In today’s times, most people think that baking soda is only useful for baking needs, but, just a few short generations ago, baking soda was the preferred method for brushing teeth and calming an upset stomach. In addition to being a fabulous base for many homemade cleaning recipes, let’s re-kindle baking sodas vast array of health, beauty and cleaning uses. Once you start realizing how incredibly beneficial baking soda can be, it’s low price tag, versatility and safety factor will have you buying it in much larger quantities, instead of just for holiday baking.
Baking Soda for Skin
Natural Deodorant – Baking soda is a natural deodorant, and, it couldn’t be any simpler to use. After bathing, first dust a thin layer of cornstarch to the underarm area, using a powder puff. Then, dust a second layer using baking soda. No stinky armpits, and no underarm stains.
Natural Odor Remover – If cooking has left your hands with a bad case of onion, garlic or fish odor, baking soda can rid you of those pungent, lingering smells fast. Mix 3 parts baking soda, to 1 part water (or liquid dish soap). Rub mixture thoroughly onto all areas of your hands and nails, then rinse with warm water. If you tend to get ‘stinky hands’ a lot, you can mix a larger quantity ahead of time, and store in a squeeze bottle underneath your sink, for on-the-ready skin odor removal.
Natural Foot Soak – A baking soda foot soak can relieve tired, painful feet, remove stinky foot odor, and soften even the toughest of calluses. Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup baking soda to a foot tub, with warm to hot water. Soak feet for 15-30 minutes. This can be done as often as needed or desired.
Sponge Bath – If you are caring for someone who is sick, bedridden, or recovering from an accident and can’t take a bath or shower on their own, baking soda makes a great ingredient to add to a tub of sponge bath water. Baking soda easily and gently exfoliates away dead skin cells, dirt and perspiration, while at the same time, naturally deodorizes the skin. Use 4 tablespoons per 1 quart of water.
Soothe Windburn and Poison Ivy – A simple baking soda paste makes a great calming, and soothing skin remedy for windburn and poison ivy, as long as there are no open wounds. Simply pour some baking soda into a small bowl, and, slowly add water until it forms a thin paste. You don’t want it too thick, nor do you want it too runny, so add the water slowly.
Baking Soda for Hair
Prevent Hair Product Build-up – To prevent hair product build-up from hair conditioners, oil treatments, leave-in conditioners, hairsprays and gels, just add some baking soda to your bottle of shampoo. Add 1 teaspoon for smaller bottles, and, 2 teaspoons for larger bottles. Shake bottle before each use. You’ll have squeaky clean, more manageable hair.
Remove Chlorine – To prevent the chlorine in swimming pools from discoloring your natural or colored hair, rinse your hair as soon as you can after getting out of the water, with a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to 1 pint of water. If you’re in the pool a lot, just mix up a larger quantity, and keep in a spray or squeeze bottle in the shower.
Clean Combs and Brushes – To disinfect, and remove oil and product build-up from your combs and brushes, soak them once a week in a sink filled with hot water, 3 tablespoons bleach, and 3 tablespoons baking soda. Let soak for 30 minutes, and rinse thoroughly under cool water.
Baking Soda for Teeth
Natural Teeth Cleaner – Here is a general recipe, to make your own natural teeth cleaner. You will first mix all ingredients together in a bowl, before transferring into a small squeeze bottle. Combine 3 parts baking soda, with 1 part salt and stir to mix. Next add 3 teaspoons of glycerin and 10-20 drops of natural flavoring such as cinnamon, wintergreen or peppermint (optional), both of which can be found at your local drugstore or pharmacy section at the discount store. Mix all ingredients thoroughly, and spoon into squeeze bottle. Alternately, you can just use straight baking soda to clean your teeth as well. Just pour a tiny amount of baking soda into the palm of your hand, and dip your dampened toothbrush into it. Brush as your normally would, and rinse.
Natural Denture Soak – To naturally clean dentures and other dental appliances, you’ll need a mixture of 2 teaspoons baking soda to hot water. In addition to soaking, you can also do the following:
* For athletic mouth-guards, retainers and other oral devices, soak in mixture for a minimum of 30 minutes.
* For dentures, mouth-guards, and retainers, scrub with a toothbrush dipped in baking soda.
* To clean toothbrushes, soak in mixture overnight.
Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina ‘The Veggie Goddess’ Matthews