Bicarbonate Of Soda Uses And Benefits
Bicarbonate of Soda is one of those magical little boxes of goodness everyone should have in their cupboard. Bicarbonate of soda is a naturally occurring material, present in most organic life forms. It can be “made” from sodium carbonate, or soda ash. The soda ash is dissolved in a carbon dioxide rich solution, and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) precipitates out.
Most commonly used for cooking, not many people realize its full potential. There are many non-poisonous products that can be used for basic household cleaning. Next to vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, the most useful of these is Bi-carb soda. Like vinegar, bi-carb soda has three major things going for it, It’s non-toxic, It’s multi-purpose, It’s cheap.
Bicarbonate of Soda for cleaning purposes
Deodorizing. Sprinkle bi-carb on your mattress, couches and carpets. Use a stiff broom to help spread the bi-carb, and then leave for half an hour and vacuum. Odors will disappear. Pour half a box in your toilet, leave overnight and in the morning, flush away and you will be left with a bright, sparkling clean bowl. Clear a blocked drain using equal parts vinegar and bi-carb and heating. Pour down the drain. Put a container without a lid of bi-carb in your fridge to soak up any bad smells and odor.
Keep bin smells at bay by washing the bin with a damp sponge with a sprinkling of bi-carb on it and also adding a sprinkle to the bottom of the bin before you put the new liner in. Add half a cup of bi-carb to your washing machine along with your usual detergent. It will make your clothes whiter and brighter.
For burnt-on food in the bottom of pots, sprinkle with bi-carb, then add hot water. Let soak overnight; the dried on food will come loose much more easily.
Children’s toys can be cleaned using 1/4 cup bi-carb in 1 liter warm water. Submerge in this mixture (or wipe with a cloth dampened in it), then rinse with clear water. The children’s pool can be cleaned and have mildew removed by washing with bi-carb in warm water.
Bicarbonate of soda medicinal uses
The ancient Egyptians used a form of bi-carb soda as a soap and found it has many healing properties as well. It can replace a lot of over the counter medicines in your cupboard.
Ulcer Pain: Bi-carb neutralizes stomach acid. Dosing is typically 1-2 teaspoons in a full glass of water.
Splinter removal: Add a tablespoon of bi-carb to a small glass of water, and then soak the affected area twice a day. Many splinters will come out on their own after a couple of days using this treatment.
Sunburn remedy: Add ½ cup of bi-carb to lukewarm bathwater, then soak in the tub for natural relief. When you get out, let your skin air dry, rather than toweling off the excess baking soda, for extra relief. You can also add a mixture of baking soda and water to a cool compress and apply it to the sunburn directly.
Deodorant: A pinch of bi-carb mixed with water makes an effective and simple natural deodorant.
Plaque-busting tooth and gum paste: A mixture of six parts of bi-carb to one part of sea salt. Rub the mixture onto your teeth and gums. Spit out the excess. After 15 minutes rinse your mouth. This mixture is incredibly effective at killing bacteria.
Insect bites: Apply a paste made of bi-carb and water to insect bites to help relieve itching.
Exfoliator: A paste made from three parts bi-carb combined with 1 part water can be used as an exfoliator for your face and body. It’s natural, inexpensive and gentle enough to use every day.
Chicken pox: A bath filled with warm water and bi-carb can help relieve the itching caused by chicken pox.
Reflux, heartburn and nausea during pregnancy: Half a teaspoon in a glass of water can be taken during pregnancy. It naturally balances the body’s ph. levels and is not harmful to the baby.
Bicarbonate of soda has so many uses there are too many to list here. If you’re looking for a natural, non-toxic product that will not adversely affect your family, you really can’t go past bi-carb soda. – Angela Soya