Baking Soda Uses
Baking soda is a non-toxic product that can help to keep your home and laundry fresh, clean and fragrant. It is mildly abrasive and has water-softening and deodorizing qualities. Baking soda can help in many ways and in many places around the home. Keep it ready to use in a flour shaker. I even use it in my personal care products and home remedies.
1. Exfoliate – wet face with water, add a teaspoon of baking soda to your palm and add water until it forms a thick paste. Gently massage in circles over your face, avoiding the eye area. Rinse and follow with an apple cider toner to restore pH balance.
2. Deodorant – here’s my recipe how to make a natural deodorant with baking soda.
3. Whiting teeth and stain removal – baking soda has natural whitening properties and creates an alkaline environment in your mouth, which prevents bacteria from growing. Just dip your wet toothbrush into a little baking soda and brush your teeth as normal. For badly stained teeth, you could add a little 3% hydrogen peroxide.
4. Toothpaste – baking soda mixed with coconut oil makes for a very simple and inexpensive, yet effective, toothpaste. Here is natural toothpaste recipe.
5. Breath freshener – use a gargle made of 1/2 teaspoon baking soda mixed with water. This mix can kill off any germs and leave your mouth feeling fresher.
6. Detox bath – baking soda and apple cider vinegar make a wonderful spa-like bath for soaking away aches, pains and detoxing. Use 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. As a bonus, it also cleans the tub and drain.
1. Allergic skin – using it in your bathwater can bring enormous relief from the itching. Half cup of baking soda in a cool bath should be enough to relieve the symptoms. Undiluted baking soda can be rubbed into particular ares of the body for even more relief.
2. Sunburn – half cup of baking soda can also be added to a cool bath. It will help take the burn out of the skin.
3. Insect bites and stings – mix some baking soda into a paste with a little water and then smear it over the bite or sting. You will be amazed at how quickly it gives you relief from the itching.
4. Chickenpox spots – make a paste of baking soda and a little cool water. This can be applied directly to the spots without any fear of additional irritation. The paste will soothe the itching and make the patient feel much more comfortable.
5. Acne – mix baking soda with a little cool, but not cold, water into a paste. The paste should be applied to the affected area and left to dry for 5-10 minutes. The paste will relieve the irritation of the acne spots and will also act as a non-intrusive facial scrub.
6. Cold sore – mix baking soda with a little water and very gently smear it over the cold sore. You will feel relief and it will speed up the healing process.
7. Splinter removal – add a tablespoon of baking soda to a small glass of water, then soak the affected area twice a day. Many splinters will come out on their own after a couple of days using this treatment.
CLEANING WITH BAKING SODA
1. All-purpose cleanser – mix together the juice of one lemon, one quarter cup baking soda, and one half cup white vinegar in a container. Use this mixture onto tiles, toilets, tubs, sinks, and more. Rinse with water.
2. Make a soft scrub – mix together one half cup baking soda, two tablespoons liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s), a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lemon, grapefruit…), and two tablespoon water to make a smooth, liquid paste. For disinfecting and mild bleaching power, add one tablespoon 3% hydrogen peroxide. Use this mixture to scrub the tub, sinks, shower tile, ceramic surfaces, and countertops (except granite). Rinse well with warm water.
3. Dishwasher cleaner – run your dishwasher empty on a hot cycle with a cup of baking soda. It will help eliminate mineral deposits and other buildup like grease and detergent residue. Also it will help eliminate odors.
4. Remove stains from coffee and tea mugs – sprinkle a little baking soda inside the cup and scrub with a damp sponge.
5. Sponge odors – to freshen up a stinky sponge, dissolve a few tablespoons baking soda in a cup or two of warm water and toss in the sponge. Let it soak for several hours before rinsing and wringing completely.
6. Deodorize your fridge – place a box of baking soda in the fridge to absorb odor. Replace it every 3 months. Do it the same with freezer.
7. Deodorize garbage cans – sprinkle a little in the bottom of the can before placing a fresh bag in to keep odor under control.
8. Shower drain deodorizer – pour one half cup of baking soda into the drain, let it sit for 20 minutes, than flash thoroughly with hot water.
9. Curtain cleanser – clean your shower curtain with a solution of half baking soda and half water. Apply the mixture with a wet sponge, then rinse it off with warm water.
10. Use as a toilet scrub – mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 6 drops citrus essential oil (if desired) and sprinkle into toilet bowl. Allow the mixture to sit for about 30 minutes, then scrub.
11. Under-the-sink helper – humidity can linger under bathroom sinks. To eliminate the stale odor created, place a box of baking soda in the cabinet under the sink. It will also absorb some of the excess moisture.
12. Carpet stains – dissolve one half cup baking soda in a few cups of warm water and brush this mixture into the carpet.
13. Wall cleaner – simply dampen a cloth with a little baking soda and water and rub wall stains (like crayon…) away.
14. Soften hard water – add one half cup baking soda to the wash cycle of every load.
15. Neutralize odors – add one half cup baking soda to the rinse cycle of your washing machine to neutralize odors and keep your clothes smelling great.
16. Remove chlorine – the next time you wash your bathing suit by hand, add a tablespoon of baking soda to the water in the sink along with the detergent. It will help remove any lingering chlorine residue.
17. Blood stains – sprinkle the area immediately with baking soda. Than rub in a little 3% hydrogen peroxide to lift the stain. Wash the garment immediately.
18. Laundry hamper – keep it smelling fresh by sprinkling it regularly with baking soda.
19. Deodorize stinky shoes –at night, sprinkle the insides of shoes with 1/4 cup baking soda (and 3 drops essential oil – optional) to help eliminate foot odors and perspiration. Simply dump or vacuum out the baking soda before wearing.
20. Yoga mat cleaner – mix one part baking soda with four parts water. Wipe down mat with the solution, then rinse by wiping down with a cloth dampened with just water. Allow the mat to dry.
Rodino, Heather; Household hints; New York : Wellfleet Press, 2015
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