If you were stuck on a deserted island and could only bring one thing, what would it be?
My answer would be baking soda. Lots, and lots of baking soda. It may not look, smell, or taste good, but – trust me – it’s God’s gift to womankind. Baking soda comes in very useful for many things. So grab that little orange box from the back of your pantry, blow off the dust, and read on for 4 surprising ways baking soda could make your life easier!
Have you ever wondered how people washed their hair before shampoo was invented? If so, here’s your answer… baking soda. Shampoo is great, but it’s chock full of chemicals that seep into your skin and can eventually harm your health. Baking soda is all natural, and it gets the job done just as effectively. I’ve been washing my hair with baking soda (and conditioning it with apple cider vinegar) for almost a year, and I can tell you that my hair is the smoothest, silkiest, and healthiest it has ever been! There are several different ways to wash your hair with baking soda. Mixing it with water is the most popular method.
Like shampoo, commercial toothpastes have a lot of harmful chemicals. That’s why some people make their own toothpaste with baking soda and 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. It doesn’t have to taste bad! You can make an all-natural minty toothpaste with only 4 ingredients!
Why stock up on Febreze, pet odor remover, and antiperspirants when you can use that trusty ol’ 99-cent box of baking soda? Not only does baking soda absorb moisture and neutralize odors, it’s also very cheap! Forget that $6 tube of deodorant – rub some baking soda on your armpits with a damp washcloth, and you’re good to go. You can deodorize carpets, furniture, and bedding with that stuff, too. Just sprinkle baking soda over the smelly area, leave it for at least 5 hours, vacuum it all up, and then sniff the air. Can you smell that odor? Me neither.
Long before the age of modern medicine and health insurance companies, people used baking soda as a home remedy for itchy skin and insect bites, and it works just as well today! Baking soda neutralizes acids, including insect venom, and soothes the skin. Make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply it onto the affected skin. Soon enough, the insect bite lump and the itchiness will go away.
Seriously, baking soda cleans everything. If you use it as a cleaning agent, you’ll discover the true power of the white powder. Baking soda removes stubborn stains, cleans up grease spills, loosens up grime, cleans clothes thoroughly, polishes silver, and eliminates mildew. Shine has a great list of 40 ways to clean with baking soda. Is there something baking soda cannot do?!
At this point, you must be grabbing every box of baking soda you could find in your house. What most people don’t realize is that baking soda does expire. Here’s a way to find out if your baking soda is still good to use: Pour a few tablespoons of white vinegar into a bowl, and then add a half teaspoon of baking soda. If it fizzes a lot, then it’s still good to use. If it just sits there with no reaction, then throw it out.
This guest post is written by Scott Webster, a part time blogger, who is currently writing on behalf of Health.com.au. Health.com.au is an Australian health insurance company which offers a quick and simple health insurance cover plan.