The many uses of Baking Soda

baking soda picBaking Soda, sodium bicarbonate, has a multitude of different uses from cleaning to personal and really the list is quite endless. Because Baking Soda balances out the pH level in our skin, it does the same internally as well.  It clears out the toxins, thus it cleanses the body from the inside out. Baking Soda works in a pinch when you may not have something that you normally use and what’s great is most of us keep it on hand in the kitchen for baking purposes. It is non toxic and fragrance free which makes it great to use for other reasons.  When using on the skin do not put Baking Soda directly on the skin by itself; always wet the skin and/or use a little water and make a paste with the Baking Soda or it may cause irritation and the skin to sting.

I have used Baking Soda most of the below ways. It’s noted when I haven’t used it. All of these ways do help in the ways specified.

Personal  Uses – internal & external:

Facial or body scrub — Use just like you do with a facial or body scrub. Mix a little water with Baking Soda and rub it on your skin and rinse it off.  You may leave it on your skin for a minute or two if you can tolerate it before rinsing it off. If use it this way, it can help those who have yeast infections. I definitely don’t recommend it if you have extremely sensitive skin. Some skin types can use it more often than others. I use it this way no more than twice a week for my sensitive, combination skin. It can also be used as a lip scrub. This makes your skin soft, so it’s really nice on those harder or thicker skinned areas; great on your feet and elbows. It’s a great way to wash your body if you don’t have soap; although, I don’t recommend using it every day that way.  I have used it that way as well for washing my hands with it.

It’s really beneficial for those with combination or oily skin.  I have recommended this particular use to others and they have seen it reduce the oiliness & shine from their face.  I have one friend in particular I suggested she use it this way as well as bathe with it a few times a week because her skin is oily and then with what she does as a living, she comes home looking like a vat of oil.  She started doing this 6 weeks before she was getting married, and it helped this condition dramatically.

Nails, cuticle scrub & nail edge whitener — Use just like the above one and push back cuticles as you use the Baking Soda as a scrub. I do this no more than twice a week and cannot believe how white it keeps my nail edges, almost as nice as a french manicure.  I do this on toe and finger nails. It is wonderful to use when you have gotten some dirt or something else under your nails as it will get them clean & white again.

Minor burns — Making a paste with Baking Soda and water also helps in treatments of minor burns.  Wrap the area with a moist towel and then wrap a plastic bag around that area, so the towel will stay in place. Leave on for 10 minutes or until pain (only if you can tolerate this, it’s not for everybody & it is not one I can do) & redness has subsided, reapply if necessary as the Baking Soda mixture dries, then wash off with warm water.

Yeast Infection — When you have a yeast infection or someone you know has a yeast infection, it’s important to treat it or it can get worse.  One way you can help it is to take a bath.  Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of Baking Soda in your lukewarm bath water and fill water to no more than hip level. One can even take a little bit of the Baking Soda and make a paste of it and apply it to the affected area while soaking in the water because yeast infections can get on your skin and not just internally. Soak in the bath water for at least 20 minutes twice a day every day until your symptoms are gone.  Make sure to dry the area completely with a clean, dry bath towel.   I know doctors who even recommend doing this.  Please consult with your physician and have it confirmed that you do have a yeast infection before doing this.  Baking Soda is alkaline and changes the vagina’s acidity temporarily to a higher alkaline environment in which Candida cannot survive.  You can also use this route for babies and young children, but please research this information for your children and consult your physician.  Great as a feminine hygiene wash too.  (When I did this post on my Natural Alternative’s blog on blogger, it became one of my most popular posts, hitting over 38K views).

Tense, tight muscles — 1 cup of Baking Soda and 1 cup Epsom Salts to bath water, more if you wish.  Soak for 20 to 30 minutes. I do this in the evenings after a chiropractic adjustment, massage, or any body work that releases toxins as this bath will help push the toxins out as well.  It helps ease you into a relaxed or sleep mode.

Oral hygiene — Wet your toothbrush with a little water & put a little Baking Soda (don’t need much) on it and brush your teeth; make sure you are brushing your teeth the recommended time which is 2 minutes. Many people don’t brush their teeth long enough.

Mouth sores — Gargle with 1/2 tsp Baking Soda in 1/4 c warm water; you can do this several times a day. This will soothe canker sores, sore throats, oral thrush, & mouth sores in general. This gargling method is better than warm salt water. Salt water actually burns & flares up these acidic conditions, so it’s important to actually avoid salt.  When salt or some other ingredient burns like hell on a sore especially an open & irritated one, know it is feeding and not healing the sore. It’s OK if you swallow the Baking Soda water mixture as it will not hurt you as you will see in the following tip.

Digestive issues — Has been known to help with acid reflux, heartburn, upset stomach, gerd, gout, candida, cancer, & more. Mix 1/4 tsp Baking Soda in at least 4 oz glass of water and drink. Depending on the issue, you can drink this several times a day. Baking Soda is the primary ingredient in Alka Seltzer; check out the ingredients for yourself, it reads sodium bicarbonate.

 

Cleaning Uses:

Laundry — Use as a laundry detergent and spot cleaner. I use a little bit of Baking Soda with a little water where a spot is on soiled clothes and rub it in. When using as laundry detergent, typically 1/2 cup to a cup is what you need depending on the size of the load, and no more than a 1 1/2 cup. I use this along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Arm & Hammer’s Super Washing Soda to clean the laundry depending on how big the load (more about this in a later post).

Bathroom — Use with a little water, and clean the sink, bathtub, and toilet with the Baking Soda.  To get the tub or toilet thoroughly clean, use some white distilled vinegar or hydrogen peroxide (make sure to wear cleaning gloves if using hydrogen peroxide just to be on the safe side).  Make sure to rinse out those areas with water well when done cleaning. If having a hard getting those areas spotless, can use some Kosher Salt with the other ingredients to get the area spotless.  If you question if this is a good way to clean your bathroom, then find a small spot you can test this on and work on it. Wait a day or two to clean the entire bathtub or whatever you are cleaning that way you can make sure this is a good way to clean it. Use less salt and more Baking Soda when cleaning in this way.  To clean around fixtures, reserve an old toothbrush you don’t use anymore; they really do a good job in cleaning around circular or odd-shaped areas. My recommendation is 1/8 cup Kosher Salt to 1/2 cup Baking Soda with some water and mix it together in order to make a paste or put it directly on without making a paste. Can add essential oils too if you are into using them, no more than a few drops, but make mixture into a paste if using essential oils.

Cleaning Produce, vegetables & fruits – Fill sink with water and add a couple of TBSP of Baking Soda and swish it around with your hand, then add the produce and let soak for 30 minutes. When dealing with lettuce, need to break them away from the stem. After it soaks let the water out and rinse everything thoroughly.  Then lay everything out to dry for a while.  Make sure to store all produce properly. Berries are the only type of produce you don’t do this to as they start to mold rather quickly; just rinse off with water as you need them and right before you eat them. 

Carpet & Mattress Deodorizer — sprinkle Baking Soda on carpet or mattress, wait several minutes or longer, and vacuum the area.

Spot cleaner on the carpet — use something like an old toothbrush or rag to rub in the ingredients. Use a spray bottle of water to spray the area and pour a little Baking Soda onto the area.  Let it sit for a while if you want, and rub it in until the spot is gone.  Can clean up residue with a rag or vacuum.

Slow drain — Put 1/2 cup Baking Soda down drain, followed by 1 cup white vinegar. Let it boil/fizz until it stops. Then pour 2 quarts of boiling water down drain. Can do this once a month to help maintain a flowing drain or as needed.

If you use Baking Soda in a way I don’t list, please feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear how you use Baking Soda.

 

 

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