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The Benefits and Uses of Baking Soda

Updated on January 9, 2014

Uses for Baking Soda

The Benefits and Uses of Baking Soda

What about baking soda? Many times I have listened to my mother talk about the benefits of baking soda when used for cleaning, but what else can we use it for? Baking soda is without question on of the hardest working multitaskers we have in our kitchens. It is an essential baking ingredient when baking cakes, cookies, and other treats. However, it is also an efficient “green” house cleaner and deodorizer. You can use this to de-odorize the cat litter, garbage cans, refrigerator interiors, and other smelly things around the house.

But did you know that you can use baking soda for a wide variety of other things, it is a gentle, fast acting remedy for many health conditions including diaper rash and sunburn pain?

What is in Baking Soda?

Baking soda is a mildly alkaline salt that reacts easily with acids, releasing carbon dioxide and creating effervescence. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate and is derived from soda ash that occurs naturally in an ore called trona. Trona is mined in the Green River Basin of Wyoming.

What about the Healing Properties?

Baking soda has the ability to take the sting and itch out of many skin problems. Baking soda has enough alkaline to take the edge off of potentially harsh acids. This is why it is great for heartburn, it neutralizes the acid in the stomach that causes heartburn and makes you uncomfortable.

You can use baking soda to ease the itch of stings, insect bites, poison ivy, and poison oak. The same applies to diaper rash, baking soda will lessen the itching and help the skin to heal faster.

Baking soda can also reduce the bacteria friendly acidic environment of the inside of the bladder. It can be a great home remedy for easing the discomfort of bladder infections. You can use it to gargle with when you have a sore throat, will help reduce pain causing acids, and you can mix it with some water to form a paste to use as a tooth polish. Baking soda whitens teeth and helps to combat the acid that eats away at tooth enamel, and it is less abrasive than toothpaste.

You can use baking soda to help with acne, rub a blackhead gently with the paste for two to three minutes, and this will loosen it. You can dust under your armpits or on the feet to help with odors instead of using an expensive deodorant.

Velzipmur aka Shelly Wyatt

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15 Uses for Baking Soda

Many different ways to make good use of Baking Soda

  1. Use it as an antacid dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water to relieve heartburn and indigestion.
  2. Use as a toothpaste by making a paste out of baking soda and water and use in place of regular toothpaste.
  3. Use it as a mouthwash, dissolve 1 teaspoon in 1 cup of water and gargle to neutralize mouth odors this is also a good way to relieve pain from canker sores and ulcers.
  4. Use baking soda to clean oral appliances, dissolve 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a standard glass of water or bowl to loosen food particles and neutralize odors.
  5. Use baking soda to clean and freshen hair utensils, use it clean your brushes and combs by boiling them in a solution of 1 cup baking soda, ¼ cup of vinegar and a gallon of water.
  6. Use baking soda to soak and clean your skin by dissolving ½ cup of baking soda in a tub with a few drops of essential oil for a relaxing bath that cleans acids off of your skin and softens it as well.
  7. Use for diaper rash on babies, dissolve a small amount of baking soda in water to help relieve the pain of diaper rash.
  8. You can make face and body scrubs with baking soda by mixing just enough filtered water or cold pressed almond oil to make a paste to exfoliate your face or body.
  9. Use to neutralize odors on your hands after cooking.
  10. Use it to wash your hair, this will help to enhance your shampoo and remove any residue from your hair.
  11. Use it to relieve itchy skin, put it on your skin like a powder.
  12. Use it to soothe insect bites, stings, sunburn, and windburn
  13. Use it to wash fruits and vegetables, dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a bowl of water and wash fruits and veggies.
  14. Use baking soda to clean the stains on your cutting board, cut open a lemon and sprinkle with baking soda-scrub the cutting board with the baking soda laden lemon.
  15. Use baking soda to keep your cut flowers fresh longer, mix in a tablespoon of baking soda in the vase of water.

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      Shelly Wyatt 3 years ago from Maryland

      thank you so much sehrm! I am so pleased that you enjoyed this article, and thanks for the FYI I did know that but forgot. lol

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      sehrm 3 years ago from Los Angeles

      This is great! I've always intuitively used baking soda for things that don't have a solution. FYI, natural toothpastes are a good baking soda paste that you don't need to mix yourself. Thanks for the article -- well written, too!

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      Shelly Wyatt 4 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks!

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      caseymel 4 years ago from Indiana

      Great tips!