Most people use baking soda for, well…baking. Isn’t that what it’s meant to be used for? But truly, there are so many more uses for baking soda than that! It’s some pretty amazing stuff.
We use a lot of it around here, for a variety of different purposes. Today I want to explain some of the major purposes for baking soda!
Why Use Baking Soda?
Baking soda is a non-toxic substance: sodium bicarbonate. It is abrasive, it dissolves easily in water, and it is safe to use internally or externally. It is even safe on babies! It is also incredibly cheap: a 1-lb. box might cost around $0.50!
Major uses for baking soda:
- Brushing teeth/making toothpaste
- Cleaning around the house
- Alkalizing the body
- Detoxing the body (use in a bath)
- Washing hair
- Helping bug bites/itchy skin rashes
Did you know about all those uses?
To clean, baking soda can be dumped onto any surface (directly or onto a sponge) and used to scrub the surface. Or, mix with water, lemon juice, or castile soap to form a paste and clean with that. Some say using it as a paste is safer, because the dust getting into your lungs isn’t so good.
It is possible to use a paste of castile soap and baking soda to brush your teeth, or use a recipe for homemade toothpaste instead.
Drinking 1/2 tsp. baking soda mixed into a small amount of warm water is also a good thing; it can help to alkalize the body and detox. In some cases this protocol has also been used to prevent or cure cancer!
Add some baking soda (about 1 c.) to a warm bath and dissolve; it will help remove detox symptoms and soothe itchy skin rashes.
We use baking soda to wash our hair. It can help soothe dandruff, and it gets hair clean without chemicals. It also is safe and tear-free for the little ones. (Yeah, my kids will dump it on their heads themselves now!) It has seemed to make my hair thicker. I mix mine about 1 part baking soda to 2 parts water, with 4 – 6 drops of grapefruit essential oil in it, in an old shampoo bottle. This mixture cleans our hair nicely and we do not need any additional products — not even the apple cider vinegar that most say they need. My hair, despite having been oily most of my life, never looks greasy now, even if I go 4 – 5 days without washing! And this, despite the summer heat and pregnancy hormones. I highly recommend giving it a try!
Mixing baking soda and water to make a paste can help to soothe itchy skin and bug bites, and some say draw out the poison. It’s worth a try after bee stings, mosquito bites, and more!
What are your favorite uses for baking soda?