Today, a lot of tips and tricks about regular household items are popular. These simple items always turn out to be helpful for many other purposes, aside from their intended use.
Baking soda, for one, has a ton of uses that most individuals are not even aware of. What is baking soda anyway?
Baking soda is scientifically known as sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3).
It is composed of sodium and bicarbonate ions that appear as a fine powder.
Baking soda is one of the most widely used leavening products in pastries. This means that it’s used to cause baked goods to rise. Basically an alkaline compound, it produces carbon dioxide when mixed with acid. This gas produces small bubbles that become trapped in batter, causing it to rise or inflate.
That being said, I’m pretty sure you all have baking soda at home. Did you know that it can be used for other purposes, aside from baking? Well, here are 15 tips and tricks using baking soda every woman should know.
1. Natural deodorant
Baking soda has properties ideal to combat body odor without using chemicals. Mix 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda and a small amount of water. Do not dissolve it and make sure it’s a little rough. Rub it under your arms.
2. Ease insect bite irritation
Baking soda can ease and provide relief from a mosquito bite. Just mix a little baking soda and water. Apply it to the bug bute and let it stay there for about 10 minutes.
Heartburn is irritating and painful. To feel instant relief without taking medicines, mix a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water (8 ounces). It can neutralize stomach acids.
4. Body scrub
Baking soda is a natural exfoliant. Mix equal parts of water and baking soda. Apply and rub it on the skin to naturally remove dead skin and blackheads.
5. Hair growth
Use baking soda to get rid of dirt on the scalp and hair strands. This will make it easier for the hair to grow long and strong. Just mix equal parts of water and baking soda and put the mixture ina squeeze bottle. Apply it unto the hair and scalp, and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing.
6. Stretch marks
Since baking soda is a natural exfoliant, it removes dead skin cells. Apply it unto the stretch marks to help lighten or remove them faster and easier.
7. Rough skin
Rough skin is usually seen on the soles of the feet. Soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes in warm water. After that, mix baking soda and water and rub it on the soles and heels.
Are you tired of hard-to-remove stains? Baking soda will do the trick. Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1/4 c up of water. Use the paste on the stains to remove them.
9. Fridge smell
When the fridge contains many food items, their smell would often mix together and it’s not pleasant. To remove fridge smell, take out all of the food, unplug the fridge and put baking soda on a plate. Let it sit there to absorb all of the bad smell.
To remove tarnish from your silver jewelry, mix water, and baking soda to make a thick paste. Apply it with a damp sponge. Rub it on the jewelry and rinse.
Baking soda is used as a potent treatment for an abscess. It relieves pain and swelling. You can apply a baking soda paste on the abscess and let it sit for a few minutes.
Staying under the scorching sun is a major factor in skin damage. To ease sunburn, apply a baking soda mixture to the affected area. It automatically relieves the pain and redness of the skin.
13. Beans and peas softener
Cooking hard beans and peas is time-consuming. To soften them faster, soak them in a baking soda solution.
14. White teeth
For whiter teeth, mix several teaspoons of baking soda with lemon juice. Use a toothbrush and apply it to the teeth.
15. Bad breath
Bad breath or halitosis is very frustrating. It is usually caused by the build-up of residue from acid-forming foods like sugar. You can treat this condition by using baking soda. Dissolve a small amount of baking soda in water and use it as a mouth rinse.
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