Baking soda is a powerful versatile ingredient that can be used for anything from cleaning to treating skin and health problems.
Even though we use it for rising dough in most cases, it can also be used to remove odors from carpets, clothes, and surfaces in the home, and it effectively whitens clothes.
It can also significantly improve beauty as it is a potent natural aesthetic product. Yet, it also has a high medicinal capacity. Namely, it can treat various health issues and conditions.
These are some of its uses you probably didn’t know:
There are so many reasons to switch your store-bought deodorant for a natural alternative. Baking soda makes a great odor-repelling and anti-bacterial replacement for harsh, conventional antiperspirants and deodorants.
When time is of the essence, mix up a simple two-ingredient DIY deodorant made from a quarter cup of baking soda and 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice. Pat it under your arms after your shower and you’re good to go!
Relieves body odor
If you want to neutralize the bacteria and the acids on your body that actually cause the unpleasant body odor, fill your bathtub with water and add a small cup of baking soda, and then soak yourself in this mixture.
This will help you eliminate the unpleasant body odor and relieve oily skin. Do this once or twice weekly in order to make your skin smooth and soft.
If you have dry skin on your hands and feet, you should apply a mixture made of baking soda, water, and soap, and use it for a nice massage of your skin. In the end, rinse with warm water. Your skin will become hydrated and you will alleviate the odor from your hands after preparing some meals.
You can use baking soda to whiten your nails and exfoliate the cuticles. For healthy cuticles, dip a nail brush into a paste made from baking soda and water. Rub this in a circular motion over the hands and fingers and rinse off.
Those with yellow nails (caused by too much bright nail polish) can combine baking soda with the juice of half of a lemon and apply to the nails. While the lemon serves to lighten and nourish, its acidity means it is best avoided if your hands have cuts or scrapes!
Freshens the breath
If you’re suffering from bad breath, you know that those mint drops do nothing. They only hide the underlying problem of halitosis, but baking soda can eliminate bad breath effectively and quickly.
Put a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and mix until it dissolves, then gargle the solution to disinfect your throat and oral cavity and eliminate the bacteria. Repeat the process every other day for best results.
Keeps your hair healthy and clean
Most of the shampoos and conditioners on the market are not as good as advertised, as they usually contain chemicals that can harm the scalp and the hair. Still, you can use baking soda as a conditioner and thus keep your hair and scalp healthy and clean. A tip: make sure you use the baking soda only once on a monthly basis, as it has pretty high pH levels.
For a quick way to whiten your teeth in the morning, sprinkle baking soda into your palm, dip a damp toothbrush into it, and brush. Then rinse and follow with your toothpaste. For an antifungal mouthwash, mix 1 teaspoon baking soda in a 1/4 glass of water and swish the solution through your teeth.