When I first started making my transition to natural cleaners and toxic-free personal care products I was amazed by how few ingredients I really needed. I also began to notice those few “super” team-players that seemed to show up everywhere: Coconut oil in many of my beauty products, lemons for added zing in my cleaning products, vinegar, castile soap, etc. But none seem to bring as much versatility as simple baking soda. There are so many uses for baking soda!
Best of all? It’s cheap!
Sodium bicarbonate, the “official” term for baking soda, helps regulate pH. If baking soda mixes with either an acid or an alkaline substance it has a neutralizing effect on it. Baking soda is perfect for neutralizing acidic odors and maintaining a neutral pH which is perfect for doing things like boosting your laundry detergent’s power. It also has a gentle abrasive ability to help scrub. In a nutshell, the uses for baking soda are many: It deodorizes, neutralizes, and cleans all without the toxic mess of most commercial products. Ah, yeah.
36 Uses for Baking Soda
1. Freshen your breath
Mix 1 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water. Swish, spit, and rinse. Easy mouth wash that neutralizes odors.
2. Polish your teeth
Many people will use baking soda as a natural toothpaste. There is some concern, however, that baking soda can be too abrasive for everyday use (although there are plenty of people who swear by it), but even using it from time to time to help polish and whiten teeth is simple and effective. I’ll add a little baking soda to my normal homemade toothpaste every few weeks when I want a little boost.
3. Make your own deodorant
Some people will just sprinkle on baking soda as a natural deodorant. For my sensitive skin this is too much, but it is a key ingredient in my deodorant recipe that I love.
4. Gently exfoliate
Here’s a simple way to gently get rid of dead skin: Mix 3 parts of baking soda to 1 part water. Rub gently in a circular motion and then rinse clean.
5. Relieve Skin Irritation
Add a cup of baking soda to bathwater to soften your skin and relieve skin irritations.
6. Relieve heartburn and more
Baking soda is a safe antacid. Learn more here.
7. Relieve insect bites
Make a simple paste of water and baking soda and apply as a salve onto affected skin.
8. No ‘Poo
Many swear by the simplicity of baking soda as shampoo that’s finished off with an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse. Learn more about ‘No Pooing here. But also keep in mind how this might affect the pH of your scalp.
9. Keep your brushes and combs clean
Baking soda is great to help naturally remove oils, build up, and residue on your combs and brushes. Simply soak in a solution of water and baking soda (about 1 tsp of baking soda to a cup of water). Rinse and dry thoroughly.
10. Relieve Diaper Rash
Put two tablespoons of baking soda in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.
11. Pamper your feet
Soaking your feet in a baking soda solution will help soothe and soften tired feet. Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda into a small tub of warm water and soak.
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