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The image is misleading. It pictures one 12lb bag of baking soda, but the title says 1lb bags totaling 12lbs. It was my fault for not reading the description in depth, but the image did not match. What you see should match what you get. When the product did arrive, it came as one box of 12 individual 1lb boxes. The boxes also smell strongly of laundry detergent. My whole living space now smells like whatever laundry detergent this is. Not sure I want to use this baking soda for baking...
I ordered this product without reading the description thinking I was getting my baking soda in a sealed bag as pictured. When the product arrived it showed up in 12 tiny little boxes. This might not be a big deal to some people but for me it was a huge deal. I have allergic contact dermatitis, 22 chemical allergies, and a ton of environmental allergies. I need to be able to rinse off most things before using them and the boxes, though unopened, aren't exactly sealed. The baking soda falls out of the seems or cracks in the box and contaminants can easily enter the box during the packing and shipping process. For me this is a huge NO-NO. So for the people like me or those who have any health issues it's something to look out for and I wanted to help bring awareness to those for whom it matters. It is baking soda and the description does say boxed so it was my mistake. Although, I feel that they should be using a picture that shows 12 tiny little boxes instead of a big sealed bag of baking soda. It's misrepresentation and it does matter to some people.
WANTED THE BAGS AS SHOWN AND DESCRIBED, BUT I'LL KEEP THEM, 12 -1LB BOXES. WARNING THOUGH, DURING SHIPPING SOME OF THE FINE POWDER WILL LEAK/SPILL OUT FROM THE SEAMS OF THE BOXES. UPDATE; I NOTICED SINCE I ORDERED THEY HAVE CHANGED THE WORDING FROM "BAGS" TO "BOXES" .
The picture clearly shows a single bag which I thought I would receive. However, if I read the description more carefully it stated qty 12 one LB boxes, and not one 12LB bag. It really didn't matter to me as I primarily use it for cleaning the kitchen and bathroom drains when they start to slowly drain down. I use one small 8 oz. cup of baking soda, one small half cup of salt and pour down with a cup of vinegar and which it fizzle down until the end. Does the trick in unclogging drains. Sometimes, you may need to do it twice so that the water goes down regularly.
Baking soda is good for absorbing odors. It's safe for use in the fridge, in your laundry, and around your house so long as you don't make a big cloud out of it and breathe it in. It can be put on your carpet heavily and swept into the fibers to absorb odor and oils and to be vacuumed out later. Be aware that it can clog vacuums so just try a spot first to see how your vacuum does. Also, if you don't have a HEPA filter, it might put some baking soda into the air in your house and you don't want to breathe particles so, test it first. Or, you might be able to use a strong shop vacuum with a filter over the exhaust air. Test it first. It's a good way to clean a carpet that doesnt' have heavy stains or dirt but that needs to be freshened and to have some odors and oils absorbed without having to use stronger chemicals or detergents or water or rent or buy a machine. If you leave it in your carpet for a long time, it could abrade the fibers, but if you don't walk on that area much, it might not be an issue. Also, baking soda in your carpet tends to repel fleas. It's something people do when they have a flea infestation. That doesn't mean the fleas can't inhabit your bed linens, couch, clothing, and kids. So, it's part of a bigger process to get rid of fleas without poisoning the whole family.
My favorite use for baking soda is to use with a dishcloth the clean the brown spots from the inside of my InstantPot liner pans. It's fast and easy to keep them looking great.
If you have a very tough odor to absorb and baking soda isn't doing quite enough or you have no time to test it first, try unscented kitty litter that has activated charcoal in it. Don't use the scented type because that relies on chemical scents and possibly on tricking your nose out of smelling the chemicals you want to get rid of. Unscented kitty litter with activated charcoal actually absorbs the bad chemicals instead of masking their smell or tricking your nose. The downside of unscented kitty litter with activated charcoal bits in it is that it's not safe to use in your fridge or kitchen where it can get into food, it's less safe around children, and it's not safe to breathe the dust in. So, you'd need to place it in shallow containers such as used salad blister packs the size of shoeboxes and give it time to absorb the chemicals. I've used this when chemical contamination was in my car and later in my house due to irresponsible actions of people who don't care about others. (I do try not to be bitter, though. Being bitter is like drinking poison and hoping your enemy dies.)
Anyway, shop for your best price for any product. That's how I found this deal for baking soda, and it's what I did to find my best deal on unscented kitty litter with activated charcoal bits in it.