Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)
- scours, deodorizes, softens water, boosts the cleaning power of soaps and detergents, and removes stains. Baking soda is edible, and fully biodegradable.
Pure Soap (as opposed to detergent)
- made from natural fats rather than petrochemicals, pure soap is fully and safely biodegradable.
Washing Soda (sodium carbonate)
- in laundry section of grocery store -- cuts grease, scours, softens water, brightens laundry and removes detergent residues from fabric. Washing soda is slightly caustic, so wear gloves to protect skin from drying. It is moderately toxic.
- cuts grease, freshens, removes and inhibits mould and mildew, removes stains, waxy polish build-up, hard-water deposits, reduces static and removes residues of laundry products from fabrics. Vinegar is edible, and fully biodegradable.
Other common ingredients: