Baking soda is popular both for its cleaning effects and culinary purposes. Since it is affordable to anyone, and it is simple to use, baking soda offers endless possibilities for solving day to day problems without having to use products loaded with chemicals.
These are several useful applications of sodium bicarbonate:
- Alleviate bee stings
According to DataPilot from Weather Underground, baking soda is really helpful in cases of wasp and bee stings. Although not scientifically backed up, DataPilot explains that the alkaline properties of baking soda fight off the formic acid present in the wound, and also aid in the removal of the foreign pollutant. For optimal results, after the stinger has been removed, apply a mixture of baking soda and water onto the affected area.
- Remove splinters
As claimed by Mercola, a mixture of baking soda and water can act as a drawing agent of unwanted objects from your skin’s surface, like splinters.
- End to sweating
A mixture from baking soda and water can stop unwanted odors and perspiration. This mixture will maintain the dryness of the armpits, just like powder deodorant products do, just chemicals-free.
- A soothing treatment for the feet
3 tbsp of baking soda and water are an excellent soaking mixture to relax your feet in, as maintained by Care2 . For optimal results, massage the feet while they are in the mixture. Another option is to put baking soda in your bath so that the entire body gets relaxed and energized.
- Cool off burns
If you have sunburns, the above mentioned mixture will be a real alleviation. You just need to add ½ cup of baking soda in a bath of lukewarm water. Instead of towel drying, use air drying, as recommended by Mercola. This way the effects of the treatment will be stronger.
- Heartburn and stomach problems
Baking soda is an excellent antacid. You can treat heartburn or a sour stomach with the help of one glass of cold water mixed with 2 teaspoons of baking soda, as explained by the Mayo Clinic. However, if you think of including this method into your daily habits, it is best to consult your physician.
- A shampoo boost
Mix your shampoo with a little bit of baking soda to achieve a better effect of cleaning. According to Care2, the shampoo will make your hair shinier due to the presence of baking soda. What’s more, if you soak your brushes and combs into a mixture of baking soda and water, you can degrease your hair when you comb it. Afterwards, rinse off the hair.
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