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The Many Functions of Baking Soda
Baking soda is a very common ingredient that is found in a lot of recipes. Therefore, most households keep it readily available for when they need it most.
Although baking soda is used in a variety of baked goods, it is also useful for many other things as well. Some of which are as follows:
- Deodorize your refrigerator
- Prevention of diaper rash
- Teeth cleaning
- Treatment of heartburn
- Underarm deodorant
- Tub Cleaner
Deodorize Your Refrigerator
One of the most common uses of baking soda, other than for baking, is to deodorize a refrigerator. Simply open a box and sit it in the refrigerator to remove any odors that might be lingering there. It is recommended to replace it every 30 days for continued freshness. Since it has the ability to absorb smells quickly this is a relatively inexpensive method to treat an age-old problem.
Baking soda has long been considered a good cleaning agent; therefore, it has been used in addition to laundry soap for a number of decades. My own ancestors have utilized it for these purposes as well.
Prevention of Diaper Rash
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, as it is less commonly called, is also good to aid in the prevention of diaper rash in infants and toddlers. Simply sprinkle a few teaspoons into the child's bathwater and allow them to soak in it a few minutes. It will generally heal up a lot faster than if you were to use just diaper rash cream/ointment. Not only is this good for your child, but also your tub.
In addition to its many other uses, it is also good for brushing your teeth. First, make your toothbrush wet under the spigot and then dip your brush in baking soda. Then, brush as you normally would.
A dentist wouldn't recommend doing this because of the lack of fluoride, but it definitely cleans your teeth. It's something that could be done once in a while or to substitute if you didn't have toothpaste available.
This is also a way to whiten your teeth without a lot of the associated costs of whitening strips or trips to the dentist.
If you can get past the taste, it is definitely something to try.
Treatment of Heartburn
There are many people who suffer from the effects of heartburn. Baking soda may be a natural and less expensive treatment for these individuals. Since it contains sodium bicarbonate, which is an alkaline base, baking soda will act as a neutralizer to the stomach acid causing almost immediate relief.
If you wish to try this type of treatment, follow these instructions.
- Get a glass of water.
- Measure a teaspoon of baking soda.
- Place baking soda in water and stir.
- Drink immediately.
Again, if you can stand the taste, this is a good home remedy.
Considering that baking soda has the ability to block moisture, it can also be utilized as an underarm deodorant.
Simply mix it with water to make a paste. This can be done in the palm of your hand. Apply it to your clean, dry underarms and go about your day.
This is a good one for young children if they are exhibiting signs of bacterial growth under their arms and you want to use something that doesn't have any harmful effects.
In order to use baking soda as a tub cleanser, the following steps should be taken.
- Begin with a wet tub, like right after a shower is good.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the tub surface.
- Let it sit for a few minutes (10 to 15 minutes is preferable).
- Finish by wiping it off and rinsing.
If, by chance, there are any remaining stains, simply repeat the process, but this time, add a small amount of vinegar to it as well and then wipe it off.