Baking soda — or sodium bicarbonate — is a pretty versatile household product. Many of us have a box in our kitchen to make baked goods or keep some under the sink when it's time to clean. Although baking soda has been always been looked at as a tool for baking bread or deep-cleaning the counters, you may be missing out on the health benefits this household item can provide!
Baking soda is not for just making bread dough rise. You may want to stash a box of baking soda in your medicine cabinet because its uses can help improve your health and overall well-being.
This list of baking soda home remedies will send you running to the grocery store to pick some up! Time to make it part of your daily self-care routine.
1. Easily Remove A Splinter
Soak your skin in a mixture of one tablespoon of baking soda and water twice a day to remove any stubborn splinter. Within a few days, it should easily come out of your skin.
2. Ease The Itch Of Skin Irritations
Soothe the itchiness of poison ivy or bug bites by mixing water and baking soda and rubbing the solution on your skin. Baking soda works to neutralize toxins and bring relief to your skin!
3. Create A Relaxing And Rejuvenating Bath
Mix a concoction of apple cider vinegar and baking soda into your bath to create a spa-like experience for your skin. This mixture can also clean the tub!
4. Cool And Heal Sunburned Skin
Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda into your bath and soak your skin for soothing relief. Avoid toweling off after leaving the bath — let your skin air-dry to avoid further irritation.
5. Create Your Own Natural Deodorant
Many deodorants you buy are filled with harmful chemicals such as aluminum and parabens. Mix a small amount of baking soda and water to make your own deodorant paste. You can even use a bit of dry baking soda to smell fresh all day!
6. Increase Your Speed During Sports
Many long-distance runners and swimmers take baking soda capsules to help them with speed and endurance. It turns out baking soda is almost as effective as loading up on carbohydrates for energy!
7. Deep Clean Your Hair And Scalp
Remove dirt and grime from your hair by mixing one teaspoon of baking soda in your shampoo. This mixture effectively removes excess hair product from your scalp!
8. Detoxify Your Digestive Tract
Drinking the combination of one tablespoon baking soda and lemon juice can clean your gut and get your digestive system working regularly. Leave the mixture in a jar overnight and drink in the morning before eating breakfast.
9. Effective Relief For Heartburn And Indigestion
Suffering from heartburn after a large meal? Stir 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into a half glass of water and drink. Take every two hours as needed for fast relief!
10. Improve The Health Of Your Kidneys
Kidneys that are not working at capacity cannot remove acid from the body properly. Consuming baking soda — an alkaline substance — can help your body keep your pH levels at a normal level.
11. Create A Powerful Hand Cleanser
Combine three parts baking soda and one part water to make an effective hand cleanser. This natural cleanser removes dirt and grime while eliminating odor.
12. Whiten And Brighten Your Smile
Crush up a strawberry and mix it with a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Spread it all over your teeth and let it sit for five minutes. Brush your teeth, rinse, and revel in your beautiful smile!
Use this whitening method no more than once weekly to avoid damaging your tooth enamel.
13. Exfoliate The Soles Of Your Feet
Create your own homemade foot soak by mixing three tablespoons of baking soda into a warm bath. Scrub your feet with a baking soda and water solution for smooth, pampered feet!
14. Get Your Teeth Impeccably Clean
Using toothpaste with baking soda is known to rid your mouth of bacteria and effectively clean your teeth and gums. Mix six parts baking soda with one part sea salt in a blender. Rub the mixture on your gums and teeth and rinse out your mouth after 15 minutes for a clean set of pearly whites!
15. Naturally Cure A Sore Throat
Mix two teaspoons of baking soda into a warm glass of water. Gargle the solution to soothe your throat and get much-needed relief.
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