Baking soda is a natural remedy that you can use on different occasions: in cooking recipes, in the home, for beauty and personal hygiene, for home remedies, in the garden, etc. That’s why we should keep it at home and know the benefits and uses of baking soda.
Besides being a natural remedy, sodium bicarbonate does not pollute the environment, so it is highly recommended to use it to replace commercial products that remain in the environment for many years before degrading or containing multiple ingredients that can be harmful to health.
20 Uses of Baking Soda
Learn what are the uses of baking soda and how it can be helpful.
1. Baking soda to exfoliate the skin
If you want to improve the glow of your skin, softness, and cleanness then exfóliate with baking soda. Later apply the oils or homemade creams, it will be absorbed better.
It’s very simple, you just have to wet the area you want to treat, for example, the face. Apply a little baking soda on the skin and do gentle circular massage in an upward direction. A minute is enough. Rinse the face well with warm water and dry it well.
You can use the baking soda to exfoliate once or twice a week.
2. Baking soda for bad breath or halitosis
If you have eaten garlic and want to eliminate the odor from your mouth, brushing your teeth may not be enough. To completely eliminate the garlic breath you only have to add half a teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water and rinse your mouth or swish with this mixture.
Not only works with garlic, but the sodium bicarbonate is also able to eliminate bad breath naturally. Always maintain good oral hygiene and then use the baking soda when you need it. Here you can see how to make homemade toothpaste and other mouthwashes to keep a healthy mouth.
3. Baking soda for heartburn or heartburn
If you have eaten too much and have heartburn or sourness, baking soda is what all you need.
Take a glass with about 150 ml of water and add half a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix and drink little by little. Soon you will begin to feel better.
And if you want to try other options for heartburn, here are 17 natural remedies for heartburn.
4. Baking soda for insect bites
If you have been bitten by a mosquito or another insect and need some natural remedy to relieve itching, you can use the baking soda. In a small container add a teaspoon of baking soda and add enough water to obtain a paste that is not too liquid. Apply this paste to the bite and leave it for several hours. You can put some gauze on top to cover and to make sure the bicarbonate stays in its place.
This remedy is very effective to combat the itching due to insect’s bites.
But if you have been stung by a bee or wasp, I recommend that you look at 18 home remedies for bee and wasp stings.
5. Sodium bicarbonate as deodorant
You should avoid using commercial deodorants made with synthetic chemicals that can be quite harmful to your health. Keep in mind that the deodorant is used every day and if we manage to replace a commercial deodorant with a natural home remedy we will avoid exposing ourselves to many toxic substances.
You only need to wet the armpits and apply a little bicarbonate. No need to remove it. It is very effective, even if you are very active and it lasts all day.
You also have other recipes for making homemade deodorants.
6. Baking soda for whiter teeth
Sodium bicarbonate can be an effective natural remedy to eliminate or reduce the stains of the teeth and to make them look whiter. Yes, you can use baking soda for teeth.
To use baking soda as toothpaste, you only need a quarter teaspoon of baking soda that you mix with a few drops of water, enough to get the texture not very liquid. Brush your teeth with this mixture as you normally do with any conventional paste, but emphasizing the more yellow or stained areas.
It is not recommended to use baking soda more than twice a week because it could damage tooth enamel.
7. Baking soda for oily skin, pimples, fine-tune pores and blackheads
The uses of baking soda are also for a beauty treatment. Try the mask of sodium bicarbonate and lemon for oily skin and blackheads. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with about ten drops of lemon juice. The mixture should be slightly liquid, but not too much because it would fall on your face. Apply this paste covering the entire face or areas where the skin is more oily (such as the forehead, nose, and chin). Leave for 15 to 25 minutes and then remove it by rinsing the face well with warm water.
This mask can be used once a week or when you see that you have the oiliest skin. It can help you to have more balanced skin, yes, you must take a healthy diet and drink enough water to have good skin.
8. Baking soda for a foot bath
To remove hardness, dead and dry skin, and even remove fungus and get more care, use the sodium bicarbonate.
In a basin or container large enough to fit your feet, add hot water (it should not be too hot). Add one and a half tablespoon of baking soda and massage the feet with a special emphasis on the most affected areas. This will serve to exfoliate the feet well and make them as new. If you have fungi you can also add 20 drops of tea tree oil to eliminate them.
Then rinse the feet and apply some oil, such as sweet almond oil, argan oil, or coconut oil. Put on some socks and sleep like that all night. In the morning you will have great feet.
9. Baking soda to wash fruits and vegetables
If you want to remove traces of dirt from fruits and vegetables, sodium bicarbonate is a cheap, simple, effective, and natural option to do so. Take the fruit or vegetable that you want to wash and, wet your hand, add a little sodium bicarbonate. Thoroughly rub the entire surface of the fruit or vegetable and wash for a couple of minutes. Then rinse well to remove it completely.
This remedy not only removes the external dirt but also effective to remove the agro-toxics that are thrown into the conventional fruits and vegetables during their cultivation.
Now your family will eat and enjoy the only organic food.
10. Sodium bicarbonate for sponge omelets, sponge cakes, bread and muffins
Add between 1/3 and 2/3 teaspoon of baking soda when you are preparing tortillas, pieces of bread, or sweets such as biscuits, muffins, or crepes and these will be more fluffy.
11. Baking soda to wash clothes
Instead of using detergent, you can use baking soda to wash your clothes. A spoonful of baking soda for every three kilos of clothes is enough.
In addition, the bicarbonate has a bleaching effect so, it can maintain the whiteness of the linen.
Another eco-friendly option to wash clothes is to use soap nuts and as a softener, you can use the vinegar.
12. Baking soda to neutralize odors in the refrigerator
There are different uses of baking soda to remove unwanted odors. Sometimes we have foods in the refrigerator that can give off a strong smell and this smell goes to other foods or simply stays inside the refrigerator.
To neutralize these odors, you only have to put one or two small pouches of baking soda (the lid of some juice or similar goes very well) in a corner of the refrigerator. This bicarbonate will absorb bad odors. Change it every two or three weeks.
13. Baking soda to eliminate stains of coffee, tea, and wine
If you have cups and other containers with coffee, tea, or wine stains and do not come out, the baking soda can help in these cases.
Pour a teaspoon of baking soda into the cup or container you want to clean and add enough water to cover the stained area. Leave it like this for 24 hours and then clean the cups as you normally do. All stains will be gone.
14. Baking soda to eliminate odors of kitchen utensils
If you have a blender, some container or taper, pots, mortars, cutting boards, and in general any utensil that has remained with the smell of food, do not worry, with the sodium bicarbonate it can be eliminated or at least mitigated.
You just have to rub with the cleaner in which you will put a teaspoon of baking soda. Another option is to pour water and baking soda into the container and let it work all night or all morning. Take a tablespoon of baking soda per liter of water.
15. Baking soda for the bad smell of shoes, sports bags, and other sports materials
Wash these items in the washing machine (see the labels first to make sure they are suitable for washing in the washing machine) and you only need to add two tablespoons of baking soda. No need to wash at more than 30 or 40 ºC.
All your things will come out clean and without odors. To keep them that way, you can add a little bit of baking soda to your shoes when you don’t wear them, so bad odors are neutralized. In the case of sports bags, you can make a small bag with a little bicarbonate and leave it inside.
16. Baking soda for the dishwasher
If you want to keep your dishwasher clean and odor-free, try this remedy with baking soda. Sprinkle a tablespoon of baking soda on the inside of the dishwasher door or add it with the detergent you use.
This keeps the inside of the dishwasher clean and everything you wash will come out cleaner and brighter.
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17. Baking soda to eliminate bad odors from the car
If you want to eliminate bad odors of the car etc., use the sodium bicarbonate. You can take advantage in two ways: if the upholstery can be removed, wash it in the washing machine with baking soda. If the upholstery cannot be removed, put a tablespoon of baking soda in a liter of water, wet a brush in this mixture, and brush all the upholstery well.
The other way to use sodium bicarbonate is to place several small packs distributed in the car. Change them every week or every 10 days. The sodium bicarbonate will absorb the bad smells that may be inside your car.
18. Baking soda to clean the silver
If you have silver objects such as rings, bracelets, cutlery, decorative objects, etc. that have become ugly, you do not need to resort to toxic cleaners to make them shiny and new.
Mix sodium bicarbonate with a little water until you get a dense paste. Take some of this paste with a damp cloth and rub the piece of silver that you want to clean. Then rinse with another cloth and dry it.
But in addition to the sodium bicarbonate, I encourage you to use the horsetail to polish metals.
19. Sodium bicarbonate as a deodorizer
If you have four-legged roommates, or smoke indoors or do not as your home smells like food after cooking, then try eliminating these smells with baking soda. It is an excellent natural remedy to neutralize the bad smells of sofas, carpets, curtains, bedspreads, etc.
I have this simple recipe for you to make your own air freshener and enjoy at home a fresh environment without bad smells.
20. Baking soda to eliminate the smell of cat’s box
When you have to clean and dry the box that your cat uses, put the first layer of baking soda, and then add the sand. This will eliminate or reduce the odors that urine and cat feces can generate.
I believe these 20 uses of baking soda will work right, and you can get benefits.