Baking soda or Sodium bicarbonate is one multitasking kitchen ingredient that can do wonders right from your skin to hair to curing ulcer pains or indigestion or to relieve you of sunburns. Read 9 amazing uses of Baking Soda.
1. Heart Burns and Indigestion
The most cost effective way to relieve heartburn and indigestion is using Baking Soda. It helps neutralize stomach acids and relieves you of pain. Stir half a teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water and drink it an hour before your meals. However, we do not recommend you to use it as regular treatment, since it can lead to electrolyte and acid/base imbalances.
2. Oral Health
Baking Soda is mostly used in toothpastes and mouthwashes to freshen your mouth. Wet your toothbrush bristles, dip it in baking soda, and brush your teeth to remove any surface stains. Do it occasionally, as the abrasive qualities may wear down enamel in long time.
3. Natural Deodorant
Baking Soda can combat body odor without subjecting your pits to chemicals like parabens and aluminum found in several deodorants and antiperspirants. Mix a pinch of baking soda with six parts cornstarch and rub it on your feet and underarms.
4. Bug Bite Soother
To help relieve itching caused from insect bites, apply the paste of baking soda and water on the areas. Alternatively, you can dust the dry baking powder on the areas to remove itchy rashes and poison ivy.
5. Foot Soak
Make Baking Soda solution in a tub, and soak your feet for few minutes. It helps you with clean, soft and beautiful toes. Follow it up with a moisturizing lotion or foot cream. For additional exfoliation, you can scrub your feet with a baking soda paste.
6. Inexpensive Exfoliator
The alkaline nature Baking Soda can be used as face wash or natural exfoliator to exfoliate the dead skin cells, remove the dirt and clear the sebum and impurities from the surface of the skin. The inexpensive exfoliator helps you glow naturally. The paste can be applied to crackly elbows and knees as well.
7. Sunburn Remedy
Baking soda soothes the fragile sunburned skin, and reduces burns, redness, itchiness and the pain caused by it. Mix Baking Soda with water. Dip a towel in paste and apply it on the affected areas. Alternatively, you can also mix baking soda to your body lotion and apply it after the bath.
8. Treats Greasy Hair
Baking soda is excellent in treating your greasy hair and to get rid of product buildup. Your hair gets weigh down with the use of styling cream, conditioners or hair sprays. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the shampoo and rinse off to remove the buildup. Dust of the baking soda in hair to remove oil and bad odor.
9. Deodorizes Kitchenware
Baking soda is not only effective as floor cleaner or air freshners, but also helps deodorize Garbage Cans, carpets, cutting boards, refrigerators and coat closets. Baking soda and vinegar mix can unclog drains.