Since starting our home detox 5 years ago, I’ve been amazed by just how much you can do with baking soda. Who knew? Below are some of my favorites.
Refrigerator: Place a bowl of baking soda on a shelf, toward the back and out of the way, to help absorb fridge odors.
Laundry: Add 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda to the washing machine to help combat tough odors. This is helpful for parents, this cloth diapers and bed wetting accidents. Also great for washing dog and cat blankets.
Carpets/rugs: Sprinkle onto rugs, leave for 20 minutes, vacuum
Shampoo (or “No-Poo”): Baking soda is great for washing hair because it doesn’t over-strip scalp oil. People who wash with baking soda (including me) say you need to wash your hair less often. Baking soda is so alkaline though, that it will disrupt the natural pH of hair, so be sure to rinse with apple cider vinegar to restore it. Click HERE for instructions.
Underarms: Keep a small bowl of baking soda on your vanity. Apply to underarms with a cosmetic brush to freshen up and help stay dry.
Make a homemade deodorant like the one I use, with soda, arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) and coconut oil. It works better than most other safe deodorants and traditional antiperspirants! Instructions HERE.
Exfoliant: Baking soda is a great natural exfoliant. Combine about 1 teaspoon of soda and a few drops of water in your palm, to make a paste. Scrub cheeks, chin, nose and forehead with the paste, in a circular motion, then rinse.
Dental Hygiene: Baking soda is fantastic for cleaning teeth, healing gums and fighting bad breath. Make your own toothpaste with baking soda, click HERE for some recipes.
Dip Stim-U-Dent sticks in baking soda, then massage gums to help soothe gums and kill bacteria.
Tubs / Toilets / Sinks: Sprinkle baking soda on the surface of the area to be cleaned, spray with vinegar, scrub while the mixture is bubbling. Scrubbing the baking soda/vinegar paste with an old piece of nylon stocking will remove soap scum from tubs and showers with ease.
Tile Grout: Sprinkle soda on the tile, then spray with hydrogen peroxide. Let sit for 1 hour, then scrub and rinse. This combo will whiten grout and white porcelain.
Natural Remedy and First Aid
Sunburn: Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a luke warm bath to soothe burned skin.
Splinters: Apply a paste of baking soda and water to the splinter. Wrap with a cloth or bandaid to keep in place for 20 minutes, remove cloth, push splinter out by applying pressure to the sides.
Bug Stings: Apply a paste of baking soda and water to a sting or bite. The soda helps draw out the poison to relieve itching and pain.
Heartburn / Indigestion: Many people will dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water to make a natural antacid. I don’t like the taste, so I prefer to fill empty capsules with it instead, and swallow 2 with a full glass of water.
Improve pH: Boost your body’s alkalinity by drinking baking soda in water, or take baking soda capsules. Use the same formula as above (for heartburn).
Sore Throats: Gargling with a mixture of warm water and baking soda can ease a sore throat because the soda neutralizes pain causing acids.
Cold Prevention: Bacteria can grow in dry, crusty nasal passages. Help keep your nose moist by using a saline rinse. Dissolve 1/4 tsp each Himalayan salt and baking soda in 8 oz warm water, and flush nasal passages with a neti pot or bulb syringe. The salt attracts excess mucous to flush it out, and the baking soda is a natural antiseptic and helps clear out unwanted bacterial growth.
Did I miss your favorite use for baking soda? Please SHARE in the comments, I would love to have more natural uses for it!