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20 uses of baking soda

The baking soda  to the like the hydrogen or hydrogen peroxide water , is a natural remedy that can be used in many different occasions: in recipes cooking in the home, for beauty and personal hygiene, home remedies, in the orchard and garden, etc. That is why it is convenient to always have it on hand and know the uses and benefits of baking soda .

In addition to being a natural remedy, sodium bicarbonate does not pollute the environment, so it is highly recommended to use it to replace commercial products that remain in the environment for many years before degrading or that contain a multitude of ingredients that can be harmful. to health.

We can find different types of bicarbonate, if you are going to use it for internal use make sure that the bicarbonate you have is suitable for that type of use.

What can we use baking soda for?

1.- Baking soda to exfoliate the skin

If you want to improve the appearance of your skin and leave it smoother and cleaner so that the oils or homemade creams that you apply later can be better absorbed, exfoliate with baking soda.

It is very simple, you only have to wet the area you want to treat, for example, the face. Apply a little baking soda to the skin and massage gently in an upward direction. Just doing it for a minute is enough. Rinse your face well with warm water and dry it well.

You can use the baking soda to exfoliate once or twice a week.

2.- Baking soda to wash clothes

Instead of using detergent you can use baking soda to wash your clothes. Use it as you would with detergent, adding one tablespoon for every three kilos of clothing.

In addition, bicarbonate has a certain whitening effect so, in addition to washing clothes, it is very useful to maintain the whiteness of white clothes.

Another eco-friendly option to wash clothes is to use the washing nuts and you can use vinegar as a softener .

3.- Sodium bicarbonate as a deodorizer or room deodorant

If you have four-legged roommates, if you smoke indoors, or if you don’t like your home to smell like food after cooking, try removing these smells with baking soda. It is an excellent natural remedy to neutralize bad odors from sofas, carpets, curtains, bedspreads, etc.

I leave you this very simple   recipe so that you can make your own air freshener and you can enjoy a fresh environment at home without bad smells.

4.- Baking soda to wash fruits and vegetables

If you want to remove traces of dirt from fruits and vegetables, bicarbonate is a cheap, simple, effective and natural option to do so. Take the fruit or vegetable you want to wash and, in the previously wet hand, add a little baking soda. Rub the entire surface of the fruit or vegetable you are washing well for a couple of minutes. Then rinse well to remove it completely.

With this remedy the exterior dirt is removed, in no case is it effective to remove the pesticides that are thrown on conventional fruits and vegetables during their cultivation.

Look what happened to this family after spending 2 weeks eating only organic or organic food.

5.- Baking soda for bad breath or halitosis

If you’ve eaten garlic and want to remove the odor from your mouth, brushing your teeth may not be enough. To completely eliminate garlic breath you just have to pour half a teaspoon of bicarbonate in half a glass of water and rinse your mouth or swish with this mixture.

Not only does it work with garlic, the bicarbonate is able to eliminate bad breath naturally. Always maintain good oral hygiene and then use the baking soda when you need it. Here you can see how to make homemade toothpaste and other rinses to maintain a healthy mouth.

6.- Baking soda for heartburn or heartburn

If you have eaten too much or you have eaten foods that do not feel good and you have burning or heartburn, baking soda is what you need.

Take a glass with about 150 ml of water and add half a teaspoon of bicarbonate. Mix and drink little by little. You will start to feel better shortly.

And if you want to try other options for heartburn, here are 17 natural remedies for heartburn .

7.- Baking soda to remove odors from kitchen utensils

If you have a mixer, a container or taper, pots, mortars, cutting boards and in general any utensil that has been left with the smell of some food, do not worry, with the bicarbonate it can be eliminated or at least mitigated.

You just have to rub with the scouring pad in which you will put a teaspoon of bicarbonate. Another option is to pour water and baking soda into the container and leave it to act overnight or all morning. Add a level tablespoon of baking soda for every liter of water.

8.- Baking soda for insect bites

If you have been bitten by a mosquito or other insect and you need a natural remedy to relieve the itch, you can use baking soda. In a small container add a level teaspoon of baking soda and add enough water to obtain a paste that is not too runny. Apply this paste on the bite and leave it for several hours. You can put some gauze on top to cover it and keep the baking soda in place.

This remedy is very effective in combating the itchiness and typical itching of bites.

But if you have been stung by a bee or wasp, I recommend that you look at 18 home remedies for bee and wasp stings .

9.- Baking soda as a deodorant

You can avoid using commercial deodorants, in most cases with a cocktail of synthetic chemicals that, far from being beneficial, can be quite harmful to your health. Keep in mind that deodorant is used every day and if we can replace a commercial deodorant with a natural home remedy, we will be avoiding exposing ourselves to many toxins.

You only need to wet the armpits and apply a little baking soda. It does not need to be removed. It is very effective, even if you are very active and it lasts all day.

You also have other recipes to make homemade deodorants .

10.- Baking soda for whiter teeth

Baking soda can be an effective natural remedy for removing or reducing stains on your teeth and making them look whiter.

To use the baking soda as a toothpaste, you only need a quarter teaspoon of baking soda that you will mix with a few drops of water, enough to get the texture that is not too runny. Brush your teeth with this mixture as you normally do with any conventional toothpaste, but emphasizing the yellower or stained areas.

It is recommended not to use baking soda more than twice a week because it could damage tooth enamel.

11.- Baking soda to remove coffee, tea and wine stains

If you have cups and other containers with coffee, tea, or wine stains that won’t come out, baking soda can help you in these cases.

Pour a teaspoon of baking soda into the cup, glass, or container you want to clean and add enough water to cover the stained area. Leave it like that for 24 hours and then clean the cups as you normally do.

12.- Sodium bicarbonate for the bad smell of shoes, sports bags and other sports materials

Machine wash these items (check the labels first to make sure they are machine washable) and you only need to add two tablespoons of baking soda. It is not necessary to wash at more than 30 or 40 ºC.

All your things will come out clean and odor free. To keep them that way, you can add a little loose baking soda to the shoes every time you put them on, thus neutralizing bad odors. In the case of sports bags, you can make a small bag with a little baking soda and leave it inside.

13.- Baking soda for the dishwasher

If you want to keep your dishwasher clean and odor-free, try this remedy with baking soda. Sprinkle a level tablespoon of baking soda on the inside of the dishwasher door or include it with your detergent.

This way you keep the inside of the dishwasher clean and everything you wash will come out cleaner and brighter.

Another natural, cheap and effective remedy with bicarbonate that you cannot stop putting into practice

14.- Baking soda for foot bath

To remove calluses, dead and dry skin and even eliminate fungus and get more cared for feet, use bicarbonate of soda.

In a basin or container large enough to fit your feet, add hot water (it should not be too hot, you must hold it well). Add a tablespoon and a half of baking soda and massage the feet with special emphasis on the most conflictive areas. This will serve to exfoliate your feet well and leave them looking like new. If you have fungi, you can also add 20 drops of tea tree essential oil to eliminate them.

Then rinse your feet and apply some oil such as sweet almond oil , argan oil or coconut oil . Put on some socks and sleep like that through the night. In the morning you will have great feet.

15.- Sodium bicarbonate to eliminate bad odors from the car or car

If you want to eliminate the smell of tobacco, etc. out of the car, use the baking soda. You can take advantage of them in two ways: if the upholstery can be removed, wash it in the washing machine with baking soda. If the upholstery cannot be removed, put a tablespoon of baking soda in a liter of water, dip a brush in this mixture and brush all the upholstery well.

The other way to use baking soda is by placing several small containers around the car. Change them every week or every 10 days. The bicarbonate will absorb the bad odors that may be inside your car or car.

16.- Baking soda to neutralize bad odors in the fridge or refrigerator

Sometimes we have food in the fridge that can give off a strong smell and this smell passes to other foods or simply stays inside the fridge.

To neutralize these odors, you just have to put one or two small containers (the lid of a juice or similar works very well) in a corner of the refrigerator. This baking soda will absorb bad odors. Change it every two to three weeks.

17.- Baking soda to clean silver

If you have silver objects such as rings, bracelets, cutlery, decorative objects, etc. that have gone ugly, you don’t have to resort to toxic cleaners to leave them looking shiny and new.

Mix baking soda with a little water until you get a thick paste. Take some of this paste with a damp cloth and rub the piece of silver that you want to clean. Then you rinse with another cloth and dry it.

But in addition to baking soda, I encourage you to use horsetail to polish metals .

18.- Baking soda to eliminate the smell of the cat box

When you have the box that your cat uses as a bathroom clean and dry, put a first layer of baking soda and then add the sand. This will eliminate or reduce the odors that urine and feces of cats can generate.

19.- Baking soda for oily skin, pimples, fine pores and blackheads

Try this baking soda and lemon mask for oily skin and blackheads. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with about ten drops of lemon juice. The mixture should be slightly runny, but not too runny or it will run off your face. Apply this paste covering the entire face or the areas where the skin is more oily (such as the forehead, nose and chin). Leave it on for 15 to 25 minutes and then remove it by rinsing your face well with warm water.

This mask can be used once a week or when you see that you have an oily complexion. It can help you have a more balanced complexion, yes, you must eat a healthy diet and drink enough water so that you can have good skin.

20.- Baking soda for fluffier tortillas, cakes, breads and muffins

Add between 1/3 and 2/3 teaspoon of baking soda when you are preparing tortillas, breads or sweets such as cakes, muffins or crepes and they will be fluffier.

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