Humans have been using the beneficial properties of baking soda since ancient Egypt, and today we know more than 300 ways to use it in our daily lives. We all use baking soda at home, but do you only use it for cooking?
Here are 15 very useful ways to use baking soda.
- Natural deodorant
Baking soda is a natural deodorant. Popular deodorants today contain aluminum, which prevents underarm sweating, and studies have shown that aluminum in deodorants can cause cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Try using baking soda as a healthy alternative to aluminum deodorant.
Baking soda soothes heartburn. If you drink a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 8 ounces of water, it will neutralize stomach acid and temporarily relieve heartburn caused by acid reflux.
- Mosquito bites
Another simple way to repel mosquito bites is to make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Then apply this paste on the affected area thoroughly. You will soon experience less swelling and itching.
Baking soda improves wrinkles, blackheads, and blemished skin. To make the paste, add a teaspoon of baking soda to your regular facial cleanser. Massage the skin in circular motions to exfoliate and make it soft.
- Hair growth
Baking soda promotes hair growth and is often mixed with vinegar to do this. Mix 1 part baking soda with 3 parts water. Apply this mixture on your hair, leave it for 1-3 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- Stretch mark
Baking soda is a natural exfoliant that easily removes stretch marks by removing dead skin cells. Take a washcloth and lightly squeeze out the body wash. Add one tablespoon of baking soda to it. Fold the cloth, rub it with your hands, and mix the baking soda with the body wash. The skin is then exfoliated for a more youthful appearance.
- Bad breath
Baking soda balances acidity and helps treat and prevent halitosis. Dissolve half a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water to make an effective mouthwash to get rid of bad breath.
- Rough skin
Baking soda is alkaline, so it softens facial oils and debris. In addition to cleaning and unclogging pores, it also absorbs excess oil and prevents pores from clogging. Note: Some may not agree with using it as a facial cleanser due to the pH level, skin tone, and health effects being debated.
Baking soda can remove stains; Mix 4 tbsp. For a general stain remover, mix baking soda with 1/4 cup water.
- The smell of the refrigerator
Baking soda is alkaline, so it absorbs odors and neutralizes acidic odors.
- Jewelry cleaner
To remove silver stains, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water. Apply with a wet sponge, wipe gently, rinse and dry with paint.
Baking soda is useful in the treatment of boils, helps to clean them, and has antibacterial properties.
Fill your bath with cold water and add a cup of baking soda until it’s full. Your skin will begin to improve as you relax for a while in the bath and the baking soda gives you a “cooling” sensation.
- Pea and bean softener
Baking soda will help cook peas and beans quickly.
- White teeth
Baking soda effectively removes stains from the surface of teeth and whitens them; this is why many toothpastes contain baking soda.