One soda to rule them all
We have all encountered baking soda at some point in our lives. The multipurpose and multifunctional, naturally occurring chemical seems to be everywhere. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a naturally occurring crystalline chemical compound but is often found in powder form. It is highly versatile and when used by itself or combined, can lend itself as a remedy for so much!
1. Clean your home the green way
If you’re like me and you’re looking for a green way to clean your home, this white powder is the answer. It’s the perfect nontoxic cleanser. Mix it with vinegar or use it just with warm water to clean your kitchen top, your bathroom tiles, your toilets. If you leave baking soda mixed with a bit of lemon juice one night in your oven, it will be a breeze to clean the next day! The possibilities for cleaning are countless, and it’s so much cheaper then singular products you buy for each and every task in the shop. We’ve all been there at some point…
2. Sooth your bug bites
Gardening is awesome, bugs are not. Ever been bitten by insect while grooming your veggie area in your garden? That makes two of us! How do you tackle the itch caused by mosquitoes and other such insects? Well, now, don’t rush to apply medical ointments. All you need to do is make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply the paste on the affected area. The paste will soothe the area as baking soda has the capability to neutralise pain and itch. Rashes too can be treated with baking soda.
3. Exfoliate your face
Once a week, my face needs some scrubbing. I simply mix a baking soda with water and then use it to clean my face. Baking soda is alkaline in nature which helps soften the sebum and debris on the face. It also clears and opens up pores and absorbs excess oil which aids in preventing the clogging of pores. And it helps to oxygenate the skin and prevent the appearance of premature wrinkles. Don’t spend your money on pre-made shop exfoliators with -a lot of times- harsh chemicals in it, instead make this super cheap and healthy scrub right from your kitchen!
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4. Make your natural DIY deodorant
One of the most frequent hygiene product that we all need every day is a hassle to buy because of all the choices, but is also super toxic! Also, i personally dislike the strong perfumes of deodorants sold in stores. And what about the packaging, all those empty deodorant bottles going to waste! Luckily, i have the perfect solution for you. Super easy to make, and you can choose the scent and change whenever you feel like it. Plus, it doesn’t irritate your skin like a lot of shop deodorants do. Do you want to cut out chemicals from your care routine? Make your own! Antiperspirant, homemade by you, without harsh chemicals and above all very economical!
5. Deodorised anything
Sprinkle baking soda over any textile you want to treat. Use a dry scrub brush or sponge to scrub the baking soda deep into the fibers. If you’re worried about ruining the texture of your textile, use an old sock or t-shirt to rub it into it, rather than scrubbing. Let the baking soda sit for several hours or even overnight. The longer it sits, the better your results will be. Baking soda naturally neutralizes and absorbs odors rather than covering them up. Vacuum up the baking soda out of your textile and you’re good to go!
6. Wash the bacterias out of your clothes
Body odors on our clothes and linens are caused by bacteria. The bacteria are removed when detergent molecules break up the bacteria cells on the fabrics to be flushed away. However, less expensive detergents that don’t contain hard-working enzymes to tackle bacteria need a boost to work more effectively. Baking soda helps to regulate the pH level in the washer’s water by keeping it from being too acidic or alkaline. By adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to each laundry load, detergents can work more effectively and reduce bacteria.
How do you use baking soda? Share your tips & Tricks!
If you have any tips and tricks on how to use this wonderful powder, feel free to leave a comment. I’m sure there are uses for it i never heard of which can be very useful!