Baking soda has been a part of folk medicine for quite a long time, going as far back as ancient Egypt. Thanks to its versatility, women have been using baking soda against a variety of health and beauty problems. The white powdery substance can reduce irritation caused by insect bites or stings, fix numerous hair problems and bring back the glow of your skin as well.
Everyone has at least one bag of baking soda in their kitchen. We commonly use it as a leavening agent which helps dough rise before baking. Some people use baking soda as an effective heartburn remedy, while others use it for personal hygiene. The list of all the uses of this incredible compound grows quite long.
You can also use baking soda to keep your home perfectly clean and treat a variety of skin problems. It can whiten your teeth and reduce the appearance of stretch marks as well, so it’s fair to say that baking soda is one of the most versatile ingredients in our kitchen.
Here are 15 baking soda tricks every woman should know about:
1. Relieves Heartburn
Heartburn ruining your day after a meal? All you need to do is add a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it. The powder acts as a natural antacid which will neutralize the acids in your stomach and soothe the pain. You can also add the baking soda in a cup of milk or mix it with a bit of sugar and lemon juice in a glass of water.
2. A Natural Deodorant
Instead of using store-bought deodorants, why not try baking soda instead? It’s far cheaper and even more effective and won’t harm your skin.
3. Treats Insect Bites
To soothe the irritation caused by insect bites, rub a paste of baking soda and water on the affected area.
4. Facial Scrub
Rub your face with a paste of water and baking soda to remove all dead skin cells and impurities which can lead to blackheads and acne.
5. Great For Your Hair
There are many hair problems baking soda can easily resolve. For example, add a few tablespoons of the powder in a glass of water and spray the mixture on your hair roots in order to deal with hair loss. Massage the mixture into your scalp nicely, then let it work for 15 minutes before rinsing with a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar. In just a short time, your hair should grow much faster and look better than ever before.
6. Eliminates Bad Breath
Why buy those expensive mouthwashes when baking soda can help treat a variety of oral problems? Add 2 teaspoons of the powder in half a cup of water, then squeeze half a lime in. use the mixture just like a mouthwash and you don’t have to worry about bad breath anymore.
7. Reduces The Appearance Of Stretch Marks
Rubbing your stretch marks with a paste of water and baking soda regularly will scrub the skin and help it regenerate faster, effectively reducing the appearance of your stretch marks.
8. Softens Hardened Skin
If you have hardened, rough skin on your feet or elbows, you can use baking soda to soften it. Just soak your feet in a baking soda bath or rub a mixture of water and baking soda on your elbows to make the skin soft and nice.
9. Tile Stain Remover
Mix a part of water with a part of vinegar in one bowl and a part of hydrogen peroxide and 3 parts baking soda in another. Spray the liquid mix on the tiny spaces between the tiles in your home, then use the paste to scrub. This will remove all the stains from your tiles and significantly improve their appearance.
10. Polishes Jewelry
If you want your jewelry to look as good as the day you’ve bought it, mix a teaspoon of baking soda with 3 teaspoons of water and brush the jewelry. Wash with cold water in the end and it’ll bring back their shine.
11. Eliminates Odors From The Fridge
Pour a bit of baking soda in a cup and put it in your fridge for a few days so it can soak up all the odors.
12. Soothes Sunburns
Add a cup of baking soda to your bath and soak in it to reduce the inflammation caused by sunburns.
13. Treats Abscesses
Add a teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water, then use it in the form of a compress on the affected area for 15-20 minutes twice per day.
14. Whitens Your Teeth
Baking soda has mild abrasive properties and can naturally whiten your teeth. Just brush your teeth as the usual with some baking soda sprinkled on your toothbrush. However, don’t use the method often as the powder can scrape the enamel off your teeth.
15. Softens Beans and Peas
If your beans and peas are still hard even after boiling them for an hour, the trick is to add a bit of baking soda in them while they’re cooking. This will soften the legumes and make them easier to eat.