25 Practical Uses For Baking Soda That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Baking soda is an extremely versatile ingredient to keep around your house. Not only can it be used for baking and for deodorizing your fridge, it also has many other uses as well, many of which may surprise you. One of the best features of this product is that it is super economical and non-toxic. Listed below are the top 25 ways you can use it, but a quick online search will yield you many more.
You can dip your toothbrush right into baking soda and scrub your teeth for an amazing, all natural alternative to toothpaste. I’ll admit, it’s not the greatest tasting thing in the world, so feel free to add some coconut oil and peppermint oil to create a more familiar taste and texture.
2. Gentle Exfoliator
Mix a small amount of baking soda with warm water and rub gently in a circular motion on your face for a great all natural exfoliator.
3. Heartburn Relief
I assure you, baking soda is more effective than Tums, and much cheaper, too. Next time that heartburn comes raging on, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with ½ cup of warm water and drink up. This provides almost instant relief.
4. Shampoo or ‘No-Poo?’
Baking soda can be used in place of your regular shampoo, and the greatest part about this method is that, once you start, you don’t have to do it as often to keep your hair nice and soft. Just work a small amount of baking soda into wet hair, starting at the roots and working your way down. The gentle pumice texture of the baking soda helps to naturally remove grease and other build up accumulated from styling or just living in general.
5. Relieve Diaper Rash
Mixing a couple of tablespoons of baking soda into your baby’s bathwater can help to relieve the symptoms of diaper rash and help soothe the skin.
6. Relief From Insect Bites
Just mix a small amount of baking soda with water to form a paste and then apply to the bites for almost instant soothing relief.
A simple concoction of baking soda, arrowroot powder, and coconut oil works wonders for an all-natural deodorant. Get the recipe here.
8. Dry Shampoo
Instead of using an aerosol spray that’s loaded with chemicals, just sprinkle a little baking soda on top of your roots and shake off excess to soak up any grease and leave your hair looking clean.
9. Acne Treatment
For a super simple acne treatment, simply mix baking soda with honey, apply to your face for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
10. Nail Cleaner
If your nails are looking a bit yellow, particularly after removing nail polish, mix a paste of baking soda and peroxide and scrub your nails clean.
11. Add To Bath
For a detoxifying and relaxing bath, add 1 cup of Epsom salts and ½ cup baking soda to warm water and let the tensions and the toxins melt away.
12. Foot Soak
To soften your feet, apply ½ cup of baking soda to a foot bath or a tub full of warm water. For extra benefit add a few drops of peppermint essential oil.
13. Produce Wash
For a simple and cheap produce wash, sprinkle baking soda into a damp sponge and wipe your produce clean.
14. Carpet Freshener
To eliminate odors or just freshen up carpet or rugs, sprinkle some baking soda directly onto your carpet, allow it to sit for at least for 15 minutes, and then vacuum up.
15. Boost Laundry Detergent
Add ½ to 1 cup of baking soda to your
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