Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is generally used as a leavening agent in baked goods. It is quite popular ingredient and almost every American keeps at least one box of baking soda in their kitchen cabinet.
But, did you know that baking soda is extremely versatile and that its benefits and uses go far beyond its use in baking? Here are the top benefits of this miraculous powder:
Teeth Whitener: Mix ripe strawberry with a ½ teaspoon of baking soda to make your own teeth whitener. Apply on the teeth, leave on for a few minutes, brush, and rinse well.
Tooth and Gum Paste: It has been scientifically proven that that toothpaste containing baking soda “enhanced plaque removal effectiveness of tooth brushing to a significantly greater extent” compared to non-baking soda toothpaste.
Sunburn Remedy: Add half a cup of baking soda to a bathtub and soak for natural relief from sunburns. Step out of the tub and let the skin air dry, instead of toweling off the excess water and baking soda.
Insect Bites and Poison Ivy: Mix baking soda and water to create a paste which will be applied directly on the skin to relieve itching. Alternatively, rub baking soda powder on the skin.
Relaxing Soak: Add baking soda and apple cider vinegar to your bathtub and enjoy this wonderful, spa-like relaxing soak. As an added bonus, the baking soda and ACV will clean the tub and drain too!
Splinter Removal: Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a glass of water and soak the affected area two times daily in this solution. Most splinters come out within a few days of using this treatment.
Foot Soak and Exfoliator: Add three tablespoons of baking soda to a tub of warm water and soak the feet for a while. Then, mix three parts of baking soda with a part of water to create a paste which you can use to scrub the feet. This is a cheap, all-natural and gentle exfoliator to use every day.
Natural Deodorant: Combine a pinch of baking soda with a little bit of water to create a paste which makes an effective all-natural deodorant.
Enhanced Sports Performance: Distance runners have long used baking soda capsules, also known as “soda doping”, prior races. This practice helps them enhance performance, probably by working similarly to carbohydrate loading.
Heartburn, Indigestion, and Ulcer Pain: Baking soda is extremely effective in neutralizing stomach acid, which in turn helps relieve heartburn, indigestion, and ulcer pain. The dosing is typically half a teaspoon of baking soda in a half a glass of water, taken every two hours.