Sodium bicarbonate, the “official” term for baking soda, helps regulate pH. If baking soda mixes with either an acid or an alkaline substance it has a neutralizing effect on it. Baking soda is perfect for neutralizing acidic odors and maintaining a neutral pH which is perfect for doing things like boosting your laundry detergent’s power. It also has a gentle abrasive ability to help scrub. In a nutshell, the uses for baking soda are many: It deodorizes, neutralizes, and cleans all without the toxic mess of most commercial products.
So seen as this is such a versatile ingredient, here are some of the best uses of baking soda:
A paste made from baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution can be used as an alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpastes.
Use as a Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant
Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use.
Make a mixture of water and baking soda. Apply this under your armpits. It will keep your armpits dry and give the same effect as the commercial deodorants.
Shampoo boosting ingredient
If you add some baking soda to your everyday shampoo it will boost its properties and make the hair shiny and silky.
Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener
Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or 3 parts baking soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean.
Keep your brushes and combs clean
Add baking soda on your brushes and combs. Baking soda will remove all of the excess oils, build up and dirt that they store in them.
Polish Silver Flatware
Another simple paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water can be rubbed onto silver flatware with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse and dry.
Alleviate bee sting
Baking soda has proven itself to help with beestings. It has alkaline properties which help to fight off the formic acid that builds up in the wound.
Deodorize Litter Boxes
Cover the bottom of the pan with baking soda, and then fill as usual with litter. To freshen between changes, sprinkle baking soda on top of the litter after a thorough cleaning.
Keep Ants Out
Mix up equal parts of baking soda and salt together. Then, sprinkle the mixture wherever you see the ants coming in.
Turns out, relief from heartburn can be found where you may have gotten it in the first place: your kitchen. ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda makes a great antacid when mixed with water. Here’s what you need to do: Add half a teaspoon to half glass of water every 2 hours, or as directed by a physician. Dissolve completely in water. Accurately measure half a teaspoon.
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So take these easy tricks, and use them in your everyday life.