Many of us keep a box of baking soda at home but you probably didn’t know for all the things it’s useful for.
It is primarily used as an ingredient in baked goods, in combination with an acid, reacts, creates bubbles and releases carbon dioxide gas that makes the dough rise. Baking soda is also known as nahcolite, a part of the natural mineral natron. It was used in the ancient Egypt as soap but in 1846, Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight started to sell it as baking soda.
Then, it was used as a cooking additive and in 1920 people realized its potential as a medical agent. Here are 11 other uses for it.
1. Heartburn, indigestion, and ulcer pain
Baking soda neutralizes the stomach acid relieving indigestion, heartburn and treating ulcer pain.
- In a half glass of water put a half teaspoon of the soda and take it every 2 hours.
Note: This should be an occasional treatment.
2. Tooth and gum paste
Since it is a mild abrasive, it can help clean your teeth, make them whiter and fight bad breath. It fights the Streptococcus mutans bacteria which is a very common contributor to tooth decay.
- Mix 6 parts of baking soda with 1 part of sea salt
- Blend them for a minute and transfer the mixture to a suitable container
- Take a little on the tip of your fingertip and apply to the gums and teeth
- After 15 minutes, wash it off with water.
3. Natural deodorant
- Use just a pinch of it and water instead your regular deodorant full of aluminum and other chemicals
- Apply it directly on the armpits.
4. Hand cleanser
Remove dirt from the hands by washing them with this mixture:
- Mix 3 parts of baking soda with one part water and you’re done.
5. Insect bites and poison ivy
- Mix baking soda with water and apply the paste on the insect bites
- It will soothe the itching and heal skin irritations and poison ivy.
6. Foot soak and exfoliator
Scrub your feet to exfoliate them with this mixture:
- Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a tub of warm water
- Soak the feet in to relax and soothe skin.
7. Sunburn remedy
To relieve the sunburns you can easily enjoy a bath with:
- A ½ cup of baking soda
- Apply a cold compress with water and baking soda to the irritated areas.
8. Relaxing soak
- Apply apple cider vinegar and baking soda to your bath
- Soak in it to relax and soften your skin
- The water will clean the drain/tub afterwards.
9. Splinter removal
Soak the affected area in a mixture of a tablespoon of baking soda and half-cup of water
- Repeat this twice daily until you completely remove them.
10. Teeth whitener
- Apply half a teaspoon of baking soda to one crushed ripe strawberry
- Spread the paste onto teeth
- After 5 minutes, brush and rinse them with water.
11. Improved sports performance
The use of baking soda capsules is used by runners before races to provide similar effect to carbohydrate loading. It also improves speed for swimmers. According to researchers:
“Essentially, sodium bicarbonate is an alkali substance that increases the pH of the blood. This seems to reduce and offset the acidity produced in the muscles during intense, anaerobic exercise that produces lactic acid most quickly, such as fast running or swimming.”
Baking Soda as a natural cleanser
You can also use to clean your house as well. Here are some tips:
- Sprinkle some on the carpets, leave it there for 15 minutes and vacuum it up
- Mix it with water to scrub away the grime from the shower and bath
- Clean your vegetables by sprinkling some baking soda on them and eliminate the dirt using a vegetable brush