“Green cleaning”, or the usage of environmentally friendly cleaners, has become increasingly popular in recent years. This has lead to the rediscovery of the usefulness of several commonly stocked household goods (vinegar, lemons, bicarbonate of soda). We’re going to take some time in this article to review the many reasons you want to ensure you keep bicarbonate of soda around!
The following is a list of the functions of bicarbonate of soda, several of which seem to apply to the garden.
Dealing with crabgrass
Bicarbonate of soda is bad for crabgrass, a natural killer. All you need to do is lightly wet the crabgrass and dust it with bicarbonate of soda to deal with your problem with crabgrass in a matter of 2-3 days.
It is worth noting that bicarbonate of soda is also bad for regular types of grass, so don’t dust it at the same time or you’ll end up with a dead lawn.
Natural hand sanitizer
One of the best uses for bicarbonate of soda involves its natural sanitizing abilities. Try using bicarbonate of soda as a soap, rinsing your hands and scrubbing with bicarbonate of soda instead of soap.
It’s an anti-mildew substance
Mildew on plants is killer, from slowing your yield to making it inedible. But did you know that bicarbonate of soda can have a hand in stopping this mouldy problem? Simply follow the recipe below, mixing all the ingredients, and spray it on plants once a week. This should not only help treat existing mildew, but also prevent further issues with it.
1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp dishwasher soap
4 litres water
It can get rid of fungus
If you mix bicarbonate of soda (4 tsp) and water (4 litres), you have a ready made anti-fungal formula – and a non-toxic one at that. You can use this on vines, grapes, and even roses.
Again with the mixing, but if you add 1 tsp of soap (biodegradable), 4 tsp of bicarbonate of soda, and 4 litres of water you will have a ready made treatment for plants effected by gnats.
Cabbage worm killer
Cabbage worms also hate baking soda, though they require a different mix (equal parts bicarbonate of soda, broccoli/cabbage/kale, and flour), and this mix kills the worms within a few days. It can be used time and time again, with no toxic effects or harm to your plants.
Covering sidewalk cracks with a thick layer of bicarbonate of soda thoroughly discourages the growth of weeds. It does this by killing existing weeds and working to prevent the growth of new ones, dually attacking weeds with an environmentally safe – and cheap – solution.
Following these tips will help you live a healthier, less toxic lifestyle.