How many articles have you come across in the past years talking about all the good things you can get from baking soda? Honestly, it’s the holy grail of housekeeping, no kidding, It plays multiple essentially effective roles both in cleaning and cooking purposes. It’s almost a sin not to have baking soda as a part of your grocery list.
Baking soda in cooking has always been known for its sodium bicarbonate content which is effective for boosting and adding texture to the dough.People found its other ability to be a powerful agent in cleaning. The used it for cleaning the yards and houses back then, actually even now. It also was first used in 1920 for medical purposes, together with aspirin, bandages and rubbing alcohol, baking soda has been a staple in medicine cabinets since that time. It was best known to be a cheaper antacid substitute.
Fortunately, despite of its ever-growing demand, baking soda’s price remains affordable. It’s also very convenient since you can find it in every supermarket. Nowadays, people also use it in cosmetics and they garnered a huge patron out of it. It’s also important to note that it can heal injuries as well, This is just the surface of the benefits of baking soda, let’s move on to its more unknown uses.
1. Sunburn treatment
If you made the mistake of getting too excited to embrace the sunrays without your sunblock cream or lotion, which by the way you shouldn’t forget (sun blocks should be our best friend because skin cancer is no fun!) You can still make it up to your skin by doing this:
Add half a cup of baking soda in warm water in a tub. Get in there and soak the body to treat sunburns. It might sting, The usual time limit should be not more than 20 minutes, or your skin might turn dry. Do it twice or thrice a week until you still suffer from sunburn.
You can also sip a towel or cloth in it and apply it directly to the affected areas.
Applying baking soda on sunburnt skin can improve its healing process thrice as fast.
2. insect bites and Poison ivy
For my swamp people, shout out! Or actually for everyone who gets trouble with bugs and mosquitoes especially in the summer! Here’s some good news for you. You can soothe that sting or itch from the pesky bug bites by mixing baking soda and water.Simply apply in on the bite. Though it is still better to apply those anti-mosquito or bug bites lotions or if you hate applying anything sticky on your skin you can try those bracelets or stickers. After all, prevention is still better than cure. But if it’s worth mentioning that baking soda can help you with the itch,.. skin itch, that is.
3. Ulcer pain/Indigestion/Heartburn
Here’s the popular concoction for these situations. Mix half a glass of water and half and teaspoon of baking soda. Consume it every 2nd hour to treat ulcer pain, heartburn, indigestion and stomach acid.This works since chemically speaking, sodium bicarbonate is a base which consumes and neutralizes the acid. Repercussion of this includes water and carbon dioxide gas, that bubbles off and forces burping.
4. Tooth paste
Discovered and proven hat baking soda can remove plaque and clean the teeth better than usual toothpaste.
In order to eliminate the bacteria in the gums, Formulate a mixture of baking soda and salt in ratio 6: 1. Apply an anple amount on the index finger and rub your gums.
5. Exfoliator and foot soak
Baking soda has broken its way through cosmetics and body care. Women found it to be a really good exfoliator.
They can actually make a mask out of it. But please take note that it should not exceed 3 minutes! Leaving it longer than that can have adverse effects of too much dryness and irritation.Imagine that baking soda is used as a cleaning agent in the toilet. Your face is a lot more sensitive than that so don’t go baking soda day parading on your face.
Mix three tbs. of baking soda and warm water and soak the feet in. You can also make a paste and then scrub the feet to cleanse the skin.
Here’s a great example of hitting two birds with one stone, Mix baking soda and ACV and soak the body in. Afterwards, you can practice your inner cheapskate by using it to cleanse the bathtub.
7. Hand cleanser
If you are looking for a more natural and cheap way to deodorize your hands, draw up a mixture of water and baking soda in 1:3 ratio wash your hands like the way you would. It will effectively remove all the dirt and unpleasant smell.
8. Natural deodorant
Have I mentioned the more natural properties of baking soda in terms of deodorzing? Well, you must take note that antiperspirants are rich in parabens and aluminum, compared to baking soda. Apply it under the armpits and abracadabra! Say goodbye to that body odor.
Nobody wants to be a Clementine! So you should get rid of that splinter, pronto! Get ready with a mixture of water and one tablespoon of baking soda. Apply the mixture on the splinter, two times a day to remove splinters in two days.
10. Teeth whitener
This is gonna be yummy. Mix strawberry and a half and tsp of baking soda rub them on your teeth. Let it stay for a good five minute.Proceed to brush your teeth as usual and rinse well. Do this treatment once a week and you’ll get your pearly whites, commercial worth it smile.
11. Natural cleanser
Stop stressing about your silver ware, cutlery, toys, pans, grill and the bathroom, cause this mixture got you covered! Mix baking soda, ACV and water and use it to wash all those worries away.
You can also use it as a fabric softener and whitener. It can also function as a good cleaning agent for carpets, just sprinkle some on the carpet and let it for fifteen minutes. You can also wash the vegetables in it too!
So now that you have gotten all these good information, go use it and share it with friends! ‘Til next time!