“4 Baking Soda Uses For Home, Health & Beauty” by Jesica Salyer as featured on HealthAmbition.com

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate–or bicarb for short) is perhaps one the most useful substances that you can use around your home and beauty cabinet. Chances are, not many take full advantage of what this tool has to offer. The health remedies and home problem solving possibilities are virtually endless.

The expansive range of uses for baking soda can help tackle issues such an stains on cookware, dull skin and stale air. Perhaps the best characteristic of bicarb (besides it being all-natural) is that it’s very accessible and affordable to families of all budgets. You can purchase a large box of baking soda at merely any grocery or hardware store.

Here are some uses that the majority of households would find practical and applicable:

Laundry Stain Remover

using baking soda for stain removing

One of the most effective of the daily baking soda uses is stain fighting on clothing. Bicarb excels at penetrating fabric and lifting even the most stubborn stains. This is due partially to its inherent ability to neutralize the pH of any substance. When using baking soda on stains:

  • Apply it liberally to the stained fabric
  • Combine with a few drops of water, so the concoction is paste-like
  • Massage and rub in to oxygenate the stain

Adding a few tablespoons of baking soda to your next soda of laundry (white or colors, alike) will act as a chemical-free fabric lightener and cleaner. There’s no need to worry about discoloration, as baking soda has a gentle yet effective power. It does not act like bleach, which is drastic and potent.

A film can develop on clothing after many washes with generic, toxic, store bought soap. Switching your laundry detergent to an all natural pure castile soap in combination with baking soda will help to combat this build up. You can find this natural soap in most grocery and health food stores in scents like lavender, peppermint and rose.

Homemade Toothpaste

using baking soda as homemade toothpaste

Toothpaste ingredients of big-box oral health brands can be unbelievably suspect and a bit scary. Unfortunately, the goal with those products is to get more consumers to buy more toothpaste, not to optimize oral health. To dodge these toxic tubes of chemicals, look to make your own using the ever-so-versatile baking soda.

In regard to morphing your beauty routine to a less chemical ridden practice, this is one of the most important and prominent of these baking soda uses. Your mouth absorbs so much of what is in it, regardless of whether it is swallowed or not. Think of your skin and mouth lining as one giant sponge. If you shouldn’t be eating the toothpaste, then it may be an unwise choice to be brushing with it.

Similar to its usage in laundry, baking soda fights stains on teeth and balances the pH of your mouth. It can also be used to naturally whiten your enamel.
Baking soda is the foundation and sole dry ingredient of homemade toothpaste. When combined with coconut oil & peppermint essential oil, it makes for a dense and all-natural toothpaste. To whip up your own:

  • Start with 2 parts baking soda
  • Add 1 part coconut oil
  • Stir in approximately 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • Dollop onto your toothbrush bristles and brush as usual

Making your own toothpaste satisfies your creativity, DIY bug–but more importantly, it allows you to control the ingredients as well as their quality. For the best, most effective toothpaste possible, invest in organic ingredients. Baking soda is and inorganic compound, by nature, but you can purchase coconut oil and peppermint essential oil in organic form at your local health food store.

Vacuum Room Refresh

baking soda for vacuum room refresh

The process of vacuuming carpet tends to leave a slight stench behind. This is likely due to the fact that the moving air stirs up dirt and odors and propels them into the air. Luckily, you can help combat this stench by concocting a simple mixture and sprinkling it onto the carpet before vacuuming. Combine:

  • 1/2 cup of baking soda per room
  • 5-7 drops of an essential oil of your choice (lavender or lemon are both pleasant and uplifting)
  • Sprinkle generously over the area you intend to vacuum
  • Run the vacuum over those areas, as you normally would
  • You’ll experience a fresh aroma left behind afterwards

Even after the scent of the essential oil dissipates, the residual baking soda will help keep unpleasant smells neutralized. This is a fantastic routine to do right before having company or house guests over. Without putting any fragrance into the air or lighting candles, you can lift and freshen the entire room–from the ground up.

The uses for baking soda (especially when combined with essential oils) are abundant. This power duo can create a long list of daily helpers for your every day routine. Also try baking soda with sandalwood essential oil for a homemade powder deodorant, or baking soda and rosemary essential oil as a scalp rejuvenator.

You might also like: 6 Home Uses for Essential Oils

Natural Antacid

baking soda for heartburn

As the aforementioned uses suggest, baking soda acts as a pH neutralizer–which is helpful when it comes to stomach discomfort and indigestion. Heartburn and stomach aches are often related to a pH level that is too acidic within the digestive system. Baking soda can help to naturally remedy this discomfort, effectively and quickly. To experience these benefits, simply:

  • Pour a tablespoon of baking soda into a short glass of water
  • Stir it together so that it’s adequately combines
  • Drink the mixture
  • Take a couple more gulps of water if needed to work all of the baking soda down your throat

There’s no need to consume more than 1 tablespoon of baking soda to relieve these symptoms. Taking too much baking soda could also cause discomfort. Be sure to refer to your box of baking soda for suggestions and precautions. Though baking soda is entirely safe to consume, it can be overdone–just like anything else.

You might also like: Using Baking Soda for Heartburn Treatment

Encourage yourself to think outside the box with this multipurpose household tool. Baking soda uses are so expansive–all you need to do it use your imagination. The uses of baking soda also include:

  • all-purpose cleaner; the grittiness helps exfoliated and scrub away griminess
  • refrigerator deodorizer
  • cookware stain lifter

There is a myriad of creative, unique suggestions that you can obtain through online literature so supplement these ideas. Implementing these baking soda uses will cut down on your toxic exposure and also decrease the cost of your cleaning supplies. Having one item under the sink that can tackle a plethora of household needs is incredibly helpful–and can be taken advantage of by anyone.

Written by Jesica Salyer

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