A plastic-free life? That sounds crazy and utopian. Especially when you keep looking at the pictures of huge mountains of plastic waste in the ocean. It's the images that we can keep following. A pile of plastic garbage as far as the eye can see. But that's only the visible part of this misery. 99% of this plastic is located below the sea surface. A situation that is alarming in times of climate change and sustainability. It is the result of our incredibly high consumption of plastic products all over the world. But also the inadequate recycling, so that a lot of plastic is simply thrown away and finds its way into our nature. But it doesn't belong there. The negative sides of this phenomenon are many. Dead whales whose stomachs are full of plastic or birds that get tangled in the piles of rubbish and whose only way out seems to be death. Unfortunately, many products on the market are still mostly made of plastic. When you take a tour of your own apartment, you notice how many articles there are actually. So is a plastic-free life just pure utopia? At least there are ways to approach such a life.
Because if you think now that you are only condemned to watch, then you are greatly mistaken. I myself have had great experiences of how I can live plastic-free and I would like to share this with you on this blog.
There are now many plastic-free alternatives to protect the sensitive ecosystem of the sea and the animals. There are many blogs about it, such as the blog "Living without plastic", the blog "Living better without plastic" or the blog "Living plastic-free". In my blog I try to give you "plastic-free living" tips that are certainly not on everyone's lips.
A promising way to live plastic-free is the use of baking soda, an all-purpose weapon that is thousands of years old and almost borders on a miracle cure. It is known and used all over the world. The use of the soda cleaner is more topical than ever, so that we can all live sustainably plastic-free.
Soda as a cleaner - comeback of a forgotten all-rounder?
Hundreds of years ago, since ancient times, people appreciated the great effect of this all-rounder. The term baking soda goes back to the Egyptians, who used it for the drying phase of the corpse during mummification. At that time you didn't have the problem of plastic waste. So living plastic-free was not yet an issue. In 1860, Ernest Solvay developed a new method in which cheap table salt reacts to sodium and ammonia with the help of water and ammonia. Today the sodium salt of carbonic acid is produced in large quantities using the Solvay process. In the chemical industry, baking soda is an important basic chemical and is still used today for medicinal purposes.
Soda, the chemical formula of which is NaHCO3, is obtained today in Europe from natural table salt by replacing chlorine with carbonate = carbonic acid. Soda can be found in many mineral waters and medicinal springs, it binds and neutralizes all acids and converts them into neutral salts and sparkling carbon dioxide.
The huge advantage and at the same time the strength of baking soda is its unbelievable cleaning effect, which simply makes many conventional cleaning agents and even special agents, almost always packaged in plastic bottles, superfluous and thus promotes a plastic-free life. If we look in our drugstores, we see so many products in plastic packaging that may later end up in our nature. And this is exactly where baking soda comes in. It's inexpensive and efficient, and the applications totally won me over as alternatives to plastic products. You will find out below that there are many other areas of application and tips to avoid plastic and to live more plastic-free, for example, in the kitchen with fruit and vegetables and beyond.
Goodbye industrial cleaning agents
A pack of baking soda is already quite cheap in any drugstore or supermarket. Now only your creativity is required, because you have to make your baking soda cleaner yourself. Would you rather use it as a replacement for scouring milk, replace your drain cleaner or fill your washing machine with it? There are no limits to the possibilities and tips. Producing the cleaning agent yourself sounds complex at first, but on closer inspection it is not. With a self-made mixture of baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch you have a perfect substitute for your scouring milk and can remove all dirt from your bathroom and avoid many plastic products from conventional cleaning manufacturers. But it is also only possible with baking soda and a little water, mixed into a paste. There are many other instructions / recipes for alternatives in household cleaning Here. The “chemical club” is also not absolutely necessary to remove stubborn encrustations and fat deposits in the oven. Here, too, the miracle cure soda can help wonderfully. Simply mix baking soda with water in a ratio of 1: 1 to form a paste and distribute it on the relevant areas in the oven. The best effect is achieved if you leave the whole thing on for a good while overnight. The mixture of dirt and paste can then be easily removed with a sponge. Simply wipe with plenty of clean water afterwards.
For example, I particularly like the possibility of removing stains from the carpet without the aid of special agents. Simply put a little powder on the said area, leave it on for half a day and then suck it away. It couldn't be better! Without the help of a conventional agent. Avoiding plastic can be so easy.
Mold, especially a lot of black spots on the tiles, can be removed with baking soda as it has an antibacterial effect. Since then I have really appreciated making the cleaning agent with baking soda myself. Speaking of tiles. A meter-long ant road wanders through your kitchen? And no matter what you do to stop them - do you come back from some corner every time? Here, too, baking soda is an effective remedy. Sprinkle the powder everywhere the ants can get: along the baseboards, in the corners of the room, in the holes in the ants' burrow and, if necessary, in your cupboards. The baking soda kills the ants as it neutralizes the ant acid in their body.
If that's not enough for you, you'll be amazed at the power of baking soda in combating odor. Bad smelling trash cans can quickly become unpleasant. Simply spread soda powder on the bottom of the garbage can and the smells won't even arise. This odor neutralization can also be used in a specially manufactured room spray. I find exactly such tips so easy to implement and effective in the result. Since baking soda has a neutralizing effect, the powder can also dispel unpleasant odors such as bad breath. As a natural alternative to flavored toothpastes, baking soda can also be used as inexpensive dental care. Simply gargle every morning with a glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda. This mixture not only ensures a more pleasant bad breath, but also optimal and gentler cleaning of your teeth. Other undesirable body odors too can be eliminated with the help of baking soda. Soda also effectively binds unpleasant odors from the refrigerator and absorbs excess moisture. Simply put a small bowl of baking soda in the refrigerator and change it once a week.
Soda can also work wonders for everyday things like pulling out splinters. Many parents of young children probably know how stubbornly splinters of wood can get stuck in the skin of their loved ones. It becomes exhausting when the child affected by the removal of the splinter wriggles and screams. Here, too, a trick helps: just sprinkle some baking soda over the area, add two or three drops of water and stick a plaster on it. Let the baking soda sit for three to four hours. After removing the plaster, the area is slightly swollen and ideally the splinter will protrude a bit. It can now be easily removed with tweezers or a little pressure.
There are so many other uses for a plastic-free life and I could go on and on forever. It is amazing how such a chemical composition can be applied to so many areas in everyday life. In any case, you have now gotten an impression of how well this natural home remedy can stand up to industrial cleaning agents without generating plastic waste. For me, an absolute rediscovery or rediscovery of a tried and tested recipe that I will use as often as possible in the future and make living plastic-free so easy.
Baking soda can also be used for health and personal hygiene
It's unbelievable, but there are many other areas where baking soda can be used and plastic waste is a thing of the past thanks to plastic avoidance. For example, there are so many tips in the area of beauty and health and it is just as effective there. Because of its particularly well-tolerated properties, baking soda is particularly suitable for use on skin and hair. For very oily hair and a sensitive scalp, baking soda is a natural alternative to chemical, silicone-containing shampoos that come in plastic packaging. Which of course also favors a plastic-free life. Simply use the powder on the hair like a dry shampoo or dissolve it with a little water to form an alkaline shampoo. After a short exposure time, the residues are either brushed out (with the dry version) or washed out well. Soda removes the superfluous fats in the hair and makes it silky and shiny again. I myself made this experience in my everyday life.
Because I am really happy to discover that baking soda is a wonderful shampoo substitute for me when washing my hair. For a long time I was looking for shampoos that contain no harmful substances, degrease my curly hair and get it under control. After a long search I finally found what I was looking for. Together with apple cider vinegar as a natural conditioner, I am super satisfied with the result of my washed hair and do not want to have to do without it. There are then no longer many plastic products on the tub rim. Plastic-free living can be so easy.
Your face can also benefit from the deep cleansing and circulation-promoting properties of baking soda. With a homemade peeling, for example, you can clean your skin naturally and save a lot of money compared to conventional plastic care products. It's very easy: Spread the powder on your moistened hand and rub it in regular circular movements on your face. Go especially over stubborn areas on the nostrils, chin folds and neck for the best result with a radiant complexion.
Friends of mine, for example, are increasingly using baking soda as a deodorant substitute. The harmful aluminum in these plastic products can be avoided in this way. A homemade deodorant is quick to make and only needs a few ingredients. You will need a spray bottle, a teaspoon of baking soda and 700ml of boiled, cold water. You are welcome to add a few drops of essential oils such as tea tree oil, sandalwood or sage, if you like. The above-mentioned odor neutralization of sodium can also help against sweaty feet. Just put some powder in a bowl of water and use the antibacterial effect. It also makes the skin a lot softer. I tried these tips myself! Even a small amount of baking soda sprinkled into the shoe should combat unpleasant odors.
Do you have a sore throat? You guessed it by now. Here, too, baking soda can help by neutralizing the pH of your mouth.
You can also use baking soda in the kitchen and live plastic-free. There it is a true friend and helper for you. There are more possible uses for fruit and vegetables than you might think. Legumes and beans, for example, become softer and more digestible faster and the green color of cabbage and spinach is retained when cooked. If the pan has completely dried out after making sauces, you don't have to buy expensive chemical cleaning agents. Simply soak the pan with baking soda for a few minutes and then rinse with clear water. This method is not only environmentally friendly, it is also gentle on the skin, as baking soda is milder than most detergents. Hobby cooks can therefore benefit wonderfully from baking soda. The white "gold" can be a helpful partner in connection with certain foods.
Homemade jams made from fruits such as currants or gooseberries, for example, have a strong sour note. In contrast, simple table sugar is often used. A very digestible alternative is the use of baking soda for Flavor reduction, as baking soda has a neutralizing and softening effect on the taste. For those of you with a sensitive stomach, I can give you the following tip: Simply sprinkle small amounts of baking soda over your prepared cabbage to reduce the flatulence.
You see, there are always alternatives and I could go on here forever. There are so many other uses. It can also be used to eliminate itchy areas caused by insect bites. In the health sector alone, there are many other applications, but it would go beyond the scope of this here. So living plastic-free is not as difficult as you might have thought before. But our industry has also developed something for every everyday problem that should help us. Unfortunately, we quickly lose sight of the mountain of plastic rubbish that is rising as a result. So is baking soda the perfect solution to avoiding plastic?
Soda - the best natural home remedy far and wide?
Definitely yes! Not only that baking soda is simply cheaper and can be used more effectively. I think the great advantage of this natural wonder is its diverse use in everyday life. Wherever conventional means are used, which are unfortunately still too often wrapped in plastic, it shows its full strength and can replace many plastic products and thus lead to a plastic-free life.
The end result is: I have almost the same result in the household, in the kitchen or in my daily care. However, no plastic waste.
So it is to be hoped that more and more people will discover baking soda for themselves, get involved in the experiment and make their own personal experiences and discover freedom from plastic. In any case, baking soda has already saved me a lot of money, not to mention its many positive effects and the clear conscience of producing less plastic waste.
Simply live plastic-free, isn't that what we want or not? I hope the many tips convinced you that living plastic-free is not that difficult? A life without plastic is not as far away as you might think ...