Personal care and health uses with baking soda
Baking soda has many personal care and health-related uses as well. The best part about baking soda is that it is harmless to you. You can likely never use too much baking soda on yourself, but it still has amazingly cleaning, relief, and disinfecting properties for common ailments that you might encounter.
Baking Soda Antacid
If you are prone to heartburn, you should take care to have a box of baking soda in your home at all times. This can serve you just as well as TUMS, a heartburn medicine. All you need to do is add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 1 glass of water and drink it.
Baking soda is a neutralizer, so it will act to reduce the acid reflux you have from your stomach, eliminate heartburn, and help the core problem of indigestion in your stomach.
Be careful when ingesting baking soda as it can alter the chemical composition of your stomach if you have heart, stomach, or kidney issues.
Eliminate Diaper Rash
Diaper rash appears on your baby’s skin as a result of being in contact with a wet diaper for too long. The rash doesn’t last that long, but is definitely uncomfortable and very preventable with baking soda.
All you need to do is sprinkle some baking soda into the diaper when you put it on your child. Pay attention to where moisture will build up naturally from sweat, and from when they have an accident – these are the areas that it is more important to have baking soda around.
This soaks up the moisture and prevents diaper rash from forming in the first place. Step 1 to a happier baby.
Bug Bite Relief
Bug bites are one of the most annoying things in the world, and the most annoying thing about them is that you shouldn’t scratch them.
Baking soda can help here. All you need to do is make a baking soda paste of ½ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of water apply it to the itchy bite. Keep the paste on the bite for at least 15 minutes, and wash it off after.
The itchiness should be greatly decreased because the baking soda has neutralized many of the acids in the bug bite.
Repeat as often as you need – this baking soda paste is harmless and can be applied as much as you want.
Nasal irrigation is when you use a neti pot or similar type of container to pour water into one nostril, through your sinus, and out the other nostril. It is extremely effective for dealing with allergies, sickness, and congestion.
If you have a neti pot, you can’t just use water by itself. It stings the nostrils too much and makes nasal irrigation a very unpleasant experience.
What you can do is combine 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, and mix that with 5 ounces of warm water in your neti pot.
You will get a solution that is a fraction of the cost of store-sold solutions that is harmless and cleansing.
Canker Sore Cure
Canker sores are so painful because they are constantly irritated and take a while to heal.
Baking soda can help cut down on the pain associated with a canker sore and speed up the healing process.
Just make that ½ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of water solution that you’ve made many times before apply it to the canker sore. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse it off gently. It will relieve the pain and the sore will disappear in a matter of 1-2 days.
Burns are extremely painful to heal from and can take many medicines and products to properly heal without scarring.
One of the best ways to alleviate the pain from a burn is to spread a baking soda paste over it of equal parts baking soda and water, and let it sit for as long as you can. The baking soda paste is very soothing and cooling, and will dull the pain after you wash it off the burn area as well.
Do this a few times a day for burn pain relief.
Athlete’s Foot Cure
Athlete’s foot is a condition where there is literally a fungus growing on your feet and toes as a result of lack of air and ventilation in your shoes.
Baking soda is well known for its anti-fungal properties, and I’ve already taught you a little bit about how baking soda is a neutralizer and will alter the pH of your skin.
Put those together and baking soda can greatly help cure athlete’s foot. Just soak your feet in a baking soda solution – roughly 2 cups of baking soda to a bucket of cold water to soak your feet in.
Soak your feet for 20 minutes at a time and do this twice a day to get rid of your athlete’s foot naturally and quickly – without any toxic anti-fungal sprays.