Sodium bicarbonate or simply baking soda is a cheap and versatile chemical compound that is typically used to make baked goodies rise. However, there are several uses of baking soda that you probably never heard of, or even know existed. Here are few samples of all the things you can use baking soda for that you probably never thought was possible.
Baking soda can be used to eliminate stains and even plaque from your teeth. Simply combine one part baking soda with two parts of hydrogen peroxide (1:2 ratio), and use this for brushing your teeth for about a minute and then rinse thoroughly. Always remember that you should only brush gently to prevent damaging the tooth enamel. Also, you should do this process once a week only.
Instead of buying expensive commercially produced anti-dandruff shampoo, you can apply a baking soda paste into your hair instead. What baking soda does that can help remove your dandruff is that it eliminates flaky skin and excess oil in your scalp.
Baking soda, though often used in removing bad odors in your home, it can also serve as a deodorizer for your armpits. To use it as a deodorant, simply apply a paste composed of baking soda and water under your armpits.
On the other hand, you can neutralize foul smells in your refrigerator just by keeping a box of baking soda inside. Moreover, to make an air freshener that you can use in other parts of your home, just combine a half cup of baking soda with a few drops of essential oil in a container covered with cloth. You can use this inside your closet, cupboards, or bathroom.
Baking soda is effective in relieving irritation, pain, and itchiness fro bug bites. To make a paste that you can apply on the part of your skin that got bitten or stung by an insect, combine three parts baking soda with one part water.
Baking soda can be used as a leavening agent for cookies and bread—in short; it makes the dough rise. However, its use in the kitchen goes beyond that. Some professional chefs use baking soda as a meat tenderizer.
Because this chemical compound can change the pH level of meats and can, therefore, make them tender, some recipes indicate that you should marinate the meat in a baking soda- water solution. When you use baking soda for this purpose, make sure that it is applied directly to the meat rather than the skin or fat to achieve your desired results. Moreover, you should also wash it off before you cook the meat.
Splinters can be painful and difficult to remove in some cases. However, baking soda can help you with this. Again, combine baking soda with water, apply it to the skin where the splinter is embedded and then have it covered with an adhesive bandage. After one to two days, the skin around the splinter will become softer, and you will find the splinter that got stuck much easier to extract.
I hope our tips and tutorial about all the things you can use baking soda for helped you l lot. Baking soda, indeed, has a lot more uses than you think. So next time you go out for grocery shopping, don’t forget to add baking soda to your to-buy list; it can come in handy.