Where to bulk-buy bicarbonate of soda?
AngelDog · 26/01/2013 13:18
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.
KatyTheCleaningLady · 26/01/2013 15:24
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 · 26/01/2013 21:56
Do you live near a Chinese supermarket? I get mine there - about 2.50 for a big 3kg bag!
KatyTheCleaningLady · 26/01/2013 22:05
Wow! That really is cheap! I've heard they're also good for big jugs of vinegar.
KatyTheCleaningLady · 26/01/2013 22:14
Sometimes, it's the fastest way to clear a room! ;)
AngelDog · 26/01/2013 22:48
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 · 26/01/2013 22:48
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 · 26/01/2013 22:52
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!!!)
2mummies · 26/01/2013 23:04
Oooh, this is getting a bit more 'Saturday nightish' now. Who'd've thought, crack chemists on mumsnet!
AngelDog · 26/01/2013 23:07
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.
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. :)
bluecarrot · 26/01/2013 23:09
I saw it in either poundworld or poundland- I can't remember which! Yellow or orange box iirc. In cleaning section :)
thewhistler · 26/01/2013 23:12
It's wonderful for cleaning fridges too.
But I am also looking for a supply of white vinegar.
AngelDog · 27/01/2013 00:29
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 · 27/01/2013 00:33
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
fallenangle · 27/01/2013 00:39
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 · 27/01/2013 08:22
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.
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 · 27/01/2013 09:34
What's the best thing for old (slightly dull and scratched) stainless steel sinks?
Follyfoot · 27/01/2013 09:47
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 · 27/01/2013 15:24
Foly, that was a really useful link - thank you. :) I have some soda crystals already - I'd not thought to use them for degreasing.
2mummies · 27/01/2013 22:31
Just bumping this up because it's absurdly fascinating! And because no-one's advised me in the sink I mentioned!
HerLadyshipsSoap · 28/01/2013 19:12
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.
Follyfoot · 30/01/2013 17:59
We're a sad lot arent we 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.
AngelDog · 30/01/2013 19:55
Do you use warm water or cold for soaking with soda crystals?
I found 450g baking soda in Poundworld today, though it was called Baking Soda, which I think is the US name for it.
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