I used to think baking soda was just an ingredient used to cook or bake. I would also put a box in the fridge for odors but baking soda is surprisingly good for your health and home, too! An inexpensive purchase, usually costing about $1, baking soda uses vary from basic daily hygiene, sunburn, digestive issues, cleaning/deodorizer and as an effective skin exfoliator and softener for face, feet and so much more!
Baking soda is the common name for sodium bicarbonate, a processed natural salt that was originally made as a leavening agent for baking but has since been used effectively for a variety of home uses. Check out 17 ways you can use this budget friendly solution!
- Sore throat and cough– Add a teaspoon of baking soda to half a cup or a full cup of water. Stir to dissolve the baking soda. Drink the water. Its slightly alkaline pH soothes the swollen tissues in the throat. Repeat this process two or three times a day until a sore throat is gone. Often the irritation is gone immediately and the sore throat is relieved.
2. Heartburn and Indigestion Relief – Baking soda is a cost-effective way to reduce heartburn and indigestion. It is the same ingredient used in Tums or Rolaids. Simply add half a teaspoon of baking powder to two cups of water. An hour after eating, drink this mixture to have some relief.
3. Dissolve Gas from Beans – Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda in the water when you soak beans to prevent a gas issue and improve digestion.
4.Purify playtime- Clean and deodorize baby toys in a baking soda solution. This also works for dog toys that are sticky with slobber and lint and peanut butter.
5. Cut grease naturally- Add a heaping scoop of baking soda to your normal dish soap and let soak for a while. Baking soda helps cut grease and make it easier to clean. Just let them soak in baking soda for 15-20 minutes … the grease, grime or food will come right off.
6. Freshen Coat Closets – Place an open box on the shelf in your closet to curb keep odors and freshen the air and fabrics, too.
7. Deodorize shoes – Baking soda can also help neutralize stinky shoes. Sprinkle a little baking soda directly into your sneakers after a run. Before using your shoes again, simply shake out the excess baking soda before slipping them on.
8. Keep Flowers Fresher Longer – Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in the vase. Or you can just dip the flowers into a mixture of baking soda and water, too!
9. Relieve insect bites – Make a simple paste of water and baking soda and apply as a salve onto affected skin.
10. Pest removal- For a pesticide-free and pet-friendly way to kill ants and roaches, mix 1 cup baking soda with 1 cup white sugar and sprinkle in infested areas. The pests ingest the mix and then when they drink water, the reaction in their stomach kills them.
11. Pamper your feet – Soaking your feet in a baking soda solution will help soothe and soften tired feet. Baking soda deodorizes your feet by killing the bacteria that cause foot odor. Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda into a small tub of warm water, add a few drops of an essential oil and soak. Let your feet soak in a basin for about 10 minutes, and then apply a rich lotion to your legs and feet. You will feel like you went to the spa for some r&r!
12. Faux tan remover – We use self-tanner expecting a summery bronzed glow without the harsh effects of the sun but sometimes you end up with orange skin and streaks? Next time you have a self-tanner mishap, you don’t have to wait for it to fade away. Use the body exfoliator formula—one part water to three parts baking soda—to gently scrub it away with a washcloth or loofah.
13. Dog Shampoo – For a low-cost dog shampoo that really works, try this dirt cheap way to get your dog clean. As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about chemicals in shampoos or scents that could irritate your allergies or your dog’s allergies.
14. Swimmers Hair – If you enjoy swimming and spend a lot of time in the pool, cleaning the chlorine out of your hair is essential to keep it healthy. Shampoo doesn’t get rid of the chlorine on its own. Here is how you can prevent chlorine build up in your hair, especially if you are blonde. Make a baking soda solution with one tablespoon baking soda to one cup water and lather through hair. Follow up with shampoo and conditioner.
15. Dry shampoo – When you want to extend your blowout another day…or two.
16. Smelly Compost – To keep the smell of compost down, use baking soda right out of the box on the compost pile. This helps prevent acidity from building up.
17. Sunburn Relief – Your fragile sunburned skin will benefit from soaking in a mixture of baking soda and water. Draw a warm bath and add half a cup of baking soda; you can also mix baking soda into your favorite body lotion.
18. Exfoliation – Yes, the little box in your fridge can be used to exfoliate your skin. Simply mix three parts of the baking soda with one part of water to create an exfoliating paste. It is a good exfoliating agent that helps remove dead cells. I did this last night and my skin is super soft now. Although it is not an all-inclusive solution to a lot of skin problems, it is an easy and a cheaper option than a costly exfoliating product to use baking soda in the comfort at home. Hopefully, you will add it to your basket the next time you go shopping for your cosmetic products if it is not already sitting in your cabinet.
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