50 Marvellous uses of Baking Soda 

In Home Remedies by Marvin Francis

Before I discovered the miracles of baking soda, a colleague at the office suffered from terrible body odour. For some reason, the conventional deodorant wasn’t working for him and nobody wanted to sit close to him, because once he started to sweat the air around him became contaminated. Nobody wanted to work with him on any projects., so he was at risk of losing his job. One morning, he started walking towards me. I immediately started walking in the other direction and he shouted out, “Please Marvin, I’d love to speak to you” I was tempted to pinch my nose as I walked towards him, but that would have been disrespectful. Then he said, “I visited your blog today and I see you have remedies for everything. Please, can you help me?” I felt a deep compassion for this man and I made it my goal to help him solve his problem. When I got home, I went through my grandmother’s journal, searching for body odour remedies. And that’s when I discovered the wonders of baking soda.

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Baking soda helps to absorb moisture from the skin while keeping it dry. Applying it under the arm kills bacteria and neutralizes the body to prevent excess sweating and odour.  The following day I gave him this remedy and I noticed the instant look of joy and relief on his face. The following week he came back to me looking so confident, greeting everybody on his way, and speaking out loud. He told me he could never thank me enough and that he had ditched his toothpaste and house cleansers and replaced them with baking soda. I burst out laughing and gave him a hug (because he smelt good)! Baking soda is used for many other things aside from getting rid of body odour. That’s what this whole book is all about. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, helps regulate pH and keeps every substance it comes in contact with neither too acid nor too alkaline. When it comes in contact with either an acidic or alkaline substance it neutralizes its pH. So without further ado, I will now give you the fifty marvellous miracles of baking soda. Below are 50 marvellous uses of baking soda


Fights Acne and Pimples: 

Baking soda plays a huge role in fighting acne due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Baking soda is amphoteric, which gives it the ability to act as a base or acid. This characteristic helps it correct the pH imbalance of the skin that contributes to acne formation. To use baking soda as an acne remedy please follow the simple steps outlined below. to create a baking soda face mask

Directions:

Step 1:  First, wash your face with warm water and clean it thoroughly.
Step 2:  Take 6 teaspoons of sodium bicarbonate and pour it
Step 2:  Take 6 teaspoons of sodium bicarbonate and pour it into a container of your choice.
Step 2:  Take 6 teaspoons of sodium bicarbonate and pour it into a container of your choice.
Step 3:  Add a reasonable amount of water into the container.
Step 4:   Use a teaspoon to stir the mixture until it’s a creamy consistency.
Step 5:  Once smooth, apply the paste to your pimples. Step 6:
Step 6:  Leave it on your face for about 15 minutes until the paste dries and then rinse.
Step 7:  Pat dry and gently clean your face with a soft hand towel.
Step 8:  Apply moisturizer. I prefer to use coconut oil.
Step 9:  Do this facial mask at least twice a week until the pimples disappear.


Teeth Whitener:  

Forget the store bought teeth whiteners and the toothpaste. Nothing does the job like baking soda. I’ve tried it myself. Baking soda works as a mild abrasive to help remove yellow stains from the teeth, and it neutralizes the acid produced by the bacteria.

Directions: 

Step 1: I simply replaced my toothpaste for baking soda. Alternatively, here is a simple recipe for teeth whitener:
Step2: Prepare a mixture of 4 tablespoons of turmeric root powder, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, and 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin oil. Use a small amount of this mixture to brush your teeth daily. Note: Avoid excess use of baking soda as it can strip your teeth of its natural, protective enamel.


Treats Sunburn: 

I’ve also tried this myself and I noticed it has this ability to reduce the itching and burning sensation associated with sunburn. Its mild antiseptic and drying properties help dry out sunburn blisters quickly.

Directions:  

Step 1: Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of baking soda in cold water.
Step2: Using a clean towel collect a reasonable amount of the mixture and gradually apply it as a cool  compress on the affected area for about 7 minutes. Repeat this process two or three times a day until you feel relief. And here’s a second option: Add ½ cup of baking soda to your bathtub filled with water, stir well, and immerse yourself in the water for 10 to 15 minutes. After pat dry and then allow your body to air dry. Try this once daily for a few weeks.


Improves Skin Complexion:   

Don’t waste your money on store-bought creams that hardly fulfil any of the promises on their labels. Instead, choose baking soda, which is an inexpensive solution for a brighter skin tone. Baking soda is also a good exfoliating agent, which helps remove dead skin cells and balances the pH level

Directions: 

Step 1: Make a paste of baking soda by mixing it with water.
Step 2: Apply the paste on your face and allow it to sit for at least 2 minutes.
Step 3: Gently massage it while it is on your face.
Step 4: When you are done, wash off with lukewarm and pat dry.
I recommend you follow this remedy at least once or twice weekly. Always remember to moisturize your skin with coconut oil after using baking soda. Apply the paste onto your face and leave for about 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Repeat this process two to three times a week.


Ulcer Pain: 

In the past, I felt down with an ulcer and I kept taking over the counter medications but the pain was severe, so a friend suggested I try baking soda. As a lover of natural remedies, I didn’t doubt it. I gave it a try and was surprised at how remarkably effective it was. Baking soda neutralizes stomach acid. Take 1-2 teaspoons in a glass of water and drink.


Treats Body Odour:  

Baking soda works pretty well in this department if you recall the incident with my work colleague. It has a way of absorbing moisture and sweat  from the skin and due to its antibacterial property, it helps kill odour causing bacteria. It also lowers the pH level of the sweat glands to counteract the acids in sweat.

Directions: 

Step 1: Make a mixture of ½ teaspoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of water, and a few drops of any essential oil of your choice.
Step 2: Use your fingers to take a little and gradually rub it underarm or on areas where you sweat excessively. Another alternative is to mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and freshly squeezed lemon juice into a bowl and apply this under your arms. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes before you wash it off.


Removes Dandruff: 

I got this tip from my mum who’s a big fan of baking soda. In fact, she’s so obsessed with it that she doesn’t allow us (her children) to go anywhere near hers. She mostly uses it to rid her hair of dandruff. This option is also ideal for those who have an oily scalp, and suffer from the oily dandruff.

Directions:  

Brace up, as I’m about to give you mum’s secret recipe (please don’t let her know I did)!
Step 1:  Mix 2 teaspoons of bicarbonate with a little water to make a paste.
Step 2: Dampen your hair and rub the paste on the scalp.
Step 3: Massage onto your hair thoroughly, especially on those areas which have more flaking.
Step 4: After the massage, leave the mixture on your hair for about 15 minutes, then wash it off with warm water. I recommend you use this at least three times a week.
Another great alternative is to mix lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and apply the mixture to your scalp. Allow it to sit for 2 to 3 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Do this at least once a week, and I bet you will see remarkable results.

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Treats Stained or Yellow Nails:  

Do you want to whiten your nails? If so, you just bought the right book! Baking soda’s bleaching and exfoliating properties help do the job just fine.

Directions: 

Step 1: Mix ½ cup of water, 1 teaspoon of 3 % hydrogen peroxide, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a small bowl.
Step 2: Stir the mixture thoroughly until the baking soda dissolves.
Step 3: Then gently dip your nails into the mixture leaving them there for about 5 minutes.
Alternatively, make a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, and use a cotton swab to apply it on your nails. Wait for about 5 minutes before rinsing your nails. You can do this once every month.


Constipation:  

I know how it feels, going for days without pooping. On one occasion, I experienced severe constipation. My poops were so hard that I had to use my fingers to pull them out my anus. After I experienced minor bleeding in my anus. Later, I stumbled on an article on the web about how baking soda can help to relieve constipation. I tried it out and it worked. Baking soda is a bicarbonate and when it enters your body, it forces air to escape, which relieves some of the pain and discomfort caused by the build-up. It also acts as a mild laxative, which helps loosen bulky stools to make the passage less painful. Due to its alkaline property it helps neutralize acid and helps stored waste pass through the intestine easily.

Directions:

Step 1: Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to a glass and pour ¼ cups of warm water into it.
Step 2: Stir the mixture until the baking soda is totally dissolved.
Step 3: Early in the morning upon waking up drink the mixture on an empty stomach to help break down food and help it pass more easily through the colon. Make sure to consume plenty of water while on this remedy.
Alternatively, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Take this mixture once to twice daily depending on the severity of your symptom.


Yeast Infection: 

Yeast infection is a terrible condition that affects the vagina and causes severe irritation, discharge, and intense itchiness of the vagina and vulva. No girl wants to live with this. and no guy want to be with a girl with such a condition. I’ve seen many girls go through this infection with no clue about how to remedy it. Some fall prey to the expensive store-bought pills. Yeast infection is usually caused by a bacteria called candida Albicans. It usually exists in small quantity but an overgrowth of it may lead to an out-break of yeast infection. So how does baking soda come to the rescue? The anti-fungal property of baking soda helps to fight fungus and it can help suck the enzymes and water content from the fungus, leaving the microorganism dehydrated.

Directions:

Step 1: Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and a pinch of sea salt into a glass of clean lukewarm water.
Step 2: Then, wash the affected areas with this mixture. Repeat this process once to twice daily.
Alternatively, mix ½ tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Apply this on the affected areas and leave it overnight.


Upset Stomach:  

Long before I discovered the miracles of baking soda, I always grabbed the next bottle of antacids each time I experienced a queasy stomach. Thank heavens I discovered the secrets of home remedies. Baking soda is a natural antacid, which helps to neutralize the acids in your digestive tract. It also helps to break down food while making digestion easier.

Directions: 

Step 1: This is a simple Do It Yourself remedy I use to cure stomach upset.
Step 2: Start by adding 1 teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of water, then mix thoroughly to dissolve the solution.
Step 3: Take one teaspoon every four hours. Note that this is only recommended for adults, not children.
Step 4: Also make sure you don’t take it in large amount as it may cause high blood pressure.
Another great alternative I recommend you try is adding 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 1 cup of warm water, then squeeze in a few drops of lemon juice. Mix thoroughly and drink. This should give you a quick relief within 10 to 15 minutes.


Diaper Rash:  

I love home remedies because apart from anything else they help save money. This is good news for mothers. Instead of wasting money on expensive products, settle for a natural alternative, which is baking soda. It helps neutralize acids, balances the body’s pH, and discourages the growth of yeast, bacteria, and infections.

Directions: 

Step 1: Simply bathe your baby’s bottom in a mixture of warm water and baking soda.
Step 2: You can also mix 2 – 3 tablespoons of baking soda into 3-4 cups warm water.
Step 3: Then soak a clean white towel into the mixture. Use the towel to wash your baby’s skin then pat dry. This should do the trick.


Insect Bites and Poison Ivy: 

I can’t recall how many times I’ve use this remedy, but it’s my go-to remedy for every insect bite. Baking soda helps to relieve skin irritation and itching by neutralizing toxins and irritants in the skin surface.

Directions: 

Step 1: Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the insect bite to help relieve the itching and discomfort.
Step 2: Another alternative is to rub the dry powder onto your skin. This remedy also applies to itchy rashes and poison ivy.


Heartburn, Indigestion, and Ulcer Pain:

I’m 101 per cent sure of this remedy. I’ve used it personally and I’ve also recommended it to several friends. Each of them came back with great testimonies. Baking soda neutralizes stomach acid, which helps to relieve heartburn, indigestion, and ulcer pain.

Directions: 

Step 1: Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda in half aa glass of water and take it. (Do not take more than seven ½ teaspoons in 24 hours, or 3  ½ teaspoons if you’re over 60).
Please note that baking soda should not be taken in excess, as excessive intake can cause serious electrolyte and acid/base imbalances.


Foot Soak and Exfoliator 

No one likes dry/cracked feet. This can cause severe pain and irritation whenever your feet touches the ground. It can be caused by factors such as excessively hot showers or baths, medical conditions such as diabetes or thyroid disease, low humidity levels in home, soaps that are non-moisturizing, and ageing.

Directions: 

Step 1: Simply add 3 tablespoons to a tub of warm water to make an invigorating foot soak.
Alternatively, make a paste of baking soda and scrub your feet with it.


Relaxing Soak: 

Looking for the best homemade relaxing soak? Venture no further! Baking soda and apple cider vinegar makes an amazing spa-like bath for soaking away aches and pains and detoxing. It doesn’t stop there either! It also cleans the bath.


Enhanced Sports Performance:  

You will be amazed at this. That simple white powder in your kitchen is the performance secret of most athletes. Popularly known as soda-doping amongst professional sportsmen, it has a significant effect on their endurance and speed. A study conducted at the Loughborough University found that out of nine swimmers who took baking soda before an event, eight reduced their times. How does this work? Sodium bicarbonate is alkaline in nature, which seems to increase the pH level of the blood, thereby offsetting the acidity produced in the muscles during intense, anaerobic exercise that produces lactic acid most quickly, such as fast running or swimming.

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Splinter Remover: 

To remove a splinter make a baking soda paste by combining baking soda and water. Apply the mixture onto the splinter then cover it up with a bandage. Leave overnight. The paste will make the splinter adhere to the bandage so it can easily come off.


Hand Cleanser: 

Baking soda makes the perfect hand cleanser. For what it’s worth, it’s the only hand cleanser I use in my home.

Directions: 

Step 1: Simply mix three parts baking soda with one part water to make a natural hand cleanser that’s very effective in scrubbing away dirt. It also neutralizes odour.


Remove Blackheads: 

Most beauty remedies call for baking soda, so it shouldn’t be much of a  surprise to discover that baking soda is effective in removing blackheads. It exfoliates your skin, leaving it soft and supple while unclogging pores containing dead skin. Baking soda also neutralizes your skin pH level while making sure it produces less oil.

Directions: 

Wash your face thoroughly with warm water to help open up the skin pores.
Step 2: Then apply a paste of baking soda and water on the affected areas. Leave it for about 5 minutes, then massage your face in a circular motion to help loosen the dead skin cells, blackheads, dirt and other impurities.
Step 3: Rinse with warm water.
Alternatively, prepare a mixture of 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. While mixing, gently pour in the vinegar into the baking soda to keep the mixture from bubbling over. Then apply the mixture to affected areas and leave for about 20 minutes until it is totally dry. Then rinse thoroughly with warm water.


Sweeten Your Tomatoes: 

Do you know you can sweeten your tomatoes by simply sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants? Baking soda absorbs into the soil and lowers its acidity levels giving you sweet tasting tomatoes. Don’t take my word for it. Try it yourself.


Canker Sore: 

Baking soda works fine with canker sores. I’ve tried it several times and can testify to that. It helps neutralize the acidity in your mouth while soothing the pain associated with canker sores. Baking soda anti-septic and antibacterial property helps kill bacteria and germs associated with canker sores while lessening the ability of bacteria to get into the salivary glands. Baking soda also has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and inflammation of the mouth sores.

Directions: 

Step 1: Take a small amount of baking soda with your fingers and apply it directly on the canker sore.
Step 2: Leave it to sit for an hour, as this helps to neutralize and ease the pain caused by canker sore.
Step 3: Finally, swish your mouth thoroughly with warm water and spit out. Repeat this twice daily, and your canker sore will gradually vanish.
Alternatively, you can use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Hydrogen peroxide has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help kill bacteria and reduce the inflammation. Combined with baking soda it gives a rapid result. Make a solution of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, swish your mouth thoroughly with the solution at least four to five times a day. Repeat this until the canker sore has totally gone.


Great Scrub: 

Looking for the best bath and kitchen scrub? Try baking soda, as it’s highly effective in that department. To create a handy scrub simply pour baking soda in a glass grated cheese container with a stainless top that has holes in it. Use it to sprinkle the baking soda on the surface and scrub.


Pamper Your Feet: 

Give your feet a treat by soaking them in a baking soda solution to soothe and soften. To do this, mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a small tub of warm water and soak your feet in it.


Freshen Sponges: 

To get rid of that smell in your sponge, mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Then soak the sponge into the solution to get rid of the smell.


Deodorize Garbage Disposals: 

I usually get an irritating odour from down sink drainage. I stopped this by pouring baking soda solution down skin drainage. The odour stopped immediately.


Get rid of Toilet Odour: 

I love this particular one, as it’s very effective. I do it almost all the time. My toilet comes out sparkling and odourless. Simply sprinkle baking soda inside your toilet and leave it for an hour before scrubbing.


Carpet Deodorizer: 

Although this process can be a little bit tedious, it works. Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet and let it sit overnight. In the morning sweep them off and perhaps also use a vacuum.


Dry Shampoo: 

Are you still spending a fortune on dry shampoo? You will be pleased to know that baking soda does the job. Sprinkle a little baking soda at the root of your hair, especially in the areas that tend to get oily, then use your fingers to distribute it. Let it sit for about 10 minutes so it can absorb the oil. Then comb the excess shampoo out of your hair. Turn your hair upside down and brush out the powder. I suggest you use a hair dryer to help you with this.


Volumizing Shampoo: 

You can add volume to your hair by mixing a quarter size of baking soda to your daily dollop of shampoo. This helps to remove impurities, leaving your hair lighter and with a full on volume.


Cleaning Agent: 

When a hairbrush is used over a long period of time it gets dirty and oily. You can keep it neat and dirt free by placing it in a bowl of warm water mixed with 3 tablespoons of baking soda.


Facial Scrub: 

This is my mum’s favourite scrub recipe. She adds a tablespoon of baking soda to her facial cleanser to form a paste. She then massages it onto her face in a circular motion. Doing this leaves her skin feeling soft.


Nail Cleaner: 

To get rid of the yellowish stain on your nails due to some excessive applications of nail polish, mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and scrub it on your nails.


Smelly Shoes: 

Do you have smelly shoes? Then just sprinkle baking soda in your shoes for a natural deodorizer.


Remove Chlorine from Hair: 

If you love swimming as much as I do, chances are you might have some chlorine build up in your hair. To get rid of this, mix baking soda with dish soap and apply onto your hair. Leave it to sit for 10 minutes and wash off with warm water. Then condition your hair.


Pedicure: 

Give yourself a spa pedicure at home. Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda with water for a soothing foot soak. Add your favourite essential oil (such as lavender oil) and soak for 20 minutes. Then scrub your feet with a paste of baking soda and water to help exfoliate rough spots.


Modelling Clay: 

You can easily turn baking soda into modelling clay by combining it with one and 1/4 cups of water and one cup of cornstarch.


Natural Oven Cleaning: 

Still looking for the most effective oven cleaner? Try baking soda. Simply sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the oven, spray or sprinkle with water until it forms a paste, and leave for several hours. Stuck on grease and burnt on food wipes right off.


Soften Fabric: 

Baking soda can also be used as a fabric softener in your laundry, or to get your clothes whiter and brighter. I do this frequently for my white t-shirts. Sart by adding one cup to your laundry load.


Silver Polish: 

I got this tip from the Dr. Mercola website and I think it’s worth trying. To polish silver without using toxic silver polish, fill your kitchen sink with hot water, add a sheet of aluminum foil, and baking soda, and let the silver pieces soak until they’re clean. It is an easy and fun way to clean silver.


Clean Kitchen Utensils: 

To clean out your pots and pans from the debris of baked food, soak them in hot water and baking soda. Leave it for about 15 minutes, and the stain will come off easily.


Air freshener: 

I still have two bottles remaining from the one I did last week (As at the time this book was written) Most air fresheners in the market are full of toxic chemicals that shouldn’t pass through the nostrils. I discovered a simple DIY air freshener that calls for baking soda.


Neutralize Gassy Beans: 

The only reason I disliked eating beans was the constant gassing. It can cause huge embarrassment when the gas is smelly. But when I discovered that baking soda can help with this, I rekindled my love for beans. To do this sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda in water when you soak your beans to prevent gassy issues and improve digestion.


Produce Wash: 

I’m a huge juicing enthusiast. Sometimes it’s hard to get organic produce, but when you settle for non-organic once, you have to make sure it’s properly washed. A mixture of baking soda and water does the job perfectly for me.


Keep Ants Out: 

To keep ants out, mix equal parts of baking soda and salt together. Sprinkle the mixture wherever you see the ants, and they will do a “U-turn.”


Erase Crayon, Pencil, Ink, and Furniture Scuffs from Painted Surfaces: 

Sprinkle baking soda onto a slightly wet towel and rub lightly, then wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.


Deodorize Garbage Cans: 

To do this, sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of your trash cans to help keep bad smells away.


Boiling Chicken: 

When boiling a chicken, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. The feathers will come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white.


Keep Flowers Fresher Longer: 

Baking soda is also used in keeping flowers fresh. Simply add 1 tablespoon to the water in the flower vase.

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