Baking Soda has many natural uses, which is great if you are trying to avoid harsh chemicals and other harmful toxins found in many household products. If you are trying to go green, or are just looking for more ways to use up that box of baking soda that has been sitting in your cupboard forever, then this guide will surely help.
Baking soda can be used in place of many different traditional beauty products. For instance, it makes a great natural deodorant. When combined with ingredients like coconut oil or shea butter, it can be applied to the underarms and even works better than most commercial deodorants. The best part? You won’t have to worry about parabens or aluminum, and your armpits will stay dry and fresh all day long. Another great way to use baking soda is in a homemade toothpaste. Baking soda works great for brushing because it keeps teeth clean, shiny, and smooth, without being too abrasive. It can also be used as a mouth wash to freshen your breath and improve dental health. Simply combine one teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water, swish, spit, and repeat. The mouthwash will neutralize odor and leave your breath feeling fresh.
Another great beauty use baking soda has is its ability to exfoliate the skin, which makes it an ideal facial scrub. When combined with water to make a paste, it can be massaged into the face for 10 to 20 seconds and then gently rinsed off with warm water. For cleaner, more manageable hair, try sprinkling a bit of baking soda into the palm of your hand with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly. The baking soda will remove any leftover residue in your hair and leave you with cleaner, more manageable hair. Are your brushes and combs getting dirty? Baking soda works great for removing natural oil build-up and hair product residue. Simply take your brushes and combs and let them soak in a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda and warm water. Then rinse and allow to dry.
Baking soda is a very powerful natural cleaning agent. For starters, it makes a great natural oven cleaner. Just sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the bottom of the oven, and spray a bit of water onto it until a paste forms. Leave for several hours and then come back to wipe off. Grease, burnt food, and other debris comes right off! If you are looking for an easy and effective way to clean your bathroom, then look no further than baking soda. It makes a great scouring powder for bathtubs, sinks, and floors. Just mix a bit of baking soda with borax, and salt, and you will your very own scouring powder that fights even the toughest stains. Try this simple recipe.
In addition, baking soda is great for cleaning out a dirty microwave. Simply sprinkle a little on a damp cloth or sponge, wipe, and rinse down with water afterwards. For tougher stains and food debris, it might be more effective to sprinkle the baking soda directly on the microwave plate, and on the inside and outside of microwave, spray water onto it so it forms a paste, and then let it sit for a few hours before wiping away. Baking soda can also be added to your dish water to help cut grease and food left on dishes, pots, and pans. For cooked on foods, let dishes soak in a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda and hot water before rinsing. If you have a coffee or teapot that needs cleaned, baking soda will do just the trick! It removes those hard coffee and tea stains, and that bitter taste in mugs. Take 1/4 cup baking soda and combine with 1 quart warm water. For stubborn stains, let soak overnight.
Baking soda can also be used to do laundry! To give your laundry detergent a boost, simply add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to make your laundry detergent work harder, and give your load of laundry that extra bit of freshness. You can even create your own all natural laundry detergent at home using baking soda and a few other natural ingredients. Baking soda also works great for washing baby clothes and for cleaning cloth diapers. To clean cloth diapers, dissolve 1/2 cup of baking soda in 2 quarts of water and let diapers soak thoroughly.
Baking soda’s fresh scent makes it a great, natural deodorizer for all sorts of things! Place an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator or freezer to help neutralize odors. Have a trash can that smells ungodly? Try sprinkling a bit of baking soda on the bottom of the can to keep bad trash smells at bay. This also works great for freshening up drains and garbage disposals. Simply pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain or disposal while running warm tap water. This will help neutralize the acid and basic odors for a fresh drain or disposal. For an even bigger boost of freshness try adding a bit of lemon or apple cider vinegar to the mix. This trick can also be used before running your dishwasher.
Does your cat have a stinky litter box? Do your carpets smell strongly of pets? Sprinkle a bit of baking soda over your old litter, or on top of a newly changed litter box, and mix in and you’re good to go! Sprinkle a bit on your carpets before vacuuming to get rid of pet and smoke odors, or add to the inside of your vacuum bag to deodorize your vacuum cleaner and leave your house feeling and smelling fresh as new! Baking soda is also ideal for deodorizing your child’s stinky lunchbox. Sprinkle a little and then rinse to wash away lingering odors. Baking soda can also be sprinkled in shoes to get rid of that stinky feet smell.
Baking soda is a natural antacid, and can therefore be safely and effectively used to relieve sour stomach, heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux. Just add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to a glass of water to neutralize, or refer to the baking soda box for further instructions. Baking soda is also ideal for treating insect bites, bee stings, poison ivy, and/or other types of itchy skin. To relieve itching, shake a bit of baking soda into your hand and rub into damp skin after a bath or shower, or make a paste and apply on dry affected skin.
If you are looking for a cheap and easy way to detox, then try adding a bit of baking soda to your bath water. When combined with a few other simple ingredients, baking soda makes a great detox bath that helps pull toxins from the body. It also works great for relieving sunburn! Just add 1/2 cup baking soda to a warm bath, or create your own detox bath recipe using other ingredients like epsom salt, apple cider vinegar, etc. Many recipes can be found online for this. Baking soda also works great for treating canker sores! To help relieve pain and speed up the healing process, try this simple recipe and follow these few simple tips.
Baking soda makes a great fruit and vegetable scrub. Simply sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge or vegetable brush, and scrub your fruits and veggies clean. It works great for removing dirt and residue. More importantly, baking soda is a good thing to keep around the kitchen because it can help extinguish a fire. This is especially true in the case of minor grease or electrical fires. The reason it works so well for this is because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. For a small kitchen fire (i.e. cooking fire from a frying pan, pot, oven, grill, broiler, etc.) first turn off the gas or electricity if it is safe to do so, then stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame. This should help put the fire out, and of course always have a fire extinguisher on handy and be sure to call the Fire Department as well.