Baking Soda is part of the natural mineral natron known as nahcolite which contains large amounts of sodium bicarbonate. This has been used for years and years as a deodorizer, cleanser and a soothing agent for skin irritants. Baking soda can be used not only for cooking and keeping our refrigerators…and shoes odor free but also for digestive problems, heartburn, injuries and daily hygiene. Using baking soda in lieu of chemical induced products will protect us from an array of toxins that have been known to lead to many horrible illnesses like cancer. I will list for you the many uses and natural remedies of baking soda.
Uses of baking soda for personal care and well-being
As a deodorant – Patting baking soda dampened by water under your arms will neutrolize any body ordor. This way you can skip the harsh chemicals in your deodorant.
Make a flouride free toothpaste – Mix baking soda with 3% hydrogen peroxide. You can add the baking soda to your toothpaste as well for an extra boost a few times a week.
Baking soda mouth wash – To neutrolize mouth odors add 1 tsp of baking soda to 1/2 glass of water. Gargle, spit, rinse.
Teeth whitener – Create paste with 1 tsp baking soda in water and rub on teeth once a week. Let it sit on teeth for 5 minutes then rinse. *Straight baking soda can be abrasive to teeth and over time may wear away enamel so be sure to add water.
Clean toothbrushes – Soak toothbrushes in 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of water overnight.
Cleanse oral wear – Soak retainers, dentures and mouth appliances in 2 tsp of baking soda that has been dissolved in a small bowl of warm water.
Use as a gentle exfoliator for face and body – Mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Stir into a paste and apply to face and body in circular motions then rinse and apply lotion. You can do this daily. Have a love for DIY body scrubs?! Check out these recipes.
Helps heal a sunburn – Again, turn that badboy into a paste by mixing with water and pat onto burned skin. You can also add baking soda to your favorite body lotion and apply.
Tired, sore….smelly feet? Pour 3 tbsp of baking soda in tub of warm water and soak feet. Rub feet together for extra exfoliation. You can also help eliminate ordors in shoes by pouring baking soda into them to neutrolize odors. Don’t forget to dump out before wearing.
Want cleaner hair? Add a small amount of baking soda to your regular shampoo, wash then rinse thoroughly. Washing your hair with baking soda will aid in removing styling product residue left behind leaving you with more manageable hair. This will also keep it resistant to split ends.
Use as dry shampoo – Have greasy roots at times? A few pinches of baking soda rubbed onto your roots then brushed through will add a bit of life into your hair.
Splinter remover – Soak area of skin with splinter in warm water and baking soda. After a few soaking sessions that splinter will easily slide out.
Use for itchy skin and insect bites – Make that paste again with baking soda and water then apply onto affected skin. The paste will absorb better on slightly damp skin.
Add to bath for softer skin – Sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda to bath water to wash away perspiration and neutralize acids on the skin.
Great brush cleanser – Soak makeup and hair brushes (in different containers) in water with 1 tsp of baking soda for about 20 minutes. Rinse and lay flat to dry. This will remove natural oil buildup and residue.
Clean your fruits and veggies – Gently scrub the dirt off your fruit and vegetables with baking soda and a clean, damp sponge because no one wants to eat dirt!
Deodorize your clothes – Stinky clothes can be neutralized by throwing clothes in the rinse cycle with 1/2 cup of baking soda.
Drinking 1 tsp of baking soda with a glass of water, making sure all baking soda powder is completely dissolved will help improve kidney function and reduce ulcer pain by keeping PH levels balanced. Baking soda will aid in removal of acid in the body, therefore it is good for heartburn, acid indigestion and sour stomach. Just make sure you check with your doctor before consuming, especially if you are taking antacids or prescription drugs. Also, do not consume if you have a sodium restricted diet.
*FYI: Being that baking soda is a deodorizer and cleanser, it works wonders on your kitchen counters, pots, pans and even carpets. I thought it is also very important to mention that baking soda can be used as a fire extinguisher for minor grease fires. What do you use your baking soda for?
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