There is hardly a kitchen out there in which you won’t find some baking soda. The powder can be used in a variety of ways including baking and cleaning and if you ever got a horrible vomit stain on your carpet, you will know what we are talking about. Baking soda is 100% sodium bicarbonate and its ability to rise the bread dough has been the one thing that turned it into a household necessity. Baking soda is not toxic, which is why it is great for cleaning kitchen surfaces, but it does also have the ability to cover up nasty smells, making it a two in one product when it comes to cleaning. There is a number of other things baking soda can also be used for and we compiled this list of 12 useful things you can use baking soda for to open your eyes about this amazing agent.
Cleaning Your House
As we already mentioned, baking soda can be used as a fantastic cleaning product to replace the often toxic and chemical rich commercial products. Adding some essential oils and lemon juice to the mix can create a potent cleaning product with great smell and its power will usually be a lot greater than that of commercial cleaners. Whether you are looking to clean dishes, carpets or surfaces, baking soda will be a great asset and every housewife knows this. Apply it to stains and leave for a while to get them out and remove the horrible odors left by spilt wine or vomit.
Cleaning Your Drains
If they go long enough without being cleaned drains can clog up and the only thing most people can do is call a plumber to fix the issue and of course charge them a hefty sum. Cleaning your drains on a regular basis is the thing to do, but many of us avoid it because the cleaning products sold in the stores are toxic and we don’t want that stuff in our sinks.
The safe solution to this problem is using baking soda. Simply pour some baking soda down the drain and flush it with apple cider. After about some 15 minutes, flush it further with warm water and your drains should really never clog up again.
Curing Rashes and Bites
Especially in the warmer climates and in summers, skin rashes are a common thing. Whether you touch some poison ivy or get bitten by an insect, there are plenty of things out there that will leave your skin inflamed and itching like crazy.
Baking soda will really help neutralize the toxins on your skin while being a very natural and chemical free remedy. Spray some of it on top of washed skin where the rash appeared and leave it there for a few hours before rinsing. Your rash should be gone and your skin back to its normal self.
Heartburn and Indigestion
Heartburn is a very common issue and while there are plenty of over the counter remedies for it out there, baking soda can be a cheaper and more available solution at all times. Heartburn often tends to occur late at night and leaving the house to go to the pharmacy can be a real drag even if there is one open near you. Taking half a spoon of baking soda and dissolving it in water is a great natural remedy for heartburn and indigestion and you can keep taking some every 2 hours until the heartburn is gone. For older people, no more than three doses are recoended within a 24 hour period.
Bath For The Whole Body
Soaking your feet or your entire body in water with baking soda in it can have amazing effects for your skin. Adding some apple cider to the mix may help as well and the bath should really help relax you and take the tension out of your feet and the rest of your body. Applying the cider will also help clean the tub afterwards more easily.
This may seem like a weird way to use baking soda, but sprinkling some of it with a little water will make for an effective and completely free deodorant. Spray a bit of the mix under your armpit and you should not sweat in the foreseeable future. While most of us will still choose the commercial products, those more sensitive to the fact industrial deodorants contain quite a few potentially dangerous chemicals may very well give this a shot.
Hardened skin on the back of one’s heels of other parts of your body can be a common issue, especially for the elderly. A paste of water and baking soda will serve as a fantastic natural exfoliator and will help you make that skin nice and smooth again. Treating your face and the rest of your body with it will also help make all of your skin smoother and more relaxed. Make sure you add at least one part water to three parts baking soda and your paste should be ideal. You can add even more water for the sensitive skin of the face.
Cleaning Your Hands
The same mix of three parts soda one part water will clean your hands better than most soaps and will take out all the nasty smells of foods or other things you may have been touching. While most of us use commercial soaps, simply spraying a little baking soda on our hands and washing them with this will take out any bad odors and help maintain the skin.
If you are looking to get a splinter out of your finger quickly, baking soda is not the solution you are looking for. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a safe and painless solution, applying a little baking soda and warm water to the area with a splinter twice a day should soften the skin enough for the splinter to make its way out on its own within a day or two.
You can simply soak your finger in the water for a while, or, if the splinter is in a place harder to access, you can use some gauze to apply water and soda on it and then apply the gauze onto your skin. A few days at the maximum should be all it takes and in some extreme cases you may have to pull the splinter out in the end, but the softer the skin the easier it will become.
Toothpaste and Gum Cleaning
More and more, research is showing that many of the commercial toothpastes do a lot of damage to our teeth and gums along with the good they do. This is why baking soda can be used as a safe and natural alternative to help clean our teeth of plaque, polish the teeth and clean out our mouth. Baking soda also kills off certain types of bacteria often found in human mouth so using it instead of a toothpaste may actually be a fantastic idea.
Blend six parts baking soda with one part sea salt and you will have a more effective toothpaste than money can buy in a supermarket. Apply the paste to your teeth and rinse it off in about fifteen minutes. While some believe baking soda also kills some good bacteria, others use the paste on a regular basis and there is not yet any clear proof to go either way.
Sunburns can be a serious issue, especially for those with lighter complexion. Once again, baking soda is a real champion for treatment of this issue as adding half a cup to a tub of warm water will create the perfect remedy. Upon leaving the bath, let the air dry your skin instead of drying it off with a towel. This way the baking soda will remain on your skin once the water evaporates and this will help prevent blisters and nourish your skin. You can also make a cold patch with water and baking soda and apply it straight to the sunburn which will also help alleviate the pain and swelling.
As strange as it may sound, some professional athletes use capsules of baking soda before competitions, including swimmers and distance runners. While the legality and safety of this may be questionable, and it is certainly not something we can recommend doing, it goes far to demonstrate the power of baking soda.
The reason for taking baking soda this way is because sodium bicarbonate is an alkali and it increases the pH level of your blood which reduces the levels of acidity produced by intense physical activity. In turn you feel less muscular fatigue and can go on longer and further.