Personal Care Uses for Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
Most of us have some sodium bicarbonate or baking soda as it is also known, lying around in our kitchen cupboards, but did you know that it is a natural mineral salt and comes from the natural mineral natron which is found in many mineral springs.
Sodium bicarbonate is a natural deodoriser and cleansing agent and is widely used in skincare and personal care products as well as used in cooking.
Here are a few Personal Care Uses for you to try at home:
Natural Deodorant – Pat a little bicarb under your armpits to eliminate body odour.
Acne and Insect Bites – Make a paste using bicarb and water and dab it onto unwanted blemishes, insect bites and stings.
Tooth Whitening – Wet toothbrush, then dip your toothbrush in the sodium bicarb and brush teeth. Rinse well.
You can also clean dentures and retainers by soaking them in a soaking them in a glass of warm water mixed with 2 teaspoons of bicarb.
Foot Soak – Soak feet in a bowl of warm water with a tablespoon of bicarb added to the water to relax, deodorise and cleanse your feet after a long day.
Natural Antacid – If you suffer from heartburn or indigestion, drink a solution of bicarb. The natural alkaline in baking soda helps neutralize acid that causes discomfort. Add 1 teaspoon of bicarb to a glass of water.
Nappy Rash – If you baby suffers with nappy rash, sit them in a bowl of warm water mixed with two tablespoons of bicarb to help soothe and heal the irritated skin. Alternatively add bicarb to bath water, although you may need to add more bicarb for volume of water.