Baking soda may be super cheap. But did you know that you can use it to make your life much easier at home? This natural compound is perfect to have all year round, as it can and has proven to be a lifesaver in many ways.
Baking soda is truly versatile in that it is used in gardening, skincare, cleaning, food preparation, hair care, cosmetics, artwork, dental care and so much more.
Here are 15 ways you may never have known to use baking soda:
Calms Mild Irritation on the skin
Baby: If your baby has diaper rash, you can use 3 tablespoons of baking soda to 2 gallons of tepid water. Dissolve the baking soda in the water in a tub and let the little one play in it for about 10 minutes to help soothe the rash.
Sunburn: Have you been too long in the sun lately or have you tried to get a tan and got burnt? Use a solution of baking soda and water to soothe your skin. Just add 1/4 cups of baking to your bathtub and lay in it for a good soak. This will calm the skin and ease the burn from the sun.
Wind Burn: Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and in 1/2 quart of water. Soak a rag in the mixture and gently apply to the affected area.
Insect Bites: Make a slightly thin paste with baking soda and water and apply it to the affected area. This will help in a calm and soothing relief of the burn.
Bee Sting: Make a slightly thin paste with baking soda and water and apply it to the affected area. This will help in a calm and soothing relief of the stings as well.
Poison Ivy: If you get itchy from poison ivy, make a paste with baking soda and water and rub it on the itch to relieve the pain.
Make chalk paint
Chalk paint is awfully trendy these days. This is because when it is applied to surfaces it readily gives them a matte distressed look, making them an immediate blast from the past. Who says you can’t create antiques- well at least a look of it. But chalk paint is kind of on the more pricey end of the shelf. To make your own for cheap. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of latex paint. Be very patient with mixing so all grains dissolve properly.
Make a paste with 3 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of any of these: apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or water. Rub on to face to clean away dead skin, excess grease, dirt, and harmful microorganisms. It will also help to control acne and blackheads.
Dust a tiny bit of baking soda in your hand and rub it under your arms. Dust away any excess and let just the sprinkles be left under your armpits. It will stop absorb the moisture that may develop and kill bacteria that causes odor.
Deep Hand Cleanser
If for example you like gardening without gloves or you just changed a car tire. Make and take with you in a small container a mixture of 1 cup of dish soap mixed with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. This will form a not so runny paste. Just use a small amount to scrub away those hard dirt or grease stains from your hands and fingernails. Your hands will be so clean and finger-licking good. You may also take a small bottle of that mixture in your car or handbag for on-road use.
Removes Sweat Stains
Remove perspiration stains from clothing by combining baking soda and water to form a thick paste. Rub onto the stain, and allow to sit for at least one hour. Wash as normal.
To make mouthwash, use 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water and mix for an easy D.I.Y mouthwash. It is one of the most effective ways to destroy bad breath.
Baking soda is alkaline, so it can reduce heartburn by moderately counteracting stomach acid. Add a half teaspoon to half a cup of water. You can drink this concoction every 2 or more hours.
Add a cup of baking soda to bathwater to soften your skin. If you or your loved one has cracked heels due to hard work or just the wrong choice of footwear. Soak feet in a bath of 1 gallon of water with a half cup of baking soda for 20 minutes and it will soften the skin so you can easily remove the cracks formed by dead skin.
Provides Relief from Urinary Tract Infections
First to note is that baking soda is not to be used to treat this problem. However, it will provide some amount of ease to the discomfort while you seek medical attention. To reduce pain and burning associated with urinary tract infections, mix 1 teaspoon baking soda with 1 cup of water and drink. The baking soda will reduce the acidity of the urine to ease the pain.
Laundry Detergent Booster
Add half a cup of baking soda to your ordinary laundry wash for cleaner, fresher, and softer clothes. It is especially good on whites. It makes them much brighter! It removes all odors from your clothes that the soap may not be strong enough to handle. It acts as a degreaser in the wash removing all grease from your clothes. It acts as a stain remover to vanquish all spots from your clothes. It also acts as a fabric softener, bringing back life to the fibers of your clothes
Baking Soda for Cleaning Solutions
Easy clean Scrub: Sprinkle baking soda on tubs, sinks, tile, toilets, etc. Wipe with a damp cloth, rinse, and dry. This will remove the grime, grease, smears, and stains from the surfaces.
Floor Cleaner: Use half a cup of baking soda to a bucket of warm water for an easy, natural way to scrub and mop floors.
Removes Grease from Dishes: Use 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water with 1 teaspoon of dish soap.
Cleans the Microwave: Add a little baking soda to a damp rag and wipe down the inside of the microwave. This will also eliminate any harsh chemical smells, and will actually neutralize any odors from foods.
Oven Cleaner – Liberally sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of the oven. Spray lightly with vinegar, just enough to dampen the baking soda. Let the mixture sit overnight (or 8-12 hours). Then scrub and rinse the oven.
Cleans Crayon Off Walls
If you have kids, you’ll want to remember this one. You can clean crayon off the walls by sprinkling baking soda on a damp cloth and scrubbing the area. Then wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
All Purpose Cleaner
The best, most epic homemade all-purpose cleaner on the block in any household may just be a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap. It. Is. Totally wicked! Removing stains on dishes, dishcloth, table cloth, pots, grout, carpets, clothes, upholstery, basically anything you can imagine!
Baking soda has many other uses which you may have already known but we chose to give you some that are not so popular. Do enjoy!