Bet you didn’t know that the thing that makes your cakes rise could save the lives of dolphins! Well, indirectly. It’s a sad reality that many of our household cleaning agents are leaking into water systems, harming aquatic life and sometimes polluting our own drinking water – but there’s an easy solution, and it’s an impressive workhorse that you need to embrace, nay, worship! behold, the many uses of sodium bicarbonate
Baking soda will make you beautiful!
For a facial scrub without the chemicals and perfumes, make a paste of 3 parts baking soda with one part water and rub in circular motions on the skin. You can use baking soda plus a few drops of your favourite essential oil as a deodorant in your armpits instead of harsh anti-perspirants, or sprinkle on your scalp during a shower and rub in to get rid of residue left by sticky styling products. You can also use baking soda to sooth and soften dry feet – just add a few spoons to a tub of warm water, soak then gently scrub.
Baking soda for your health
Bad breath getting you down? Not a fan of those burning, alcohol-laced mouthwashes? Put a teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water, swish in mouth, and spit; bacteria is neutralised and you can get up close again. Feeling the itch of a nasty insect bite? Try rubbing a paste of baking soda and water over the affected area.
Baking soda cleans your home
Baking soda is a great buster of grease, dirt and stains. Add a little to your regular detergent when washing pots and pans in the sink, or use with water to clean the inside of your microwave or fridge (a box of baking soda left open in the refrigerator is also a great deodorizer). Soaking cups in a sink full of warm water pul a ¼ cup of baking soda will get those tough tea and coffee stains out, while baking soda sprinkled into rubbish bins/trash cans, down drains, and into the dishwasher and cat box will help neutralize bad smells.
Already using baking soda for cleaning and beauty?
Well how about adding it to your cut flowers to keep them fresh for longer? Or putting it under your sink to repel cockroaches and ants? Sprinkling it on your BBQ to help remove burnt-on food? We can’t fit all the amazing uses for this little miracle powder here, but if you add all of these uses to your regular routine, you’re off to a good start!
Do you know any other use for baking soda?
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