DIY - Baking Soda Top Ten Uses

Baking soda has been used for a variety of purposes, including cooking, cleaning, skincare and as a toothpaste.

DIY  - Baking Soda Top Ten Uses

Baking soda or Bicarbonate of Soda is a hugely affordable and versatile substance that can be found in any supermarket. Baking soda has been used for a variety of purposes, including cooking, cleaning, skincare and as a toothpaste. Don’t be worried about baking soda because not only is it inexpensive, but it is eco-friendly and non-toxic. It is not possible to cover every single use of baking so we present ten useful ways to use baking soda at home.

1. Heartburn

Baking soda is a good treatment for immediate relief from occasional acid reflux. The recommended dosage for adults is ½ a teaspoon dissolved in a 4-ounce glass of water. It is recommended that you sip the mixture to avoid effects such as diarrhoea and gas. You can now go ahead and eat that spicy meal without paying for it later.

2. Toothpaste

To the people who are searching for an all-natural alternative to toothpaste or if you run out of toothpaste, simply dip your wet toothbrush in some baking soda and rinse as usual. You can also use baking soda to clean mouthpieces and dentures. Use 1 tablespoon in a cup of warm water. Let items soak in the solution for half an hour. Rinse well before using.

3. Use as plant food

Give your flowering, alkaline -loving plants an occasional shower in a very mild solution of 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 8 cups of water. This will help your plants have a fuller and healthier bloom.

4. Cleaning Hair

Thorough cleansing with baking soda at least once a week will wash all the gunk out of your hair. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to your shampoo and watch how the baking soda lifts impurities and dirt from your hair and scalp. It may even lighten your hair.

5. Tired Feet

When your feet are hot tired and achy, treat them to a soothing bath of four tablespoons of baking soda in four cups of warm water. Besides soothing your achy feet, the baking soda will remove odour and lint between your toes. 

6. Skin exfoliator

Baking soda can be used on the skin to lift dead skin cells.  Mix three parts baking soda with one part water. Rub the paste in a gentle circular motion all over the body. Once finished, rinse with warm water.

7. Antiperspirant

Baking soda acts as an all-natural deodorant, just apply one teaspoon under each arm with a powder puff. You won't smell like flowers but you definitely won’t smell of a goat after a hot day!

8. Putting out a fire

Did you know that baking soda is the main ingredient in fire extinguishers? Use baking soda straight out of the box to put out small fires that can occur in the kitchen.

 9.Polish silver and gold jewellery

Jewellery especially silver can have built-up tarnish overtime. Make a thick paste with ¼ cup baking soda to 2 tablespoons of water. Apply with a damp sponge and gently rub, rinse and pat dry. To polish gold jewellery, cover a light coating of baking soda and then pour some vinegar over it. Ensure you rinse after. Be mindful that this should not be used on jewellery containing pearls or gemstones. This could possibly damage the finish and loosen the glue which binds the stones together.

10. Wash new baby clothes,

Get all of the chemicals out of newborn baby’s clothing—without using any harsh detergents. Wash new baby clothes with some mild soap and 1/2 cup baking soda.

— Kimisha Mathurin