Baking Soda has So Many Uses

Baking soda —for baking and keeping your refrigerator smelling fresh— but it is for so much more!  For those of us who would like to use less harmful chemicals, baking soda is one of the answers!  I have been thinking about using baking soda for relieving my heartburn but, I could not find the formula on the super huge bag I got at Costco.   When I googled baking soda, I found lots of good information and uses for baking soda.

On this website, I found not only the formula for relief of heartburn, but six other surprising personal uses.  You can use baking soda as a  to clean your teeth or give your toothpaste extra power to whiten your teeth, exfoliate your elbows, feet or other rough spots, soften your skin, clear up acne, clean your hair of residues left by hair products, and as deodorant.

Another website had 51 uses of baking soda.  Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate.  The author Melissa Breyer explains that baking soda “helps regulate pH—keeping a substance neither too acidic nor too alkaline.”  Using baking soda instead of toxic chemical cleaning products is a great and inexpensive way to save ourselves and our planet.  Here are several of her ideas:

Clean: brushes and combs, a soft scrub on bathtubs and counters, dishes, pots and pans, furniture, oil spills on garage floors, sticky spots in your car, tree sap and tar on your car, and polish your silver and jewelry (I have done this—it works!).

Freshen and deodorize:  laundry, sponges (this works great on the sea sponges I use for my face), refrigerators, cutting boards, cars, trash cans, drains, dishwashers, cat boxes, stuffed animals, shoes and carpets to name a few.

Also, baking soda is good to extinguish a small oil fire in your kitchen, stop the itch and pain of a bee sting or mosquito bite.  We used baking soda with vinegar to unclog our drain.  I am sure there are many other uses and some of them were used long before we turned to the toxic cleansers.

Baking soda is produced from nahcolite and mined. “Naturally occurring deposits of nahcolite (NaHCO3) are found in the Eocene-age (55.8–33.9 Ma) Green River FormationPiceance Basin in Colorado. Nahcolite was deposited as beds during periods of high evaporation in the basin. It is commercially mined using in-situ leach techniques involving dissolution of the nahcolite by heated water that is pumped through the nahcolite beds and reconstituted through a natural cooling crystallization process.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_bicarbonate

Resources, to read more and recipes:  (or Google Baking soda)

Good – Seven Surprising Uses for Baking Soda

Care2 – 51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda

Marilyn

About Marilyn

I am a "retired senior" (I've been a school librarian and library tech for a government research facility) who is now pursuing a dream of a home business sewing bags of all sorts, crafting and being the creative person I have always wanted to be. I grew up in the center of Illinois and dreamed of actually living back in the state of Colorado where I was born and lived till the age of 7. That dream came true when I met my husband of 43 years while working together in Estes Park. I am interested in alternative medicine, continuing the good health I've always had, while returning to the pre-processed food era of: eating well, losing weight, and using products that do not harm the environment, me, my family and friends. I am for labeling GMO’s, using sustainable products, organics and finding solutions to everyday problems, like colds and sore muscles, using natural remedies. I have a positive attitude that has helped through a very hard year and will bring forth a life that will be full and happy. My family is wonderful and I am a happy lady, wife, mother, and grandma.

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