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Wendyl Nissen's 15 Uses For Baking Soda

What is baking soda?
It is a naturally occurring salt called sodium bicarbonate which is slightly alkaline. It is the basis of most home-made cleaners but is also great for many beauty uses as well.

1. Make Toothpaste
Mix 2 Tbs baking soda mixed with a pinch of Stevia (a natural herb sweetener you can find at New World or Health stores) and 5 drops lemon essential oil. Shake well and dip you wet toothbrush into it. You can also try substituting the lemon oil for peppermint essential oil or 1/4 tsp cinnamon which is great for getting rid of garlic breath!

2. Freshen Your Mouth
Put one teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse. Odours are neutralised, not just covered up.

3. Soak Retainers
Soak oral appliances, such as retainers, mouthguards and dentures, in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in a glass or small bowl of warm water. The baking soda loosens food particles and neutralises odours to keep appliances fresh. You can also brush appliances clean using baking soda.

4. Use as a Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant
Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use.

5. Skip Harsh Deodorant
Pat baking soda onto your underarms to neutralize body odour.

6. Use as an Antacid
Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach and/or acid indigestion. Mix a teaspoon in a small glass of warm water and swallow.

7. Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin
For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a salve onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.

8. Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener
Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralise odours on hands with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or 3 parts baking soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean.

9. Help Your Hair
Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your palm and mix to a paste. Use this instead of shampoo to remove chemical residue left by commercial styling agents and shampoos. I do this once a month. Follow up with a rinse of 2 Tbsp cider vinegar and a cup of warm water. Leave in the hair to soften.

10. Make a Bath Soak
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath to neutralise acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft.

11. Clean Shower Curtains
Clean and deodorise your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda directly on a clean damp sponge or brush. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse clean. Hang it up to dry.

12. Soothe Your Feet
Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak feet. Gently scrub. You can also make a spa soak for your feet.

13. Make a Surface Soft Scrub
For safe, effective cleaning of bathroom tubs, tile and sinks-even fibreglass and glossy tiles-sprinkle baking soda lightly on a clean damp sponge and scrub as usual. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. For extra cleaning power, make a paste with baking soda, course salt and liquid dish soap-let it sit then scour off.

14. Handwash Dishes and Pots & Pans
Add 2 heaping tablespoons baking soda (along with your regular dish detergent) to the dish water to help cut grease and foods left on dishes, pots and pans. For cooked-on foods, let them soak in the baking soda and detergent with water first, then use dry baking soda on a clean damp sponge or cloth as a scratchless scouring powder.

15. Freshen Sponges
Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid of the mess (4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water).