangle Sun 27-Jan-13 00:39:01

Angel, you clean the tube that runs out of the bottom of the fridge?? I'm not sure whether to admire you or suggest you get out more.
Doesn't vinegar (acid) cancel out bicarb (alkali)?

AngelDog Sun 27-Jan-13 08:22:07

fallen, only when it got so full of gunk it grew an alternative lifeform in the tray at the bottom and stank out our whole kitchen took at least a week for us to track down the smell. I'm actually a slattern, me. grin

Dunno about the acid/alkaline, but the combination of the two fizzes very nicely.

herewego, yes, I've heard it recommended for detox baths too.

2mummies Sun 27-Jan-13 09:34:56

What's the best thing for old (slightly dull and scratched) stainless steel sinks?

Follyfoot Sun 27-Jan-13 09:47:21

You could buy Soda Crystals AngelDog. Its Sodium Carbonate rather than Sodium Bicarbonate. Fab de-greaser for just about everything and good in your washing, but I wouldnt sit in a bath of it! Comes in big bags from supermarkets, Wilkos etc. More here

AngelDog Sun 27-Jan-13 15:24:35

Foly, that was a really useful link - thank you. smile I have some soda crystals already - I'd not thought to use them for degreasing.

2mummies Sun 27-Jan-13 22:31:22

Just bumping this up because it's absurdly fascinating! And because no-one's advised me in the sink I mentioned!

HerLadyshipsSoap Mon 28-Jan-13 19:12:11

I was just about to start a thread about how brilliant soda crystals are - 69p for a big bag in Tesco. I've just cleaned my teapot and its like new. All that brown tanin gunk has gone. It was a very satisfying (rare) cleaning moment. smile

Follyfoot Wed 30-Jan-13 17:59:34

We're a sad lot arent we grin Soda crystals are great for porridge pans - the milky sticky gunk just slithers off after a bit of soaking.

Re sinks, that Barkeepers Friend is supposed to be brilliant.

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