Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is, without a doubt, one of the most versatile ingredients ever found in our home. Not just for cooking, but it has strong medicinal properties and it can also be used for cleaning and beauty tricks.
When soda is taken orally, it acts alkaline in the body and is used as a therapeutic agent to achieve an alkaline pH. It avoids excessive acidity of the body, which allegedly leads to disease. But that’s not all. There are many ways that you can take the advantages of versatile effects of baking soda.
Here are 20 tricks of baking soda:
1. Removing splinters of skin
Mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with a little water until you have a thick paste. The resulting mixture is applied to the affected area, completely covering the splinter. Over the mixture put a bandage and leave it on the skin for 24 hours. After this time, the splinter should already be enough outside of the skin that can be easily and painlessly removed with tweezers.
A teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a cup of cold water. Then, dip a clean gauze and apply to the skin. You will feel relief and refreshment.
3. Recovery for tired legs
When your feet need special refreshments, soak them in lukewarm bath with 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda. Later, treat them with peeling of soda and honey.
4. Natural deodorant
If you want to avoid aluminum and parabens from conventional deodorants, simply mix a pinch of baking soda with water and apply to armpits. Or, look for a recipe for a natural deodorant containing soda, coconut oil and essential oils. This combination of ingredients prevents the growth of bacteria and effectively protects against unpleasant odors.
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5. Breath freshener
In 1 dl water, mix a teaspoon of baking soda and a drop of essential oil. Several times a shake in the mouth, then spit it out effectively neutralize bad breath.
6. After a mosquito bites
Soothe unbearable itching by applying a paste of baking soda with a little water or simply prey sprinkle with soda. In the paste, you can add a drop of lavender essential oil.
7. Natural depilation
Mix a teaspoon of soda with a teaspoon of honey and gently in a circular motion rub the face or body, and then rinse with lukewarm water. Your skin will be fresh, smooth and beautifully toned.
8. Deep wash your hair
If you often use styling products, shampoo sometimes is not enough to make the hair thoroughly rinsed. Simply sprinkle the powder baking soda on palms before rubbing the shampoo and your hair will be “squeaky clean”.
9. The detoxifying bath
For the relief of painful muscle and a great detoxification, add to your bath a cup of baking soda and a cup of ecological apple cider vinegar. If your skin of the body is dry, add a little mixture of base oil of your choice, with a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
10. Make a quality facial scrub
Water and baking soda is the ideal scrub against blackheads, wrinkles, etc.
11. Speed up the hair growth
Rinse the hair with baking soda and water before shampooing it.
12. Lower the visibility of stretch marks
Rub the affected areas with baking soda.
13. Treat halitosis
To fight off halitosis, drink baking soda and water mixture.
14. Teeth Whitening
Before you brush them with your regular toothpaste; brush them with some baking soda to increase their whiteness.
15. Soften peas and beans
For an easier and quicker preparation; soak the beans and peas in baking soda and water for half an hour before cooking.
16. Treat abscesses
To speed up the healing process, apply baking soda regularly.
17. Restore the shine of jewelry
Rub it with some baking soda and water.
18. Remove bad fridge odor
Put a can of baking soda in the fridge to suppress unpleasant odors easily.
19. Excellent stain remover
If you have a stubborn stain on your clothes or on some other object, clean it with baking soda.
20. Softens the skin
Before going to bed, rub the feet with a mixture of baking soda and water and put on socks. In the morning, rinse the feet and use a pumice stone to get rid of all dead skin.