Use Baking Soda To Clear Up Acne, Wash Your Face, Or Soothe An Upset Stomach

Use Baking Soda To Clear Up Acne, Wash Your Face, Or Soothe An Upset Stomach

Baking soda (aka bicarb soda) is a staple in most people’s homes. If you’re not using it to actually bake, it may be in the fridge trying (and probably failing) to remove the odour. Here are some interesting uses for baking soda you may not have known before.

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Almost everyone has baking soda in their homes somewhere. Usually it’s in the cabinet with the rest of the baking goods, but it’s good for so much more than that. We’ve told you how you can use baking soda to recharge your towels or to remove unpleasant odours from your car, but over at Good they have a list of seven uses for baking soda that don’t immediately pop to mind.

For one, they suggest mixing about 4 tablespoons with ten drops of an essential oil and use it as a deodorant. They also propose using a baking soda paste made with hot water to spot treat acne, and a glass of warm water with a little baking soda mixed in as an antacid.

The antacid trick is a solid one: baking soda does act as a natural alkaline, so if your tummy troubles are caused by acid, it could help. Some of the other tips are pretty well known too, like using baking soda to brush your teeth, or using it in a hot bath to help relax and soothe your skin.

Making a baking soda deodorant or using it in the place of shampoo may be a little far out for some people. What are some of your favourite baking soda tips? Are you already using baking soda as a shampoo? Share your suggestions in the comments below.

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  • A teaspoon of bicarb in a glass of water works better than any antacid tablet I’ve ever used, although be warned: it tastes nasty. Another glass of water afterwards will get rid of the horrible aftertaste though (and tastes sweet as well).

    • Oh god it tastes awful so much so you want to vomit. But it works really quickly. I follow up with Jam to get rid of the taste, a glass of water after doesn’t cut it for me.

  • You can remove surface rust using baking soda on high quality knifes or blades (made of carbon steel). The ones you can sharpen to razor sharp.

    I’ve got a straight razor i shave with (made from carbon steel) and one time i forgot to dry it off and oil it up after use. The result a week later when i went to use it was a blade that was dotted with surface rust. I tried a bunch of home remedies (I should of just went and got some metal polish but that’s not me) all of which just made the problem worse. But one thing that did work was making a thick paste with water and baking soda applying it to a tooth brush and brushing the affected areas on the blade. This gently removed the rust and gave the metal a nice finish.

  • To clean car battery terminals the easy way place a couple of tablespoons in a cup of water pour onto the acid/rust encrusted terminals, minimal brushing with an old tooth brush leave for a minute.

    The bicarb reacts with the acid . After a minute just pour water over the terminals to clear away the debris, resulting in perfect clean battery terminals.

  • Carb soda is indeed a very useful mild alkaline. However a little caution is required when using as an antacid. The reaction between the hydrochloric acid in your stomach and the sodium hydrogen carbonate (ie. carb soda) does produce carbon dioxide. This can be significant causing considerable “burping” and thus is generally not used in modern antacids. Also there are anecdotal reports of people eating far too much food, getting indigestion, taking carb soda for it, and producing so much gas in their stomach that they rupture the gastro-oesophageal juncture (a real medical emergency).

  • I have used Bicarbonate of soda now for around 15 years for acid reflux when no other medication was available. A great fix at 3am when you can’t sleep and nothing else is open.

  • I’ve been using carb soda to wash my hair for a few years now and I couldn’t and wouldn’t go back to shampoo. I use conditioner to wash out the carb and use vinegar as a rinse every other day. My hair was fuzzy frizzy, now it’s back to curly curly and hey IT’S GREAT HAHAHAH

  • I have a teaspoon or so with a glass of water to treat my sore muscles after training too hard. good to treat DOMS (Delayed onset muscle soreness). It’s also used to give athletes energy for a big race. But be warned, it doesn’t just make you burp. Too much and you won’t have time to get to the toilet.

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