Baking soda can be used for many different things, including health and cleaning. Learn about the benefits, uses and precautions – including recipes for use.
We will tell you about 41 most usual uses in this article. Yes, 41! These include cleaning the bathroom, fighting bad odors, personal care and health, all with one product!
Check out below everything you need to know about this amazing product.
What is baking soda?
Also known as sodium acid carbonate, sodium hydrogen carbonate, baking soda, or vichy salt, sodium bicarbonate is a solid white crystalline compound obtained from a naturally occurring mineral called natron. It is water-soluble and has a slight alkaline taste.
The best thing about baking soda for use at home is that it is a cheap, harmless, ecological, natural and non-polluting product – everything you need to have in your home!
Now that you know a little more about baking soda, you probably want to know more about its uses.
Baking soda used in personal and health care
Baking soda has been used from ancient times as a remedy for various diseases, but also has several uses related to personal care and beauty. Below are the most common uses of this amazing item.
1. Natural whitening for teeth
Simply add a little water to 1/4 cup of baking soda until it becomes a thick paste. It can be added a little salt to make it more abrasive. You should use it once a week.
2. Oral Update
Add a teaspoon of baking soda into 1/2 glass of water, shake, spit, and rinse. The odors are neutralized.
3. Remove dark circles under the eyes
Mix the baking soda with filtered water of your choice in a small bowl to form a liquid paste. Dip some cotton in the mixture and apply it on the skin under the eyes. Allow the paste to work for at least 20 minutes and then rinse.
4. Natural deodorant
Applying baking soda to armpits helps neutralize body odor.
5. Hair Care Solution
Baking soda also helps remove residue from hairdressing products, leaving your hair cleaner and more manageable. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda in the palm of your hand along with your favorite shampoo and rinse.
6. Brushes and Combs Cleaner
If you want to keep your hair shiny, you need to keep your brushes and combs clean. Eliminate accumulated natural oil and hair product residues by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda to a small amount of warm water. Wash and let dry.
7. Calming foot fatigue
Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl of warm water and then gently massage your feet. Wait until the water cools down, then rinse.
8. Treatment of itching and insect bites
To relieve itching, spray baking soda on your hand and massage wet skin after bathing or showering. To treat insect bites, make a paste of baking soda and water to use as a balm on damaged skin.
9. Soaking bath
Half a cup of baking soda can be added to the bath water to neutralize the acids in the skin and help remove oil and sweat. Also, this technique will help you exfoliate your skin and get rid of pimples and other blemishes, keeping your skin very soft.
you should take care to rinse well after the bath and hydrate your skin with a natural cream.
Baking soda a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn and indigestion. For this purpose, just add half a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Use no more than 3 days in a row.
11. Hand softeners
To neutralize hand odors and leave them super soft, make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply it to your hands then rinse them.
12. Solution for oral appliances
Baking soda softens food particles and neutralizes odors and keeps appliances cool. Put oral appliances, such as retainers and dentures, into a solution of 2 teaspoons of baking soda dissolved in glass of warm water.
Alternatively, you can clean them by scrubbing an appliance brush with baking soda.
Baking soda in home cleaning
Also for cleaning products in your home. Due to its abrasive power, it is perfect for removing tartar, removing moisture and fungus, washing dishes and more.
13. Washing dishes, pots and pans
Add 2 heaping tablespoons of baking soda to your regular washing-up liquid because baking soda can also remove grease and food residue from all your dishes more easily.
14. Cleaning the microwave
Spread baking soda on a clean damp sponge and gently wipe inside and outside the microwave. Wash thoroughly with water.
15. Eliminate bad smells from sponges
Dip smelly sponges in a strong solution of baking soda to get rid of the dirt. Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 liter of warm water.
16. soft abrasive for household surfaces
To clean bathtubs, tiles and sinks (including fiberglass and glazed tiles) safely and effectively, spray baking soda on a slightly damp sponge and rub as usual. Rinse well and dry. For additional cleaning power, make a paste with baking soda, salt and liquid soap, apply, let stand 5 minutes, rub and rinse.
17. Cleaning the shower curtains
clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by spraying baking soda directly into a clean, wet sponge or brush, then rubbing the curtain and rinsing. Leave it to dry.
18. Cleaning of furniture
Clean and remove marks even from crayons on painted walls and furniture with baking soda applied to a damp sponge and lightly rubbed. Next, wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
18. Polishing the cutlery
Use a paste made of baking soda, add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a cup of water and rub the silver with a clean cloth or sponge and then wash it well and dry it to give it shine.
19. Floor cleaner
To remove dirt and grime from unwaxed floors and tiles, add 1 /2 cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Mop and rinse so that the floor is shiny. For wear marks, use baking soda on a clean, damp sponge, then rinse.
20. Remove difficult odors and stains
For stubborn stains, add 1 /2 cup of baking soda to your liquid detergent, or 1 /2 cup in the rinse cycle for deodorization.
21. Increases the power of liquid laundry detergent
Clean your clothes better by adding ½ cup of baking soda to your clothes. Improved pH balance when washing clothes leaves them cleaner, cooler and shinier.
22. Cleaning of sports equipment
To clean and deodorize smelly sports equipment, use a baking soda solution add four tablespoons of baking soda in 1 liter of warm water
and a brush. Rinse well when finished.
23. Cleaning cloth diapers
Simply dissolve the cup of baking soda ½ in 2 quarts of water and soak the diapers in it. Afterwards, rinse normally.
Baking soda as a deodorant of all kinds
Baking soda has the quality to neutralize bad odors. Therefore, you can use it in every one in these cases:
24. Deodorizing slippers
Keep your sneakers free of bad odors by sprinkling baking soda on them when not in use. Remove the baking soda before use.
25. Refresh bedding
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle for fresher sheets and towels.
26. Deodorize clothes with the smell of sweat
The sweat odor from gym clothes can be neutralized with 1/2 cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle.
27. Deodorize your cutting board
Sprinkle cutting board with baking soda, carve and rinse.
28. Deodorizing your fridge
Put an open box on the back side of the refrigerator to neutralize odors.
29. Deodorize garbage cans
Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your trash to keep it free of bad odors.
30. Deodorizing Recyclables
Sprinkle baking soda on upper part of container. In addition, regularly clean the recyclable container by spraying baking soda on a damp sponge. Then wash and rinse.
31. Deodorizing and cleaning the dishwasher
Apply baking soda to deodorize before running the dishwasher then use as a mild cleanser in the wash cycle.
32. Deodorizing the drains
For deodorizing the sink and tub drains, add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the drain while running hot tap water to neutralize odors.
33. Eliminating the smell from carpets
Sprinkle baking soda liberally on carpet. Let it stand overnight or as long as possible and vacuum the baking soda.
34. Eliminate odor from vacuum cleaners
By using the above method for carpets, you will also deodorize your vacuum cleaner.
35. Refresh the wardrobe
Place a box of baking soda on the cabinet shelf to maintain a fresh scent.
36. Deodorize the car
Remove any such odors by spraying baking soda directly on the seats and cloth carpets. Wait 15 minutes and vacuum the baking soda.
37. Deodorize pet bedding
Eliminate odors from your pets’ beds by sprinkling with baking soda, wait 15 minutes then vacuum.
38. Deodorizing the cat box
Cover the bottom of the box with baking soda and then fill with sand as usual.
39. Eliminating odors from cuddly toys
Keep favorite stuffed toys freshly scented by giving them a baking soda dry shower. Sprinkle baking soda on the toy and let it sit for 15 minutes, then brush off the baking soda.
Other Uses of Baking Soda
40. Care of the grave
Using baking soda regularly in the drains can help your septic system flow freely. Using 1 cup of baking soda per week will help maintain a favorable pH in your septic tank.
41. Cleaning fruits and vegetables
Baking soda is a safe way to clean dirt and debris from fresh fruits and vegetables. Sprinkled some on a damp sponge and clean, scrub and rinse.
Cautions and side effects
Baking soda has a safe ingredient. But if you are going to consume it or apply it to your body, it is important to consult a specialist, particularly as you may have some type of allergy or intolerance without knowing it.
In addition, you should not use it if you have had high blood pressure, congestive heart failure or kidney disease, and you should not use it if you have recently had hemorrhoids in your stomach or intestines.
You should not consume bicarbonate if you are on a low-sodium diet due to hypertension or any other reason.
When storing this product, you should keep it in the container, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture ( non-bathroom).