In a recent study at the University of Massachusetts, scientists showed that surface pesticide residues present in fruit and vegetables were most effectively removed by sodium bicarbonate solution when compared to either tap-water or a type of bleach like Clorox bleach.
Those who know me know that I am not a huge fan of bleach. In fact, my decision to start making my own toxic-free DIY cleaning and beauty products started a few years ago after I had a terrible experience of toxic reactions following cleaning with bleach. Anyway, I recognised that, unfortunately, we are in an unusual situation and, if you decide to use this substance, it is better to know how to do it correctly.
Marseille soap, or Savon de Marseille, is a traditional hard soap, made from vegetable oils, that has been produced around Marseille, France, for about 600 years. In fact, it was in the 16th century that soap manufacturing came to Provence.
It occurs naturally in citrus fruits and is widely used as an acidity regulator, flavouring and preservative in food and drinks. It can also replace many of our domestic cleaning products. It is, in fact, a viable alternative to limescale remover, dishwasher rinse-aid, fabric softener and even conditioner for your hair!!!