You may use baking soda in your everyday life and still not know its benefits and qualities. Mostly you have used baking soda for cooking, but it can actually provide a lot of healthy properties that will keep your organism function properly.
Defining baking soda
The main compound of baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. This compound has been used in culinary field to help the dough rise and enrich the flavor in many dishes for a lot of years now. Since forever baking soda has been used to make bread and we still use it today.
You may also know baking soda as nahcolite, which is a derivate of the mineral natron. And in Egypt people have been using natron for cleaning the households.
The baking soda we use today has been made in 1846 by Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight. But, until 1920s the baking soda was only used for cooking and cleaning. That year the magic happened, and people started exploring its benefits as a medical mean.
11 ways to use baking soda for your health
Baking soda can really help you with healing some accidents and injuries. You can also find it in some cosmetic products that you already use. And because of this, you can easily try these ways of using baking soda, and make it a habit to the cheap price and availability in all stores.
- Natural deodorant
Deodorants that are store bought usually contain a lot of parabens and aluminum in them. They can be really harmful for our health and we should start avoiding them by creating natural deodorant with baking soda.
You just need to solely brush baking soda under your arms and on the feet in order to get rid of the unpleasant smell of sweat.
- Insect bites and poison ivy
To stop the itching on the insect bites you can prepare a baking soda and water paste and just apply it on the spot.
You can even treat poison ivy rashes and other itches with this method.
- Heartburn, indigestion and ulcer pain
When it comes to treating stomach acid, heartburn, indigestion and even ulcer pain, baking soda can be really powerful.
Try mixing ½ teaspoon of baking soda in a half a glass of water. Make a habit to take this drink every two hours in order to stop these problems. But if you are over 60 years old you should consult your doctor because this may be a huge dose for you.
- Foot soak and exfoliator
Make a mixture of three tablespoons of baking soda with warm water and then soak your feet in it. You can even prepare a paste to use like a scrub for your feet. This will help you cleanse the skin without any side-effects.
- Relaxing soak
Spice up your regular bath by combining baking soda with apple cider vinegar in it. Soak yourself and relax a little.
You can even leave the bath a little bit after you finish to clean the bathtub as well.
- Hand cleanser
By combining three parts of baking soda with one part of water you can get a hand cleanser which will help you clean your hands from dirt and unpleasant smells.
- Splinter removal
With this remedy it will take only a few days for the splinters to go away. You just have to mix one tablespoon of baking soda with a small glass of water and use this mixture on the affected are two times daily.
- Sunburn treatment
You can treat heavy sunburns by soaking in a bath with lukewarm water and ½ cup of baking soda in it. Another way to treat this is by dipping a towel or a cloth in the mix and applying it on the painful areas.
- Enhanced sports performance
A lot of athletes use baking soda capsules as an energy booster. But, before you start using them you should make a research.
We advise you to do a research because what we found says:
“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.”
- Tooth and gum paste
Baking soda can really benefit our teeth. But we should be careful not to abuse this method because our dental health needs to be protected. According to many studies, baking soda can really enhance the plaque removal of tooth brushing to a greater extent than the regular toothpaste we use.
Since the oral hygiene is really important, we should start using baking soda in order to get rid of all the bacteria, such as the Streptococcus mutans bacteria.
To do this you should mix six parts of baking soda with one part of sea salt. Put the ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds and then put them in a tube.
Using your index finger massage you gums with this paste in order to clean them.
You can also let the paste act for 15 minutes and then rinse your mouth for a total cleansing of the mouth. But as we said before, you need to be careful not to overuse baking soda.
- Teeth whitener
Take a ripe strawberry and combine it with ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Apply this mixture on your teeth and let it stay for 5 minutes. After the time has passed, brush your teeth and rinse them well. To get the best results, and not hurt the teeth enamel, it is recommended to use this once a week.
Baking soda as a natural cleanser
You already know that baking soda has been used as a household cleanser since many years ago.
By sprinkling baking soda on the dirty surfaces in your kitchen you can shine the spots in no time. You can even enhance the effect by adding a couple of essential oil drops.
Another way is to combine baking soda and apple cider vinegar to clean the bathroom and even the drain. You can also soak pans in a mixture of baking soda and hot water to clean them. Let them stay for 15 minutes and then just rinse.
We all know how challenging cleaning the grill can be. And when it comes to this you can also use baking soda by combining 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a 1 quart of water. You can also clean toys with this mixture.
Cleaning carpets has never been easier before. Sprinkle baking soda on them and let it sit like that for 15 minutes. After that just vacuum the baking soda and your carpets are clean.
Your silverware and cutlery can be cleaned easily with baking soda. You need to fill the kitchen sink with hot water and a sheet of aluminum foil and baking soda. Then put all the silverware and cutlery in it and wait a little.
Last but not least, you can clean your veggies by using baking soda when you wash them in order to get the dirt away.