10 ways to use baking soda

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10 ways to use baking soda
10 ways to use baking soda

10 ways to use baking soda

You probably use baking soda at home for cleaning and baking. Good news: it has health perks too! 

Cool down heartburn

Heartburn is that painful burning sensation in the upper part of your stomach that can spread up into your throat. It comes on when acid rises into your oesophagus (a tube that connects your stomach to your mouth). This can happen if you eat too much, feel stressed or eat spicy foods. Baking soda can help treat heartburn by neutralising stomach acid. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cold water and sip slowly.

Keep your mouth bacteria free

Mouthwash is important in your oral hygiene routine. It reaches places of your teeth, gums and tongue that a toothbrush can’t. You can use baking soda as a replacement mouthwash instead of the expensive ones from the shops. Baking soda has antibacterial properties which will help freshen your breath and get rid of bacteria. Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of warm water. Swish it around your mouth and spit.

Treat urinary tract infections

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system like the kidneys, bladder or urethra. Women are more likely than men to get it. A study looked at the effects of baking soda in treating UTI. For four weeks, female patients took baking soda orally and it was found that baking soda helps neutralise acid in urine. This allows the body to deal with bacteria on its own. To use baking soda for UTI, dissolve half to one teaspoon of baking soda in water and drink it on an empty stomach.

Whiten your chompers

If you’d like to whiten your teeth, look no further than baking soda. It has mild cleaning powers that help get rid of stains on your teeth. Don’t use this method more than once a week though, as baking soda may damage the enamel of your teeth. Mix it with water or lemon juice until it’s a paste. Dab it on your toothbrush and brush for two minutes. Rinse your mouth thoroughly and follow by brushing with toothpaste and flossing.

Freshen up

Make your own deodorant with a teaspoon of baking soda added to water to create a milky baking soda paste. Rub it under your arms or feet to stay fresh.

Relieve itchy skin

If you suffer from skin allergy rashes, baking soda can help. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with water to make a paste and apply it to the affected areas. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse well. Use this method as often as needed.

Banish bug bites

Many over-the-counter creams for bites have baking soda, as it helps relieve itching and swelling from bites. Create a paste with a teaspoon of baking soda and water. Use it at least three times a day until your bites heal.

Get rid of flakes

Remove dry skin off your face by using baking soda as an exfoliant. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with half a cup of water and rub it on your face in a circular motion. Now rinse. Don’t do this too often as baking soda could upset the pH balance of your skin. 

Remove splinters

Splinters can be painful – and difficult to remove. Soak the splinter area in a mix of a tablespoon of baking soda and warm water. Try this twice a day and it should eventually come out by itself. 

Calm sunburn

Treat fragile sunburned skin by soaking in baking soda and water. Add half a cup of baking soda to a warm (not hot) bath and immerse in the mixture. You can also try mixing some baking soda in your body lotion to calm your sunburn.

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