The Wonders of Baking Soda

Baking soda is an essential part of any home remedy kit. It can be used to ease heartburn, as a salve for insect bites, a soak for itchy skin and even to help cure urinary tract infections.

This baking soda remedy for heartburn is used by my dad, who has suffered with uncomfortable indigestion for years. Until he discovered this remedy, he took either prescription medicine or daily doses of over-the-counter stuff. Now, he needs to treat his heartburn only once or twice a week.

Heartburn Remedy

Dissolve a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar into 1 tablespoon of warm water. Add a 1/2 cup of cold water. Then add a 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 tablespoon vinegar and a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Stir the mixture, then drink the whole thing quickly, while it’s fizzing.

Insect Bites & Itchy Skin Remedy

For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a salve onto affected skin. To ease the itchies, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.

Remedy for Urinary Tract Infection

Cranberry juice is a great natural treatment for urinary tract infection, but if you buy it in the grocery store, it can be loaded with sugar. Here’s an alternative, less sugary treatment for urinary tract infection using baking soda. At first symptoms, mix a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda into an 8-ounce glass of water. Drink the remedy once per day.

Note: If you have high blood pressure, do NOT ingest baking soda remedies before consulting your health care practitioner. For any health issue of concern, discuss with your doctor.

 

Here are 10 uses of baking soda for cleaning in the home:

A commonly available mineral full of many cleaning attributes, baking soda is made from soda ash, and is slightly alkaline (it’s pH is around 8.1; 7 is neutral). It neutralizes acid-based odors in water, and absorbs odors from the air.

1. Drain cleaner: Pour one cup down the drain followed by three cups of boiling water.

2. Chemical smells out of clothes: Soak clothes for two to three hours or overnight, in one cup of baking soda. Agitate the machine occasionally. Repeat if necessary. Wash as usual. (This method is great for removing the new smell out of clothes.)

3. Cat urine: Alternate sprinkling baking soda, which will neutralize acid odors, with white distilled vinegar.

4. Dog odors and urine: Sprinkle with baking soda. Let set for a few hours before sweeping up.

5. Silver polish: Make a paste of baking soda and water, scoop some onto a clean, soft rag, and polish the silver. Rinse and polish dry.

6. Soft scrubber: Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl and add enough liquid soap or detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop onto a sponge and clean the bathtub or tiles. Rinse.

7. Scouring powder: Simply sprinkle baking soda into a sink and scrub.

8. Oven cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Squirt with enough water that the baking soda is damp. Let set overnight, making sure the baking soda is damp before you go to bed. In the morning, simply scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge. Rinse.

9. Refrigerator deodorizer: Place an open box in the back of the fridge. It will “absorb” odors, which means that it will draw odors to the baking soda molecules.

10. Cutting board deodorizer: Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.

 

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