Health and Beauty Uses for Baking Soda

Many Uses of Baking Soda
Many Uses of Baking Soda

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Baking soda may be an inexpensive kitchen ingredient but it plays an important role in your health and beauty routine. Its medicinal and personal care uses were endorsed by the United State Pharmacopoeia (USP) more than 150 years ago. Since baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a natural substance with the ability to neutralize many compounds, its usefulness is vast and varied—from removing odor to plugging holes in your walls. If you’re concerned about the environment or using too many chemicals, sodium bicarbonate is ideal—it is found in nature, in the ocean, in the soil, in food and even in our bodies, so baking soda will not harm you or the environment.

Baking Soda Whitens Teeth
Baking Soda Whitens Teeth

There are a hundred and one ways to use baking soda but I will just include the more prominent uses:

1.  Dental Hygiene

White teeth, clean breath and good oral hygiene—baking soda has the capacity to do all that.  Because of its naturally gritty texture, baking soda can be used in place of toothpaste or sprinkled on toothpaste to remove stains and whiten teeth. To freshen breath, simply dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water and use it like a mouthwash.

On that note, baking soda can also be used to clean dentures and dental appliances. Soak dentures, retainers, athletic mouth guards, and other oral appliances in 2 teaspoons of baking soda dissolved in warm water.

2. Clean, Shiny Hair

Build-up from chemicals in shampoo, conditioners and hair products can leave the hair dull and discolored. To restore shine and make it squeaky clean, add a teaspoon of baking soda to a dollop of shampoo in your palm and shampoo your hair as usual.  Rinse thoroughly.

Another hair trick:  If your hair is oily and you don’t have the time to shampoo, sprinkle baking soda on hair and comb through, then fluff with hair dryer.

3.  Soothe Skin Irritations

Baking soda is a natural salve for skin irritations.  To relieve itching from prickly heat, poison ivy or to take the sting out of insect bites; apply baking soda, mixed with enough water to make a paste and allow it to dry. This process draws out and neutralizes the poisons, thereby providing relief.

If dry, itchy skin is a problem in the winter, add 1 cup of baking soda and 1 and a quarter cup of baby oil to your bath.  And if you’re badly sunburned, baking soda can also provide relief—add 1 cup of baking soda to warm bathwater and soak to soothe pain.  Warm bath with baking soda also helps to wash any acid wastes on your skin.

4.  Face Saver

Dull skin is the result of dead cells and grime sitting on your skin.  Use the exfoliating powers of baking soda to fully cleanse your skin. Simply mix 3 parts of baking soda to 1 part of water and use it as a gentle scrub.  If you prefer an exfoliating mask, mix fine oatmeal with baking powder and a touch of honey to found a paste and apply to the face.  Rinse off after 20 minutes.

Baking soda is very helpful for other skin problems.  Acne? Make a paste by adding 1 teaspoon of water to 2 tablespoons of baking soda, apply to acne and rinse off after 1 minute.

5.  Neutralize Acids

The alkaline properties of baking soda make it an effective aid in treating heartburn, acid indigestion and related digestive discomforts.  Many components of your diet such as meat, diary products, sugars, alcohol and caffeinated drinks can produce too much acid in the body.  Make your own antacid solution by mixing ½ teaspoon of baking soda with ½ glass of water and allow the alkaline nature to neutralize the pH equilibrium.

6.  Fights Diseases

Having too many acids in the body can lead to potential problems like arthritis and various forms of cancer. In order to neutralize the acids and regain alkalinity, add small amounts of baking soda to your fluids. Alkalinity not only boosts the immune system, it fights cancer as cancer cannot thrive at a pH of 8.

7. Helps Chronic Kidney Disease

A pilot study conducted at the Royal London Hospital found that a daily dose of baking soda can help chronic kidney disease sufferers avoid having to undergo dialysis. They also found that baking soda can dramatically slow the progress of the condition—only 9% of those treated with baking soda showed rapid disease progression as opposed to 45% of the untreated group.

8. Boosts Athletic Performance

Recent studies confirm what athletics have known for a long time—the taking of baking soda before competitive sports events improve speed and endurance. According to recent study, researchers from Loughborough University gave baking to nine swimmers and found that they reduced their time by an average of 1.5 seconds.  Another study from the American College Sports Medicine reported that runners given a capsule of baking soda improved their running times by 2.2 seconds in the 800 meter dash.  However, some suffer indigestion, a well-known side effect.

These findings raise controversies—should baking soda be considered an enhanced sports performance aid and therefore added to the list of banned substances in sporting events?

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ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

Good info. I always have a pack of baking soda in my house. I use it for scrubbing pots and pans. I have an open pack in my refrigerator to eliminate odors. I use it for heartburn (that is, to get rid of it :) ). I didn't know about its boosting abilities :) I wonder if it can boost academic performance as well. I'm going to check it- I'll take a soda capsule before my next test :)

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Appreciate your comments. My husband also keeps a dish of baking soda at the back of the refrigerator to get rid of odors. He uses it to clean his antiques too--he loves antiques.

LOL on your suggestion of it boosting academic performance. I wish! My kids could use it and so could I. "Baking Soda's effervescence shows power to boost brain capacity." That will be a happy day:)

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Charia Samher 7 years ago

A lot of new information about baking soda. BTW let me know if it works as brain booster too. LOL! =)

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Thanks for visiting my hub. LOL--I will let you know as soon as I can find a mad or innovative or crazy scientist who can come up with this special power. After all, what can baking soda not do?

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Who would have knew all that baking soda could do. I'm moving my baking soda to the front of the cupboard. Oh yes, and please let me know too when you find that crazy scientist, LOL.

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Nicely said, Dottie. Maybe, we should mount a search right here in hubpages?

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Debby Bruck 7 years ago

How many of these uses have you actually tried or use regularly?

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

I could say more personal use than health--I use it for cleaning household items and yes, I sprinkle some of my toothpaste from time to time to better clean my teeth. I soak items like hair brushes in a baking soda solution to lift grime and dirt. Not bad for a box that doesn't cost much.

Thanks for dropping by and what about you--do you use baking soda in any of the above-mentioned ways? Perhaps you have some interesting use to share, given that you're quite a holistic expert?

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jayb23 7 years ago from India

Hey this is such an informative hub. I actually didn't know so many uses of bleaching soda. Thanks for sharing it with us. Keep them coming

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Thank you, Jayb. Most of all, thanks for your support and encouragement.

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VivienneG 7 years ago from Florida


I use baking soda to whiten my teeth. I'm a heavy coffee drinker... common cause of stained teeth. I haven't reached the point of using over the counter teeth whiteners yet. Hopefully, I won't.

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

I do too. You can also use baking soda with hydrogen peroxide for better results--half baking soda, half peroxide.

Thanks for visiting my hub.

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Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

Wow, I never realized baking soda had all these uses. I'm a big fan of using all natural products. I'll be sure to try these. Thanks for the terrific info.

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Thanks, Patti Ann, for your comments. Pretty amazing, isn't it?--how the humble baking soda can be so versatile.

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Bredavies 7 years ago

i love this! well done!

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Thanks for dropping by. I'm off to visit yours.

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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

I use the baking soda in several ways and will now try your bit in the shampoo. I at first thought I would add in the news I just heard on newsline about the baking soda helping kidney patients, but you already had it down! Wonderful and THANKS!!

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Thanks for dropping and I appreciate your comments. Let me know how your hair does with the bit added to your shampoo.

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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

this is great hub. thanks for all information about baking soda. I'll bookmark this one.

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Thanks for your kind comments and I'm going to visit your hub.

Michael 7 years ago

OMG!! My grandmother would be such a big user of baking soda. After all these years to read this has made my day. Thank you so much for posting.

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Thanks, Michael for your positive endorsement--your grandmother would be happy to know you know how to use baking soda. Every household should have one handy. Thanks again.

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The Green Guru 7 years ago

I never new baking soda was so good for so many different things. I know my mother used it and now I know why. Thanks Anglnwu :)

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Thanks, Green Guru, for dropping by. Baking soda is extremely useful and versatile. Now, you know mothers are smart :)

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

your hub is always rich in information angel,

Can you be my health consultant? am just a poor woman hehe, Thank you angel, Maita

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Maita, you don't need no health consultant--you look the picture of health. Jokes aside, always a pleasure to see you.

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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Great article, I have used baking soda on my teeth and when I get a UTI. You have introduced me to many new ways to use baking soda. It's a great product, thanks for sharing all of these uses. I will be sure to try them out.


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Sage, it's good to see you again. I use it on my teeth too. Baking soda is very versatile. Enjoy its many uses. Thank you for dropping by and I hope to see more of you.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

a- u already as always read my mind.. i keep this cute this Hello Kitty box in my medicine cabinet with BS .. and it has a straw in it. .you know the kind you get with a slurpy at 7 eleven . .i use it everyday in so many ways.. and the best is the most basic. . a little warm water mixed together and smear it all over my face when i need to bring what ever is under up .. .lol . .as you can see I am spent. . 3o Hubs later and I can finally come around and visit with you! Jia Yu, . yeah!!!!!!

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

My dear Jia Yu pal, hooray, you're almost there and you have run fabulously, the Jia Yu race. Anyway, lol on your hello kitty box. We have a hello kitty ice pack! Nice way to keep BS always near. I've a box in my bathroom, always near. Thanks for dropping by. You've a lovely weekend.

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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

This is very, very interesting, and as usual well written. Rated up and useful, and stumbled too. :)

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Dude, there's a word for people like you--magnificent and magnanimous (ok, maybe 2 words). Thank you for dropping by and for all the times, you rated and stumbled and whatever you do to help out:))

Gillian from Singapore 6 years ago

I have used baking soda on my teeth before but I was afraid it would be too abrasive on my enamel. Also, where do I buy the hydrogen peroxide in Singapore? Please re-assure me that using baking soda direct on my teeth wouldn't hurt my enamel. Thank You

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Gillian, good to see u again. If you use baking soda, mix it in with a dollop of toothpaste. Don't use too much as it can be abrasive. As for hydrogen peroxide, try pharmacies. I hope this is useful. Thanks for dropping by.

rojem 6 years ago

ooh.. it's a better information regarding for baking soda ... i thought that it use for cooking, it's a part of a recipe o,, come on ,, when i try it after 1 week ,,its effective tnx for the information it is useful.

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

thanks, rojem. I'm glad u find it useful.

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dosters 6 years ago from Chicago

I add it to the water after I hard boil eggs to re-harden the shells and make them easier to peel. I also linked to you from my hub here:

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

How smart, dosters, now I just learned another trick. Thanks for linking and i'm going right now to check out your hubs.

jhendor 6 years ago

baking powder is a very powerful material. I love the fact that it is versatile. I use it especially to help my teeth brightening process.

Thanks for this piece.

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Thanks, jhendor for dropping to comment. Thumbs up for its use as a teeth whitener.

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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Thanks for all the tips about baking soda. I knew some of them, but learned so many more uses. Great hub.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

thanks, toknowinfo, for commenting. Baking soda is quite versatile.

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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Wonderful info you really shared in here. I love the way and manner you packed tips listed in here, it was elaborate and i think i benefited and learnt a lot from these work.Thanks for sharing.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Glad you find this useful, sun-girl. Baking soda is quite amazing and you can use it in so many ways.

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Smart uses for a handy product. Thanks for putting these tips together for us. The last two are very interesting!

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, RTalloni, good to see you again and appreciate your positive feedback.

Christine 4 years ago

Is it safe to put baking soda in capsules to swallow rather than dissolving in water? I have a friend who has cancer that she unfortunately will not recover from but have heard that baking soda can at least offer some comfort. It tastes awful though so I've been seeking ways to make it slightly easier for her.

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Christine, so sorry to hear about your friend. You're such a wonderful friend, trying ways to help her. I must say that I'm not a doctor, just someone who research health topics...I would honestly hesitate to tell you that it's ok to consume a lot of baking soda--though they do use it on food. Check with her doctor before doing it.

I just read a book called the Maker's diet if you're looking for ways to help her. In the book, there are cases where doctors have given up on them but when they follow a diet similar to the Biblical times, they've seen recovery. You may want to check it out--it's not a promotion but it's always good to pass information along and of course, it's not a guarantee as well. Thank you for commenting and I wish your friend well. Take care.

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I am going to try this on my teeth! What a great idea!

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Audrey, for reading and commenting.

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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have used baking soda on my hair and brushed it out good and it does clean it. Great info, I wrote on this too and I believe it is some good stuff.

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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

Thanks, Jackie Lynnley, for stopping by to comment. Glad you found it useful.

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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

These ideas REALLY work! I've used most of them and baking soda is just amazing and versatile while being safe for people and pets. Another tip: pour a line of baking soda across thresholds to keep crawling bugs out of your house or kill those brave enough to cross that line. I can't say enough good about baking soda! Thanks for sharing your ideas! The video was very appropriate, too. Cheers!

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anglnwu 2 years ago Author

Laura, I agree I can't enough of baking soda too. Thanks for the tip. I'll be sure to use it.

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anglnwu 2 years ago Author

Laura, I agree I can't enough of baking soda too. Thanks for the tip. I'll be sure to use it.

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