I stood there, starring at the little box of white powder that was hidden in the shadows of the spice cabinet. It’s fine, loose particles looked like just another cooking ingredient that I never really see anyone use, and yet I realized that it deserves more than a shady area hidden behind bottles of taco spices and herbs. No, it deserves to be on the…
Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic. But, it deserves something right? I mean, baking soda has so many uses. It doesn’t just help with cleaning around the house or helping in the beauty department, but it helps with your general health too. And yet, why was this little orange box just sitting there all alone and never getting used?
That just didn’t feel right.
But you know what else doesn’t feel right? How a lot of people don’t know how much baking soda can benefit us.
Well, it’s time for a change. Here are 20 reasons why baking soda is just plain awesome – and hold on tight, folks, it doesn’t just benefit us in the kitchen.
– The Top 20 Benefits of Baking Soda –
1. It Fights Acne
Baking soda is great when it comes to your skin and fighting acne. Just mix baking soda in a little amount of water to make a paste (don’t worry if it fizzes a little bit) then put it on your acne. Let it sit for a couple minutes and then rinse with water.
2. It Brightens Yellow Teeth
Baking soda could also whiten your teeth, get rid of nasty bad breath, and wipe out all that gross bacteria. All you have to do is mix baking soda with a little bit of water to create a paste and use it as toothpaste. You might notice that it may taste gross, but if you keep doing this eventually you will get used to it.
3. It Relieves Sunburn
Another way Baking soda can help with your skin is by relieving sunburn and sunburn blisters. To do this, you can either create a paste and leave it on your skin for a more concentrated form, or soak in a bath with baking soda.
4. It Improves Skin Complexion
Baking soda doesn’t just help with skin problems such as acne or sunburn, but it can help with your complexion as well!
5. It Can Treat Yellow and Stained Nails
Create a paste by mixing a little bit of water and baking soda to help treat yellow and stained nails.
6. It Treats Odor
Baking soda could also treat odor. For body odor, just mix baking soda in a bathtub and soak in it. Or, for house odor, you can sprinkle baking soda on the carpet, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and then vacuum it.
7. It Kills Fungi, Mold, and Parasites – Ew!
Use baking soda to kill fungi, mold, and parasites. Depending on where this is will depend whether you need to use a paste or to just sprinkle the baking soda and let it sit.
8. It Cleans Stuff
You can use baking soda to clean stuff like your carpet, sinks, counters, pots and pans, the kitty-litter, beauty tools like brushes, to even your car.
9. It Can Soothe Bug Bites and Help With Splinters
Baking soda can also soothe bug bites, like ant bites, as well as splinters. All you have to do is create a paste, let it sit, and rinse it off. For splinters, you can do the same, or let the area soak in a baking soda-water mixture.
10. It Can Help With Coughs and Sore Throats – Ah Chew!
Although baking soda isn’t fairy dust and won’t magically make your cold or flu go away (sadly), you can use baking soda to help soothe it and fight it faster. Just mix a teaspoon (read: TEAspoon. Not a Tablespoon) with water and drink it. It might taste nasty, but it’s worth it!
11. It Can Ease Stomach Pain
Stomach pain? Drink baking soda water. Sure, it taste exactly like salt water – but it helps!
12. It Can Help With Digestive Issues
I’ve struggled with digestive issues most of my life. I mean, seriously, how embarrassing is it for my stomach to growl because of gas in a really quiet room? It’s horrible! One thing that can help though, like easing stomach pains, is drinking a baking soda-water mixture. Go ahead, try it!
13. It Relieves Bloating and Gas
Drinking a mixture of baking soda and water can help relieve bloating and gas – therefore, helping with some digestive issues and pain.
14. It Fights off Diseases
If you’re suffering through an illness, then drink a baking soda and water mixture to help boost your immune system.
15. It Neutralizes Acid
Baking soda also neutralizes acid, therefore helping with acid reflex and stomach pain.
16. It Maintains your pH Balance
The acidity or alkalinity is measured by using pH, with 0 being the most acidic, 14 being the most alkaline, and 7 being neutral.
17. It Reduces Symptoms of Gout
Baking soda can help reduce symptoms of gout. Just mix it as a drink and enjoy relief.
18. It Promotes Kidney Health – Yay!
Baking soda can also help aid your kidneys, especially if they are being over-worked. No one likes that – so drink some baking soda.
19. It Treats Urinary Tract Infections
Tired of drinking cranberry juice, anyone?
20. It Helps With Weight Loss
It reduces muscle pain, delays fatigue, and enhances your athletic performance. What’s not to like?
So, I think we can all agree that Baking Soda is awesome, right? How about it?
So, are you going to use baking soda to reach your goals?