Simply Clean Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate produced by the traditional Solvay brine process. This process combines salt (sodium chloride) and limestone (calcium carbonate) and uses ammonia as a pH buffer and carbon dioxide as a precipitating agent. The carbon dioxide and ammonia inputs are recovered and recycled back to the initial brine solution. Our Solvay plant reclaims almost all its ammonia and the only major by product is calcium chloride. Baking Soda is used for deodorizing, softening water and scouring. To make your own fabric softener the basic recipe is: 1 part baking soda, 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water. Simply Clean is one of Canada's original brands of environmentally-responsible cleaning products and for more than 25 years we have been making readily biodegradable cleaning products without the use of toxic constituents found in many leading brands. Our products have no added fragrances and are made without enzymes, dyes and other ingredients that can trigger reactions in individuals with a range of environmental sensitivities. Simply clean products are preferred by individuals with allergies and asthma and those concerned about their septic systems. None of our products are tested on animals.