Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a highly alkaline salt with dozens of uses. It has a slightly bitter, salty taste and is often used in baking for its ability to react with an acid to create carbon dioxide gas, which creates “fluffiness” in the finished recipe.
Uses for Baking Soda:
There are literally hundreds of uses for this naturally occurring alkaline salt,those are some quite simple ways.
1. Natural Oven Cleaning
For a highly effective inexpensive oven cleaner, simply sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the oven, spray or sprinkle with water until it forms a paste and leave for several hours. Stuck on grease and burnt on food wipes right off. Full instructions here.
2. Homemade Deodorant
Baking soda and a few other natural ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter make an easy natural deodorant that works better than most commercial ones. Here is the recipe.
3. Scouring Powder
Baking soda, borax and salt make an effective and natural scouring powder that takes even the toughest stains our of tubs and floors. Here is the recipe.
4. Detox Baths
When combined with a couple of other ingredients, baking soda is a great addition to a detox bath that helps pull toxins from the body. This also helps relieve sunburn! Just add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a warm bath or combine with other ingredients for a detox bath. Here is the recipe.
5. Homemade Toothpaste
Baking soda is one of the ingredients in a simple homemade toothpaste that keeps teeth clean and smooth without being too abrasive. Here is the recipe for homemade toothpaste or homemade tooth powder.
6. Facial Scrub
A paste of baking soda and water makes a natural and gentle exfoliator for the face. Just make a paste by adding a little water to a tablespoon of baking soda and massage in to the face for 10-20 seconds (gently) before rinsing with warm water. Because this mixture is so alkaline, this isn’t recommended daily and is better as an occasional exfoliator.
7. Natural Antacid
I have a relative who swears by 1/4 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water to neutralize heartburn or indigestion.