Probably you have at least one box of baking soda in your home right now and you probably use it for cleaning or baking.
It is an ingredient that can be used for many purposes, especially in preparing natural remedies for various health problems as well as homemade cosmetic products. It has proved to be effective in many ways.
Below are 9 uses of baking soda you have probably never heard of :
- Relieves Itching
If you get bit by insects or get a rash from poison ivy, apply a paste made of water and baking soda and the itching will stop. This paste is very effective since baking soda neutralizes irritants and toxins on your skin.
- Heartburn, Indigestion, and Ulcer Pain
It neutralizes indigestion, ulcer pain and stomach acid. It is very effective. Use it like this: ½ teaspoon of baking soda fully dissolved in a half a glass of water. Take it every two hours (do not take more than seven ½ teaspoons in 24 hours, or three ½ teaspoons if you’re over 60). Be careful: This should be an occasional, not chronic treatment because it can cause serious acid/base and electrolyte imbalances.
- Natural Deodorant
Most of the deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum and parabens. If you want to avoid these harmful ingredients, try a pinch of baking soda mixed with water. It acts like a natural deodorant.
- Foot Soak and Exfoliator
It can also be used for feet exfoliation. Add 3 tbs of baking soda to a tub of warm water for a foot soak. Then you can additionally scrub your feet with a baking soda paste. The paste contains 3 parts of baking soda combined with 1 part of water. This paste can be also used as a face and body exfoliator and hand cleanser.
- Splinter removal
Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a small glass of water and soak the affected area twice a day. Splinters usually come out on their own after using this treatment for several days.
- Sunburn Remedy
If you get sunburned, baking soda is the perfect relief solution. Add half a cup of baking soda to lukewarm bathwater. Let your skin dry out after you get out don’t use a towel. Another option is to add baking soda and water to a cool compress and apply it to the sunburn directly.
- Enhanced Sports Performance
Distance runners have practiced something known as “soda doping” — or taking baking soda capsules before races to improve performance, a measure that’s thought to work in a similar way to carbohydrate loading. It’s also been shown to enhances speed among swimmers.
- Teeth whitener
If you want to naturally whiten your teeth just crush one strawberry and combine it with half a teaspoon of baking soda. Brush the teeth using this mixture and leave it to stay for 5 minutes. Then you continue with the usual procedure, rinse with water. You shouldn’t use this method more than once in a week because it can damage your tooth enamel.
- Tooth and Gum Paste
Due to its mild abrasive action, baking soda can remove plague and clean and polish teeth. If you want an incredibly effective tooth and gum paste, make a mixture of 6 parts of baking soda and 1 part of sea salt. This mixture is extremely effective at killing bacteria.