Splendid benefits and uses of baking soda
Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, has benefits and uses that go way beyond banking. If you have a box in your cupboard, keep it handy because we’re going to share with you a few amazing benefits of using baking soda.
Please be advised that these uses and remedies will render different results for various individuals and we would advise that you contact a healthcare professional before relying on any of these remedies.
Exfoliation: Baking soda is a wonderful natural exfoliator and can be turned into the perfect at home, inexpensive spa treatment. Simply add three tablespoons of baking soda to a tub of warm water for a foot soak. Make a paste combining 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water to be used as an exfoliator for your body and face.
Cleanse your hands: The above mentioned paste can also be used to cleanse your hands and scrub away dirt and odours.
Deodorant: Preparing a simple paste with a pinch of baking soda and some water works wonderful as a natural antiperspirant. Alternatively, you can brush some dry baking soda under your arms.
Relieves itchiness and insect bites: You can make a paste with baking soda and water or simply rub the dry powder on a rash or to relieve minor skin irritations.
Splinters: Everyone can agree on one thing; a splinter is terribly irritating. If you consider yourself to be a patient person, soak the area where the splinter entered your skin in a mixture of a tablespoon of baking soda with water two times a day. The splinter should come out after a couple of days.
Sunburn: This remedy is perfect for summer. If you’re suffering from bad sunburn, soak your body in bath water containing half a cup of baking soda. When you step out of the tub, allow your skin to air-dry for extra relief.
Toothpaste: Studies have revealed that baking soda makes fantastic toothpaste that can remove plague, polish and clean your teeth. Here’s a secret toothpaste recipe: Mix six parts of baking soda with one part of sea salt. Blend these ingredients together. Wet your finger and apply the mixture to your gums and teeth and spit out the excess. Wait 15 minutes before rinsing your mouth.
Bonus tip: Baking soda is the natural answer to whitening your teeth.
Around the house:
Drain cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda in your drain following with a splash of apple cider vinegar. Allow this mixture to bubble down the drain for 15 minutes then rinse with hot water.
Scrub tough stains: Baking soda can be used to scrub your barbeque, scrub away the grime in your shower or bath and to soak pots and pans.
Fabric softner: Add one cup of baking soda to your laundry to soften and whiten your clothes.
Now you know that bicarbonate of soda might just come in hand this festive season. Don’t forget to try one of the above mentioned uses on the 30th of December as it will be World Bicarbonate of Soda Day!