Ideas for Using Bentonite Clay around the House
Bentonite clay is an amazing all-natural alternative for detoxing our bodies inside and out. But, have you considered all the ways you could be using clay around your house? The clay’s adsorptive and absorptive properties make it a versatile household staple that everyone should keep in their homes.
1. Clean Up Grease and Oil Spots
We’ve all seen those pesky oil spots accumulating in driveways or the floor of the garage. Before getting on hands and knees to scrub these spots away, try sprinkling a layer of clay over the oil. Within hours, the clay will go to work absorbing the mess. Once absorbed, just sweep or vacuum up the clay and – voila! – the spots are gone.
In the kitchen, use bentonite clay to clean grease deposits on the stove. To clean up cooked on stove scum, wet a tooth brush or soft bristled scrubbing brush and sprinkle clay powder onto it. Scrub gently to break up grease and polish the stove. Caution: always do a test patch first and be sure to follow proper cleaning directions for your stove surface type.
Searching the web for a homemade laundry detergent recipe will produce hundreds of thousands of results. The most effective recipes often include some combination of four main ingredients: washing soda, borax, sodium percarbonate, and bentonite clay. We found this wonderful recipe for Lavender Laundry Detergent:
4 cups washing soda
4 cups borax
2 cup sodium percarbonate (Oxygen Bleach)
1/2 cup bentonite clay
1 tablespoon lavender oil
Combine the washing soda, borax and sodium percarbonate carefully into a plastic container. Be careful not to inhale as this will dust up. In a separate container, mix the bentonite clay and the lavender essential oil. Mash this mixture around until the lavender has been evenly incorporated into the clay. It should still be mostly powdery. Add this to your powders in a container, cap it and shake well to mix everything thoroughly. The lavender essential oil smells clean and fresh and is also an excellent anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibacterial to ensure your clothes are clean and germ-free. Use ¼ cup per standard size load.
As explained on Moon Lightened’s HubPage, the ingredients all serve a specific purpose.
The borax will act as a supportive cleaning booster, pH stabilizer, and pest preventer. 20 Mule Team Borax can be pick up in the detergent aisle at your local convenience store.
The washing soda allows residue to easily rinse off clothes while softening the water. Washing soda can be made at home from everyday baking soda by following the directions here found over at Penniless Parenting.
The sodium percarbonate, also known as Oxygen Bleach, can be substituted for over the counter Oxyclean as both serve as the whitening agent in this recipe. Sodium percarbonate can be purchased online here or find Oxyclean at the local convenience store in the detergent aisle.
- And, last but not least, the bentonite clay. Here at Earth’s Living Clay, the bentonite is the star of the show. Adding just a ½ cup of clay to the recipe is enough to put the bentonite clay’s adsorptive and absorptive properties to work. The clay binds to grease and oils in your dirty laundry helping them rinse away effortlessly.
3. Deodorize Your Home
Throughout the house, odors of all kinds settle into clothes, closets, and cabinets. In living rooms, musty old carpets and beloved pets’ favorite bedding can both be deodorized using clay. Sprinkle the clay on the odorous target, let sit overnight and vacuum up the next day.
In closets, smelly shoes and old baseball gloves can create a musty odor. In kitchens, food odors linger in the refrigerator and trash bins. Use a cloth pouch (or an old sock!) filled with 1 cup of bentonite clay to keep lingering odors at bay. Place the pouch in the stinky area and change out the clay regularly for optimum effectiveness.
Smokers should consider filling ashtrays with bentonite clay. The clay will put out cigarettes out quickly and act as a deodorizer, too.
4. Dehumidify Your Closets
Bentonite clay is widely used as a desiccant (drying agent) in its pellet form. The clay’s natural adsorptive and absorptive properties work together to remove excess humidity. A cloth pouch (or old sock) filled with the clay powder can be used in storage closets, boxes of books, or filing cabinets to keep excess moisture at bay. It can even be added to the craft area to keep scrapbook paper and greeting cards fresh. Be sure to avoid direct contact between the clay pouch and books or other paper based materials. We suggest placing the pouch on a plate or in a uncovered plastic bowl.
5. Polishing Faucets and Teeth
Many people know of pure calcium bentonite clay’s mild abrasive properties and whitening abilities. Use hydrated clay to polish sink faucets throughout your house. The miniscule particles found in bentonite clay add just enough friction to break up scum while naturally removing grease and oil.
When combined with diatomaceous earth, the polishing power of the clay is enhanced. Earth’s Living’s Tooth Polish combines pure calcium bentonite clay with food-grade diatomaceous earth. Simply sprinkle on top of regular toothpaste at every brushing and watch for a brighter, more luminous smile.
Bentonite clay is a versatile household staple that everyone should keep in their homes. From cleaning grease and oil stains to deodorizing closets, the uses for bentonite clay around the house are growing. What are your favorite uses for clay? As you discover more uses for clay in the home, please share them below!
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