Simple Hand Cleaner




Had to upload a picture of baking soda and dish detergent. Instructables is so cool!


Dish washing detergent (Sunlight or generic equivalent)
Baking soda

I was working on my recumbent trike, replacing a derailleur wheel that had fallen off. My hands became covered in chain oil and dirt. Once I was finished, I needed to clean my hands but I didn't have any GoJo or other form of hand cleaner.

I tried dish washing detergent but it wasn't quite working so what I did was made sure my hands were lathered up with the detergent then sprinkled baking soda on them. After a little bit of scrubbing, my hands were extremely clean. Surprised me a lot that it would work that well. Baking soda is a grease remover and so is dish detergent. Together they clean very well. I definitely won't be buying hand cleaner any time soon.

This is more eco-friendly, harmless, and cheaper than other methods. It might work on engine grease or other things, not sure as I haven't had the need to try it on the other things yet.

Please let me know if you try this and if it works for you.



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    6 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Wow. Yet one more REALLY col use for baking soda lol.

    Thanks for this :)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    OMG Keith! Baking Soda is the BOMB! My hubby and I had to move in with his mom to take care of her after her hubby died. She has this gosh awful smooth cook top, did I mention that it was gosh-awful? Anyway. if you cook anything on it, you are gonna have some cooked on marks....tough marks!!!!! I just put me some baking soda on the stove, when it's cool of course, and put wet rag to work. Just a touch of elbow grease and the black cooked on marks are gone!

    I use baking soda for tons of stuff. Cleaning brass, bottoms of pots and pans, cleaning headlights and chrome.

    I think it is so cool that you discovered this on your own! Bravo!

    2 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    There are no commercial cleaners in my house (well, except dish detergent and laundry detergent). The only things I use to clean are vinegar. baking soda, and ammonia. Trying to keep it natural. You're right, baking soda has tons of uses, such as a natural cleaner for your body in the shower, for brushing your teeth, cleaning around the house, loads of stuff. Oh yes, if you put enough of it in your laundry, you can make your clothing fire resistant and it's great for getting protein stains out of clothing.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Funny you should mention laundry detergent.....Make my own and of course it includes Baking Soda!!!! If you wanna save money and know what's in your detergent....make your own!

    Also, I make my own shampoo which also includes Baking Soda. I will NEVER buy shampoo again! I love it. Super simple recipe but you have you understand I have dry curly hair! I fill an empty shampoo or conditioner bottle with 1/3 baking soda, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup conditioner and fill the rest with water!. When I wash my hair I have to shake the begeeshush out of the bottle to mix and then apply to my hair. Scrub it in and rinse! My hair is so much healthier and the lady that has cut my hair for 25 years was shocked at the health of my hair. When I told her what I did she was astounded and commented that she could never mention that to her customers! She would lose money!

    I wish more people knew about the myriad of uses of baking soda, vinegar and other healthy, simple, cheap and safe items that we as a people can use to improve our lives and save a ton of money!

    Thank ya for responding and here's wishin ya a wonderful eve and an even better morn!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for your comment.

    It was a spur of the moment thing. That's why I was surprised it worked so well. The baking soda is a mild abrasive so that probably helped.