Baking soda is a fine white powder that is often found in kitchen cupboards. Cooks usually add it to recipes because it acts as a wonderful leavening agent, making baked goodies fluffy and light. However, it can do so very much more! As you’ll see, there are countless beauty, personal care and household uses for baking soda. Plus, use of baking soda will save you money, and even more importantly, it won’t harm the planet when its useful life is over and it ends up in the garbage, and in drains and sewers. Here are a few uses for baking soda:
Good Green Personal Care and Beauty Uses for Baking Soda
- Indigestion and heartburn. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with one half glass of water. Bottoms up!
- Deodorant. Apply to underarms with a cotton ball or powder puff to eliminate odor.
- Toothpaste. Mix half a teaspoon with food grade hydrogen peroxide to make a paste or sprinkle directly on toothbrush.
- Face and body cleanser. Mix with water to make a paste and use as a scrub. Or, add 1/2 cup to 1 cup to a bath water. Both versions will help wash away oil, dirt, debris and perspiration to soften skin.
- Insect bites or stings. Add water to make a paste to treat insect bites or stings from insects like bees and jelly fish.
- Itchy skin. Add to bathwater or sprinkle on damp water to treat itchy skin or rashes from poison ivy and other types of ashes.
- Hand odors. Remove strong odors from items like onion or garlic from your hands by rubbing them with baking soda and water.
- Diaper rash. Add two tablespoons to baby’s bathwater to clean and soothe irritated skin.
- Mouth devices. To remove food bits and eliminate odors from mouth devices (including dentures, retainers, toothbrush heads, etc.), mix two teaspoons of baking with warm water in a glass and soak OR make a paste from baking soda and water and clean with a brush.
- Bad breath. Gargle with one half teaspoon of baking soda mixed in a 4 oz. glass of water.
- Stuffy nose. Add one teaspoon to a vaporizer. Breathe deeply.
- Clean and silky hair. Sprinkle a bit onto your hand, mix with shampoo and then wash and rinse to remove styling product build up.
- Manicure/pedicure. Swish three tablespoons into a bowl of warm water and soak hands and/or feet. Then mix baking soda with water to form a paste and gently scrub away dead skin.
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