Baking soda is an amazing compound with numerous uses. We mostly use it for cooking, but it has many more benefits most of us aren’t aware about.
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a compound which is used to rise dough before baking, but its use is not limited exclusively to food. Baking soda is also known as nahcolite, which comes from the term natron, a mineral derivative. In ancient Egypt, people used this compound to clean their homes, but it wasn’t until the 19th century before baking soda was created. Baking soda became pretty popular during the 20th century and was commonly used for medicinal purposes.
Besides its uses in cleaning, food and medicinal purposes, baking soda can also improve your overall health. Continue reading below to see how the compound can improve your life:
- A great natural deodorant
Did you know that baking soda is a great alternative for your favorite deodorant? Commercial deodorant brands contain chemicals and aluminum which can seriously harm your skin, and most of them don’t even work. Luckily, you can put a bit of baking soda under your arms or on your foot to deodorize them and keep the smelling fresh for a long time.
- Treats insect bites and poison ivy stings
Mix some baking soda and water in equal amounts to create a powerful paste that can treat poison ivy stings or insect bites. Besides itches, this mixture can also remove poison plant rashes.
- Treats indigestion, heartburn and ulcers
If you’re suffering from heartburn or indigestion often or having problem with ulcers, put ½ a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink the solution to get some much-needed relief.
- A great foot soak and exfoliator
Baking soda is a powerful odor remover that can deodorize your feet – just soak your feet in a bowl of water with 3 tablespoons of baking soda. You can also make a paste of baking soda and water and use it on the affected area.
- Relaxing soak
Baking soda isn’t just good for a foot soak – you can soak your whole body in it. For example, you can add a bit of baking soda and apple cider vinegar to a bath and soak yourself for 20-30 minutes in order to refresh your skin and clean it from impurities. Leave the solution in the bathtub for a bit longer to clean naturally.
- Cleans your hands
Mix 1 part of water with 3 parts of baking soda and use the mixture to clean your hands and remove odors.
- Removes splinters
Yes, you can use baking soda to remove splinters as well. Just mix 1tbsp of baking soda with a cup of water and apply the mixture on the spot two times a day. In a day or two the splinter will come right off on its own.
Sunburns can be really painful and uncomfortable but luckily for you we’ve got the perfect remedy for this problem as well. Mix ½ cup of baking soda with some warm water and add this solution in a lukewarm bath. Soak in this relaxing bath for 20-30 minutes for instant relief. You can also soak a towel in this solution and apply it on the sunburnt spots, it’s just as effective.
- Improve Sports Performance
Baking soda capsules are real popular among professional athletes because they’re known to improve sports performance significantly. They will give you an energy boost and increase your endurance. Make sure you consult with your doctor before taking them, just in case.
- Amazing natural toothpaste
This property of baking soda may be familiar to you but be careful not to use it too much and too often because it can do more harm than good. Baking soda is really health beneficial and can do wonders for your teeth and gums but it’s still and abrasive substance so you shouldn’t use it too often and damage your dental health.
You can use baking soda to brush your teeth once a week. It will help you eliminate plaque and the bad bacteria in your mouth better than any commercial toothpaste. How to use it?
Mix 6 parts baking soda with one-part salt, add the mixture in a blender and pulse until combined. Transfer the mixture in a tube and use it once or twice a week, apply the mixture on your index finger and simply rub your teeth with it. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and rinse well.
- Get those pearly whites without spending a fortune
Aside from protecting your teeth and gums baking soda can whiten them as well. Mix one strawberry with half a teaspoon of baking soda and apply the mixture on your teeth. Leave it on for no more than 5 minutes and rinse well. This too should be performed just once a week.
We’re not finished yet!
We’ve got a piece of history for you about baking soda, an interesting fact you probably didn’t know. Back in 1986 when Lady Liberty was restored the main ingredient that was used was baking soda. If it was good enough for the Statue of Liberty is surely is perfect for cleaning your kitchen, don’t you think?
You can mix baking soda with ACV and disinfect your toilet as well. You can use it to clean the greasy grill and even sprinkle some on your carpets and leave it on for 15 minutes before you vacuum for amazing results.
Baking soda can even be used to polish your silverware and cutlery and give them back their original shine. You can never go wrong with baking soda!
There you go, an endless supply of baking soda is what you need to keep your house and health in check. We’ve got you covered on the reasons why you need to keep a box of this amazing ingredient in your kitchen all you have to do is start using it!