Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate has more uses than you might give this product credit for. Besides baking with it, there are quite a number tasks that it can do to benefit health, cleaning, beauty to deodorizing that can save you money and time to simplify your life just by keeping that box on hand.
Baking Soda Uses for Health
If you ever experienced heartburn or that burning feeling in the back of your throat, this may be caused by acid reflux. This type of discomfort happens because stomach acid escapes only to travel up the esophagus usually after a large meal, eating spicy, hot food or foods with lots of acid or ones very high in fat. Also, if you take a lot of ibuprofen or aspirin, this can cause the problem as well. However, a teaspoon of it in a glass of cold water can often help relieve that horrible feeling. The trick is drinking it slowly.
Sodium bicarbonate uses also can extend to your dental health. You can use it to clean your teeth without damaging the enamel. It is a low abrasive ingredient that can help with stains and bacteria in how it works with saliva to control some of the bacteria in the mouth, but it does not have fluoride for the best defense for a toothpaste product. What is interesting is that it is safer than some whitening toothpastes for how damaging it can be for scrubbing stains off of the enamel.
I used to use baking soda with salt to help whiten my smile. Though it is safe to brush with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a little water to form a paste, adding salt makes it too abrasive according to a recent 2020 study.
Another bad thing for the health of your enamel is mixing lemon juice or another citrus juice with baking soda to increase its whitening effect. This may give your teeth a brighter white, but this type of homemade whitening can also be lifting tooth enamel at the same time.
Another of its uses for dental health also can be as a mouthwash. All you need is about one-half to three-fourth of a teaspoon in a glass of water to swish your mouth with. This homemade mouthwash can be helpful for anyone suffering from a dry mouth to keep the mouth better lubricated with how baking soda stimulates the saliva.
In the laundry, baking soda uses can help deodorize smelly clothes. You can also make a pre-soak out of it by mixing two cups of it with some water in your washer or sink to deposit those stinky items until ready to do laundry the next day.
If you have pieces of clothing with sweat stains, it can help lift them from the fabric by making a paste with some water to rub it with. For those extra stubborn sweat stains, you also might want to try a tablespoon each of hydrogen peroxide and salt instead along with one-half cups of baking soda. This green cleaning mixture usually is tough enough to do the trick for tackling tougher sweat stains.
Handling those annoying spots that you sometimes can find on your painted walls can be solved easily enough by making a paste with baking soda and water. You might want to test a tiny portion first to see how well your particular brand of paint holds up first before going full blast. However, this is what I do and prefer to the Magic Eraser.
You will love how it performs as a non-abrasive cleanser when pouring some in your bathtub or sink to clean. Tackling the stains from the glass carafe of a coffee maker or the buildup on an iron is a breeze using that homemade sodium bicarbonate paste as well.
Baking soda uses can also be for beauty. Its soft texture makes it a prime candidate for gentle skin exfoliation over some commercial products that may have coarse granules or irregular shapes that could mar the complexion.
We love our pets, but let’s face it. Our animals can stink. To combat any pet smells that may be lingering in your carpeting can be remedied by sprinkling a generous amount of baking soda over top, waiting for about a half hour before vacuuming.
By chance if your dog or cat had fleas, this could help if you go a step further and add some salt as well to the baking soda before sprinkling over your carpet. It is best to leave this altered powder on overnight before vacuuming to dehydrate any flea eggs that also are remaining.
Though they don’t mean it, our pets can have accidents. For those rare times you find a small puddle on your carpet, try a mixture of half white vinegar and another half of baking soda. This won’t be a thick paste, but a thinner consistency that you’ll apply. You don’t want to rub it yet. Instead, let it sit for about five minutes to help it penetrate the fibers before taking a sponge or a fresh cloth to wipe it up. Afterwards, let this spot dry before vacuuming.
Another of these uses for pets is by sprinkling some of it into their bedding for flea prevention.
As you can see, baking soda uses can vary depending on your ends. Therefore, you might want to pick up a few extra boxes and use it like I do for all it can.