We all use baking soda on a daily basis, it’s a non-replaceable ingredient in our kitchen but many people don’t know that this amazing ingredient is holds a number of mysterious properties that we can benefit greatly from.
WHAT IS BAKING SODA?
Baking soda is what we commonly call sodium bicarbonate. It’s usually used in cooking, for dough rising and some other meals to improve their texture and flavor. Our ancestors used baking soda many centuries ago for bread-making and we still use it for the same thing even today.
Baking soda in its natural form is known as nahcolite, which is a derivative of the mineral natron.
Natron was commonly used in ancient Egypt for household cleaning and many years later, in 1846, Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight created the baking soda we know and use today.
11 WAYS YOU CAN USE BAKING SODA TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
The numerous health benefits of baking soda are almost well-known to everyone but what’s best about this versatile ingredient is that it’s inexpensive and available in almost every store.
1. Natural Deodorant
If you want a paraben and aluminum free deodorant your best choice would be baking soda. Instead of buying store deodorants are that are full of chemicals you can just rub some baking soda under your armpits and on your feet and you’re good to go.
2. Insect Bites and Poison Ivy
Apply a paste made of baking soda and water to insect bites to help relieve itching. You can also try rubbing the dry powder onto your skin.
3. Heartburn, Indigestion, and Ulcer Pain
Baking soda works by immediately neutralizing stomach acid, helping to relieve heartburn, indigestion and even ulcer pain. Dosing is typically ½ teaspoon fully dissolved in a half a glass of water, taken every two hours (do not take more than seven ½ teaspoons in 24 hours, or three ½ teaspoons if you’re over 60). This should only be used as an occasional (not chronic) treatment, however, and be careful not to consume excessive amounts, which can cause serious electrolyte and acid/base imbalances.
4. Foot Soak and Exfoliator
Add three tablespoons of baking soda to a tub of warm water for an invigorating foot soak.
5. Relaxing Soak
Make your own relaxing bath at home by mixing baking soda and some ACV when you fill the tub with warm water.
6. Efficient hand cleanser
To remove dirt from the hands and neutralize odors, wash them with a mixture of 3 parts of baking soda and one part of water.
7. Remove Splinters
That’s right. This is something baking soda is also good for. What you need to do is add 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a small glass filled with water. Use this mixture on the affected area twice a day. It will only take a few days for the splinters to naturally come off.
You won’t have to be bothered with doing painful ‘home surgery’ (which may only lead to further complications) ever again!
8. Sunburn Treatment
And we all know how painful that can be. Here’s a nice homemade solution for it. Add half a cup of baking soda in lukewarm water. Then pour this mixture into a bath tub and lie in the tub to soothe any heavy-degree sunburns.
Or, if soaking is not your thing for some reason, you can always use this other method. Dip a cloth or towel in the same mix and directly apply it to the affected area.
9. Boost Your Sports Performance
Did you know that a great number of professional athletes use baking soda capsules to improve their performances? They are a well-known energy booster, after all. Still, if you wish to try this, better do some proper research first.
10. Tooth and Gum Paste
Baking soda deodorizes, cleanses polishes the teeth and removes the plaque. Make a mixture between one part of sea salt and 6 parts of baking soda for an extremely effective tooth and gum decay.
This paste can be prepared by using a blender. Apply it on your gums and teeth and let it act for 15 min. rinse it off.
11. Teeth Whitener
Make a mixture between ½ tsp of baking soda and one ripe strawberry. Apply the resulting mixture on your teeth and let it act for 5 min and then rinse it off. This method can be applied no more than 7 days because it can damage the tooth enamel.
Baking Soda as a Natural Cleanser
Baking soda has long been used as a household cleanser, and even served to clean the Statute of Liberty during its 1986 restoration.
Baking soda can help you clean your kitchen just by sprinkling it on the dirty surfaces. To enhance the effect, add a couple of essential oil drops.
Also, by combining baking soda and apple cider vinegar you can clean the bathroom, and even the drain. Mix baking soda with hot water and soak pans in it. Let it act for 15 minutes and then clean them well.
The same method is great for cleaning the grill as well. This is also good for cleaning toys- all you need to do is combine 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of water.
Furthermore, feel free to use baking soda as a fabric softener or a fabric whitener.
Use this marvelous product to clean your carpets, by sprinkling it and letting it sit for 15 minutes. In the end, vacuum well.
Cutlery and silverware can be cleaned with baking soda, too. Just fill kitchen sink with hot water, add a sheet of aluminum foil and baking soda, and throw in all cutlery.
Finally you can clean your veggies by using baking soda when you wash them- this will help get the dirt away.