Although we use it frequently in our everyday life, baking soda is still a mystery to a lot of people regarding its qualities. Besides it’s good for cooking, it provides numerous health benefits to the human health.
Baking soda is made of sodium bicarbonate and it is mostly used for boosting the dough, adding texture and flavor to it. It is also known as nahcolite, which is a derivative of mineral natron. Centuries back, people used it for cleaning their houses and yards. But, in 1920s , baking soda was firstly used for medical purposes.
Baking soda is inexpensive and you can easily find it in all markets. It is used for healing of injuries and as a cosmetic product, too. So, take a look how you can use baking soda in 11 other different ways.
Antiperspirants have a lot of aluminum and parabens, so in case you want to get rid of the heavy compounds, baking soda is the right thing for you. Apply some soda under your armpits and the smell will disappear.
Insect Bites and Poison Ivy
Mix water and baking soda and apply the mixture directly on the insect bites to prevent from itching.
Heartburn, Indigestion, and Ulcer Pain
Mix ½ glass of water with ½ tsp. of baking soda and drink the mixture every second hour in order to treat stomach acid, indigestion, heartburn, and ulcer pain.
Foot Soak and Exfoliator
Mix warm water with 3 tbsp. of baking soda and soak your feet in it. Or, make a paste and scrub your feet with it in order to cleanse the skin.
Mix ACV with baking soda and soak your body in it. You can afterward cleanse the bathtub with it.
Mix water and baking soda in ration 1:3 and use the mixture to clean your hands from unpleasant smells and dirt.
Mix water and 1 tbsp. of baking soda and apply the mixture on the affected area twice on a daily basis to eliminate splinters within 2 days.
Add half cup of baking soda in some warm water and soak yourself in it order to treat sunburns. Or, dip a cloth or a towel in the mixture and apply on the painful areas directly.
Tooth and Gum Paste
Study proved that baking soda stimulates plaque removal of teeth even better than a traditional toothpaste brushing. It eliminates bacteria in the mouth. Mix baking soda and salt in 6:1 ratio to get rid of the bacteria in your gums. Take small amount on your index finger and rub the gums.
Take a strawberry and mix it with ½ tsp. of baking soda. Then, apply on your teeth and leave it to stay for 5 minutes. Next, brush your teeth as you usually do and rinse well. Do this once a week.
Baking Soda as a Natural Cleanser
It was used as a cleaning tool for a long time. Even the Statute of Liberty was cleaned with baking soda during its 1986 restoration. You can cleanse your kitchen if you sprinkle some baking soda over the dirty surfaces.
Moreover, if you mix ACV, water, and baking soda, you can even cleanse your bathroom, the grill, and all of your pans, toys, cutlery, silverware, and etc. In addition, you can use baking soda as a fabric whitener and fabric softener. It can clean your carpets if you sprinkle some baking soda over them and leave it to act for 15 minutes.
Baking soda can be used for cleaning your veggies, too. Use it while you wash them in order to eliminate all the dirt from them.